South Park DJ spins world record in trivia marathon

| Saturday, July 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

It's official: A South Park disc jockey made the Guinness Book of World Records.

Jason Hinkledire, a DJ for 15 years, became the champion Quizmaster for successfully directing a 33-hour, nine-minute marathon of trivia knowledge in April in Viola's restaurant and tavern in Moon, said Jamie Antoniou, a senior public relations manager with the New York office of the record-keeper.

“This is part of the ‘bucket list' I wanted to accomplish,” said Hinkledire, who acknowledged the most difficult part of his achievement was not the marathon but “the planning and execution of all the Guinness requirements.”

His wife, Janice, who helped with the effort, said the format of the marathon was challenging.

“Jason had to ask a trivia question every 60 seconds,” she said. “It was critical that Jason stay on schedule.”

Volunteers worked behind the scene to ensure success. The couple raised about $1,300 for charity through the event. The 100 participants exceeded a record set in 2003 in the United Kingdom of 32 hours, 15 minutes.

The winning trivia team: Wise Guys, a group of primarily Aliquippa-area residents.

“I love trivia and the thought of being part of this marathon really appealed to me,” said Dan DeSantis, a retiree of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and a member of Wise Guys. “It was a lot of fun, although the most difficult aspect was staying awake throughout the night.

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I'm glad I got to share it not only with my friends, but with my son and brother as well,” DeSantis said.

The Guinness Book of World Records describes itself as recognizing achievements that are “officially amazing.” The organization is based in London, with offices in New York and Tokyo.

Guinness keeps about 50,000 records in its database, Antoniou said: “We average about 1,000 requested attempts for new records per week.”

Its latest book of records will be released on Sept. 10, she said, though she could not confirm whether Hinkledire's record will be in it.

Hinkledire, who manages events through his Hinkledire Entertainment, isn't sure if becoming a record-holder has lasting benefits.

“I do hope it will be a good tool for hosting area trivia contests,” he said. “There is some small talk right now about at least having another area trivia marathon. But right now I have no intentions of becoming a serial world record-breaker.”

Andrew Leheny is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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