By Kenneth Edison, Editor-in-Chief
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World records are considered special for a reason, they are pretty hard to achieve, but two EC broadcasters are going to give it a shot.
EC seniors Emma Kaminski and Jen Anthony will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for longest radio talk show which currently sits at over 60 hours. Why? Well, according to them, simply because they can.
“I was trying to think of something fun to do for our final semester of college, and as I was researching this. I just kind of figured it would be super fun,” said Jen Anthony who came up with the initial idea to try and break the record.
“Originally I just thought ‘let’s see what it would take to break a world record’ and when I saw the record, I was like ‘yeah this is something I could do,’ so Emma and I were just like ‘yeah why the f*k not?’”
The current world record for longest talk radio show sits at exactly 60 hours 52 minutes and 8 seconds (approximately two and a half days) and was set by two broadcasters in Jordan named Jessy Abu Faisal and Amjad Hijazin in February of 2016.
Those close to Anthony have expressed concern and disbelief at the thought of going for a feat so difficult.
“My mom thinks I’m crazy for even attempting this,” said Anthony “Our advisor also thinks we’re crazy. I don’t think he’d be shocked if we actually pull it off, but I also don’t think he would be shocked if we fail.”
Before the duo were even prepared to make their attempt, they had to get the green light from Guinness to make the whole thing official, which turned out to be no easy task.
“It took Guinness a long ass time [to approve our application],” said Anthony. “We sent our application in April of 2017 and just found out in January that we were approved to do this.”
“I forgot we had even applied for it, I really didn’t even think they were going to approve us,” said Kaminski.
The duo currently do not have an existing talk show on WRSE, and their first foray into broadcasting together will be the world record attempt.
Though they have never hosted a show together before, Anthony and Kaminski do not lack for confidence in their ability to get the job done.
“I average like four to five hours of sleep a night anyways, so I really do not think it’ll be that big of a deal,” Kaminski jokingly remarked.
“I’m pretty confident that we will be able to get through it,” she would later clarify. “I’m just concerned about all the little rules because we literally have to keep track of every little hour, minute, and second of everything that we do.”
Aside from the application process, there are also quite a few stipulations set by Guinness for the record to even be properly attempted.
Some of these stipulations include the rule that any appearing guests cannot speak for more than a minute at a time, there cannot be more than 10 seconds of silence between the two hosts and every hour of broadcasting earns the hosts five minutes of rest.
Despite all the stipulations and the daunting task ahead of them, Anthony and Kaminski do not expect any kind of reward if they do succeed in breaking the record besides, “a fun stupid thing to have on your resume,” in Anthony’s words.