A lot of wonderful (and wonderfully creative people) have submitted original songs & stories to WPRBXmas over the years. Scroll down to learn more about these folks, listen to their contributions, and connect with them on social media & around the web.
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Links in the song/story descriptions direct to Discogs profiles (where possible & appropriate), as well as other relevent supplementary material.
There's a lot of cool stuff here and we encourage you to explore it all!
Try as we might, we're not always able to track down info about past contributors. That means some entries are stumps . If you have any information about these "stumps" we'd love to hear from you. Contact us at elves @ marathon dot christmas.
PLEASE NOTE: We're still in the process of auditing & updating all of the material in the site's archives! Not all past WPRBXmas submissions will feature linked icons & text.
Bela Koe-Krompecher has been running Anyway Records from Columbus since 1992, he also writes about his life on his blog. Bela also writes sporadically for various music websites and in 2014 published a comic book based on a story about the Ramones adapted from his blog (“Do You Remember Rock & Roll Record Stores?"), via Nix Comics.
He works as a social worker and addictions counselor.
The Ralph Firneno Memorial Orchestra was formed in March of 2000, shortly after the passing of Fr. Ralph “Up the Irish” Firneno, SAC.
Like most artifacts of the 1990s, the Orchestra’s work harkens back to a more innocent time, when Luna had just released Penthouse and nobody knew the decade was little more than an after-thought to the 20th century.
When they’re not listening to WPRB or regretting their decision to go to graduate school, the Orchestra’s members are busy editing This is Really Happening: A Journal of What The Fuck Studies.
Franklin Bruno grew up listening to his Dad’s original Christmas songs in Upland, California, and now lives in Jackson Heights, Queens. He has made music with Nothing Painted Blue, as a solo artist, and in collaboration with the Mountain Goats, Jenny Toomey, and Laura Cantrell. His current band is The Human Hearts: their last album, Another (Shrimper) came out in 2012, and a singles compilation and new album, recorded by Mitch Easter, are in the works. He’s also written a book about Elvis Costello’s Armed Forces in the 33 1/3 series, and a collection of poems (The Accordion Repertoire, Edge Books). When he goes home to the Inland Empire, he guest DJs on KSPC-FM, where he recorded this story.