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NZ Top 10 for 11/22/19

Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. Elevation Worship – Echo
9. We Are Messengers – Power
8. Tauren Wells – God’s Not Done With You
7. Vertical Worship – Yes I Will
6. Unspoken – Reason
5. Zach Williams – Rescue Story
4. For King & Country –  Burn the Ships
3. Jeremy Camp – Dead Man Walking
2. Lauren Daigle – Rescue
1. Casting Crowns – Nobody

New Music!

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Thanks for checking out the blog!

– Hannah and Joe

NZ Top Ten!

Here is today’s countdown:

10. Raise A Hallelujah – Bethel Music
9. Let It Rain (Is there anybody) – Crowder / Mandisa
8. God’s not done with you – Tauren Wells
7. Yes I will – Vertical worship
6. Burn the Ships-  for KING & COUNTRY
5. Reason – Unspoken
4. Rescue story – Zach Williams
3. Dead Man Walking – Jeremy Camp
2. Rescue – Lauren Daigle
1.  Nobody – Casting Crowns/ Matthew West

New Music Friday!

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Thanks for checking out the blog!
– Hannah

NZ Top Ten Countdown

Here is your NZ Top Ten Countdown: 

10. Rescue Story – Zach Williams
9. Yes I Will – Vertical Worship
8. Dead Man Walking – Jeremy Camp
7. Fear No More – Building 429
6. Let it Rain (Is There Anybody) – Crowder F/ Mandisa
5. Raise A Hallelujah – Bethel Music
4. Rescue – Lauren Daigle
3. God’s Not Done With You – Tauren Wells
2. Reason – Unspoken
1. Nobody – Casting Crowns f/ Matthew West

Here are our New Music Friday Songs: 

Holy Water – We are the Kingdome

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Here is We The Kingdom’s website! 


The God Who Stays – Matthew West

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Thanks for checking out our blog!

-Hannah and Joe



The NZ Top 10 4/13

It’s a beautiful day for a countdown!

10. Fear is a Liar – Zach Williams
9. O’Lord – Lauren Daigle
8. Different – Micah Tyler
7. God of All My Days – Casting Crowns
6. Come to the Table – Sidewalk Prophets
5. Reckless Love – Cory Asbury
4. All My Hope – Crowder ft. Tauren Wells
3. I Just Need U – TobyMac
2. When We Pray – Tauren Wells
1. Control (Somehow You Want Me) – Tenth Avenue North

New Music Friday brought us two new songs!
Check out Gracefully Broken from Matt Redman and Tasha Cobbs.
Also check out Do It Again from Elevation Worship.

Our NZ Rewind took us back to 2007!
Let Sanctus Real take you back with “We Need Each Other
Also, Chris Tomlin with “How Can I Keep from Singing“.

Our Behind the Mic Feature today came courtesy of Family Force 5!
Hear their song ‘Let it be Love” and the story behind it!

Finally, the NZ Top 10 Back to Back spotlight fell on For King and Country.
Listen to their songs “Fix My Eyes” and “O God Forgive Us” featuring KB.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Lilly

Pet Day Who Knew!

36.5% of US households own a dog, 30.4% own cats, 3.1% own birds and 1.5% own horses. Starting a blog with a statistic like that must mean it’s pet day!


  • 94% of pet owners say their animal pal makes them smile more than once a day.
  • Pet owners in the United States spent $60.28 billion on their furry friends in 2015.
  • Nearly 80 million U.S. households have a pet, and 42 percent of those households have more than one.
  • 81 percent of cat owners let their cats sleep on the bed.
  • 73 percent of dog owners let their dogs sleep on the bed.
  • Forty-five percent of pet owners say they occasionally (or frequently) buy presents for their animals.
  • 90% of pet owners say they consider their pet a member of the family.

Dogs and cats are the most common household animals, so of course, we have some fun facts about our furry friends.

