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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

WinterJam is this Weekend!

Today on Praise Thursday I shared a devotional from “Well Being.” Today’s devotional talked about how when we exercise we are praising God. That our bodies are like a temple and we can honor him by taking care of our bodies.

WinterJam 2023 is this weekend Saturday, January 28th at the Schottenstein Center! Tickets are $15 dollars at the door and the show starts at 6pm. For more info click here.

Congrats to Brad from Mount Vernon for guessing the correct answer for WinterJam 2023 Artist Trivia! The question was, what Dove Award was Austin French nominated for in 2019? The correct answer was New Artist of the Year! Stay tuned tomorrow on the Morning Thing for more Artist Trivia!

Thank you for listening!

Emma

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

Christmas Devotionals

To start this Christmas edition of Praise Thursday I shared a devotional from “The Christmas Story,” it talked about how God brought two totally different groups together when Jesus was born. The first group being local shepherds and the second being the wise men. Showing us that God invites everyone to celebrate the birth of His Son!

Dylan then shared a Christmas Devotional from “Our Daily Bread,” sharing the story about Christmas Eve in 1968 when the Apollo 8 astronauts, who where the first humans to enter lunar orbit, read Genesis 1 during a live broadcast. Years later they were told that broadcast was the “largest audience that had ever listened to a human voice.” Showing us that God gives us an opportunity to share His word and it all comes back to the story of His Son Jesus!

Congrats to Jane from Howard, she was the 9th caller for Christmas Gift Exchange during the show! She is now entered into our Grand Prize drawing, which is tomorrow Friday, December 23rd during The Morning Thing at 7:30am! So don’t forget to tune in!

Thanks for Listening!

Emma and Dylan

First Day of Winter!

To kick off Who Knew Wednesday we started with today being the December solstice. Today is the longest night and the shortest day of the year, marking today being the first official day of winter!

We continued Who Knew Wednesday with the news that tomorrow is National Cookie Exchange Day! A day that you can make wonderful Christmas cookies and exchange them with the people you love. It’s a wonderful way to spend time with family and get ready for Christmas!

Congrats to Monica from Gambier and Candy from Walhonding they were our winners Christmas Gift Exchange! They are also now in our Grand Prize drawing for a chance to win one of three prizes. The Grand Prize drawing is this Friday, December 23rd at 7:30am on The Morning Thing! Tune in tomorrow for your chance to win!

Thank you for Listening!

Emma and Judah

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

First Day of Holly Jolly 25!

Today is the first day of Holly Jolly 25! 25 straight days of your favorite Christmas songs till Christmas Day! WNZR would also like to thank these businesses for supporting our Holly Jolly 25; A+ Auto Brokers, GR Smith Hardware, Knox Community Hospital, Knox Starting Point, Lewis Clark Insurance Agency, and Mid-Ohio Powersports. WNZR’s Holly Jolly 25- our Christmas gift to you!

For Praise Thursday Jonathon shared a devotional from Our Daily Bread called “Mutual Encouragement”. Xochitl Dixon shares from Hebrews 3 in the first devotional in the Holiday Edition for Our Daily Bread! You can find a copy with us at WNZR whenever we go “On the Road with Big Blue”.

I later shared a devotional called Remembering Christmas. I shared that the Christmas season can feel crowded and sometimes overwhelming, but the day of Jesus’ birth the innkeepers had no room and Mary gave birth in a stable and laid him in a manger. That before the hustle and bustle of the season, before we forget, lets remember to make room for the true meaning of Christmas.

We are on the road with Big Blue this Saturday, December 3rd from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fredericktown Christmas Walk Charity Auction. It will be a Country Christmas this year to celebrate the 22nd Annual Christmas Walk and Charity Auction with a partnership with Food For the Hungry of Knox County to help raise funds to support Fredericktown Interchurch, the Fredericktown Salvation Army, and the Fredericktown Community Relief Fund. To register for the annual 5K fun run or walk at the link found on the Fredericktown Christmas Walk Facebook page.

Congrats to Henry from Howard for guessing the correct answer of Bing Crosby, “Do you Hear what I Hear.” He wins an Anne Wilson, My Jesus cd!

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

Phil Wickham’s First Grammy Nomination

Today on the Afternoon Drive we end the show at 4:45 as we get ready for the MVNU women’s basketball game against Bethel University. Pre-game will starts at 4:45pm and the game will start at 5:00pm!

Emma shared some news about how Phil Wickham has been nominated for his first Grammy Award. He was nominated for his song “Hymn of Heaven” was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song!

We had another stumper this week! So stay tuned next week for song poetry!

Thank you for listening!

-Dylan and Emma

Last Day for Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Registration!

To kick off Praise Thursday Emma shares her devotional from “Wellbeing” day 3. Sharing that we have very little control over our emotions or our environment. That when we worry it’s our brain’s way to gain control when there is none. “A healthy mind doesn’t try to control its situation, a healthy mind accepts that sometimes life will bring hard circumstances.”

Jonathon then continues with his devotional from Our Daily Bread titled “A Heavenly Reunion.” He talked about when we die God promises a heavenly reunion that can comfort us when we are grieving the loss of a loved one who trusted Jesus. Also our promised future with Jesus gives us hope when facing our own immortality, until we are called home or Jesus comes back.

Today is the last day to be registered for the Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt! Congrats to Jana and Jennifer from Mount Vernon they are registered for the Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt. There is still only ONE chance for you to get registered, TONIGHT at 8 with Ben Alexander.

We had some game time with Name that Tune! Congrats to Rodney from Gambier who gest the right answer of Live With Abandon by Newsboys. He wins a Casting Crowns CD! There is still a chance to win a CD next week during the drive.

Thank you for listen!

Emma and Jonathon

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