By Brett Leigh Dicks
It’s funny how stunts tend to take on a life of their own. When KTYD’s Morning Show deejay Matt McAllister decided to break the Guinness world record for wearing the most T-shirts at one time as a charity fundraiser for Computers for Families little did he know how the feat would resound. Under the watchful eye of a couple of paramedics, McAllister donned 155 shirts and beat the previous record by 34.
The entire proceeding was recorded, with successive photographs documenting each and every T-shirt. “We made a time-lapse video out of the photos and put it up on YouTube.com,” explained McAllister. “All of a sudden it just took off and we now have 1.7 millions hits. We then got offers from Good Morning America and The Today Show and the like, all wanting interviews and also wanting me to put the shirts on. But I didn’t want to put all those shirts on again more than once, so my producer called the Letterman show and told them about the offers and said that if we did anything on TV we want to do it on his show because we’re big fans.”
Last week, McAllister — along with Morning Show cohorts Hayseed and Julie Ramos — headed to New York for an appearance on The Late Show to do it all over again. Now his record-breaking performance is being talked about the world over: From Ireland to New Zealand, shirt-wearing tomfoolery is now firmly entrenched in Santa Barbara’s international identity.
“It wasn’t just me who went on Letterman,” explained McAllister, who the week before was having major troubles with station management regarding the format of his show. “I went there representing the radio station and all of my listeners and the city as a whole. Santa Barbara is connected to this thing whether it likes it or not! And people seem proud that Santa Barbara is getting some recognition other than Hollywood celebrities or who’s buying a house and how much it costs to live here. It’s nice for the country to know we too can do something stupid and that we have a good sense of humor and are not taking ourselves too seriously.”