Not happy with keeping awake for 37 hours, Chris Moyles attempts 51.5 hour broadcast for Red Nose Day!
This morning (Wednesday 16 March) at 6.30am, BBC Radio 1's longest serving breakfast DJ Chris Moyles and sidekick 'Comedy' Dave Vitty embarked on their Red Nose Day mission to stay awake for more than 37 hours, in an attempt to break the record for the longest show in Radio 1's history.
But, in a twist, this morning Chris announced on air that the pair will not only attempt to smash the Radio 1 record but will also try and set a brand new Guinness World Record for "Radio DJ Endurance Marathon (Team)" by staying on air for a further 14 hours to reach a mammoth total 51.5 hours of broadcasting.
Chris Moyles said: "By the time we've done 37 hours we may as well go for broke and hit 51.5 hours and set a new World Record. That means that we can hopefully raise even more cash for Red Nose Day. Although I do think we might be completely mental."
Comedy Dave added: "I'm apprehensive, nervous and confident that it's a wholly stupid idea."
Chris and Dave will be receiving plenty of support and encouragement from fellow Radio 1 DJs and celebrity guests along the way as they get more and more tired.
Over the 51.5 hour broadcast, guests will include Jimmy Carr, The Wanted, Katy B, Chipmunk, Davina McCall and Olly Murs.
Throughout the record-breaking attempt the duo have to present each show in the schedule with the regular DJ as a guest. Each hour that Chris and Dave are on air they will be entitled to a five-minute break which they can either take each hour or save up to earn a longer sleep later on.
They will be joined by likes of daytime DJs Fearne Cotton and Scott Mills as well as the station's specialist DJs including Nick Grimshaw and Annie Nightingale who herself claimed a Guinness World Record last year for the "Longest Career as a Radio Presenter (female)".
The record attempt is being broadcast live in-vision on digital TV via the Red Button and online at bbc.co.uk/radio 1.
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Notes to Editors
The Radio 1 record currently stands at 37 hours and was set by Simon Mayo for Comic Relief back in 1999.
In October 2009 Chris became the longest-serving breakfast DJ on BBC Radio 1.
Broadcast Schedule for BBC Radio 1's Longest Show Ever... with Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave for Comic Relief
Wednesday 16 March
6.30am-10.00am The Chris Moyles Show
Thursday 17 March
12.00am-2.00am Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave
Friday 18 March
12.00am-2.00am Kissy Sell Out
On TV and online
The record-breaking attempt will be broadcast live in-vision on digital TV and online. Freeview, freesat, Sky and Virgin Media viewers will be able to follow the action on their TV via the Red Button. Online viewers can watch at bbc.co.uk/radio1.
In 2009, over £3.5 million was raised for Comic Relief when Chris Moyles, Fearne Cotton and seven other celebrities climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day 2011 is heading your way on Friday 18 March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money. To join in the fun go to www.rednoseday.com and find out how you can get involved.
By raising cash this Red Nose Day, you're helping to change lives forever. That's because Comic Relief spends all the money raised by the public to give extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa a helping hand to turn their lives around.
Comic Relief was launched on Christmas Day in 1985, live on BBC One. At that time, a devastating famine was crippling Ethiopia and something had to be done. That something was Comic Relief. The idea was simple – Comic Relief would make the public laugh while they raised money to help people in desperate need. Before too long, Red Nose Day was created and the first ever event in 1988 raised a staggering £15m.
To date, 12 Red Nose Days have raised more than £500m. That money has helped, and is helping, to support people and communities in dire need both in the UK and Africa.
Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).