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Artist News Day

Spreading More Love

It’s Artist News Day and Jonathon shared with us the news of Micah Tyler’s book debut wit the release of Walking Free: Taking Small Steps to a Big God. This devotional was inspired by Tyler’s hit song of the same name. “Tyler applies Scripture and Biblical wisdom in his teaching alongside personal stories, along with questions for both personal reflections and group discussions.” This book is out now right here.

We then continued Artist News Day with congratulating Maverick City Music as they won four GRAMMYS this past Sunday. They won a GRAMMY for Best Gospel Performance/Song for Kingdom. They won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/song for Fear Is Not My Future. They won Best Gospel Album for Kingdom Book One Deluxe. Lastly, Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Breathe. Congrats to Maverick City!

Day Two of Spread the Love! Congrats to Ashley from Mount Vernon and she won a $10 Gift Certificate to Gospel Christian Life Shop! Also Congrats to Stacy from Mount Vernon and she won a Date Night prep Set from Cecelia McClelland Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics! Stay tuned tomorrow tomorrow on The Morning Thing and The Afternoon Drive for more Valentine’s Day Trivia!

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

Spring Concerts! Here’s what YOU need to know.

Today, we talked concerts! So many artists heading out for the spring! Here’s the list:

The Newsboys are bringing their Let The Music Speak Tour to Columbus!

The Newsboys are kicking off 2023 in a loud way! Hitting the road with special guest Adam Agee, Newsboys are LETTING THE MUSIC SPEAK by bringing a night full of all of their hits. It’s hits you know and love – like “We Believe” and “I Speak Jesus”– to rock and pop hits – like “Magnetic” and “Born Again” – this show has it all!

Location: Grace Polaris Church, 8225 Worthington Galena Rd, Westerville, OH 43081

Date: Thursday, March 2nd

Time: 6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

CeCe Winans is coming to Grove City!

Compassion International presents CeCe Winans live in concert for her “Believe For It” Tour. With 15 Grammy Awards, 31 Grammy Nominations, 23 Dove Awards and 15 Stellar Awards, this will be a night of worship and songs you’ll never forget. CeCe will perform many of her biggest songs from over her career as well as some of her more recent songs impacting the church like “Believe For It”, “Greatness of God” and “Never Lost”. This night will bring together church, community, and friends for a special live, full-band experience, fans have been anticipating for over 10 years!

Location: Grove City Church of the Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Rd, Grove City, OH 43123

Date: Thursday, March 23rd

Time: 5:45PM – VIP Doors open

6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

For King & Country returns to Columbus!

Joel and Luke Smallbone know how to spin a cocoon of sound that envelopes the listener, lace words of truth and use their voices to lift and inspire. FOR KING + COUNTRY is extending their popular tour from last fall. It is the “What Are We Waiting For” The Tour Part II!

Location: Nationwide Arena, 200 West Nationwide Boulevard Columbus, Ohio 43215

Date: Friday, April 7th


6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

Chris Tomlin is coming to Columbus!

Chris Tomlin brings his “Stories of Worship Tour” to Grove City NAZ. Chris will lead you through worship while sharing stories about some of his most influential songs around the world. Don’t miss this amazing concert experience and evening of worship. Location: Grove City Church of the Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Road,Grove City, Ohio 43123

Date: Sunday, April 16th


6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

Bethel Music is coming to Columbus!

Bethel Music brings their special “Come Up Here Worship Night” to Columbus. Their special guest is Amanda Cook. At this powerful night of worship and ministry, you will hear new songs from Bethel Music’s new release Come Up Here Worship Nights. You will also experience an amazing night of community worship together!

Location: The Palace Theatre, 34 W Broad St, Columbus OH 43215

Date: Saturday, April 21st


5:00PM – VIP Doors open

6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

Lecrae is coming to Grove City!

Lecrae brings the “Final Church Clothes” Tour to Grove City. Special guests are Elevation Rhythm and DOE. It’s faith and Hip-Hop with an Unashamed edge that challenges the Church to live up to its potential and encourages the Culture to reconcile with its Savior.

Location: Grove City Church of The Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Road Grove City, OH 43123

Date: Saturday, May 6th


6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

The “It’s Time Tour” is coming to Grove City!

This Spring, the powerhouse women of Gospel and Christian music are coming together for a must-see worship experience. See GRAMMY-winning artists Naomi Raine, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, 9-time GRAMMY-nominee Natalie Grant and globally renowned vocalist TAYA together for the “It’s Time” Tour.

Location: Grove City Church of The Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Road Grove City, OH 43123

Date: Saturday, May 28th


6:15PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

Ticket information is available on our website,, click on the Events Button and then click on the Concerts Tab.

He gave me beauty for ashes, turned my life around
He broke my chains and now I dance on solid ground

Congratulations to Asher from Mount Vernon for correctly guessing the song came from CeCe Winans. It’s “I’ve Got Joy”! Asher wins a Zach Williams Deluxe CD!

Thanks for listening!


Spring Tours and New Music!

We started Artist News Day with the announcement of Natalie Grant’s Spring Tour. The tour is called It’s Time, she will also be joined by Naomi Raine, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, and TAYA! The tour will kick off on April 25th and ends on June 1st. Ticket information is available here.

