Brocton native sets world mark by riding Ferris wheel 31 hours

ERIE, Pa. – David Belmondo, a Brocton native who set the Guinness World Record for the most continuous hours spinning records in a disc jockey booth, has set another world mark.

Over the weekend, Belmondo rode the Ferris wheel ride at Waldameer Park in Erie, Pa., for 31 continuous hours.

Visitors to Waldameer could ride with Belmondo if they made a donation to the John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation.

“Thank you, thank you thank you. I can’t begin to say how proud I am of this community. Yes, the world record was beat for the longest Ferris wheel ride, but the real winner here is the John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation,” Belmondo posted on Facebook. “Because of your generosity, we raised $1,677.02. That money will be matched 3 to 1 by the foundation, so folks, we have a check for more than $5,000.”

Like Chautauqua and Cattaraugus County, the weather was quite cool in Erie over the weekend, but that didn’t stop Belmondo.

“I want to thank everyone who donated to the cause and who came out on this lousy weather weekend to take a few spins on the wheel with me. I also want to thank Paul Nelson, Steve and Brian Gorman, Mark Anderson, the ride operators, witnesses for the event and the entire crew at Waldameer who helped make this world record attempt possible,” he said on Facebook.

In 1978, when Belmondo was a disc jockey, he set the world record for the most continuous hours spinning records in a disc jockey booth – 2,016 hours. He entered the booth at The Castle in Brocton on Sept. 15, 1978 and didn’t leave until Dec. 7. He appeared in the 1980 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. Thirty-five years later the record stands unbroken.

Belmondo later became a sales representative for the OBSERVER, working from 1979 to 1982. Now he is a weekend anchor with JET 24/FOX 66 TV in Erie.