A Belgian radio host has set a new world record for the longest ever hosting of a radio show stretching over 185 hours, that is 8 days and 7 nights. The 40-year old presenter who works for MNM radio, a youth-oriented station, says he took on the challenge to support students who were studying for their final year exams.
During this radio show marathon, Peter Van de Veire was only allowed a 5-minute break per hour or a 15-minute nap every three hours. Guests featured on the show were not allowed to intervene for more than one minute and songs played could not exceed 6 minutes.
In 8 days and 7 nights, the Belgian radio presenter only had one cup of coffee and two bottles of coke. He would however have a daily caffeine pill.
After 8 days of broadcasting, Van de Veire said he was proud to have completed the challenge and that the only thing he could think of now was "sleep, sleep, sleep."
In the final hour, the previous record-holder, Italian Stefano Venneri, offered his congratulations live on air. "You certainly need perseverance, but there are other things too, good medical supervision and a good diet," Peter Van de Veire said at the studios of the Dutch-language public broadcaster.
MNM has asked Guinness World Records to confirm his achievement.