It was 21 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. 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. This first began with a box of Christmas LPs that I purchased at a thrift shop in the late 1970s. I became intrigued with the fact that Christmas was more than Johnny Mathis and Bing Crosby. Throughout my adult years – beginning in the 1980s – I always kept an eye out for the unusual holiday release; first on vinyl and then CD. One crate became two, and soon became bins upon bins.