23 years ago, a teenaged disc jockey on a college radio station in New Jersey got the Christmas eve shift and determined to stay on the air for as long as he could (or until the next DJ showed which, you know, it's Christmas...could be days) and play as many Christmas records as he could find in the station's record library.
"Cherry Bomb" by Anitra Hamilton
23 years later, Jon Solomon's Christmas Eve marathon on Princeton's WPRB 103.3 FM is an institution, a holiday tradition as revered by its listeners as the Macy's Thanksgiving parade is to others. There are even Christmas songs that have been written about Jon Solomon's annual marathon. For 24 hours, from 6:00 PM Christmas Eve to 6:00 PM Christmas night, Jon Solomon plays radio Santa, handing out musical gifts of every size, shape and color.
We spoke about connecting and Jon loves to connect with the listeners to his mighty marathon. Sometimes, a voice on the other end of the phone is better than coffee. Jon tries to honor requests when he can and he's got listeners around the globe for this annual event. The playlist is updated in real time on line, so you can follow along. And there's even a live webcam feed so you can see how the man is holding up.
JON SOLOMON'S CHRISTMAS EVE MARATHON can be heard live on WPRB 103.3 FM in and around Princeton, New Jersey and on the Internet from 6:00 PM Christmas Eve through 6:00 PM Christmas night. To stream any or all of the show, click on the "Listen Now" button on the WPRB web site. Then choose your preferred stream.