Night Before With Robert Drake

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The 27th 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
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It was 27 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 - December insomnia means more time for Hallmark Christmas movies. . #tistheseason #hallmarkchristmasmovies #xpnnightbefore - 08:44AM Dec 10

DJRobertDrakeDJRobertDrake - Just about a month away from my 27th annual takeover of @wxpnfm - for 24 LIVE hours on Dec 24 #XPNNightBefore pic.twi... - 02:49PM Nov 22

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EileenCunniffeEileenCunniffe - That was a beautiful thing you just did there, Robert with The Night Before the Night Before Christmas"! #XPNNightBefore @wxpnfm - 07:23PM Dec 24

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

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

joshpincusjoshpincus - Merry Christmas from the on-air studios of @wxpnfm #XPNNightBefore @ WXPN www.ins... - 05:48AM 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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wxpnfmwxpnfm - If you hear the sound of sleigh bells, you're not dreaming -- it's just our @DJRobertDrake , here to take you away for the next 24 hours with the #XPNNightBefore ! For your Christmas eve, it's nothing but holiday music for the next 24 hours. Tune in at pic.twi... - 05:00AM Dec 24