Longest Continuous Broadcast - world record
set by Nikora Curtis
TOLAGA BAY, New Zealand -- Uawa FM DJ Nikora Curtis
was live for 176½ hours with no sleep - setting the new world
record for the Longest
an individual while raising funds for the small East
Coast radio station.
Photo: Nikora Curtis With TV Crew. Photo
by Dexter Waru (enlarge
Under the Guinness World Records rules,
to count as a continuous broadcast, a talent can only take
one five-minute break per hour; no song played can be longer
than six minutes; during interviews, the broadcaster must
speak at least once per minute; and the entire process must
be recorded and videotaped.
Tolaga Bay’s main street was closed
and the fire service has been called to cordon off the town
so Uawa locals can use the area as party central.
About 250 people turned out in the
main street of Tolaga Bay to count down to the record. Shortly
after the celebrations, Curtis went back to attempt to get
to 200 hours but was too tired.
"The celebrations used up the rest
of his energy that he had," the station's programme director
Dexter Waru said.
Photo: Left To Right: Radio Presenter:
Gayle Lewis, Director: Nanette Kernohan, Station Manager:Nikora
Curtis, Mayor Meng Foon, Programme Director Dexter Waru. Photo
by Terau Kutia Ngata. (enlarge
"He passed the record and that was our
goal, so he's done that and put Tolaga Bay on the map," Waru
The stunt was to raise money to fund
the small East Coast radio station. $5,000 in donations had
been collected, not including people who had pledged money.
He has not had a single coffee. He
says his trick is drinking only water to stay hydrated.
Mr Curtis was flanked during his
world record attempt by two aunties tasked with keeping him
occupied and awake. They are not going to let him fail.
"Oh course he's going to make it!" says
Diana Atkins. She is just one of the many Uawa locals who
have given up their time to sit with Mr Curtis to help him
break the record. "They are here to play cards and tap me
on the shoulder. It's been awesome - telling stories and people
playing guitar and things."
In the end, Mr Curtis makes his obligatory
“At the end of the day, life is what
you make of it.