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Behold! New Music, New Artists, New Opportunities!

Today, Emma and I shared about some artists in the news this week, and we also shared some new Christmas songs that were added to our playlist last weekend!

Congratulations to Kirk Franklin, who is currently on tour with Maverick City Music, as he will participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade! You can read more about it HERE

Also in the news is Colton Dixon. Well…kind of. His wife is launching her solo career in the music industry! Read about it HERE

Congrats to Cheryl from Danville and Jeff from Mount Vernon as they are now registered for the Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt! Don’t forget to be listening to Tom’s gobble every time you hear a live dj for your chance to get registered. Thanks to Smithhisler Meats of Mount Vernon we will be giving away 5 Turkeys and the winners will be announced at 7:30am this Friday, November 18th on the Morning Thing!

We did not have a winner this week for song poetry, but stay tuned next week for song poetry as we give away 2 CDs. Don’t forget to listen to the Afternoon Drive tomorrow for Who Knew Wednesday with Joe Rinehart and Dylan Elliott.

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

“Laundry Day”

Today on the show we talked about how it is the last day to get registered to win a turkey from Smith Hisler Meats. We also read devotionals from Our Daily Bread. We had our weekly Bible trivia where one lucky person has a chance to win a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup. We talked about some details related to Food For The Hungry.

Dylan’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled “Laundry Day”. You can find the link here.

Jonathon’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled “Serving The Least”. You can find the link here.

Question: How many books have the name John in them?
Answer: Four

Congratulations to Dawn of Mount Vernon for guessing the correct answer! She wins a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Justin of Mount Vernon for being registered to win a turkey from Smith Hisler Meats!

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan and Jonathon

Top of the Charts!

It’s Artist Newsday and We Are Messengers had a very successful weekend!

We Are Messengers is celebrating its current single “Come What May,” hitting #1 on the Mediabase Christian Audience chart yesterday. This achievement marks the group’s first #1 song at AC Christian radio. 

Here is what the band had to say on this achievement. “Today is a wonderful day in the Mulligan home. ‘Come What May’ hitting #1 has reminded us of the perfect kindness and faithfulness of God,” shares Darren Mulligan, We Are Messengers front man. “We are so thankful for our Curb | Word family, our amazing radio team, our management team and for the unending support we have found in the Christian radio community since day one. Thank you for loving on us and giving this song the opportunity to change the lives of millions of listeners all across the country. God is good and all the Glory is His now and forever.” 

We Are Messengers continues to build “Come What May” at radio, and has their sights set on more #1 achievements for the single in the near future. For more information, visit

Big Daddy Weave announced that they will continue their successful “All Things New” Tour in the spring with tickets on sale now. The tour line-up will include former lead singer for Tenth Avenue North, now solo artist, Mike Donehey on select dates at the beginning of the tour, and worship leader Ryan Ellis on select dates during the second half of the tour.

The tour kicks off on February 8th and concludes on May 8th. Promoted by Transparent Productions, this is the second leg of the band’s fall tour, which featured multiple sold-out dates and was the group’s first time touring consistently since the global pandemic, and they were thrilled to share their hearts and songs with a live audience again. 

“The ‘All Things New’ Tour this fall has been really incredible,” shares Mike Weaver of Big Daddy Weave. “We can see the excitement in the people who come, and we’ve really enjoyed God’s Presence each night. We’re thankful to be continuing this experience with wonderful guest artists and all the people we’ve missed when the ‘All Things New’ tour hits the road this spring.”

Tickets are now online and more information can be found at

Lord, Your ways are higher
You know Your plans for me
You give purpose and a future
Even when I can’t see

We had a stumper for the second week in a row! Tune in next Tuesday for a chance to win THREE $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup!

Today, we registered Jennifer of Mount Vernon and Tammie of Howard for a chance to win a turkey from Smithhisler Meats for Thanksgiving!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon & Dylan

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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If you want to more about Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt, click HERE! 

Thanks for checking out the blog!

– Hannah and Joe

Mystery Monday: The Windy City, Fire, and Towers?

Today Joe and I recapped homecoming, went on the Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt and gave you a chance to win!

If you want to find out more about homecoming click HERE.

The Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt was turkey-tasic today! Congratulations to Rodney from Gambier and Linda from Utica who were our #5 callers and were registered to win the hunt! Click HERE to find out more about The Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt.

Here is Today's Family Feud Style Mystery Question! (1)

Name something Chicago is famous for…

1.Chicago Fire
2.”The Windy City”
3. Sears Tower
4. The Bulls/Jordan

Peter from Howard was the one to guess our top two answers right! He won that $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Vally!

Thanks for checking out our blog!

-Hannah and Joe

A father’s prize and words of encouragement

Hugs and words of encouragement are building blocks for the family. 

