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Valentine’s Day

To: Listener, From: The Afternoon Drive!

Happy Valentines Day!

To start Artist News Day we shared a clip from 20 The Countdown Magazine. William Ryan III talks about what you didn’t see at the Grammy’s with Maverick City and the encouragement that was shared in that space. If you missed on our show the clip is on our SoundCloud here!

Jonathon then continued artist news that Haven Madison, the daughter of Building 429 lead singer Jason Roy, announced on social media that she auditioned for the popular show American Idol. Her audition will be televised on February 19th of American Idol.

MVNU Men’s Volleyball plays tonight vs. Lourdes University in Ariel Arena. Pre-game starts at 6:45pm and the game starts 7:00pm, you can see the live action on Don’t forget to check out our Instagram page @Voice of the Cougars and MVNU Men’s volleyball Instagram for fun game day content!

Song Poetry is back! Our lyrics today were, “I was sure by now God, You would have reached down and wiped our tears away stepped in and saved the day.” Those lyrics are from “Praise You In This Storm” by: Casting Crowns. Congrats to Sarah from Mount Vernon, she wins a CeCe Winans CD!

When hard pressed, press in?

Today’s Monday Motivation comes from author Arthur Jackson and advice for what to do when you’re ‘hard pressed.’ Read more here from Our Daily Bread.

We also shared ‘Imaginative Faith’ from James Banks. This passage was inspired by Isaiah 55. Read more here!

It’s also WORLD RADIO DAY! Today celebrates the anniversary of Guglielmo Marconi’s first wireless transmission in 1895.

Today’s winners: Tim and Kim from Mount Vernon won a $10 gift certificate to Gospel Christian Life Shop

Deanna from Mount Vernon won a certificate for a dozen carnations from Flowers for You!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

The Caller is the Keeper

Today I’m (Joe) sharing a wise word from worship pastor Ashley Lassetter. She’s a good friend of our daughter and recently shared this on her Facebook page. It was inspired by this phrase, “The Caller is the Keeper.”

Following Christ requires a backbone, a strong one. Following Christ is hard. It’s sacrificial. The life you plan and want to live will die. You will make sacrifices that cost more than it feels it’s worth some days.

Your calling won’t be what you imagined it would be. It will be one that requires more than you are willing to give some days, but when it is that costly, do not forget the lives you will impact for the Lord’s glory.

So often we get weak and in our own flesh, we don’t want the life and situations we are dealt. We want a different hand. We get mad because it isn’t what we think it should be.

We get into a victim mindset. We want someone else to do the leg work for that ministry you yourself are pregnant with. We want someone else to do the heavy lifting.

But God has called YOU.

YOU have it in YOU because the LORD placed it there. What will you do with what the Lord has given you?

What will you do with your call? What will you do with the broken place that He wants to use for ministry to others? What will you do?

We must walk this life out in God and through God. We must bring it to him. He never intended for us to carry the heavy weight and cost alone. It will cost you for the anointing, yes. It will cost you to pursue the call of Christ for your life.

It will hurt. It will be hard. It is expensive.

But don’t forget that the result is such a great Glory of God that we can’t even begin to fathom. Earth cannot contain the surface of His glory.

I plead with you to live your life worthy of the calling you have. I call on you, fellow friends, to pursue the life Christ has intended for us, even when we must endure bitter and costly things.

Where can we go from His presence? He is everywhere. Walk in your call. Count the cost and pay for it.

Where will the generation be that stands and pays the cost with a backbone?

The Lord is worth it. He is worth the cost. Pursue Christ. Pursue the calling you have.

If he has called you and placed it in you, He will keep you. It is worth it. Pursue the Caller.

I don’t know about you, but that MOTIVATES me to keep going because I know I’m never doing this on my own.

Dylan shared a great reminder that we are NOT alone! Read this one from today’s Our Daily Bread.

Today’s winners:

Seth from Fredericktown – correctly guessed CUPID as our answer in the 4pm hour; wins a dozen carnations from Flowers For You

Richard from Mount Vernon – correctly guessed HAMLET as our answer in the 5pm hour; wins a $10 gift certificate to Gospel Christian Life Shop

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

“Sweet Sleep”

Today on the show we shared our devotionals from Our Daily Bread. We also gave away two prizes from our Spread The Love Valentine’s Day Giveaway.

Here is our devotionals from Our Daily Bread:

Jonathon’s devotional is titled, “When The Splendor Is Gone”. You can find the link here.

