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Ashes, aged bibles, and Cougar hoops!

Today is Ash Wednesday – launching a time of prayer, reflection and repentance, marking the first day of lent. The ash normally comes from the palm branches of the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebration.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the printing of Gutenberg’s Bible in 1455 – there are only 48 known surviving copies…12 of them are printed on animal skins. Three of them reside at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.

MVNU men’s basketball opens the postseason tonight against Huntington in the Crossroads League Quarterfinals. Jonathon and Dylan will be on the call. You can hear student assistant coach Ryan Wolfe at halftime for Cougar Conversations. Pregame tonight at 6:45!

  1. I was born  February 22, 1934, in Bridgewater, South Dakota.
  2. I was a player in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization, but never made it to the Major Leagues.
  3. I began my managerial career in the minor leagues in 1964
  4. I managed the Cincinnati Reds for 9 seasons, leading them to back-to-back World Series victories in 1975 and 1976.
  5. In 1984, I became the manager of the Detroit Tigers, and led them to a World Series victory that first season
  6. I retired in 1995 with 2,194 wins
  7. I was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000
  8. I passed away on November 4, 2010, at the age of 76.

I am George “Sparky” Anderson. Congratulations to Jerry from Fredericktown, who guessed correctly and wins a copy of the Action Bible – Easter Edition!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

On this Thanksgiving Eve…

We bring you WHO KNEWS about cranberries, cashews and espresso coffee!

Who Knew? November 23rd is…

National ‘Eat a Cranberry’ Day

A tart, but healthy snack, packed with antioxidants and rich nutrients….just in time to be featured on Thanksgiving Day tables everywhere!

The name for Cranberry was originally craneberry, derived from the German “kraanbere”. Why would a berry be named after a bird? The craneberry got its name due to the English believing that the flowers and stem resembled the neck of that same bird, the Crane!

National Cashew Day

Cashew trees can get really big. The world’s largest cashew tree can be found in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, and covers well over 81,000 sq ft. To put that into perspective, that’s a tree that covers 1.8 acres, or nearly 70 times that of a normal cashew tree.

After harvesting cashew nuts, you may want to store them up until you have a decent number, because processing them is a bit of an ordeal. The edible meat of the cashew is surrounded by a shell and a very dangerous, caustic liquid related to poison ivy. USE CAUTION WHEN PROCESSING YOUR CASHEWS. Wear long sleeved clothing, gloves, and goggles to keep the liquid from getting on your skin or in your eyes.

National Espresso Day

A shot of espresso is a refinement of coffee, distilled down to its most potent elements and delivered in special cups that should have a warning label that reads “High Vibration and Caffeine Jitters Ahead”!

In Turin, Italy, in 1884, thanks to the innovative methods of Angelo Moriondo, coffee had seen a new age of enlightenment, as his new machine found a way to separately control the passing of steam and water through the coffee. This innovation made it possible to extract the fullest possible potential from the humble coffee bean.

Who Am I?

  • I was born November 23, 1859 in New York City but some theorize I was born on September 17th
  • My real name was Henry McCarty, but my pseudonym was William Bonney
  • My father’s death led our family to move to Indiana, then Kansas, then New Mexico
  • I was orphaned at 15 when my mother died
  • I became a thief and a fugitive before settling as a rancher in Arizona
  • My life was a series of conflicts, crimes and gunfights before I died in 1881 at 21 years of age
  • There is only one authenticated picture of me

I am… Billy The Kid. Congratulations to Kari from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins a copy of We The Kingdom’s self-titled CD!

Thanks for listening, Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll talk to you Monday!
– Joe and Dylan

October 5th is packed!

Today is National Do Something Nice Day…On this day (and any day!) it’s a great idea to keep an eye out and notice when people do something that deserves a compliment! Whether it is noticing a family member’s new haircut, thanking the taxi driver or doorman for their patient service, or telling the neighbor how lovely their roses look, National Do Something Nice Day is a great time to remember to say the things that might go unsaid on typical days.

Today is also World Teachers Day

UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) proclaimed that the first World Teachers’ Day would be celebrated on October 5, 1994. Various ceremonies and honors are given for teachers of the world who have surpassed expectations for the profession. Many countries hold competitions where special educators can be nominated to win the important title of teacher of the year.

World Teachers’ Day is now celebrated in more than 100 countries.

Today is the Jewish Holiday of Yom Kippur – the day of atonement

It’s also Clergy Appreciation Month – find out how you can nominate a member of your pastoral staff for some great WNZR and partner prizes by clicking here!