Proverbs 16 23-24 – “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth and adds learning to his lips. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”

Hugs and words of encouragement are the building blocks your children need. Their self-image and confidence is dependent on how you interact with them. Make it a habit to hug them often and acknowledge whatever they achieve in school, sports, or the Arts. Your presence and open display affection to your children will help them develop the sense of security they need. Proverbs 23:22 asks your children to ” listen to your father who begot you.” Tender, loving words will open the ears of your children, and they eagerly look to You for wisdom and direction

A father’s prize is reflected in his children. 

1 Corinthians 9:24 – “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.”

God has given you a great prize in your children. How you nurture and influence them will shape the man or woman they become. Scripture encourages you to run the race of fatherhood in such a way that you not only received the price of salvation for yourself but that your children do, as well. Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” When your children receive the gift of Salvation and experienced a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you have been given the Greatest Prize a father could receive – to watch your children walk in the Lord. Let your own walk of Faith clearly reflect the love of God for all your children to see


Did you hear Tom Turkey run through our station? Well, both Linda from Utica and Beth from Mount Vernon did and were caller number 5! They were registered to win in The Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt! If you want to know more about this click HERE! 

Our trivia question today was: Approximately, how many children are adopted each year in the United States? 

Answer: 120,000 children!

Congrats to Marian from Danville who got our trivia question and won that $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Thanks for checking out our blog!


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

Mystery Monday: New Ohio?

Today Joe and I shared about this big upcoming weekend for MVNU, it’s 51st Homecoming! To find out more about homecoming click HERE.

Guess who we had on the show today? Tom the Turkey for the Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt! Head to website WNZR.FM for more information!

Congratulations to our 2 caller numbers five’s Jonathan from Gambier and Dawn from Fredericktown; they both were registered to win a Turkey on Friday 22ed!

Here is Today's Family Feud Style Mystery Question!

Name a state with two words in its name.

1.New York 
2.New Jersey 
3. New Hampshire
4. West Virginia
5. North Dakota
6. New Mexico
7. South Carolina

Congrats to Harley from Mount Vernon who guessed our top two answers and won that $5 Gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Thanks for checking out our blog!

-Hannah and Joe

Who Knew Wednesday

This week is time for you to get packing, packing shoeboxes to be more specific! Operation Christmas Child has opened up its many drop-off locations to make it easy for you to drop off your shoeboxes! Collection started on the 12th and will wrap up on Monday, November 19. The clock is ticking, its time to get your box ready!

Here are some of the drop off locations in and around Mount Vernon:

  • Brandon Baptist Church, 13513 Sycamore Road in Mount Vernon
  • Faith Baptist Church, 8764 Martinsburg Road in Mount Vernon

  • Grace Pointe Community Church, 892 E Columbus Road in Utica

  • Johnstown Independent Baptist Church, 7397 Johnstown Alexandria Road in Johnstown

Here are the times these churches are accepting boxes!

What is Operation Christmas Child?

  • This operation is run by an organization called Samaritan’s Purse, a charity inspired by the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke. Here is the Samaritan’s Purse Mission Statement:  Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Here is some more information on this great organization!
  • Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has partnered with local churches around the world to deliver 157 million Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to children in need in 160 countries. Each one—packed full of fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items by a family or individual—is sent with prayer that the child who receives it will experience God’s love through their simple gifts.
  • This year, Operation Christmas Child is celebrating 25 years!

How do I participate?

  • Easy! You can pack a shoebox! Here are the steps:
    • 1. Find a Shoebox – Start with an average-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If you want to wrap it, cover the box and lid separately.
    • 2. Girl or Boy? Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and the age category: 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14.
    • 3. Fill with Gifts – Select a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with a pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies.
    • 4. Pray- Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and photo.
    • 5. Follow Your Box Labels – Donate $9i online and receive a tracking label to Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your shoebox gift.
    • 6. Drop-Off – Take your shoebox gift to a local drop-off location during National Collection Week, November 12–19, 2018.

Don’t have time to pack your box at home? Good news! You can now build your box online, for just $25! Want more information? Click HERE!

This day in history:

  • Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the United States Apollo program and the second to land on the Moon. It was launched on November 14, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center,
  • This Doesn’t get near as much attention as Apollo 11, the first manned flight to the moon
  • Mission commander Charles “Pete” Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean performed just over one day and seven hours of lunar surface activity while Command Module Pilot Richard F. Gordon remained in lunar orbit.

Our Trivia Question for today:

What percent of the universe is dark matter? 

Answer: 27%

The rest of the universe is around 68% dark energy, and less than 5% of the universe is made up of what we would consider “normal” matter. This means that roughly 80% of the mass of the universe is made up of material we cannot see.

Congratulation to Megan from Gambier who won a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apples Valley for correctly guessing today’s trivia question!

Thanks for checking out our blog! Have a blessed day and thank you for support of the Afternoon Drive!

Hannah Radke


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