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song poetry

New album? Well, not really…

Switchfoot released a reboot of their 2003 album, ‘The Beautiful Letdown,’ on Friday. It includes the songs, ‘Dare You to Move, ‘Gone,’ and ‘This is Your Life.’ Read all about it from HERE!!

MercyMe is going on the road with Crowder this summer and fall! Find out more about the TOGETHER AGAIN tour by clicking this link!

His love is strong and His grace is free
And the good news is I know that He
Can do for you what He’s done for me

Answer: Anne Wilson – My Jesus

Congratulations to Linda from Utica, who guessed correctly and wins the We The Kingdom CD.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Zoe

Big Steps!

In Artist News the husband and wife duo, Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes are going on tour, but not just any tour but their first World Tour! The UK/ Europe tour will be called The Blessing Tour and this fall tour will kick off on October 20th in Rotterdam, Netherlands and will end on November 19th in Stockholm, Sweden. For more information and tickets visit

In more Artist News Tauren Wells and his family will be packing up and moving from Houston to the Austin, Texas area where they will be planting a brand new Church! Congrats to future Pastor Tauren and family in these next steps in their lives! Shout out to our friends at 20 The Countdown Magazine for this wonderful post!

Mom’s Night Out is back and now you can vote for what movie you want to see here! Tickets will be available this Friday, April 28th!

For Game Time Tuesday we played Song Poetry and our lyrics were, “May His favor be upon you and a thousand generations and your family and your children and their children, and their children.” That was The Blessing by: Kari Jobe! Congrats to Linette from Mount Vernon and she won her choice of one out of three CD’s. Don’t forget to join Joe and Dylan tomorrow for Who Knew Wednesday!

Thank you so much for tuning in!

-Emma and Jonathon

Sunny Skies and Artist News Time!

To start Artist News Day we have an UPDATE on the TobyMac, MercyMe, and Zach Williams tour! This will be a fall tour in November of this year. The tour will start on November 2nd and rap up on November 19th in Columbus! Tickets go on sale this week on Friday the 14th. If we are interested in more information click here!

We then continued Artist News Day with something really cool. Phil Wickham and We The Kingdom were featured on Fox &Friends’ new concert series segment sponsored by The Chosen, Hallow App, and The Museum of the Bible, called “Faith & Friends.” Phil Wickham performed first with his latest radio single, “This is Our God,” We The Kingdom preformed the following week with their song “Jesus Does.”

To update our Lifeline 2023 total is $76,685! Once again thank you so much to everyone who gave to Lifeline 2023 this year! It was so amazing to hear how God has been in your story. Once again thank you so much!

We played Song Poetry and congrats to Brandy from St. Louisville and she won one out of the three CDs and she choose a We The Kingdom CD. The lyrics were, “Almighty fortress, You go before us Nothing can stand against the power of our God You shine in the shadow, You win every battle Nothing can stand against the power of our God,” and that is Battle Belongs by: Phil Wickham. Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for your chance to win Who Knew Wednesday with Joe and Dylan.

Thank you for listing!

-Emma Reuss and Jonathon Langdon

Grateful for You!

First, we here at WNZR want to thank you, our listeners! Lifeline 2023 was amazing and we have passed our goal of $65,000…our current total stands at $69,640! Thank you to everyone who gave and who are currently giving to our station. We appreciate you so much! Also, thank you to everyone who shared their praise and prayer requests!

In artist news, Jonathon shared about an event tonight at 8 pm on TBN! The GMA Easter Special will be on TBN at 8 pm featuring some amazing artists like; Newsboys, Tasha Layton, David Leonard, and more. You can watch on TBN and on the TBN app. For more information click here!

In more exciting news, MercyMe, TobyMac, and Zach Williams are teaming up for an “All-Star tour!” They have partnered with World Vision for this tour! Dates and cities have not yet been revealed yet, but we will keep you up to date on the tour once the dates are released.

Song Poetry is back and we gave away an Action Bible Easter edition. Congrats to Ron from Mount Vernon for winning song poetry. The lyrics were, “All my debt left for dead beneath the waters, I’m no longer a slave to my sin anymore. And should I fall in the space between, what remains of me and this reckoning.” That is “Another in the Fire” by: Hillsong United.

Thank you for listening to the Afternoon Drive!

-Emma and Jonathon

Lights, Camera, Action! (In Color)

For Artist Newsday, we finally have closure on what for KING & COUNTRY have been up to the last few months, and it’s HUGE! Joel and Luke Smallbone took to social media to announce a full-feature film is in production inspired by their song “Unsung Hero”. For more information, you can visit the film’s new website HERE.

CAIN is going on their very first feature tour this spring, and it’s got a special twist along with it! “Live and In Color” will encourage fans to where specific colors in the crowd at each show! To see where you can catch CAIN and what color you are tasked to wear, click HERE!

The blind will see, the deaf will hear,
The dead will live again,
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb!

Congratulations to Sarah from Mount Vernon for correctly guessing that these lyrics are from the classic “Mary, Did You Know?” She wins a special CD from Dove Awards Artist of the Year CeCe Winans!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon & Emma

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!

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 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.

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