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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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MalindaAnnHillMalindaAnnHill - When my twin wakes me up at 5am then falls back to sleep, I need an extra egg nog latte in my @wxpnfm mug. Thanks again to @DJRobertDrake for #XPNNightBefore . Merry Christmas! pic.twi... - 12:11PM Dec 25


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amyguskinamyguskin - Ah, Tori. Hearing “Winter” on #XPNNightBefore @wxpnfm warms my pagan heart! @DJRobertDrake - 03:34AM Dec 25


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sindbatgirlsindbatgirl - #whamageddon . Never thought #xpnnightbefore would get me! - 11:56PM Dec 24


honneylovehonneylove - Way to get all of us listening to lose Whammageddon @DJRobertDrake #XPNNightBefore - 11:51PM Dec 24


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


whitequeen58whitequeen58 - Hard Candy Christmas, Ru Paul, smile on my face and in my heart! #XPNNightBefore - 02:52PM Dec 24


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


jimpassarojimpassaro - Proud to introduce the #XPNNightBefore tradition to our kids! Thanks @DJRobertDrake and @wxpnfm for our soundtrack today! - 01:43PM Dec 24


susanmlodziensksusanmlodziensk - @DJRobertDrake you made him smile #XPNnightbefore TY - 12:41PM Dec 24


howdyjudyhowdyjudy - #XPNNightBefore it’s 4:30am here in Colorado and we are listening! - 11:34AM Dec 24


harveymilkharveymilk - Freddy Martin and his Orchestra does Nutcracker! #xpnnightbefore - 10:02AM Dec 24


harveymilkharveymilk - Roll call: listening from 20th and Mercy, Souf Filly. #xpnnightbefore - 09:23AM Dec 24


HughE_DillonHughE_Dillon - #XPNNightBefore listening for the past couple hours. Sounds great. - 07:42AM Dec 24


honneylovehonneylove - Gritty Christmas songs are a thing for real! #XPNnightbefore - 06:11AM Dec 24


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


MrsPincusMrsPincus - Ho! Ho! Ho! Listening now. Wearing my new comfy slippers. @DJRobertDrake @wxpnfm #XPNnightbefore - 05:29AM 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


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