The music elves at WXPN have once again expanded the definition of holiday music! Now through January 1, 2017 you can listen to a stream of eclectic sounds of the season on Jingle Jams, a 24/7 uninterrupted stream curated by XPN's own Kris Kringle, Robert Drake! He's presenting a unique mix of seasonal songs celebrating both the holiday and winter seasons! All music, no talk - perfect to stream at home or at work!
Also, this holiday season...
Here we are almost a quarter-century later and what was once a couple hours has morphed into The Night Before on XPN with Robert Drake: a twenty-four hour tradition for thousands of households worldwide. Speaking of traditions – normally it’s the ‘25th anniversary’ that draws attention – but for us, it’s all about 24! Twenty-four hours on the twenty-fourth day of December … seems fitting to do something special to celebrate twenty-four years, right?!That said, we have rolled out Robert Drake’s All-Original Non-Denominational Strictly-Recreational 24 Karat Holiday Card-Tastrophe!
It might be a mouthful – but it’s really quite simple. It’s a contest folks can enter simply by sending in a holiday card. No emails. No website entries. Strictly old-school USPS. Robert is going to hang ALL the cards he receives inside the XPN studio so everyone can soak in the beauty during this year’s 24-hour marathon The Night Before on XPN broadcast, thanks to our JingleCam – streaming in glorious HD video!
But – before he decorates, he wants to celebrate! Beginning Wednesday, November 30 and daily through Friday, December 23 (twenty-four days!) he will select one card at random and award that person a prize from the XPN prize closet! Nothing crazy – just a little token of thanks for being part of our annual celebration of the season! The sooner you enter, the better your chances to win!
Send your card to:
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104
8th Annual "XPN Local Home for the Holidays" special presented by Helen Leicht on XPN Tuesday, December 20 at 8 pm with rebroadcasts on Saturday, December 24 at 10am; and Sunday, December 25 at Noon. Showcasing many regional-based musicians performing their unique versions of holiday songs.
This year Helen welcomes performances by Katie Barbato, Matt Santry, Sharon Little, Greg Sover, Lizanne Knott, John Byrne, Matthew Schuler, Allison Polans and The Youngers.
The event also features the Philly Local Holiday House Band; featuring: John Conahan (Music Director/piano), Sarah Larsen (violin), Erik Sayles (guitar), Ken Pendergast (bass) and Chuck Staab (drums).
The XPN Local Home for the Holidays concert was recorded at Morning Star Studios in East Norriton PA; produced and engineered by Glenn Barratt with production assistance from Ciara Barratt.
The 24th annual edition of "The Night Before on XPN with Robert Drake" from midnight to midnight on Saturday, December 24. Host Robert Drake, who also programs Jingle Jams, will take over WXPN for 24 non-stop hours and present his merry marathon for his 24th consecutive year. Expect the unexpected along with much celebrating amid the holiday music delights.
As Robert says, "it was 24 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."
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