A tired and emotional Sam Steen just moments before he ended his 32-hour marathon show in 2018. Next week he will beat that record when he hosts the “Big Fat 33-hour Marathon Show” starting on 17 September at 6am.
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Ara City Radio presenter will host a marathon 33-hour show next week to kick start a crowdfunding campaign for the station.
What has prompted this endurance test? Well, Ara City Radio is launching a crowdfunding campaign that will help sustain the station as Luxembourg emerges from the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. “Like many small businesses in Luxembourg, the pandemic and following economic crisis has hit the radio station hard,” says Sam. “We support local artists, causes and the different international communities in Luxembourg, to continue to do this we need to stay on-air.”
Station manager Lisa McLean says that while the new media law that has been tabled by the government is trying to support journalism in the digital age, community radio stations like Ara City do not fit into its framework. “We need to use crowdfunding to stabilise our immediate finances, but also to show the government that our listeners care, and in a sense demand that we gain some government support”.
In 2018 Sam’s show managed to garner pledges totalling around €8,000. This year’s “Big Fat 33-hour Marathon Show” promises “a mix of listeners’ favourite features from Sam’s daily show, as well as fun chat, and loads of interesting games and challenges to keep him awake.”