DJ’s 60-hour record-breaking bid for Children in Need

NAWN. Tempo FM DJ Wayne Bavin who is broadcasting  a 60 hour radio show for Children in Need. 111109AR1pic1.
NAWN. Tempo FM DJ Wayne Bavin who is broadcasting a 60 hour radio show for Children in Need. 111109AR1pic1.

A 60-hour radio broadcast in Wetherby will attempt to set a new world record for Children in Need.

The marathon radio broadcast will take place on Tempo FM at the Engine Shed in Wetherby between 9am on Wednesday November 16 and will finish at 9pm on Friday November 18.

NAWN. Tempo FM DJ Wayne Bavin who is broadcasting  a 60 hour radio show for Children in Need. 111109AR1pic2.

NAWN. Tempo FM DJ Wayne Bavin who is broadcasting a 60 hour radio show for Children in Need. 111109AR1pic2.

Radio presenter Wayne Bevan, a father of two, is attempting the 60-hour test in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of Records for the longest radio endurance marathon.

The programme will be broadcast by the Wetherby station at the Engine Shed and will be televised for Children in Need.

Wayne, 38, from Middleton, Leeds, first got the idea from DJ Chris Moyles who did the Comic Relief bid radiothon - which lasted 52 hours -in March this year.

He says he is very much looking forward to the challenge - apart from the lack of sleep.

“The lack of sleep will probably send me delirious by the end but I am looking forward to it,” he told the Wetherby News.

“I will be talking to some other presenters and will not be on my own, which is a bonus.

“I am quite a hyper person and only get four or five hours sleep anyway but the challenge will be great.”

“I’m a father myself and Children in Need is a great cause for us.

“What is so good about it is that money raised is used in the UK locally for disadvantaged children here in the UK.

“The doors will be open so people can come and join me and are more than welcome to pop in, and we have to televise the whole thing according to world record rules too.”

Wayne, who can accrue a five minute break every hour, will broadcast for 30 hours non-stop before taking a break for two-and-a-half-hours of sleep before making the final push for 28 hours.

Stuart Robinson, programme broadcaster at Tempo FM, said: “I think what Wayne is attempting to do here is very brave.

“I am slightly worried about his health, but it is a fantastic opportunity and the most important thing is to raise as much money as possible for Children in Need.

“There already seems to be a fantastic community spirit developing in Wetherby regarding this broadcast with £150 received to date from local businesses who have pledged an hour’s sponsorship during the broadcast.

“The Tempo FM team will be doing a flyer drop to all homes in the Wetherby area this weekend to get as much support for this as possible.”

Children in Need, which is held every November to support disadvantaged children in the UK, has raised more than £500 million since 1980.

If you would like to donate to Wayne’s cause visit www.justgiving.com/waynebevan.

Are you raising funds for Children in Need? Phone the Wetherby News newsdesk on 01937 582663 or email wetherby.news@ypn.co.uk.