Dylan’s devotional is titled, “Sweet Sleep”. You can find the link here.

Here are the winners of our Spread The Love Valentine’s Day Giveaway:

Congratulations to Beth and Rendell of Mount Vernon! They are both entered for a chance to win our grand prize drawing of an overnight stay at the Mount Vernon Grand Hotel and 4 hours of housecleaning from Carefree Cleaning Company.

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan and Jonathon

“My Life Has Always Been In Your Hands”

Although today’s show was shortened due to MVNU men’s basketball tonight, we were still able to share some amazing stories from some of your favorite artists.

Perhaps one of our favorite stories ever came today from We Are Messengers. Darren Mulligan, the band’s lead singer, walked away without a scratch from a brutal car accident Friday morning. He shared the experience in detail through the band’s Instagram in this statement:

“I’m okay. I promise. In fact, I’m on an airplane going to our first show of the year in Greeley, Colorado. A couple of hours ago I hit some ice on a bridge on 840 traveling to the airport. My truck lost all traction, slid across both lanes, down through the verge separating east and west highways and began sliding towards another vehicle on the opposite side of the road. I couldn’t bare the thought of someone being hurt so I did everything I could to flip my vehicle off the road and that’s what I did. It is a miracle that I’m alive, I’m a little sore but I walked out of that vehicle without a scratch. 10 seconds before the accident I had been talking with Jesus and I said out loud “my life has always been in your hands and it still is”. I guess God put that to the test and He has once again proved Himself unbelievably Kind. As I scrambled to find my backpack, guitar and phone which had flown out of the vehicle I heard a voice. It was a young man called Efrain who was on his way to work. His was the car that was coming the opposite direction. Efrain was so kind to me, his only thought was to make sure I was ok. He drove me to the airport so I could go about the work God has called this band to. Greeley, Colorado, we are on our way. Expecting big things from the Lord tonight. I am a very grateful man, more than ever and I’m convinced this too is the goodness of God in my life. #ComeWhatMay Darren”

Also in the news, Steven Curtis Chapman will be in Mansfield this! The Christian musician will bring his tour to Crossroads Church Thursday, March 24th starting at 7:00pm thanks to Rise FM.

For more information on the show, visit

We also continued our WNZR Spread the Love Giveaway!

Congratulations to Brad of Bellville and Pam of Fredericktown for answering our Valentine’s trivia and earning a chance at our Spread the Love Grand Prizes: An overnight stay at the Mount Vernon Grand Hotel OR 4 hours of housecleaning from Carefree Cleaning Company!

Thanks for listening,

Jonathon and Dylan

Mystery Monday – Wait, you’re supposed to Flip What?

Today Joe and I launched WinterJam 2020 Artist Trivia for your chance to win 2 passes to WinterJam 2020!

Our WinterJam 2020 Artist Trivia question today was:

“What is the name of Crowders most recent album?
The Answer ” I Know a Ghost” 

 Congratulation to John from Belleville who got our Artist Trivia question and is going to WinterJam 2020! If you want to know more about WinterJam, head over to their website!

Name something specific that you turn over.

1. Pancake
2. Mattress

3. Page/Paper
4. Egg
5. Money

 Congratulation to Jean from Mount Vernon who guessed our top two answers! She now has a $5 Gift Card to use for anything at Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Monday Motivation:

Here is the link to the devotion I shared today: A Life that Satisfies

Here is the link to the devotion that Joe shared: Our Refuge and Strength

Thank you for checking out our blog!!

-Hannah and Joe

NZ Top Ten for 1.31.2020

10. Dead Man Walking –  Jeremy Camp
9. Believer – Rhett Walker
8.  Yes I will – Vertical worship
7. Rescue – Lauren Daigle
6. Almost home – MercyMe
5. The God Who Stays – Matthew West
4. Nobody – Casting Crowns / Matthew West
3. Holy water – We the Kingdom
2. Rescue story –  Zach Williams
1. Burn the ships – for king & country

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The Afters – I Will Fear No More

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Cory Asbury – The Father’s House

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Need a date idea for Valentine’s day? WNZR has you covered! Click HERE to find out more about our Valentine’s Banquet!

Need more info on WinterJam 2020? Click HERE for your One-stop-shop for all things WinterJam!

Thanks for checking out our blog!

-Hannah and Joe

Who Knew Wednesday: Going back to our roots – with Life Hacks!

