It’s nearly a week ago since I was rising at 5am to travel into our radio studio for a morning of Guinness World Records and how quickly that week has gone (without digressing too much – being a Northern lad I think time goes very quickly in this big southern city)!
This early rise was for the 8th Guinness World Records Day, an annual event that unites every corner of the globe as hundreds of thousands of people come together for one very special celebration of the weird, wacky and downright astonishing. A couple of highlights included Most People Crammed in a Mini on Potters Field, London and Largest Kaikottikali Dance in Mumbai, India.
For us in the studio – when I say us I mean me, the engineer and two Guinness World Record adjudicators – the highlights were hearing radio presenters from across the UK attempting to break world records live on air. They had a choice from:
- Most Sound Effects Named in One Minute
- Most National Anthems Named in One Minute
- Most Film Scores Named in One Minute
As you can imagine, hearing people shout ‘church bells’ ‘Indiana Jones’ ‘Bolivia’ made for great radio and a pretty hilarious morning.
How it worked
The two adjudicators – Gaz and Kris – were in our studio and monitored back-to-back record attempts with stations across the UK who called in to have a go.
The adjudicators oversaw the record attempts and at the end were able to immediately tell the presenters their result.
To give you a little taste of what it sounds like we threw our in-house Producer Collina Bloor and freelance cameraman Dan Martin into the studio to have a go at setting a record for Film Scores, albeit for a bit of fun:
Wasn’t that fun?! Head over to the Guinness World Records website if you fancy a go yourself.
Post by Daniele Baron, Production Assistant @ TNR Communications