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24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists. Jingle Jams. An eclectic assortment of holiday tunes, from the new and quirky to the classic.

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Happy Holidays!

The music elves at WXPN have once again expanded the definition of holiday music!  Now through January 1, 2018 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...

Twenty five years ago, WXPN gave the keys to Robert Drake on December 24 to play whatever he desired from his eclectic collection of seasonal songs. As technology advanced, Robert has been able to interact with his listeners - both on air and online. Last year, Robert launched a new interactive element for the celebration - and we're excited to revive it again for 2017.

We present 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 Tuesday, November 28 and daily through Friday, December 22 (twenty-five 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:
Robert Drake
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19104

This year WXPN is proud to present The 9th Annual XPN Local Home for the Holidays special produced and hosted by Helen Leicht broadcasting on XPN Tuesday, December 19 at 8 pm with a rebroadcast on Sunday, December 24 at 10am. Showcasing many regional-based musicians performing their unique versions of holiday songs.

This year Helen welcomed performances by several WXPN Musicians On Call artists, including David Falcone, Lisa Bouchelle and Andrea Nardello. Joining them in the round will be Skip Denenberg, Aaron Parnell Brown and Ross Bellenoitt.

The XPN Local Home for the Holidays concert was recorded at Morning Star Studios in East Norriton PA; hosted and produced by Helen Leicht, engineered by Glenn Barratt with production assistance from Ciara Barratt and Lizanne Knott.

Learn more about WXPN Musicians On Call and how you can get involved! Simply click here: Musicians On Call

The 25th annual edition of "The Night Before on XPN with Robert Drake" from midnight to midnight on Sunday, December 24. Host Robert Drake, who also programs Jingle Jams, will take over WXPN for 25 non-stop hours -- yep, he's added a final hour to the madness to celebrate the quarter-century mark!. Expect the unexpected along with much celebrating amid the holiday music delights.

As Robert says, "it was 25 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."

Interact with Robert and all the #XPNNightBefore fans - visit the show's page at XPN.org/hohoho And, if you are on Facebook, be sure to join the Night Before on XPN community: XPNNightBefore Facebook Group

To better explain The Night Before on XPN with Robert Drake, check out this 'timeless classic' about our annual aural tradition, written and performed by Philly's own Bah & The Humbugs all about The Night Before The Night Before


After twenty-five years Robert Drake has collected a box of holiday music and snippets that - for whatever reason - never made it to his annual December 24 specials.

So, this year he asked his colleague Eric Schuman to join him and together they will host a 3-hour late night celebration designed to twinkle your eyes and merry your dimples! It's Merry Fringemas - from the cutting room floor of The Night Before!

Merry Fringemas with Robert Drake & Eric Schuman will air Christmas Day, 1-4am ET. However, we know you might not be awake - so we'll be posting the audio below once the show is produced later in December.

What?! You thought Robert would be live for another three hours after his 25?! LOL!