Glen Jones is WFMU's reigning bad boy. But in May 2001, he flirted with respectability when he reached for, and briefly held, the Guinness World Record for longest ever radio broadcast. A media blitz ensued, Katie Couric repeatedly checked on Jones' progress, and some began to worry: would all this attention mellow Our Jonesey? 100 hours and 42 seconds later, as Tom Waits's "You're Innocent When You Dream" spun on turntable #2, a haggard and exhausted Jones reflected on the 1,128 songs, dozens of guests, and several on-air massages. Witnesses to this feat look back fondly on one particular portion of the record-breaking broadcast: Jones’ phone interview on the Howard Stern show, where Jonesey told Howard "I don't respect you", right after saying "shit" -- on Stern's airwaves, and not WFMU's. May 25-29, 2001.
Real audio links to all 100+ hours of the Jones-a-Thon broadcast are available here.
Illustration by Lyman Dally