SHOCK radio finish Guinness Book of Record marathon broadcasting attempt, raise £2,545.45 for charity

Wednesday 16-04-2014 - 16:40
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University of Salford Students’ Union activity group and student media outlet SHOCK radio have completed their marathon broadcasting attempt, with George Wills and Andy Cox on air for a staggering 85 hours.    

Oscar Smith, Manager, Shock Radio said, “The support of the whole team at Shock, Union, University and our independent witnesses, listeners, guests and all who donated has been outstanding. We really could not have done this without everybody that got stuck in and for that we are truly grateful. 

“A huge sense of community and love was present throughout the whole broadcast which certainly brought us all closer. Our close working relationships meant we could recover when times got physically and emotionally hard and meant for a record breaking success.” 

Danny Riordan, Head of News at Shock Radio, said  “There were people who weren't able to come but did their bit by donating, by spreading the word to their mates, family and work colleagues and by giving the guys that extra bit of support online.

“For people who came on live, you did a great job and helped the time pass with George and Andy as it kept them active. The team did a tremendous job working tirelessly and staying up late to help them through the night.

“At the start we set a target of £1000 and yet we've raised a staggering £2,545.45 with more yet to be counted. And for everyone who helped out with the occasion in general, we couldn't have done it without you.

“We reached over 2,000 unique listeners, breaking our own broadcast records as well. Overall it's been an unbelievable experience and achievement for everyone associated at SHOCK and a big thank you to all who contributed.”

Guests over the 85 hours included:

  • Professor Martin Hall,  University of Salford Vice Chancellor
  • Steph from The Christie
  • Nick Knowles, TV personality
  • University of Salford Students’ Union sabbatical officers, Mishal, Alex, Jasmine and Todd
  • Phil Benton, Chief Executive, University of Salford Students’ Union.

The team also received messages of support from Chris Moyles, BBC radio and TV personality, and Tony Blackburn, radio legend and 2002’s winner of ITV TV programme,  I’m a Celebrity…get me out of here.

And as for our two marathon broadcasters, they have finally caught up some long overdue sleep, with George Wills saying, “A good time had by all” and Andy Cox “A fun weekend”.

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