Lifeline 2023 is coming soon! Lifeline 2023 will be from March 29th trough April 3rd. Our theme this year is God is in This Story based on the song by Katy Nichole and Big Daddy Weave and this year’s verse is Isaiah 41:10 which reads, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

We then continued our Artist News Day with CAIN soon to release their highly project Honest Offering. This six-song live worship EP is to release on Friday, February 24th. The project’s pre-sale begins today and you can listen to the project’s single “Friend In Jesus” now.

We are playing Winter Jam 2023 Artist Trivia for your chance to win passes to any Winter Jam in 2023! Congrats to Jen from Howard she won our Winter Jam Artist Trivia. The question today was, Francesca Battistelli’s Husband matt is the son of a member from which other Winter Jam band? The correct answer is Newsong, Matt Goodwin is the son of Billy Goodwin of Newsong and Francesca and Matt met for the first time during a Winter Jam Tour. If you want more info on Winter Jam 2023 click here!

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

First New Songs of 2023!

Seems like we just entered 2022, but here we are at a brand new number…2023!

Today, I shared our first 3 new songs to the WNZR playlists for the new year.

Casting Crowns – Desert Road

Brandon Lake – Gratitude

Blessing Offor – Believe

Also, Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes are taking “The Blessing Tour” to the west coast! Read all about it here.

It’s the song of the redeemed
Rising from the African plain

It’s the song of the forgiven
Drowning out the Amazon rain

Congratulations to Jeff of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing this week’s song was He Reigns by Newsboys! Jeff wins a Zach Williams Deluxe CD!

Thanks for listening,


Winter Jam returns to Ohio

The Winter Jam 2023 tour is back and the Ohio dates are SET!

Friday, January 20th – at the Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway Street in Cincinnati
– Jam Nation Doors Open at 4pm
– General Admission Doors Open at 5pm

– Pre-Jam Party starts at 6pm
– Official show starts at 7pm

Saturday, January 28th – at the Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive in Columbus
– Jam Nation Doors Open at 4pm
– General Admission Doors Open at 5pm

– Pre-Jam Party starts at 6pm
– Official show starts at 6pm

The Winter Jam 2023 Tour Lineup:

  • Jeremy Camp
  • We The Kingdom
  • Andy Mineo
  • Francesca Battistelli (Columbus only)
  • Anne Wilson (Cincinnati only)
  • Disciple
  • Austin French
  • Newsong

At the Pre-Jam Party at 6pm:

  • Thrive Worship
  • Sean Be
  • Renee

Plus speaker:

  • Zane Black

Click here for more!

I love Your voice
You have led me through the fire
In the darkest night
You are close like no other

Congratulations to Tom of Danville who guessed correctly – Jenn Johnson and ‘Goodness of God.’

He wins a copy of CeCe Winans ‘Believe For It.’

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

A Look Back at Artist Newsday in 2022!

This is the last Tuesday of 2022, so let’s take a look at some top stories from 2022.

Today, we talked about how Jordan Feliz came out with a children’s book back in September named after his hit song “Beloved”. You can find the book here!

Also, a more recent news story came from Crowder because his house was chosen for Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” Christmas special on Disney+. Read all about it here!

We also shared stories behind songs that topped our NZ Top Ten throughout the year! Stay tuned Friday because we will share our “Songs of the Year” this Friday for the NZ Top Ten!

Thanks for listening!


Holly Jolly Artist News!

For the start of Artist News Day Winter Jam 2023 is right around the corner! This year’s lineup features artists We The Kingdom, Jeremy Camp, Austin French, and more! Winter Jam comes to Columbus on January 28th at the Schottenstein Center. Tickets are $15 and you can get them at the door!

Then, continuing the Holiday Artist News with For King & Country will be on this year’s CMT Crossroads holiday episode! It will also feature artists BRELAND, Natalie Grant, and more! This one-hour special airs this Saturday, Dec. 24th at 7am.

Congrats to Lyle from Howard and Kim from Mount Vernon, they were our winners for our Christmas Gift Exchange! Tune in tomorrow for your chance to win!

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

Crowder joins Marvel Cinematic Universe??

One day, David Crowder got a random knock on his door. The knock came from Marvel Studios producers asking to use his house as a setting for the Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas special! For more information on this story, click HERE!

We also shared some stories behind new Christmas music to the Holly Jolly 25. You can take a look at all things new music on our website HERE

Congratulations to our Christmas Gift Exchange winners for today!

  • Ericka of Fredericktown, who selected an Action Bible
  • …and Jeff of Mount Vernon who won a John 3:16 Glass Ornament!

Make sure to tune in tomorrow for another chance to win with us on the Afternoon Drive.

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon and Joe

Lights, Camera, Action! (In Color)

For Artist Newsday, we finally have closure on what for KING & COUNTRY have been up to the last few months, and it’s HUGE! Joel and Luke Smallbone took to social media to announce a full-feature film is in production inspired by their song “Unsung Hero”. For more information, you can visit the film’s new website HERE.

CAIN is going on their very first feature tour this spring, and it’s got a special twist along with it! “Live and In Color” will encourage fans to where specific colors in the crowd at each show! To see where you can catch CAIN and what color you are tasked to wear, click HERE!

The blind will see, the deaf will hear,
The dead will live again,
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb!

Congratulations to Sarah from Mount Vernon for correctly guessing that these lyrics are from the classic “Mary, Did You Know?” She wins a special CD from Dove Awards Artist of the Year CeCe Winans!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon & Emma

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