NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 – Other than being the top radio station in Kenya, Capital FM is now home of firsts and innovation as demonstrated Thursday when its Breakfast presenters Amina Abdi and Fareed Khimani signed out after being on air for 28 hours.
“You did a great thing an innovation that no station has ever done and I didn’t want to miss that,” the station’s owner Dr Chris Kirubi, popularly known as DJ CK, told the show hosts, shortly before handing them a trophy.
This, Dr Kirubi said, is a challenge to other corporate and young people in the country, that they can achieve everything, as proved recently by marathon icon Eliud Kipchoge who broke the two-hour marathon barrier in his INEOS Challenge in Vienna, Austria.
Dr Kirubi, who is also a DJ in the mid-morning Fuse show, said he was elated to be part of a station of firsts, “this is incredible. We are truly the station of choice.”
“I am extremely proud of you for always setting the pace in the media industry,” Dr Kirubi said, “You have set a new 28-hour radio marathon record. I am very proud of you.”
Inspired by Kipchoge, and in his honour, the station’s breakfast presenters on Wednesday morning embarked on the first-ever 28-hours radio marathon record in Kenya and Africa.
The marathon radio program started on Wednesday and ended at 10 am Thursday with their voices still fresh and full of energy.
Throughout the marathon show, listeners were entertained and updated on current affairs complete with live call-ins from listeners who kept encouraging them to soldier on.
Celebrities were among elated listeners who sent in their congratulatory messages, with International Footballer Victor Wanyama sending in a short video after his Thursday morning training session.
“I know it was not easy but you guys have done it. That’s how we struggle in the field to succeed, big up and good job Amina and Fareed,” Wanyama said.
Danny Munyi, Capital FM Kenya’s Programmes Director said, “We wanted to try something new to test our patience and endurance. I am glad we did it.”
Munyi who was behind the plan to have this record set said he was overwhelmed by the support they received from fans and clients who stayed tuned throughout the period.
The longest ever radio show record is held by an Italian DJ who lasted a total of 183 hours, or just over a week, in May 2009, breaking the Guinness World Record.
Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles broke the record at 8.30 in the morning of March 18, 2009 as Moyles and on-air partner Dave Vitty, aka ‘Comedy Dave’, passed the 51.5-hour mark, the BBC reported.