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Game Time Tuesday

Two New Albums!

Totally Tasty Tom Turkey registrations start now and ends Thursday November 17th! Congrats to Phyllis from Danville and Monica from Gambier and they are registered for their chance to win one of five turkeys from Smithhisler Meats of Mount Vernon. WNZR allows one registration per person per day. Anyone winning within the last 30 days is eligible for this contest!

It’s Artist News Day and Jonathon shared that Hope Darst has released new music! “If The Lord Builds The House” is her seven-song project and it is out today!

Emma continued Artist News Day that Tasha Layton is releasing a Christmas album this Friday, November 11th called This is Christmas. The 10-track was produced by Layton’s husband Keith Everette Smith. The album will feature four original Christmas songs and six classic Christmas songs like; “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” and “Somewhere In My Memory,” from the 1990 blockbuster movie Home Alone. Layton shared “the central theme of this project is comfort and joy,”

It’s Game Time Tuesday with song poetry! Congrats to Courtney from Fredericktown and she wins a Casting Crowns CD. The correct answer from our song poetry was “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe. Stay tuned tomorrow on the Afternoon Drive with Joe Rinehart and Dylan Elliott for your chance to win a CeCe Winans CD.

We also talked about how your kids can get involved in the Knox County Food for the Hungry Elementary School Drive. This years drive has been planned and is underway with the help of Psi Iota Xi Sorority. All the donations benefit the 41st annual Food for the Hungry Drive. Classrooms from Mount Vernon, Centerburg, Danville, East Knox, and Fredericktown Elementary Schools will join in the Sorority’s collection efforts. Donations may be made from Monday, November 14th through Friday, November 18th. Cash and Checks that are made out to Food for the Hungry are welcome!

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

Albums and Tours

Emma and Jonathon kicked off the show by sharing that the Afternoon Drive would end a bit early today, as the MVNU Men’s Basketball team will be hosting University of Northwestern Ohio in Ariel Arena tonight at 7pm. You can hear the live action here on 90.9FM and You can also see the live action on Don’t forget to tune in during half-time for Cougar Conversation as we sat with Morgan Forney from the MVNU Women’s Cross Country Team!

Jonathon kicked off Artist New Day with the announcement that MercyMe has released a new album. This is their 11th studio album called Always Only Jesus. They will also be rapping up their fall tour dates, they’ll be on the road with Chris Tomlin for their Chris Tomlin X MercyMe: A Winter Tour tour this December 1st-13th. Also, big news for MercyMe is that their hit “I Can Only Imagine” has just received 5x RIAA Platinum Certification. Lead vocalist Bar Millard says, “when it released over 20 years ago, we never knew the impact it would have. We are just so grateful we have the opportunity to still make music that we hope will draw people ultimately closer to Jesus.

Emma then continued Artist News with for King & Country announced that their spring tour will be part 2 of the What Are We Waiting For? Tour. They will be on tour starting on March 25th-May 31st, and they will be in Columbus on April 7th for that tour. Pre-sale tickets are available now! For King & Country will also be in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, December 4th for their A Drummer Boy Christmas Tour.

It’s Game Day Tuesday as we play song poetry! Congrats to Joanne from Mount Vernon, she guessed the correct answer of The Goodness by TobyMac and Blessing Offor. She beast last weeks stumper and wins a Natalie Grant and Matthew West CD. Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow during the Afternoon Drive for your chance to win a Ryan Ellis CD!

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon.

Milk and Cookies

Artist news day started with Jonathon sharing news about Crowder releasing a new Christmas album. The album will be called “Milk and Cookies: A Merry Crowder Christmas!” The album is a spin-off of his latest album “Milk and Honey” and there will be 14 songs for the holiday season. Songs like, “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” “White Christmas,” and “Carol of the Bells.”

Emma then shared that Elevation Worship is now releasing their new album “Lion” in Spanish and in Portuguese. The Spanish version will have eight songs, while the Portuguese will be a two-song project that features the songs “Lion” and “Same God.” If you are interested in these projects just click on this link.

October is Clergy Appreciation Month! This month is a time to honor our local pastors and their commitment to families in our community. Each Friday, 5 local pastors will be honored during the Morning Thing. We will share their names and churches along with comments from their church family. Each pastor mentioned will receive a $20.00 gift card, this week is The Alcove Restaurant! They will also receive a $10 gift certificate to the Gospel Christian Life Shop in downtown Mount Vernon. If you want to nominate your pastor click here!

