ROBBO SETS A RADIO RECORD
By LEE McDOUGALL
'A THOUSAND Miles', by Vanessa Carlton, was the song that ended Andrew 'Robbo' Roberts' 120th hour of on-air broadcast yesterday at 10am to seal his place in the Guinness Book of Records.
And given that Robbo had not had a shower or any sleep since 6am last Wednesday, these were the two things he planned on doing
as soon as he departed the studio that he had called 'home' for the past five days.
"My legs are very heavy and I've seen things that I shouldn't have seen," Robbo said, in reference to hallucinations that he began having on Sunday.
"I expected to lose weight but I've actually put it on. I've been fed great meals from Grandmas and Vibes and everyone has just kept me going."
Robbo's journey began six days ago when he started his challenge to beat the world record held for the 'longest announcer on air on radio' for the Guinness Book of Records.
While there was the personal challenge of 'would I make it', Robbo was also attempting to raise much-needed funds for 2CHY ? Coffs Harbour's 31-year-old youth radio station.
As part of the challenge he had to play songs no shorter than two minutes and no longer than six minutes as well as announcing and back announcing every song.
"The worst part was trying to find long songs in order to go to the toilet," Robbo said.
"I've beaten the Australian record, I've beaten the world record. I feel fine, overwhelmed. It was fun and I really enjoyed it."
Robbo's father, Peter Hooton, was among those assembled in the studio yesterday to witness his son's mammoth achievement.
"I didn't think he'd make it but he's a determined bugger," Mr Hooton said.
As for the thing Robbo missed most ? his glass of red wine ? he was planning on enjoying a nice Cabernet Sauvignon that the member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser dropped down to the station by way of congratulations.