Sitting in an easy chair in the shadow of New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge, Jack Ingram was talking his way on Tuesday (Aug. 25) toward a new world’s record. Ingram was seeking to break the mark in the Guinness Book of World Records for most radio interviews conducted in a 24-hour span.
The previous record holders were two media speakers and writers, T.J. Walker and Jess Todtfeld, at 96 consecutive interviews. Prior to that, two members of the group Fall Out Boy, Pete Wentz and Patrick Vaughn Stump, held the record with 72 interviews. Ingram was planning to surpass the record of 96 on Tuesday and then continue on. He was aiming to surpass 200 interviews by the end of the 24-hour period Wednesday. The last interview scheduled, No. 215, was set with Cody Alan on CMT Radio.
He told CMT Insider, “I knew we were going to do a ton of interviews anyway, so I thought, ‘I should just do it all day long. For 24 hours, let’s just get on the phone and stay on.'” The executives at his label, Big Machine Records, thought it was a good idea. “That’s what I get for opening my stupid mouth,” Ingram said.
Ingram fielded many of the usual questions but also entertained such queries as “Would you rather slide down a 50-foot razor blade into a pool of alcohol or answer dumb questions from DJs for 24 hours straight?” His answer? He said he wanted to finish it up and then throw all the equipment into the river.
Ingram also released his new album, Big Dreams and High Hopes, on Tuesday. The rest of the week, he will make promotional appearances in Dallas and Austin, Texas, before playing dates with Toby Keith on the West Coast and touring later in the year with Gary Allan.See photos from Jack Ingram’s record breaking event.