We later on played song poetry, congrats to Zane from Danville for guessing the correct answer of “Still Rolling Stones” by Lauren Daigle and he wins The Action Bible. There is still an chance to win The Action Bible tomorrow and Thursday on the Afternoon Drive.

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

Big Names in the News

On the road with Big Blue! Join WNZR for a special celebration of our 36th Anniversary this Saturday, October 1st. Join us at the Knox Starting Point Family Day and 5K from 10am- noon. As well as, Memorial Park in Mount Vernon for the TAC (Teen Advisory Council). At both events the first 90 people to stop by Big Blue will get homemade buckeyes from The Least Of These Ministries.

Today Jonathon shared news from Cece Winans, one of our top artiest who is releasing a new book! The book is named after #1 song “Believe For It” and the book is all about passing love of Christ on to the next generation. The book will be released to the public on November 15th, but you can pre-order the book right now at this link!

Emma also shared about Lauren Daigle teasing about an upcoming album. This past weekend Daigle had a show in Las Vegas, she announced that her “Look Up Child era” is coming to a close. She then played an upcoming song called “Be Okay,” which is written about a 13-year-old girl who got a life-changing diagnosis. We will give an update once album date is released!

Game time! It was song poetry day during the Drive and congrats to Bonnie of Mount Vernon for winning a five dollar gift card to Round Hill Dairy. The song was Rise Up (Lazarus) by CAIN!

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon


Jonathon first shared about the 25th Anniversary of Third Day’s self-titled debut album, Provident Label Group/Sony Legacy will re-release the band’s debut album including live tracks that span the early Third Day years captured at various locations. Third Day 25th Anniversary will release on October 21st on all platforms. “Time flies when you’re having fun,” shares Third Day frontman Mac Powell. “Can’t believe the “bus album” Is over 25 years old now. I still get requests live for so many songs from that album and always love revisiting them!”

Emma shared about her experience at SonFest 2022. She shares that her home church’s youth group came up for the event and says, “its still so amazing to see kids that age worshipping God in a very pure way.” Don’t forget to check out WNZR’s Facebook page to check out some of the highlights from SonFest this year.

Then also in artist news, Emma shared about the release of children’s book based on Jordan Feliz’s hit song “Beloved” he partners with children’s book author Jes Woller and illustrator Hilary Griffith. The book titled “Beloved” tells a story about a little girl named Jolie and her journey trying to find out why she is beloved. Finding out that she is so beloved because she is a child of God.

Game Time! We first played song poetry and congrats to Ruth from Mount Vernon for winning two $5 gift cards to Round Hill Dairy. We then gave away tickets for this Saturday’s show of Shrek Jr. and congrats to Sandye from Mount Vernon for being caller number three. Stay tuned during the Morning Thing and Afternoon Drive this week for you chance to win Shrek Jr. tickets.

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

Game Time!

It’s Artist News Day and there is some exciting news in the Christian music today! Emma shared that Chris Tomlin and Hillsong UNITED have extend the Tomlin UNITED Tour. Tickets are on sale now and concerts start on November, 3rd. Jonathon then shared about Colton Dixon releasing a new music video for his new song “Build a Boat.” This music video was a collaboration with Mercy Ship, a charitable organization that runs the world’s first purpose-built civilian hospital ship.

Don’t forget to see Big Blue at the Fredericktown Tomato Show starting Tomorrow September 7th through Saturday September 10th. The Big Blue Crew will also be throwing candy and frisbees at the annual Tomato Show Parade this Saturday at 12:30 pm. Be on the look out to register to win a WNZR Prize Basket. Everyday of the Tomato Show we are giving away an Adult and Kids prize basket. Then on Saturday the 10th we will be giving away one Student prize basket.

You brought me blessings out of a tragedy
You turned my old song into a symphony

Answer: New Creation by Mac Powell, Congratulations to Bonnie from

We also played SonFest Trivia and our winner was Kathy from Mount Vernon. Congratulations to Kathy for winning two tickets to SonFest. Stay tuned through out this and week to win SonFest tickets on the Morning Thing at 7:25 am and the Afternoon Drive 5:25 pm!

Thanks for Listening!

Jonathon and Emma

Another Opry debut…and Toby’s new album

This week For King and Country joined We The Kingdom as making their debuts on the famous Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville. For Joel and Luke, it happened on Saturday, August 12th. Read more about it from HERE.

The YouTube series My Opry Debut recapped We The Kingdom’s night. Read more about how you can watch it HERE.

