The 20th Annual The Night Before on XPN
24 Nonstop Hours on the 24th Day of December!
From midnight to midnight December 24, 2013
It was 20 years ago when WXPN came to me, with those puppy-dog eyes, hoping that I'd fill in on December 24. Seems no one was available, and in those days before digital, you needed a body to oversee any programming. So, I agreed - as long as they gave me complete freedom to spin an aural web of sounds of the season - direct from my collection of holiday tunes. What they didn't know was that I had already developed a fascination for Christmas songs. Not the burnt cookies anyone can hear up and down the dial in December. My collection was chock-full of unique nuggets - some not given the light of day for decades.
So, they agreed to give me three hours and I delivered. The three hours went to four - which went to six and then to twelve, to celebrate twelve years of tradition! The following year management asked what I planned to do to top my 12-hour marathon. I said, how 'bout 24 hours?! After checking my pulse and temperature - just to be sure I wasn't babbling under some illness - they agreed. Ever since, I've been on the air for 24-nonstop hours every Christmas Eve.
And now I am doing it all again!
Jingle Jams on XPN2
With the holiday season here, WXPN has once again set the soundtrack to the season with Jingle Jams, an all-holiday music stream at 88.5 HD2 Philadelphia, 88.7 HD2 Harrisburg, and live worldwide at XPN2.org. The 24-hour, commercial and talk-free mix is curated by Robert Drake in celebration of his 20th annual Night Before on XPN show, December 24. Jingle Jams is perfect to stream all day long at home or even at your workplace - TRY IT!