  • Dalmatians are born without spots!  They are born with plain white coats with their first spots appearing after they are 1week old.
  • Nine percent of dog owners will have a birthday party for their pet.
  • Every dog has a unique nose print with no two alike.
  • Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.
  • Cats have no collarbone, which is one reason they are so flexible.
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs have about ten!
  • Cats don’t typically meow at each other—that’s a communication tool reserved for their humans.
  • A cat’s tongue is scratchy because it’s lined with papillae—tiny elevated backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place.


Ever ask yourself what the most popular pet names are?
For dogs…
Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, and Jack are the 5 most popular male dog names.
Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Luna, and Lola are the 5 most popular female dog names.

And for cats?
Nala, Luna, Bella, Daisy and Abby are the top 5 female cat names.
Simba, Tiger, Milo, Bear and Oreo are the top 5 male cat names.


Here’s what you need…

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 salmon portions SKIN ON
    (1 oz per every 10 pounds your dog weighs) plus any amount you would like
  • 1 squash
  • 1 head of broccoli (with stem)
  • 3 potatoes (any kind)2 carrots

For the dog portion…

  • Cut broccoli stem, peel carrots and cut squash. Keep the peelings as this is for your dog. Mix together and steam in rice cooker or bake in oven.
  • Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil on your potatoes and place them in the oven.
  • Pan fry salmon in 1 table spoon olive oil with skin on. Start with skin side down on the pan at a medium temp. After flipping, pull off crisp salmon skin off both pieces of salmon and place in dog bowl.
  • Once everything is finished cooking mix all together in dog bowl. Chop to small bitesize for ease and a cleaner floor!

For the human portion…

  • Cut broccoli, carrots, squash and steam in rice cooker.
  • Slice potato chips with a slicer.  If you only have a knife, make french fries instead. Trying to cut thin potato chips by hand is not easy.
  • Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil on your potatoes and place them in the oven.
  • Pan fry salmon in 1 table spoon olive oil with skin on. Start with skin side down on the pan at a medium temp. After flipping pull off crisp salmon skin off both pieces of salmon and place in dog bowl.




Here’s me with my goofy pupper, Tula
And below, my first dog, Pokey!




Here’s the Rinehart family Yorkie, Belle.









This one to the left is my friend Megan’s cat, named Charlie.

This one here to the right is another one of Megan’s cats, Buttercup.






This cutie here is Mariah Kick’s (WNZR Graphic and Web Designer) dog, Oscar.







This sweetheart here is one of Lexie Merritt’s  (On-Air DJ) many animals, her dog, Ringo!






Lexie also has a cat. Meet Shmonster!





This little cutie is Abbi Brown’s (On-Air DJ) doberman puppy, Riggs.




The handsome guy on the right completes the Brown’s Doberman duo, Blue.







This is Jaxon Yoder (WNZR Staff member) with his adorable Boxer dog, Star.






This is Daisy Lu, she’s Danielle Zoellner’s (On-Air DJ) little baby!







This is Cierra Strawser’s (On-Air DJ) cute pride and joy, a Great Dane by the name of Daisy.

One from when she was a baby, and one from a little more recently.



This is one of Hannah Radke’s (Afternoon Drive Co-Host) cute little cats, Uncle Sam (or Sammy for short).





This is Abby Fairless’s (WNZR Promotions Director) little puppy, Lexie!






Thanks for listening!!! Please enjoy our pictures of our pets!
-Lilly and Joe

Another amazing day on the Afternoon Drive, dissecting  Mandisa’s ‘Overcomer’ and also took a look at Hillsong United’s ‘Oceans’.

Staring at a stop sign
Watching people drive by
T mac on the radio
Got so much on your mind
Nothing’s really going right
Looking for a ray of hope

  • Where are you looking to find your ray of hope?
  • “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
  • “You see, a real sign of spiritual maturity is looking to God for purpose and perspective instead of comfort and convenience.” – Lysa Terkurst

Whatever it is you may be going through
I know he’s not gonna let it get the best of you

  • 1st Corinthians 10:13
    “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
  • Jeremiah 29:11
    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ’til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when he reminds you
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer

Exodus 14:14
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Deuteronomy 20:1-4
“When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.”

