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Ohio State Fair

Inspiration and Beat the Box Office!

Today we did the first of two ‘Beat the Box Office’ contests with the Ohio State Fair, to win tickets to see Zach Williams and We The Kingdom on August 1st.

Today’s question: Zach Williams was born in Pensacola, Florida, but calls what city and state home?
Answer? Jonesboro, Arkansas!

Congratulations to Rodney from Gambier, who got the answer right and wins the pair of tickets!

From Bob Weaver’s “A Word from the Weaver”

SYNERGY may not be a word you use every day, but hopefully you put it into practice every day. It is the idea that two people working together on a project, can accomplish more than they could working on the same project, separately. Working together can be difficult, you may have to surrender your individual will for the good of the team. In a society deluged with advocates touting messages of individualism, the old Biblical theme of unity still holds great value.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor”. Or, if you go fur ther back to the creation story, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18), so He created someone to help the man so the two of them could work together.

At a state fair in Southern California there was an event where horses were being hitched to sleds piled high with weights, to see which horse could pull the most weight. Two horses individually pulled 9,000 pounds. They then hitched these two strongest horses together on the same wagon. The horses didn’t pull 18,000 pounds – a doubling of their individual efforts, instead; together, in true teamwork, they pulled 35,000 pounds.

We could use some of that kind of team work in Congress, in our churches, and in our families!

When asked what he considered the most valuable skill in employees, John D. Rockefeller once replied, “The ability to get along with people!” One of my professors in Bible College used to say that the devil works in subtraction and division while God works in addition and multiplication. If you look around our world today, I think you will agree that we more division or subtraction, but addition and multi plication would be nice. Be willing to lend a hand to someone else, or accept their offer of help with your project; both of you will be glad you did.

Oh, Lord, make me a team player, instead of a lone ranger.

Jonathon shared “Success and Sacrifice” from Our Daily Bread and Jennifer Benson Schuldt

Read it by clicking here!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jon

This one’s for the birds!

Today’s Family Feud-style Mystery Monday question was:

Name something birds fly into…
The answers:
1- windows
2- trees
3- nests
4- sky
5- airplane
6- net

Congratulations to Rachail from Mount Vernon who guessed the top two and wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

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Andrew from Bellville also won our tickets to see these guys tomorrow night!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Who Knew? Ohio State Fair edition!

Today, Todd and I focused on some interesting features of the 2018 Ohio State Fair.

We started with Smokey Bear – one of my childhood favorites who still has a presence in the natural resources area.  Read more about it by clicking here.

Todd then talked about the Antiques and Collectibles barn – full of all kinds of neat cards, sports stuff, jewelry and comic books.  Read more by clicking here.

We then moved on to the movie-themed Butter Cow exhibit, featuring A Christmas Story. See more by clicking here.


Finally, Todd shared about what he saw in Cardinal Hall – trains, cakes, pies and crafts! Find out about overall attractions by clicking here.

Check out Lilly’s scrapbook from the Ohio State Fair here including pics from the Casting Crowns concert!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Events, Games and the World Wide Web!

For Game Time Tuesday today, we played Song Poetry and Name that Tune!
Our Song Poetry lyrics were as follows…
“But there’s a purpose
Under the surface
And you don’t have to drown
Let me remind you
That love will find you
Let it lift you out”
That’s Beloved from Jordan Feliz!
Congratulations to Jennie of Howard!

And our Name that Tune song today was ‘Oh My Soul’ from Casting Crowns!
Congratulations to Madison of Mt. Vernon!

Coming up in just a few days is August First Friday here in Mt. Vernon, and today on the show we talked about all the awesome stuff that’ll be going on!
-TaVaci of Mt. Vernon OH select students and the Uncorrections on the South Stag
-A Guns and Hoses winners presentation for the American Red Cross
-Hidden in Plain Sight hosted by KSAAT
-‘Outside’ an exhibition at the Schnormeier Gallery
-and food vendors on the square!

Be sure to come visit us and register for a ‘Clean Up, Dress Up, and Check-Up’ prize basket! We’ll be there from 6-9 on the square!

We also celebrated World Wide Web Day today, so in honor of that, here’s a few fun facts about the good old world wide web!

The Internet’s first website went online on Aug. 6, 1991.
Berners-Lee and his fellow CERN team members launched with a landing page that only contained 153 words. It defined the World Wide Web (“W3”) as “a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents” and contained 25 links to basic additional information about the pioneering initiative.

The internet is not the web and the web is not the internet.
The internet was a thing long before the web and the web wouldn’t exist without the internet. The internet, the roots of which can be traced as far back to the invention of the modem in 1958, is a massive infrastructure that bridges millions of computers throughout the globe. The World Wide Web is a vast system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed on the internet.

Billions of people surf the web.
 Of the world’s 7.1 billion people, an estimated 2.4 billion people go online today. That’s 37.7 percent of the world’s total population. About six out of seven people across the globe have internet access. Approximately 70 percent of internet users surf the web every day.

