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Looking for Christmas Concerts??

Today for Artist Newsday, Jonathon shared some special Christmas concerts coming to the area! You can find shows from Riley Clemmons, Sidewalk Prophets and more on our website WNZR.fm!

Emma shared about For King and Country and how they will be special guests on the holiday episode of “CMT Crossroads”! They will join Natalie Grant and Rebecca St. James on the show airing exclusively on CMT. Check out the full story HERE.

Your past is dead and gone
Your healing has begun
I’m making all things new, oh

This week was a stumper, so make sure to tune in next week for another chance to win with the Afternoon Drive!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon & Emma

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

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 wnzr.fm. You can also see the live action on wnzr.tv. 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.

A Look Back at the Doves

The 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards were shown this past Friday on Trinity Broadcasting Network and the award winners have been announced! We recapped the awards on the show today and for a look at all the winners, click HERE.

Winter Jam 2023 has been CONFIRMED! We The Kingdom, Jeremy Camp, Anne Wilson and so many more join forces for one of the biggest tours in Christian music, including two shows in Ohio. You can find dates and tickets at https://2023.jamtour.com/

Also in the news, Riley Clemmons just announced her first solo Christmas tour! She will make stops in Ashland on Friday, December 9th and Marysville on Sunday, December 11th. For ticket information, visit her website https://www.rileyclemmons.com/tour/

You’re the smile on the face of Your boy
You’re the flowers at the park in Detroit

This week was a stumper, so we will bring it back next week for a bigger and better prize!

Thanks 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

Farewell Tour for I Am They :(

Today, Emma shared the sad news that I Am They will be hanging up their guitars after their farewell tour this year. I Am They lead singer Abbie Parker announced two weeks ago her intentions to leave the band, which led the rest of the group to the decision to disband. You find their announcement video and their tour dates here.

Speaking of tours, there are two awesome events coming to Columbus that you can catch this month!

Casting Crowns, CAIN and Anne Wilson!

Location: Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr, Columbus, OH 43210

Date: Saturday, October 15th

Concert Begins: 7 pm

Tauren Wells!

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

Date: Thursday, October 20th

Concert Begins: 7pm

Ticket information for both events are available on our website, wnzr.fm

This Week’s Lyrics: But it’s now that I feel Your grace fall like rain
From every fingertip, washing away my pain

Congratulations to Faith from Howard for correctly guessing today’s lyrics are from Jeremy Camp‘s hit song “I Still Believe”. Faith wins today’s Action Bible! (pictured below)

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon & Emma

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

Wolves and Doves

Its Artist News Day! We started with interviews with Steve Cobucci one of the band members of Wolves at the Gate. Wolves at the Gate will be preforming at SonFest 2022 at 2:35pm on the main stage. If you missed the interview, you can hear them tomorrow during the Morning Thing!

Emma shared exciting news about Phil Wickham announcing a his new Singalong Tour starting in 2023. What is really exciting is that Matt Maher and Leeland will also be on the road with Wickham. Ticket per-sale starts soon and the tour kicks off in January till late May of 2023!

Jonathon then shared some news about Chris Tomlin and 5 time GRAMMY award winner Erica Campbell will be hosting the 53rd GMA Dove Awards. This year’s Award show will take place in person on Tuesday, October 18th, while the broadcast will be aired exclusively on the Trinity Broadcasting Network Friday, October 21st.

Game time! We played song poetry, there was no winner this week, but next week there is a chance to win two $5 gift cards to Round Hill Dairy. We also played Sonfest Trivia and congrats to Jessica from Mount Vernon for winning two Sonfest tickets! Don’t forget to stay tuned at 7:30 am on the Morning Thing and 5:25 pm during the Afternoon Drive for your chance to win Sonfest tickets!

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