I was born on October 5, 1829, in Fairfield, Vermont
I practiced law in New York City
I served as the quartermaster general of the New York Militia during the American Civil War
I was Vice President under James Garfield
I took over Presidential duties when Garfield was shot and later died.
I died November 18, 1886, at the age 57

I am Chester Arthur, 21st President of the United States – congratulations to Dawn of Fredericktown who guessed correctly and wins the hardcover version of The Action Bible!

Thanks for listening,
– Joe and Dylan

Favorite fry facts!

Today’s National French Fry Day (who decides on these things?) so Brogan and Joe discussed two main topics…first, what type of fry is your favorite?

  • standard (think McDonald’s)
  • shoestring
  • waffle
  • crinkle cut
  • chip style (UK)
  • curly
  • steak or wedge
  • tater tots (is a tater tot a French fry?)
  • sweet potato

Then, what is your #1 fry topping/dipping sauce?

  • ketchup (or catsup)
  • mayo
  • ranch
  • salt/vinegar
  • BBQ sauce
  • hot sauce/siracha
  • milk shake/Frosty
  • “special sauce” (for burgers)
  • cheese sauce
  • sour cream and chives
  • white frosting (sweet potato)
  • cinnamon sugar (sweet potato)

Congratulations to Jennifer from Mount Vernon winning two tickets to see Oliver on Friday, guessing Charles Dickens birthday, 1812!

Today’s Who Am I…

  • I was born July 13, 1940 in Yorkshire, England
  • I left school to study theatre when I was 15
  • I joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966 and remained with them until 1982
  • I made my television debut in 1967 but became a household name 20 years later, when I agreed to play Captain Jean Luc Picard
  • My film credits include Excalibur, the original Dune, X-Men, Star Trek Generations and a voice actor in The Prince of Egypt
  • I was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2010 for services to drama
  • I recently returned to the role of Picard for a new series on Paramount Plus

Congratulations to Monica calling in and guessing today’s Who Am I, Patrick Stewart!

Thanks for listening!

-Joe and Brogan

A Word from the Weaver!

Today we shared Joe’s conversation with Rev. Robert ‘Bob’ Weaver and his new 50-day devotional book.

Hear their conversation at this WNZR Soundcloud link!

–          I was born February 1, 1966 in Santa Clara, California
–          I grew up near Seattle and was a three-time high school All-American in soccer
–          I attended the University of Central Florida and won the Hermann Trophy in 1988
–          I scored the first goal in the history of the US women’s national soccer team in 1985
–          I scored 10 goals in the 1991 women’s World Cup and was awarded the Golden Shoe
–          I also played for the US in the 1996 Olympics and the 1999 World Cup
–          I retired in 2000, and currently serve as an assistant coach with the Orlando Pride

Congratulations to Dave from Butler, who guessed correctly and wins a WNZR drawstring backpack and a Phil Wickham CD.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Do You Still Have Things To Do?

Today on the show we talked about how today is National Still Need To Do Day.

Here is the article about the National Holiday:

Still Need to Do Day comes at a lull time in the holiday season, before New Year’s festivities. Children are still out of school, and maybe you have some time off of work. With only a few days left in the year, you may start reflecting on what you have accomplished during the last trip around the sun, and what things were left undone. Today is for tying up some of the loose ends of the year, and getting things done before the calendar changes. Completing tasks give people a sense of accomplishment, and doing some now will lay a foundation to start the new year off strong. Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holidays started the day, and while they put it on December 29 to illustrate the opportunity to finish things before the end of the year, they also said you have “the rest of your life” to do them, meaning that it’s okay if it takes longer than just today to finish them. They point out that procrastination does not move one forward, and that “it’s time to start pursuing the dream,” implying that not only small tasks need to be focused on, but large life goals as well.

How to Observe Still Need to Do Day

Celebrate the day by making a list of things that you wish to accomplish yet this year, and a second list outlining things that you hope to start focusing on during the upcoming year ahead—this second list may be part of your New Year’s resolutions. Then spend the day working to check off things on your first list and see if you can complete them. Maybe there is something broke in your house that you’ve been meaning to fix all year. Today is the day to do it! Is there something you have been meaning to buy all year to simplify your life, but you’ve been putting it off? Go out and get it today and start the new year fresh! Do you have children and they are off of school? If so, have them make lists too, and see what they can accomplish today as well.

·      I was born on December 29th, 1808 in Raleigh, North Carolina
·      I was born into poverty and never went to school
·      I was elected into the House of Representatives in 1843, where I served five two-year terms.
·      I was also the Governor of Tennessee for four years, and was elected by the legislature to the Senate in 1857
·      I became the 17th President of the United States following the assassination of then President Abraham Lincoln
I died on July 31st, 1875 due to a stroke

Answer: Andrew Johnson

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

Thanks for listening!