  • When it seems like all is lost, when you are down and out, when the walls are closing in, it’s not over. God is with us through the fight.

Psalm 20:7-8
“Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.”

John 16:33

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

  • In this world you WILL have tribulation.
  • God’s not saying it’s going to be easy. The opposite, in fact. But what He is saying is that He’s going to be there through it all.

The same man, the great I am
The one who overcame death
Is living inside of you

  • Like, honestly can we say any more?
  • This should get you SUPER PUMPED.
  • Remember, the next time you’re staring at a mountain you think you can’t climb, when you’re toe-to-toe in the ring with a seemingly unconquerable sin, when you feel like David against Goliath, the Man that overcame death for YOU, also LIVES in you.

So just hold tight, fix your eyes
On the one who holds your life
There’s nothing he can’t do
He’s telling you

  • When we’re fixing our eyes on Christ, there’s NOTHING we can’t do.
  • We need to remember that He gives us the strength and power to fight these battles. Not only that, He’s also fighting those battles right along side us.

Moving over to Oceans from Hillsong United now…

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown
Where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

The unknown is scary and we have, as humans have this really big fear of failing we say – what if God calls me to *Fill in the blank* and I fail? Maybe I should just not do it. You are called to go deeper – don’t play it safe, it’s better to fail with God by your side doing what he told you to do rather than to succeed in something else that God didn’t call you to – don’t be a Jonah.

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

We are his. He has adopted us as children of God and if we choose to fix our eyes on him – resting in his embrace, we can keep our eyes above the water! We can claim the God of EVERYTHING has OURs as our FATHER. Why should we fear anything when we are royal children of the king of kings, the Lord of Lord – the Great Redeemer.

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and Hannah



NZ Top 10 2/9

Here’s the countdown!

10. The Gospel – Ryan Stevenson
9. Point to You – We Are Messengers
8. Word of Life – Jeremy Camp
7. O Come to the Altar
6. Different – Micah Tyler
5. Old Church Choir – Zach Williams
4. Your Love Defends Me – Matt Maher
3. Broken Things – Matthew West
2. O’Lord – Lauren Daigle
1. Control -Tenth Avenue North

Be sure to check out the new music from ‘Joy‘ from Tori Harper!

Our NZ Top 10 Back to Back Artist Spotlight this week fell on the husband and wife duo of Chris Radamaker and Jodi King! (Otherwise known as ‘Love and the Outcome’).

Check out their songs ‘The God I Know‘ and ‘If I don’t have You

We also were transported back to the year 2006 for the NZ Top 10 Rewinds!
Check out the songs ‘Our God Reins‘ from Brandon Heath, and ‘ForeverandEverEtc.’ from David Crowder Band! ]

Have a great weekend and thanks for listening!


NZ Top 10 2/2

Here’s the countdown!

10. Point to You – We Are Messengers
9.The Gospel – Ryan Stevenson
8. Word of Life – Jeremy Camp
7. Different – Micah Tyler
6. O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship
5. Your Love Defends Me – Matt Maher
4. Broken Things – Matthew West
3. Old Church Choir – Zach Williams
2. Control – Tenth Avenue North
1. O’Lord – Lauren Daigle

Our NZ Top 10 Back to Back artist was Chris Tomlin!
Check out his songs ‘At the Cross‘ and ‘Home‘!

Our New Music Friday brought us BRAND NEW music from Hillsong!
Check it out. It’s called “So Will I (100 Billion x)”

Thanks for listening!

NZ Top 10 1/26

Here’s the countdown!
10. Point to You – We Are Messengers
9. Different – Micah Tyler
8. The Gospel – Ryan Stevenson
7. Word of Life – Jeremy Camp
6. O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship
5. Your Love Defends Me – Matt Maher
4. Broken Things – Matthew West
3. Old Church Choir – Zach Williams
2. Control – Tenth Avenue North
1. O’Lord – Lauren Daigle

For our New Music Friday features check out these new songs!
Walking on Water from NEEDTOBREATHE
and Danny Gokey’s new song Masterpiece.


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