72-hour epic show set for record books

Tired out: Sine FM presenters Mark Kelly, (left and Simon Saynor in their studio.'''''       Picture: Steve Taylor.
Tired out: Sine FM presenters Mark Kelly, (left and Simon Saynor in their studio.''''' Picture: Steve Taylor.

they’re heavy-eyed, fast talking, music playing record breakers!

Community radio presenters Simon Saynor, from Armthorpe, Doncaster, and Mark Kelly, from Handsworth, Sheffield, are just waiting for official confirmation of their place in the record boost after broadcasting a 72-hour show.

Support: Tony Blackburn.

Support: Tony Blackburn.

The amateurs’ long haul efforts look to have smashed a 52-hour record set by Chris Moyles earlier this year.

Unemployed former pub manager Simon, aged 43, and 44-year-old painter and decorator Mark started their marathon on Sine FM, based on Netherhall Road, Doncaster, on Monday at 8am, and completed their three day epic yesterday morning.

During their efforts they had many messages of support on the internet from hundreds of people from all over the world, including Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp, and former Radio One star Tony Blackburn.

Before heading off to bed, an exhausted Simon said they were sending video footage of the show and witness statements to bosses at the Guinness World Records, to get confirmation of the record.

He said: “We think we’ve smashed the record and we’re really happy. We now have to collate all the information and get verification that is’s an official record.

“I feel shattered, and I’m on my way home to bed. It was worth doing, without question.

“But if you ask me if I’d do it again? Not a chance!

“We asked Chris Moyles to come down and be a guest, but we never got a reply from him.

“But we’ve had great support, and we had 47 businesses come forward to sponsor the show. We had people coming down to be witnesses for us at 4am. But I’ve no idea who long I’m gong to sleep for now. Mark looked pretty shell shocked by the time he’d finished, too.”

The record bid was to raise money for the Higher Rhythm Foundation charity, which is helping victims of the 2009 typhoon which caused major devastation in the Phillipines, and for the Doncaster Rape and Sexual Assault Counselling Service. It has already raised at least £2,400 with more coming in.

Record book rules stated guests were only allowed to talk for a minute without Simon or Mark speaking. There was a limit on how long a record could be played for.