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!
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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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JoeMustKnowJoeMustKnow - #XPNNightBefore this Disney song is trippin me the fudge out. There's a dam spookiness to it. - 05:37AM Dec 25

albrightadminalbrightadmin - An extra Merry and Happy Christmas to @DJRobertDrake for all the wonderful Christmas music on #XPNNightBefore Love it! #MerryChristmas pic.twi... - 01:32AM Dec 25

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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

WpSchlitzWpSchlitz - My kid’s reaction to Toy Sack. She doesn’t get it. #XPNNightBefore She digs Fruit Cake, though. @wxpnfm pic.twi... - 09:04PM Dec 24

BennettthechefBennettthechef - #XPNnightbefore always loved this one too... pic.twi... - 07:27PM Dec 24

BennettthechefBennettthechef - #XPNnightbefore my wife surprised with this ornament from our trip to London to see the Eagles pic.twi... - 07:22PM Dec 24

TwinsRunTwinsRun - When cookie decorating goes from let’s be creative to let’s get this done while listening to #XPNNightBefore pic.twi... - 07:01PM Dec 24

k80wilsonk80wilson - #XPNNightBefore Thank you Robert, this has lifted my spirits today! Especially Striking Midnight. Merry Christmas - 06:36PM Dec 24

EileenCunniffeEileenCunniffe - Is it OK to admit I just did most of my Christmas decorating today, on Christmas Eve? It's been a busy December, and I like to wait until I'm really feeling it. Thanks #XPNNightBefore for perfect musical accompaniment! - 05:37PM Dec 24

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

harveymilkharveymilk - Up early and listening to the wonderful Robert Drake creating the magic. #xpnnightbefore - 09:20AM Dec 24

SisterShawnRMSisterShawnRM - Feeling grateful for #XPNNightBefore Christmas playlist. - 07:16AM Dec 24

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