D.C. radio host attempts world record-breaking, 52 hour-long broadcast

Joe Madison. (Photo: WJLA/Caroline Tucker)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – It is well known that radio talk show hosts can talk for quite some time. But one D.C.-based host is attempting to talk for a record-breaking 52 hours straight.

That means no sleeping, some eating and plenty of talking.

"Only Joe Madison would do something like this. He has a great heart. He would do anything for the Smithsonian," said SiriusXM Vice President of Talk Show Programming Don Wicklin.

The marathon is to raise money for the Smithsonian African American History and Culture Museum, which is currently under construction.

"This is America's museum. This tells a story—a story that has not been told by Smithsonian since there was a Smithsonian," said radio host Joe Madison.

Madison has been fueling up with green tea and honey to soothe his throat. There is a cot posted inside of the studio, but Madison says he has only used it to help his back during breaks.

During the marathon, he can only take three small breaks every hour. Only at the top of the hour can he actually leave the studio. There is a camera that is recording and watching his every move.

The broadcast is officially registered with the Guinness World Record Organization.

Madison has won awards for his humanitarian efforts and social activism. He said this effort is not nearly as difficult as other things he has done.

"Compared to going to Sudan and sleeping in the bush, this is easy. The reality is you don't think about the difficulty, you think about the accomplishment," said Madison.

As of Thursday afternoon, Madison had raised more than $37,000 for the museum.

Celebrity guests that planned to participate in the broadcast include Aretha Franklin, Danny Glover and sports journalist Stephen A. Smith.

"The brain is over-stimulated and that has been what has been keeping me going," said Madison.

Madison also said that people calling into the show announcing that they had made a donation has really helped, because he wants to raise awareness about the museum.

His marathon broadcast began on Wednesday and will end at 10 a.m. on Friday.

You can follow the marathon here.

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