RECORD-breaking Jersey City D.J. still on the air

Tuesday, May 29th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Glenn Jones has talked and talked and talked and talked.

As of 6:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday, the disc jockey had been talking for about 93 hours, easily shattering the record for the longest continuous radio broadcast. And he was still talking.

``It's been a test of wills, a test of determination,'' Jones said of his achievement. ``The first day was the hardest, but we're still going strong.''

Jones said he wanted to remain on the air until he hit the 100-hour mark, which would be about 1 p.m. EDT, and would then decide whether to continue.

``I am the heavyweight champion of the world'' Jones exclaimed when he set the record at 10:34 a.m. EDT Monday. That was when his show had gone on 73 ours, 34 minutes _ one minute longer than a broadcast by British DJ Greg Daines.

Jones, a DJ on the Jersey City freeform station WFMU, said he's never had so much fun on the radio. He's been playing an eclectic mix of musicians, from the cast of ``The Muppet Movie'' to the Grateful Dead, and played Frank Sinatra's rendition of ``My Way'' just moments after breaking the record.

Jones' feat had to follow a long list of rules, and independent observers have been on hand to make sure he was complying the rules. The broadcast must still be certified by Guinness World Records, station officials said.

He can take a 15-minute break every eight hours, the songs he plays must be between two and six minutes _ meaning he couldn't put on ``Freebird'' and wander away _ and he has to chime in every minute when a guest talks.

During his broadcast, Jones has talked on-air to callers including KISS' Gene Simmons and also appeared live on NBC's ``The Today Show,'' where he promised host Katie Couric he'd play her a James Taylor song and explained his strategy for staying awake.

``You can take anything you want, but I didn't even take coffee in the first 36 hours because I knew I'd need it later,'' he explained.

Jones, 39, is the host of a weekly show on WFMU. During the week, the New York City man is a radio producer for Court TV.