If you interviewed Jack Ingram live on the air on Tuesday or Wednesday, you were not alone. The Country artist set a Guinness World Record for completing 215 radio interviews in 24 hours to promote his new album, “Big Dreams and High Hopes.”
Beginning with KSCS-FM Dallas at 8:00 am on Tuesday, August 25th, and ending with CMT Radio at 7:55 am Wednesday, August 26th, Ingram conducted 215 five-minute interviews with radio stations. Country radio networks and syndicated shows across the US, Canada and Australia. The entire string of interviews was also streamed live on CMT.com.
Stations in the record-breaking stunt ranged from big markets to small, with KKGO-FM Los Angeles immediately followed by WYST-FM Fairbury, IL. WXTU-FM Philadelphia was followed immediately by KAIR-FM Atchison, KS.
Ingram blew away the previous record for the most interviews conducted within a 24-hour span, held jointly by public speaking coaches and authors T.J. Walker and Jess Todfeld. Ingram’s publicity said their mark was 96, but their website says they did 112 to set a new record in June 2009. In either case, Ingram beat them by more than 100 and received a plaque from the Guinness Book of World Records folks on Wednesday after completing his string of interviews.
Now, Ingram is waiting to see if the first single from the new album, “Barefoot & Crazy,” will become the second top 10 hit of his still-young career.
RBR/TVBR observation: We wonder if Ingram had any trouble understanding the questions from eight stations in Australia that ended Tuesday’s round of interviews before a five hour, 25 minute sleep break. And it seems he missed a great opportunity to get a coffee company to sponsor the whole thing!