The Nights Before Christmas

Since 2011, Rob Martinez has produced holiday music specials for 89.1 WBOI.  “The Nights Before Christmas” feature selections from his collection of Christmas music - one of the largest privately owned collections in the United States.

Rob Martinez

Six years ago, Rob Martinez was interviewed by WBOI’s then-program director Andrew Anderson for a segment on his hobby collecting Christmas music.  The interview was the springboard for all of his shows that have followed to now.

“My specials didn’t even have a title back in 2011,” says Martinez.  “I didn’t even have a Facebook page for the show until 2013!”

Each December since, Martinez has created an average of five hours of original Christmas programming.

Rob Martinez

  July is a patriotic month - Independence Day, fireworks, and parades.  One holiday that used to fly under the radar was "Christmas In July".  Rob Martinez, WBOI's resident holiday music expert, will broadcast a new all-request version of his usually-in-December show "The Nights Before Christmas" on Wednesday July 6th from 9 to 11 PM to mark the occasion.   

Rob Martinez

The summer is in full swing but for Rob Martinez, the calendar always reads Christmas.  89.1 WBOI's resident holiday music expert wanted to celebrate the month of July with a special one time version of his show "The Nights Before Christmas".  This special airs on Tuesday, July 7th from 8 PM to 10 PM.

"We've watched our Facebook page explode with new likes since January," Martinez said.  "It's gone from 150+ likes to over 450+ in less than six months.  I really wanted to do a show for these new potential listeners so they don't have to wait until December."