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NZ Top 10 for 5/5/23

Praise the Lord it’s Friday! Here is this week’s countdown:

10. Jeremy Camp – Anxious Heart
9. Matthew West – My Story, Your Glory
8. Cochren & Co. – Running Home
7.TobyMac f/Zach Williams – Cornerstone
6. Phil Wickham – This is Our God
5. Consumed By Fire – First Things First
4. Micah Tyler – I See Grace
3. Brandon Lake – Gratitude
2. Cody Carnes – Ain’t Nobody
1. Matt Maher – The Lord’s Prayer (It’s Yours) – 4th week at #1

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY adds this week:

Katy Nichole- Hold On

Thanks for listening!


NZ Top Ten 1.24.2020

Today Joe and I counted down the top-charting Christian Songs of Today!

Here is todays countdown:

10. Believer – Rhett Walker
9. Almost Home – Mercy Me
8. Yes I Will – Vertical Worship
7. Dead Man Walking – Jeremy Camp
6. The God Who stays – Matthew West
5. Rescue – Lauren Daigle
4. Holy Water – We the Kingdom
3. Nobody – Casting Crowns / Matthew West
2. Rescue story – Zach Williams
1. Burn the ships – for king & country

New Music Friday!

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I Know – Big Daddy Weave

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Like You Love Me – Tauren Wells

MUSIC: Tauren Wells - Like You Love Me - Praiseworld Radio

In the Arms – Terrian

Terrian - In The Arms (Mp3 Download + Video Lyrics)

Today’s fan choice is: Lift you Head Weary Sinner by Crowder

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Thanks for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Joe

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

Michael Tait and We Are Messengers

With a mix of happiness and melancholy this week, let’s see what’s up in the world of Christian Music!

Lynda Randle and Michael Tait are 'Together For Christmas' Michael Tait (Newsboys) and Gospel singer Lynda Randle (Tait’s sister) are teaming up for a mini tour of sorts with all the Christmas music you could hope for!


Drake Kennedy Plays Final Shows with We Are Messengers

In other news, We Are Messengers had to give a bittersweet farewell to base player Drake Kennedy.

We solved our stumper for Name That Tune last week! The song was Francesca Battistelli’s ‘Giants Fall!’ Congratulations to Barbie from Mount Vernon. Ironically, Song Poetry had a stumper this week so the lyrics will be back next time.


-Thanks for Listening

NZ Top 10 8/23/19

Here’s the countdown for this week!

10. Nobody- Casting Crowns/ Mathew West
9. Rescue- Lauren Daigle
8. Fear No More- Building 429
7. Let it Rain (Is There Anybody)- Crowder/ Mandisa
6. Haven’t Seen It Yet- Danny Gokey
5. God’s Not Done With You- Tauren Wells
4. Symphony- Switch/Dillon Chase
3. Reason- Unspoken
2. Alive- Big Daddy Weave
1. Raise a Hallelujah- Bethel Music


New music this week included “Echo” By Elevation Worship featuring Tauren Wells and “Unstoppable God” by Sanctus Real!

And now, surprise photos from the Rineharts in NEW YORK CITY!!




Thanks for Listening

Mystery Monday WNZR Recap!


We’ve had a JAM PACKED weekend here at WZNR. Prize baskets and Festivals and Thunderstorms OH MY! Today for Mystery Monday we told you all about it.

Firstly On The Road with Big Blue stopped at the Heart of Ohio USA Days Festival in Centerburg .Where we gave away multiple prize baskets.

Congratulations to our winners: Kristi Kinton of Mount Vernon, Emily Garber and Patrick Loudermilk of Centerburg, and Brett Maze of Ostrander. They are each receiving an adult prize basket valued at over $180!

But that’s no all! Big Blue made a stop at Knox County’s Relay for Life this past Friday.

Thanks to everyone that participated. Knox County had 27 teams and over 300 participants in the fight against cancer. $155,000 was raised! WNZR is honored to partner with the American Cancer Society.

Congratulations to our Prize Basket Winner – Melody Lahmon of Mount Vernon. Melody won the “Shape Up, Clean Up, Dress Up and Soak Up” prize basket

Our Mystery Monday Trivia Question was a stumper so we will bring it back next week!

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

Lifeline 2018: Fix My Eyes

“When I sleep and when I rise, 
Help me Lord, to fix my eyes.”

Firstly, if you want to learn everything there is to know about Lifeline 2018, click here!

It’s the last Praise Thursday before Lifeline 2018!
This means, today, we dived into the theme song of Lifeline 2018, “Fix My Eyes” from For King and Country! Read on to dive into the lyrics and scripture of the song!

The first verse goes like this…
Hit rewind
Click delete
Stand face to face with the younger me
All of the mistakes
All of her heartbreak
Here’s what I’d do differently

Hitting rewind and clicking delete is something I really wish I could do – and quite often at that. Here’s what we learn about that from scripture…
Philippians 3:13 – “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”
There are so many things we wish we could hit rewind and click delete on, getting rid of that messy past, standing face-to-face with the younger us. But Philippians tells us that we should forget what is behind us.
Once we come to fix our eyes on Christ, our past fades away. No matter how dirty our past has been, Christ makes us clean and makes us new.

Christ isn’t looking at our mistakes. Christ isn’t looking at all the heartbreak.
He is calling us to stop dwelling on our past and hand that past to Him.
2nd Corinthians 5:17 also says :Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!”

The chorus goes like this…
I’d love like I’m not scared
Give when it’s not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on you

One BIGGGG part of the song is the first line of the chorus. LOVE LIKE IM NOT SCARED.

Hooooowwwwww much easier would life be if we stopped being scared? I’ll be the first one to admit how generally scared of a person I am. I’m scared of everything from spiders to escalators to driving to not being good enough, and so many things in between. I’m scared of what other people think of me. I’m scared of what they’ll think if I really loved them like I wasn’t scared. WE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. God has not given us a spirit of timidity or fear. The creator of the universe and the author of love itself has given us a spirit of power and love and a sound mind. We might be the only glimpse of Christ that someone ever sees. We need to not be afraid to love because Christ was never afraid to love us. And we get to love like we’re not scared right here through WNZR. We have the opportunity to be the light of Christ every time you turn on that radio. We are blessed to be a light in this community of Mt. Vernon and we can’t do that without you.

Okay, clearly, we could do are whole show on just one of these lines. Let alone just this one part of the chorus – but what is this over all meaning of this part. I think these things are the outcome of what happens when we fix our eyes on God or When things that we can do in order to “Fix” our eyes – meaning if that our eyes were broken, that they were fixed on something worldly. These are things that we can do to remind us who is in controls the world.

The bridge… oh yes…
The things of Earth are dimming
In the light of Your glory and grace
I’ll set my sights upon Heaven
I’m fixing my eyes on you

The verses before 2nd Corinthians 4:18 also tell us that the troubles of this world are LIGHT and MOMENTARY. When we compare the weight of our current troubles to the glory that is going to be revealed to us in heaven through Christ, the troubles really do begin to seem light and momentary.

James 4:14 literally tells us that we’re a mist.
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

Yes our lives our short and the things of this earth don’t matter once we reach Heaven, but it matters how we live the lives we’re given here on earth. God has given us our lives not to promote our own name, but to tell the world of His.
Yeah, I’m a mist. But I’m a mist with purpose and I want to tell the rest of the mists about the Lord who has given me life.

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and Hannah

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