– Dylan

The Park District and Millwood Church of Christ make it happen!

Today our focus is on the Knox County Park District and the Millwood Church of Christ, who have teamed again to bring a new activity to the popular Fire and Ice event that benefits Food For The Hungry.   Fire and Ice 2021 will be held as two drive-through events, one at Wolf Run Park and one at Millwood Church of Christ. The drive-through events are scheduled for Saturday, December 11 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at both locations.

Luminaria will magically guide you through the Wolf Run Regional Park parking lot located at 17621 Yauger Road in Mount Vernon. There, Park District staff will be on hand to retrieve boxed and canned food items from your vehicle and accept monetary donations for Food For The Hungry. No need to park and leave your car as the drive-through luminaria will guide you to the drop-off point in the parking lot. 

Across the county, the Millwood Church of Christ located at 10900 Millersburg Road in Howard also has luminaria to guide you through the church parking lot at a drive-through event. At this location church personnel and volunteers will be on-hand to accept canned and boxed food items and monetary donations for Food For The Hungry.

Click this SoundCloud link to hear Marcy Rinehart’s conversation with Lori Totman of the Knox County Park District!

Click this SoundCloud link to hear Wesley Boston’s conversation with Pastor Dave Jones at Millwood Church of Christ!

–          I was born December 8, 1925 in New York City
–          My parents were vaudeville dancers and I started dancing as a child
–          I was drafted into the US Army in 1943 and put on performances for troops
–          My father, godfather and I made up the Will Mastin Trio
–          In 1956 I starred in the Broadway musical, Mr. Wonderful
–          I became part of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack in 1959 and starred in Ocean’s 11
–          I died of throat cancer in 1990

I am…Sammy Davis, Jr.

Congratulations to Bob from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Those overused phrases…

Today is cliche day, where we either celebrate, or complain about, those overused phrases at home, in the workplace or on the field!

I shared some of the overused business cliches, inspired by this article from TechRepublic.

  1. It’s a win-win situation – If you say this, no one has won anything.
  2. Think outside the box – This uncreative saying means you’re already stuck inside said box.
  3. In today’s world – It means now. Say now.
  4. Push the envelope – There is no special envelope to push. I swear

What about sports cliches?

  1. He just caught a body – this happens when a player dunks on another player
  2. GOAT – an acronym standing for ‘Greatest of All Time’
  3. A win is a win – you say this when you overcome errors and turnovers to win a game
  4. Next man up – recently been ingrained in society by notably tough coaches, who expect players to come off the bench and perform when someone gets injured
  5. He just took him to school – This happens when an older player makes a play that a younger player hasn’t seen yet.

Since it’s Sandwich Day, we also shared our all-time best sandwiches.

Joe: Redneck Reuben Sandwich from Barnes BBQ Express in Savannah, Georgia…plenty of sliced beef brisket piled high, topped with swiss cheese, cole slaw, and a kickin’, BBQ ranch sauce on grilled Texas toast.

Dylan: Peanut Butter Banana Burger from River City Café in North Myrtle Beach, SC.
Topped with creamy peanut butter, banana, and mayo.

–          I was born today, November 3rd, 1918 in Van Meter, Iowa
–          I played American Legion baseball and started pitching at age 15
–          My catcher in Iowa was Nile Kinnick, who won the 1939 Heisman Trophy
–          I joined the Cleveland Indians at age 17
–          I pitched from 1936 to 1941, then joined the Navy for World War II aboard the USS Alabama
–          I resumed my career from 1945 and played 10 more years, winning 266 games with 44 shutouts
–          I was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962

I am, Bob Feller – congratulations to Julia from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

On the Road again!

We’re back ‘On The Road with Big Blue’ at the 2021 Fredericktown Tomato Show!

Listen all week for updates 4-9pm and we’ll also see you at the Parade on Saturday afternoon.

I was born today in 1157
I was engaged at just 9 years old, but never had any children
My brother John negotiated to keep me imprisoned
I tried to depose my own father more than once
I ruled during the Third Crusade
I spent less than 6 months in England and didn’t speak English even though I was an English King

I am KING RICHARD THE LIONHEART – Congratulations to Dan from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Q: What GMA Dove Award did Jordan Feliz win in 2016?
A: New Artist of the Year

Congratulations to Pam from Fredericktown, who wins a pair of tickets to this year’s Sonfest!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

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