marathon christmas

Welcome to MARATHON CHRISTMAS, a site dedicated to Jon Solomon's annual 25-hour holiday marathon on 103.3FM WPRB and its worldwide community of devoted listeners!

This site serves as a hub for the entire WPRBXmas community. You'll find a little bit of everything here, including archives of old marathons, updates about this year's marathon, submissions guidelines, and an assortment of other odds & ends we've created to enhance your listening experience, connect you with other fans, and keep your WPRBXmas spirits riding high all year long.

Much like WPRBXMas, this site is a perpetual work-in-progress. Please e-mail elves @ marathon dot christmas if you discover any bugs or want to suggest an addition to the site.

Hover over the Christmas lights to navigate this website.

Tap the candy cane to navigate this website.

Countdown to WPRBXmas!

A 33 record labeled 2021.
12/24/21 12/25/21
5:00pm EST 6:00pm EST


This card pulls in live playlist data from WPRB's Spinitron feed.

Use this to keep up with the WPRXmas playlist.

Obviously, if it's not WPRBXmas right now this card will show the current WPRB DJ's playlist. Jon is great, but there are lots of other great DJs on WPRB too! You should definitely consider browsing WPRB's current broadcasting schedule and listening to (at least) a few of them.

Please keep in mind we don't control Spinitron's API (yet). We've fiddled with the incoming data to make it easier to read, but there may still be the occasional track or two that look a little wacky.

If you're having trouble viewing this data in your browser, you can click here to see the current playlist on Spinitron's website.

Current Track

Current Playlist


If it's WPRBXmas, you can use the embedded form to send Jon a listener request. Once you've submitted your request, Solobot will send you a confirmation e-mail.

You may need to click into the form and scroll down to complete & submit your request.

If it's not WPRBXmas, this form won't work!

WPRBXmas Stream

Jon live streams the entire WPRBXmas marathon.

During WPRBXmas, you can click the embedded video below to tune into Jon's holiday live stream.

It's not WPRBXmas, though, so in the meantime here's a live stream of a cartoon Yule log for you to enjoy!

Listener Chat

Every year, WPRBXmas listeners gather in a chat room to connect, reminisce, and keep Jon company during the marathon's lonelier hours.

It's not WPRBXmas right now, so, more than likely, you won't find any WPRBXmas listeners in the WPRBXmas Listener Chat.

But don't despair! You can still connect with other WPRB listeners via WPRB's year-round Spinitron Playlist chat: click here to join.

A new window will open in your browser and, if you have a valid Facebook or Google account, you'll be able to start chatting with other music lovers right away.

Jon Solomon's Tweets

Jon Solomon is the human behind WPRBXmas.

He tweets regularly from @jonsolomon, especially during WPRBXmas.

Attention Firefox users! Firefox doesn't always play nice with Twitter Publish, which means you may not be able to see these tweets in your browser. Sorry!

Jon Solobot's Tweets

Jon Solobot is the robot behind MARATHON CHRISTMAS.

He is Jon Solomon's electronic dopplegänger! He is also a Twitter bot we created using TensorFlow & the 27,000+ tweets the real (& presumably non-robotic) Jon Solomon's pumped out since June of 2009.

He tweets once-an-hour year-round, except during WPRBXmas, when he tweets once every 15 minutes.

When he's not tweeting, Solobot is busy trying to figure out how to (a) survive being immersed in water & (b) pass a Turing test. He also runs MARATHON CHRISTMAS' YouTube & Spotify accounts, as well as our listener chat rooms.

Jon Solobot is doing his best to live up to the high standards set by trail-blazing c0m3d1ans like @dril_pt2, @w0a0i0f & @SuperBowlBot.

If you're a giant nerd who wants to learn more about the tech keeping Jon Solobot alive, check out this, this & this.

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#WPRBXmas Tweets

Quite a few WPRBXmas listeners are on Twitter...which means that, for the duration of the marathon, lots of people from all over the world will be sharing their thoughts, memories, jokes, & pictures of Jerry the Christmas Snail ornaments using the #WPRBXmas hashtag.

During WPRBXmas, this card aggregates all #WPRBXmas tweets!

It's not WPRBXmas right now, of course, so here's a screenshot of the last #WPRBXmas tweets we aggregated in 2020 to tide you over till next year!

A screencap of some aggregated #WPRBXMas tweets from 2020.


Each year, Jon broadcasts hundreds of off-the-beaten-track holiday gems, including (since 2011) original contributions from WPRBXmas listeners!

This part of the site archives as much material from previous WPRBXmas marathons as we can find. There's quite a bit here but we've done our best to try and organize it all so that browsing the archive is easy and fun. Use the link menus below to start exploring the sights & sounds of marathons past.

We're always looking to expand the archive!

Please e-mail us if you have a piece of WPRBXmas history you'd like to share.

đź‘» WPRBXmas Stories

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Some very nice people have written some very nice things about Jon Solomon & WPRBXmas over the years. We're in the process of archiving those nice things here.

Sometimes links to older articles go dead. If you find a link that no longer works, please click here to let us know.



For the last ten years, Jon Solomon's invited WPRBXmas listeners to submit their own original Christmas stories & songs for airplay alongside marathon touchstones like Snaildartha: The Story of Jerry the Christmas Snail, all-Misfits-inspired sets, Ramones-o-Clock, Lindstrom’s epic 42-minute-long rendition of “Little Drummer Boy,” the all-Fall Christmas set, Joel Phelps’ myriad pieces and other annual favorites.

The addition of listeners' stories & songs has brought a new level of excitement to the program and made the marathon that much more special for all of us.

This year, listeners are again invited to submit an original Christmas story or song of their own. New pieces and old favorites alike will be broadcast throughout the marathon at the top of each hour.

What does "an original Christmas story or song" sound like?

That's really up to you! In the past, listeners have submitted readings of their favorite holiday tales, covers of popular (or obscure) holiday tunes, insane mash-ups (Slayer & Wham anyone?), as well as completely bespoke work.

Per WPRBXmas tradition, however, songs inspired by The Fall, the Ramones, and/or the Misfits will be FAST-TRACKED for consideration!

You can find many of these songs & stories archived on this very website! Scroll down to the GHOSTS OF MARATHONS PAST section if you're in need of a little Yuletide inspiration.

Guidelines & Rules


Please check back in 2021 for details about the 33rd WPRBXmas marathon's submissions deadline.

Friendly reminder to everyone submiting work! There's really only one rule Jon asks all WPRBXmas creators abide by: do not publically share work before it airs on the marathon!

Afterwards, though, go nuts! Just be be sure to mention (or, better still, link back) to WPRBXmas when you upload your submission to Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Quibi, or your sub-orbital swarm of beat-boxing drones.