Robert Drake here – excited to once again host The Night Before on XPN!
It was 18 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! In 2007 management asked what I planned to do to top my 12-hour marathon the previous year. 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. So, for the last four years, I've been on the air for 24-nonstop hours.
Make request on The Jingle Line at 215-573-WXPN
Starting point for Drake's playlist. Don't pay any attention to the show names listed by the hour.
I'm getting ready and anxious for this year's radio show post. I listened to some recorded shows from last year yesterday. Plus I got an ap on my Blackberry where I can listen to a lot of the stations on my phone. Yaaaayyyy! I hope you're going to be able to do it again Jon, but I know how busy you must be with the spoon and everything else.
__________________ "Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'." -- Bing Crosby
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