CHYFM?s Andrew ?Robbo? Roberts will desperately need the four sleeps he has left. Photo: TREVOR VEALE 06050603A
CHYFM?s Andrew ?Robbo? Roberts will desperately need the four sleeps he has left. Photo: TREVOR VEALE 06050603A

Silence?s not golden

By MELMARTIN

ANDREW 'Robbo' Roberts hasn't even started his attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, and already the bar has been raised.

The CHYFM an-nouncer is going for the world record as the 'longest announcer on air on radio'.

When he first decided to do that, he needed to beat 104 continuous hours on air ? without sleep ? but in the meantime, a UK announcer has had a go at the record, and Robbo now has to beat 110 hours.

But he's not worried . . . he just wants to get started.

"It's a bit like waiting for Santa Claus," he said.

"The only thing I'm worried about is at the end, when I'm really tired, I might get a bit slurry and not be able to speak properly!"

To help him along, he's hoping people will call or come and visit him, especially at a barbecue CHYFM will hold on Saturday, May 13 to help keep him awake.

"We'll have the barbecue from 2pm, and there will be a band playing. It's a chance for people to come up and see what CHY is all about, and hopefully give us a gold coin donation.

"Because that's what this is all about, raising the profile of CHY and raising money for equipment and so we can keep getting students through the door for invaluable work experience."

Meanwhile, Robbo has been getting advice from Matthew Fewlton at the Australian Radio Network, who held the record for a while, and who advised Robbo to avoid caffeine, get plenty of rest prior to the attempt, and eat a healthy diet for six months before-hand.

But while Robbo's already missed that opportunity to eat well for six months, he's taking another opportunity while he's stuck in the studio for five days ? giving up smoking.

"I should be right with that, I'll have patches," Robbo said.

"I just want to see CHY in the record books, I just want to keep it alive."

If you own a business in town you can help sponsor the event and promote your business. The challenge will start at 10am on Wednesday, May 10. Listeners can chat at radiochyfm@hotmail.com, call 6651 1104, or visit any time during business hours.



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