Every year, my buddy Jon Solomon — lifelong DJ at Princeton’s community-supported radio station and the perennial runner-up in the Best Christmas Jew Pageant — settles in for a long winter’s sacrifice: 24 straight hours on the air, playing holiday music and slowly going insane. We’re talking 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve until 6 p.m. on Christmas Day. We’re talking 25 years he’s been doing this. We’re talking the usual Jingle-Drummer playlist plus a ton of screwy stuff you probably won’t hear anywhere else like “Zoomah the Santa Claus From Mars,” “Christmas Massacre of Charlie Brown” and “What Sweet Child O’ Mine Is This?” And then there’s the super-rare stuff. “I’m always taken with songs written or created with the show in mind,” says Solomon. “Philadelphia’s The Novenas wrote a li’l number about the marathon I can’t wait for everyone to hear, and another listener created an 18-minute sound collage I was impressed by.” And it’s not just the music. “Like last year, I plan on debuting a number of original ‘Christmas stories’ recorded by bands, comedians, listeners and others I admire during the program. Hopefully everyone gets their pieces in on time.”
Mon.-Tue., Dec. 24-25, 6 p.m.-6 p.m., WPRB 103.3 FM, wprb.com.