Today Todd and I got back to the roots of Who Knew Wednesday! The reason we started Who Knew Wednesday is because we found some pretty awesome books called “Who Knew? 10,001 East Solutions to Everyday Problems” and “More Who Knew? Thousands of Money-Saving Secrets for Cooking, Cleaning and all-around Your Home”, both by Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin!

We are excited to announce that our Valentine’s Day Banquet tickets are officially on sale! Click HERE to find out more!

Today we decided to focus on Chapter 16 from the first Who Knew? book about Car hacks! Here are the hacks we shared:

  • Make the most of that expensive gas!
    • Keep your tires inflated. It’s much harder for your engine to get your car to move when your tires are even a little bit flat. Invest in a gauge and make sure to keep them as inflated as possible without over-inflating.
    • Change your oil regularly. As oil ages, it’s thicker and harder to push through the engine, causing more energy to be used. By changing your oil regularly you’ll make sure you get the best fuel economy possible.
    • Roll up your windows on the highway. Having the wind streaming through your hair might be fun, but it increases drag on the car and make it take more energy to run. In this case, it’s actually usually cheaper to run the AC.
    • Other quick tips to save gas:  Be smart with the route you pick, stay at or under the speed limit, remove any excess weight in your car and try to carpool as much as possible!
  • Who knew Classic Tip: if your windshield wipers are smearing your windshield while they work, wipe the blades with rubbing alcohol.

  • Keep your car doors from freezing: it’s hard enough to have to dig out your driveway and scrape off your car after a snowstorm. Save yourself the trouble of worrying about car doors freezing shut by spraying WD-40 in the lining. Once at the beginning of winter should do it!

  • Condition Your Car: You might think we are crazy, but applying conditioner, leaving for 5 minutes, and then rinsing it off will give your car a just-waxed shine. As an added bonus, it will more effectively repel water!

  • For supple leather: if your car has leather seats, regularly apply a thin layer of baby oil to the leather and let it dry. This will prevent your seats from drying out and cracking.

  •  Removing bumper stickers: Get those old bumper stickers off and bring your car up to date. Rub cold cream on the stickers and wait 10 minutes. Say goodbye and peel the bumper sticker right off.

  •  Stop ice before it starts: To keep your car door locks safe from ice during the cold winter months place a refrigerator magnet of the lock you can even take an old magnet (that 2008 calendar from the local realtor, perhaps) and cut it into pieces that fit perfectly.

  •  It pays to restart your engine: If you are waiting for longer than 30 seconds in your car, turn off the engine. Use more fuel idling after 30 seconds then you use to restart your car.
  • Impromptu shovel: Stuck in the mud, sand or snow with no way to dig yourself out? A shovel may be closer than you think. Just detach your hubcap and use that instead!

  •  Bonus tip of the day:

    • Take two aspirin for yourself, then to for your car: if your car battery has died and you don’t have jumper cables, don’t get a headache just yet. First, try dropping a couple of aspirin tablets into the battery the acid in the aspirin can provide it with just enough to charge get you to the nearest service station.


  • Question of the Day:
    •  According to insurance agencies, green and yellow cars are the least likely to get in a car accident, and red and black cars are the most likely. Why do you think this is? Let us know below in the comments section!


Thanks so much for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Todd


Fun facts about Valentine’s Day

  • About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That’s the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
  • Women purchase 85% of all valentines.
  • In order of popularity, Valentine’s Day cards are given to teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
  • Parents receive 1 out of every 5 valentines.
  • About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
  • Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are the biggest holidays for giving flowers.
  • Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine’s Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.
  • 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
  • Men buy most of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers given on Valentine’s Day.
  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
  • The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.
  • Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.
  • Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an “Improvement in Telegraphy”, on Valentine’s Day, 1876.
  • Amongst the earliest Valentine’s Day gifts were candies. The most common were chocolates in heart shaped boxes.c

AS PROMISED, here are the “clean” Winter Olympics-themed Valentine’s love lines you can try out on your significant other (my daughter would call these ‘Dad’ jokes):

  • Are you an ice skater? You’ve got a great figure.
  • I’m no curler, but I think I could sweep you off your feet!
  • Hey, are you a skiing event, ‘cause I would travel cross-country for you!
  • My gold medal might be shiny, but it looks like a dull penny compared to that sparkle in your eyes.
  • Your legs must be tired because you’ve been speed skating through my mind all night.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

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