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The 26th annual edition of 24 Nonstop Hours on the 24th Day of December! All day, all night December 24th!

Robert Drake here – excited to once again host The Night Before on XPN!
Merry Fringemas!

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It was 26 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!

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To better explain The Night Before on XPN with Robert Drake, check out this 'timeless classic' about my annual aural tradition, written and performed by Philly's own Bah & The Humbugs to celebrate my (then) 20th anniversary of The Night Before The Night Before

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DJRobertDrakeDJRobertDrake - ICYMI / 89-year-old Sy Sarnoff tells his tale of trying to create a new Christmas standard /originally b'cast @wxpnfm #XPNNightBefore www.mix... - 03:45PM Dec 27

JoeMustKnowJoeMustKnow - #XPNNightBefore this Disney song is trippin me the fudge out. There's a dam spookiness to it. - 05:37AM Dec 25

dreastilldreastill - @DJRobertDrake #XPNNightBefore well done 24 hours!! Enjoy a deep sleep and have a very Merry Christmas! - 05:05AM Dec 25

theericschumantheericschuman - Don't head back to the North Pole just yet... Merry Fringemas with me & @DJRobertDrake begins just after #XPNNightBefore ... pic.twi... - 04:35AM Dec 25

SteveCoarSteveCoar - My work here is done. Mom's in her kerchief and I'm into a night cap. Let's drive it home @DJRobertDrake #XPNNightBefore pic.twi... - 03:49AM Dec 25

booker_julianbooker_julian - @DJRobertDrake it’s Xmas down under, and we’re eating cookies #XPNNightBefore pic.twi... - 02:32AM Dec 25

phillyjohn74phillyjohn74 - Roasting chestnuts on the open fire and listening to #XPNNightBefore I do every year. Thanks @DJRobertDrake !! pic.twi... - 01:38AM Dec 25

DJRobertDrakeDJRobertDrake - DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL! #XPNNightBefore twitter... - 12:58AM Dec 25

MalindaAnnHillMalindaAnnHill - Deer in the headlights #XPNNightBefore pic.twi... - 10:46PM Dec 24

EmorysGirlEmorysGirl - Nothing like coming out of church to “Yuletide Zeppelin” #XPNnightbefore - 10:05PM Dec 24

RadioNedRadioNed - #XPNnightbefore w/ @DJRobertDrake makes Xmas wrapping a breeze. pic.twi... - 09:44PM Dec 24

parker_dorsettparker_dorsett - #XPNNightBefore here it is,my 10+ years of night before, it's part of my tradition. For the raindeer song. - 09:17PM Dec 24

BennettthechefBennettthechef - #XPNnightbefore always loved this one too... pic.twi... - 07:27PM Dec 24

BennettthechefBennettthechef - #XPNnightbefore my wife surprised with this ornament from our trip to London to see the Eagles pic.twi... - 07:22PM Dec 24

k80wilsonk80wilson - #XPNNightBefore Thank you Robert, this has lifted my spirits today! Especially Striking Midnight. Merry Christmas - 06:36PM Dec 24

drowan11drowan11 - Striking 12 on #XPNNightBefore @DJRobertDrake always a favorite - 05:17PM Dec 24

DavidLeiggiDavidLeiggi - #XPNNightBefore Thank you Robert Drake! My 24th year enjoying The Night Before! - 02:11PM Dec 24

joshpincusjoshpincus - Merry Christmas from the on-air studios of @wxpnfm #XPNNightBefore @ WXPN www.ins... - 05:48AM Dec 24

wbilanciowbilancio - #XPNNightBefore no old school chat room this year? :( - 05:37AM Dec 24

wxpnfmwxpnfm - . @DJRobertDrake has outdone himself yet again - transforming the WXPN Broadcast studio into a Winter Wonderland for #XPNNightBefore ! Tune in for the next 24 hours. Listen, watch and join the facebook group. www.xpn... pic.twi... - 05:08AM Dec 24