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!

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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

theericschumantheericschuman - Enter the weird and wonderful world of FRINGEMAS. The post- #XPNNightBefore special (hosted by me & @DJRobertDrake ) begins momentarily on @wxpnfm ... pic.twi... - 05:20AM Dec 25

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

jillianiveyjillianivey - Please believe that I mean it in the best possible way when I say @jobu215 and I end every Christmas Eve in a puddle of tears when @DJRobertDrake closes out #XPNNightBefore with Jeff Buckley’s interpretation of “Hallelujah.” Happy holidays, y’all. - 05:04AM Dec 25

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

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

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

booker_julianbooker_julian - The singular moment of the day...when @DJRobertDrake plays “Christmas Wrapping.” So much #XPNNightBefore - 10:29PM Dec 24

DJRobertDrakeDJRobertDrake - chat room is so last century ;) It's all social media now - haha - but thanks for the virtual coffee fix! #XPNNightBefore twitter... - 10:13PM 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

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

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

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

happilyhoppedhappilyhopped - The Night Before starting NOW!!!! @wxpnfm @DJRobertDrake #XPNnightbefore - 05:03AM Dec 24

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