Americans rock the web the most. Users in the U.S. account for 78.6 percent of global web usage, trailed by Australia (67.6 percent), Europe (63.2 percent), Latin America/Caribbean (42.9 percent), Middle East (40.2 percent), Asia (25.7 percent) and Africa (15.6).  Surprisingly, some 24 nations remain completely offline.


-Thanks for listening!

Ohio State Fair Mystery Monday!

We would like to congratulate our 4 adult prize basket winners from the Knox County Fair!

Hog #1 – Sarah Row of Mount Vernon won a 222 pound hog from Meredith Overholt from Fredericktown.  The purchase price was $3.75 a pound giving a total price of $832.50.  Meredith is a part of Country Critters 4-H Club. WNZR purchased this hog with Kokosing Inc.

Hog #2 – Theresa Cobb of Mount Vernon won a 236 pound hog from Natalie Caudill from Centerburg.  The purchase price was $3.00 a pound giving a total price of $708.  Natalie belongs to the Centerburg FFA. WNZR purchased this hog with A+ Autobrokers.

Hog #3 – Grace Pozderac of Mount Vernon won a 262 pound hog from Jeremiah McKinley from Fredericktown.  The purchase price was $3.00 a pound giving a total price of $786.  4-H Club is Green Valley Giants. (WNZR purchased this hog with Kokosing Inc.)

Hog #4 – Rebecca Comerford of of Fredericktown won a 223 pound hog from Riley Farrell from Newark. The purchase price was $3.00 a pound giving a total price of $669.  Riley is a member of the Lighthouse 4H Club. (WNZR purchased this hog with A+ Autobrokers.)

We’d like to give a big thank you to all the 4-H kids, and our sponsors who made this prize basket possible!

Today is raspberry cake day, and oh my goodness, I would like to take this moment to formally thank my old high school friend’s mom, Mrs. Ritz. She made the most delicious raspberry, white chocolate layer cake for our Fine Arts Gala every year, and it is still, hands down, the best cake I’ve ever had.

Here are some fun raspberry facts for you…

  • Raspberries are a type of fruit known as an aggregate fruit. Aggregate fruits have flowers with multiple ovaries and each ovary produces druplets around a core formed by the flower. Each druplet could actually be considered a separate fruit.
  • There are over 200 different known species of raspberries but only 2 species are grown on a large scale.
  • Raspberries contain more vitamin C than oranges, are super high in fibre, low in calories and supply you with a good dose of folic acid. In addition to that, they are high in potassium, vitamin A and calcium.
  • Scotland is an unlikely raspberry haven. It’s famous for its raspberry growing. In the late 1950s, raspberries were brought down from Scotland to London on a steam train known as the Raspberry Special.


Thanks for listening!

NZ Top 10 7/28

Even though we were on the road, we’re still bringing you the top 10!
Here’s the countdown!

10. I Wanna go Back – Davis Dunn
9. O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship
8. I Have this Hope – Tenth Avenue North
7. Love Broke Thru – TobyMac
6. Bulletproof – Citizen Way
5. What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
4. Unfinished – Mandisa
3. Oh My Soul – Casting Crowns
2. Home – Chris Tomlin
1. Even If – MercyMe

For our Behind the Mic feature this week, we talked with Jeremy Camp!
Here’s his song ‘He Knows‘ and here’s the story behind it!

New Music Friday brought us some awesome new songs!
Check out ‘Your Love Defends Me‘ from Matt Maher,
and ‘Point to You‘ from We are Messengers.

Our NZ Back to Back Artist Spotlight fell on DC Talk this week!
Check out their songs ‘My Will‘ and ‘In the Light‘.

Our NZ Rewinds took us back to 2001 this week!
Check out ‘Adore‘ from Jaci Velazquez, and
Come, Now is the Time to Worship‘ from Phillips, Craig, and Dean.

Thanks for listening!

Praise Thursday on the Road!

On the Road with Big Blue once again today for the afternoon Drive!
Today was the sale of champions at the Knox County Fair and we purchased four hogs to give away on Saturday! If you would like to register to win, you can come visit us at the fair, or you can register online at!
One registration per person, per day, and we will be drawing this on Saturday, the 29th, at 6:00pm. If we draw your name, you have 9 minutes and 9 seconds to either come to the WNZR tent at the fair, or call us at 740-392-9090.

Our For King and Country trivia question today was as follows…
Zach Williams debut song broke records, holding the number 1 spot for radio at 15 weeks, surpassing the previous record by 3 weeks. The song also received a Grammy Nomination, Billboard Music Award Nomination and a nomination at th K-Love fan Awards. What was his debut song?
the answer? Chain Breaker.
Congratulations to Jennifer from Mt. Vernon! She wins the tickets!

