WMUL Marathon DJ Shift

By: Dave Benton
By: Dave Benton

Most of work eight to nine hours a day, but what if you sat at your desk for 88 hours...with minimal breaks! That's what a Marshall University student is doing as a campus DJ.

Terry Bartley's passion for broadcasting steps over the boundaries most of most deejays. Bartley is blabbing between songs for 88 hours, with only a five minute break each hour.

So why does he do it?

“I'd like to preview the new format, and for recruiting and what they can for the station,” said Bartley.

“It might be a publicist stunt to get more students on board the award winning college radio station, but it's a true test of one student's stamina.

“At first I didn't think it'd be a big deal,” said Bartley. “Sometimes you want to fall asleep or dose off.”

Bartley has support...from web watchers who are tracking the 88 hour stint on the campus website, to fellow WMUL broadcasters.

“I think Terry has it in him to meet his goal,” said Alex Reed, WMUL Station Manager. “He has a lot of support, and he can accomplish it.”

Bartley wanted to break the Guiness Book of World Records for Dee-Jaying more than 122 hours, but the rules are too strict for this dee jay.

“You need to have a lot of witnesses who are prominent people in the community,” said Bartley. “Maybe this will help us get some support, and later we can try to break the record.”

He’s a dedicated student, who hopes to bring more attention and broadcaster to FM 88.1.

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