UBC Manager Smashes Chris Moyles’ Broadcasting Record
Sarah Stewart, Centre Manager at a Northumberland based business centre operated by UBC (United Business Centres (Midlands) Ltd) has successfully completed a marathon 56-hour charity radio broadcast.
The team effort, which she achieved with fellow broadcaster Jamie Thirlwell, holds the new world record for the longest team radio broadcast – beating the former record held by BBC Radio One’s Chris Moyles and Dave Vitty.
Sarah recently joined the weekly show on local station Koast Radio and, until the marathon broadcast, her longest show had been four hours.
She was approached by Station Manager Vicky Oakley with the idea of attempting to break the record, and decided to give it a go on behalf of Sara’s Hope Foundation, a charity that runs a holiday retreat in Crete offering respite for young cancer patients and their families.
“I did it for a tenant of ours – Sara’s Hope Foundation – who have been with us at UBC for three years now,” said Sarah. “I love to do anything I can to support them so I was really keen to do it.”
The previous record was held by the Radio One team for an uninterrupted show of 51.5 hours in aid of Comic Relief.
“We completed 56 hours which was fantastic,” said Sarah, who started the record attempt with Jamie on Thursday September 15 at 7am, and continued straight through with just a five minute break every hour.
Speaking after the mammoth broadcast, she said: “It was an amazing experience but there were some pretty tough times! The hours of 4am, 5am and 6am were very bleak.
“There were a couple of moments when I really did doubt I would be able to continue. But the support coming in from the United Business Centres team and tenants, friends, listeners and the North East was just overwhelming, and their messages really did help me through it.”
Donations raised from the event were enough to send a family on holiday to Crete with the Sara’s Hope Foundation.
Listeners called in during the show to offer support and request songs, and plenty of encouraging messages were posted on the fundraising web page to keep the pair going. Among those posted, one listener said “Good Luck – you’re doing brilliant so far, keep it up!” while another said “Good Luck and thanks for playing my Cher.”
Although she is now a world record holder, Sarah is dubious about repeating the challenge. Asked if she would do it again, she added: “I would have to seriously think about it!”