For Praise Thursday today, we talked about the Cross of Christ.
The beginning of the chapter comes out swinging. Incredibly convicting. They say that people don’t have evidence of a real prayer life because they don’t have a relationship with God to begin with. Check out this convicting passage from Matthew…

“21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
If you think you’re going to heaven just because you walk an aisle or prayed a prayer, you should be concerned. You need to stop and take a step back and reevaluate your life and make sure that you truly have God in it.

So, the cross of Christ is telling us to have a relationship with The One who saved us. We’re not the ones who save ourselves, but it is God alone. We need to have a relationship with Him before we can expect an exceptional prayer life.

Thanks for listening!
Hope to see you at the fair!

NZ Top 10 7/21

Here’s the countdown for this week!
10. Beloved – Jordan Feliz
9. Never Been a Moment – Micah Tyler (Story Behind the Song)
8. Bulletproof – Citizen Way (NEW!) (Story Behind the Song).
7. I Have this Hope – Tenth Ave North (Story Behind the Song)
6. Love Broke Thru – TobyMac (Story Behind the Song)
5. What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship (Story Behind the Song)
4. Unfinished – Mandisa (Story Behind the Song)
3. Oh My Soul – Casting Crowns (Story Behind the Song)
2. Home – Chris Tomlin (Story Behind the Song)
1. Even If – MercyMe (Story Behind the Song)

For our Behind the Mic feature this week, we talked to Joel of For King and Country about their song ‘Fix My Eyes’, in honor of the Ohio State Fair.
Here’s the song, and here’s the story behind it!

New Music Friday brought us two new and awesome songs!
Check out ‘The Cross has the Final Word‘ from Newsboys Ft. Peter Furler
and Plumb’s new song, ‘God Help Me

Our NZ Back to Back featured an up and coming artist, Hollyn!
Check out her songs ‘In Awe‘ and ‘Alone‘.

Our NZ Fan Choice of the Week was in honor of the Ohio State Fair!
Check out Zach Williams’ new song ‘Old Church Choir

Our NZ Rewind took us back to 1997!
Check out ‘The Holiest Name‘ from Petra!

Thanks for listening!
See you at the Fair!

Ice Cream and Hot Dogs!

We’re celebrating two American favorites today on the Drive!
ICE CREAM AND HOT DOGS! (I’m a little too excited about it).

Here’s some fun facts about Ice Cream!

  • The cone didn’t appear until 1904, when a Syrian waffle maker at the St. Louis World’s Fair began rolling his pastries into horns to help an ice cream vendor who had run out of dishes.
  • The idea of the ice cream cone had been patented a year earlier, in 1903, by an Italian in New York City, but the fair popularized it.
  • Today the average American eats about 20 quarts of ice cream a year―the world’s highest per capita consumption, according to the International Dairy Foods Association.
  • Top-selling ice cream flavors are: vanilla, with 33 percent of the market, and chocolate, with 19 percent.
  • It takes 5.8 pounds of whole milk and one pound of cream to make one gallon of ice cream.
  • June is the month that the most ice cream is produced.
  • California produces the most ice cream in America.
  • Chocolate syrup is the world’s most popular ice cream topping.
  • 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time.
  • It takes about 50 licks to finish a single scoop ice cream cone.
  • The perfect temperature for scooping ice cream is between 6 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In Canada, more ice cream is sold in the winter months than in the summer.
  • Hawaiian Punch was originally an ice cream topping.
  • Among the most unusual flavors of ice cream ever manufactured are avocado, garlic, jalapeno, and pumpkin. Perhaps the weirdest of all: dill pickle ice cream, which was marketed to expectant mothers.
  • It takes 12 gallons of milk to create one gallon of ice cream.

    We gave away $5 to Troyer’s of Apple Valley today by asking this question…
    What are the names of the two original characters for Hawaiian Punch?
    Their names were Punchy and Oaf!
    Congratulations to Betsy from Mt. Vernon who correctly answered!
    Image result for punchy and oaf(Here they are, by the way, if you wanted to see what they looked like).

    Our For King and Country concert ticket artist trivia question today was a bit of a tricky, numerical one!
    We asked how many kids, including Joel and Luke, are in the Smallbone family!
    There are 7 of them!
    Joel, Luke, Libby, Rebecca, Ben, Daniel, and Josh!
    Congratulations to Troy of Mt. Vernon! She correctly guessed and won the tickets!

    Our Word of the Day is frankfurter, a noun that describes a hot dog
    noun ||  frank·furt·er \ˈfraŋk-fə(r)t-ər, -ˌfərt-\
    It’s a cured cooked sausage (as of beef or beef and pork) that may be skinless or stuffed in a casing.
    Did you know that the backyard barbecue staple is actually European? While it’s impossible to say who really “invented” the popular snack or where it came from, experts say hot dogs likely originated in Vienna, Austria, or Frankfurt, Germany.

    Thanks for listening!

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