Night Before With Robert Drake

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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!

Reach Robert on the
Jingle Line
at 215-573-WXPN
Check Out JingleJams

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 - Mr. Christmas reporting for duty!! 3am - up & starting my day. I’ll be live on PHL17 Morning News - spreading the Christmas Cheer - live from Tinsel, starting in the 5am hour! #HoHoHo #XPNnightbefore #PhillyHolidayFest - 08:36AM Dec 10

DJRobertDrakeDJRobertDrake - Now that the #XPNAtoZ is finished, its time to fire up #JingleJams in preparation for my 26th annual edition of XPNnightbefore 24 hours of me @wxpnfm on December 24thYou can stream… www.ins... - 09:13PM Dec 09

DJRobertDrakeDJRobertDrake - Now onto #JingleJams and then the 26th annual #XPNnightbefore on December 24!! #BRINGIT #xpnatoz pic.twi... - 08:09PM Dec 09

MrRonJensenMrRonJensen - Love #XPNNightBefore twitter... - 02:51PM Nov 03

RockLinksterRockLinkster - Another great #XPNNightBefore Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year to all. See you all next year. #SameBatTimeSameBatStation Thanks @DJRobertDrake Now get home and get some well-deserved sleep. - 05:45AM Dec 25

jadedHD1200jadedHD1200 - What a treat to hear @DJRobertDrake 'smellifluous tones after 11pm service! Thanks for a GREAT day of tunes and for the extra hour! Merry Christmas and God bless! #XPNNightBefore - 05:34AM Dec 25

CrabsncornCrabsncorn - I can watch #ChristmasStory with the sound turned down while listening to #XPNNightBefore . Life is good. Merry Xmas! - 03:04AM Dec 25

societoussocietous - #XPNNightBefore Merry Christmas to all! pic.twi... - 10:17PM Dec 24

twindy5twindy5 - Oh my goodness: “Yuletide Zeppelin” by mojochronic on #XPNNightBefore - 09:42PM Dec 24

rschenerschene - @wxpnfm kudos on the app updates. Listening to #XPNnightbefore now pic.twi... - 07:13PM Dec 24

HeslinHeslin - Very grateful for @DJRobertDrake and the #XPNNightBefore on @wxpnfm - 06:59PM Dec 24

SweetMabelArtSweetMabelArt - Enjoying #XPNNightBefore in #Narbeth thanks to @DJRobertDrake and @wxpnfm - 03:35PM Dec 24

NikeBlackNikeBlack - Yes! it's #XPNNightBefore again!!!! My absolute fav, with many happy memories of car rides with kids to celebrate with relatives. - 02:16PM Dec 24

johnfkaljohnfkal - “Santa Lost A Ho” replaces “Dominick the Donkey” as my favorite holiday song. Thank you #XPNNightBefore - 02:09PM Dec 24

rednonnarednonna - Poor . He lost a Ho. He used to go HOHOHO now he only goes HOHO. #XPNNightBefore - 02:03PM Dec 24

LodgeKenLodgeKen - Thanks, Robert Drake, for the great music! #XPNNightBefore - 01:56PM Dec 24

kmgordon1001kmgordon1001 - Love hearing #TheGripWeeds on #XPNNightBefore - 01:29PM Dec 24

andiliz1678andiliz1678 - OMG, MAME!! Thank you @DJRobertDrake , you made me and Mom very happy! #XPNNightBefore - 10:36AM Dec 24

BryonyFlynneBryonyFlynne - @cloudypianos You might enjoy this eclectic mix of holiday music #XPNNightBefore twitter... - 05:49AM Dec 24

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