TobyMac’s new album is out…’Life After Death.’ Find out the scoop HERE.

I’m not gonna fear the storm
You are greater than it’s roar
I’m not gonna fear the storm
I’m not gonna fear at all

The song? Hope Darst’s powerhouse, “Peace Be Still.” Congratulations to Cody from Mount Vernon, who wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Tour updates from Amy and Danny…

Today’s Artist News focuses on Amy Grant’s recovery and Danny Gokey’s fall lineup. Read more here and get more artist updates at

Amy Grant’s management has announces that she will be postponing her previously scheduled tour dates in September and October due to needing more time to recover from injuries and a concussion sustained in a bicycling accident that occurred in Nashville on July 27, 2022.

All concerts will be rescheduled throughout February – April 2023 and tickets will be honored at the new dates. For further updates please visit

Grant’s manager, Jennifer Cooke, explained the postponement and gave an update on how Amy is doing: “Amy is getting stronger every day. Just as she did after her heart surgery, we are amazed at how fast she heals. However, although she is doing much better, we have made the difficult decision to postpone her fall tour so she can concentrate on her recovery and rebuild her stamina. She wants to be able to give 100% when she tours and, unfortunately, we do not think that will be the case by the time rehearsals would start for the fall dates.

She will resume touring with her Christmas tour with Michael W. Smith and her annual “Christmas At The Ryman” residency with her husband Vince Gill. Amy would like to extend her gratitude for all the many good wishes and prayers offered since the accident. She feels the impact of the collective good will extended her way. Thank you.”

Transparent Productions announces that tickets for Danny Gokey‘s “Jesus People” Fall Tour are currently on sale.

Three-time GRAMMY nominee and American Idol alum Danny Gokey will kick off the 27-city tour on September 22 in Vienna, VA, and will wrap on November 6 in Tampa (Plant City), FL. Special guests Jordan Feliz and Tasha Layton will join Danny Gokey for 24 dates.

Gokey will also be doing the first three dates with special guests Unspoken and Dan Bremnes.

Danny shares, “Tasha and Jordan’s music and ministry is a true representation of Jesus People walking out who He’s called us to be, salt and light in the world.”

Jordan Feliz says, “We are so expectant to see how the Lord uses this tour to bring joy and hope to so many people. I am honored to be part of the tour.”

Tasha Layton adds, “I love Danny and Jordan’s music, but I adore their heart for people even more. Times are difficult right now for so many and my prayer is that this tour offers us a chance to gather and turn our eyes toward the One who comforts, heals, and restores.”

Ohio tour dates:
9/29/2022 Christian Life Center, Dayton
10/13/2022 Genoa Baptist Church, Westerville

I want simplicity
Where I can rest
But I need a miracle
To put my past to death

The song is ‘Point to You,’ by We Are Messengers. Congratulations to Ron from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

The Healing and the Beginning!

Curb | Word Entertainment artist Blanca released “Mi Sanador,” the Spanish version of her current radio hit “The Healing,” last week.

Her new album, The Heartbreak And The Healing, is set to arrive September 23.

“Mi Sanador (The Healing)” puts a new twist on Blanca’s latest single. Stirring up faith in all who hear this powerful anthem of hope, Blanca shares that she wrote the pop selection as a testimony to the healing she’s experienced in her own heart following a series of life-shaking events.

Blanca reminds listeners that the God who holds the stars and moon in place is the same God who ignites healing in our very souls.

Transparent Productions is excited to announce Big Daddy Weave’s “Only The Beginning Tour 2022” this fall. The 20-city tour will kick off October 5 in Davenport, IA, and will wrap on November 20 in Myrtle Beach, SC, and feature special guests Austin French and Hannah Kerr.

It includes two stops in Ohio – October 20th in Austintown and October 22nd in Archbold

“So many of us have experienced loss and tragedy over the last couple of years that feels like the end of a season or a relationship or a certain path we’ve been on in life,” Big Daddy Weave collectively shares. “What we love about life in Jesus is that He is the God of new beginnings. Wherever we are right now is only the beginning of what’s ahead in Him, and we’re excited to celebrate that message with all of you on the upcoming Only The Beginning Tour.”

Let every heartbreak
And every scar
Be a picture that reminds you
Who has carried you this far

The song is Danny Gokey’s “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again.” Congratulations to Ruth of Mount Vernon, who solved this STUMPER from last week, so she wins two $5 gift cards to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

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