A PAIR of broadcasting buddies are attempting to stay on the airwaves for 80 hours to raise funds for a South Tyneside charity.
Mark Kram and Alan Gibson, of Hedworthfield Community Association Radio, will be beginning their marathon radio stunt tomorrow.
It will benefit St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow, which provides palliative care to people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as raise funds to keep the station broadcasting.
The show, which will be beamed from the station’s base at Hedworthfield CA in Cornhill, Jarrow, will feature entertainment, games, banter, live music and challenges.
Station manager Mark, 19, said: “Performing a stunt like this is a great way to encourage people to donate money to the station and to the station’s chosen charity.
“I completed a similar stunt in 2012 when I used to run radio station Cram FM.
“I managed to stay on the radio for more than 60 hours, which broke the world record at the time for the longest radio broadcast for a radio DJ, though, unfortunately, it didn’t become official due to financial reasons.”
The radio marathon will be held in front of a live audience on Friday and Saturday night, when the team will move to their temporary studio at the bar area, where live bands will play on both nights.
The broadcast will finish at 9pm on Sunday.
Station founder Alan, 67, also known as Wide Al, added: “I am very much looking forward to taking part in what is going to be a massive challenge.
“Myself and Mark will try to stay live on the net-waves for 80 hours, smashing the current world record of 76 hours.
“We will be taking it in turns to host shows while the second person has – if wanted – a very quick break, or maybe even a KitKat before returning.”
To listen to the broadcast, go to www.hcaradio.co.uk or www.facebook.com/hcaradio
You can also watch the broadcast, which starts at 1pm tomorrow, via webcams that will be set up in the studio, or go along to watch it live.
To make a donation, use the ‘donate’ button on the website or give in person at Hedworthfield CA during the live broadcasts.