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Chicken on a bun day?

November 9th is National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day…why? We don’t know. But who needs a reason to enjoy one?

This is also Homecoming Weekend at MVNU and this year’s athletic Wall of Fame inductees have been announced!

The Mount Vernon Nazarene University Athletic Department has announced that Kenny Chaffin (’02), Justin Clarey (’04), and Laura Kot (’07) will be inducted into the Wall of Fame. The official induction ceremony will take place on Friday evening, November 11 at halftime of the men’s basketball homecoming game against Olivet Nazarene University.

Kenny Chaffin graduated from MVNU in 2002 and was an important part of the men’s basketball team. He finished his career ranking in the top five all-time in points, rebounds, blocked shots, and field goals made. Chaffin grabbed 834 rebounds and is second all-time in blocks with 196. Chaffin is a member of the 2,000-point scorer club and was named an NCCAA All-American (First Team) in 2001 and 2002. He was also an NAIA Division II Honorable Mention All-American in 2000, 2001, and 2002. In 2002, Chaffin helped his team win the NCCAA National Tournament, for which he was named the tournament’s MVP.

Justin Clarey is a 2004 MVNU graduate and member of the MVNU baseball team. He was an integral part of the team for four years and earned many accolades and honors. Clarey was the American Mideast Conference South Division’s Player of the Year in 2004, an NCCAA All-American First Team recipient in both 2002 and 2004, an NAIA All-American honoree in 2001, and received MVNU’s Champion of Character Award in 2004. As a catcher, Clarey helped his team make both the NAIA World Series and NCCAA National Tournament in 2004. His career statistics include 31 home runs (third all-time) and 175 runs batted in (eighth all-time).

Laura Kot is a 2007 graduate of MVNU. She was a member of the softball team during her time at MVNU and put together a great career for the Lady Cougars. Kot was named the American Mideast Conference South Division’s Player of the Year in 2007, an NCCAA All-American First Team award winner in 2007, and she was also named as CoSIDA’s Academic All-America Player of the Year in 2007. Additionally, Kot was named to the NCCAA’s All-American Second Team in 2005 and was also a recipient of the 2006 NAIA A.O. Duer Award. She also helped her team make the NCCAA National Tournament in 2004. Kott is second all-time in batting average (.427), third all-time in hits (209), first all-time in singles (185), and third all-time in stolen bases (41).

Congratulations and you can hear/watch the induction at halftime of our broadcast Friday night!

  • I was born on November 9, 1801, in Norwich, New York
  • I moved to New London, Indiana in 1816, where I received only two years of schooling.
  • I took over for Stephen F. Austin as chief surveyor and ended up plotting the towns of Houston and Galveston.
  • In 1858, I partnered with Jeremiah Milbank and together we opened the New York Condensed Milk Company.
  • In 1864, I opened my own version of the New York Condensed Milk Company in Brewster, NY after my partner died.
  • I died on January 11th, 1874 in Colorado County, Texas.

…..I am Gail Borden.

Congratulations to Tim from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the CeCe Winans CD, Believe For It!

Congratulations to Rhonda and Vonda, both from Fredericktown!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

November’s unique anniversaries

Today we shared some fun facts about the first week of November:

  • November 1 is the anniversary of the first NBA game, where the New York Knickerbockers played the Toronto Huskies. The ticket cost? From 75 cents to $2.50.
  • November 2 (today) is the 22nd anniversary of the Americans and Russians became the first crew to reside on board the International Space Station – they were there for four months
  • it’s also National Deviled Egg Day!
  • November 3 is National Sandwich Day, celebrating John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, whose chef likely created the concept of meat between two pieces of bread
  • November 4 is the anniversary of the excavation of King Tut’s tomb, led by Howard Carter in 1922
  • I was born November 2, 1865 in Blooming Grove, Ohio
  • My father was a newspaper man and I eventually purchased the Marion Star after graduation
  • I also was a teacher and insurance man for a brief time before committing to journalism
  • My involvement in politics led me to the Ohio Senate, the Lt. Governor’s office, and the U.S. Senate
  • I won the 1920 presidential election over Ohio Governor James Cox
  • I died in office on August 2, 1923 in San Francisco
  • My memorial sits in Marion, Ohio

I am Warren G. Harding – congratulations to Dawn of Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the Ryan Ellis CD!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Chicken Fried Steak?

Another one of those crazy food holidays? Yep. But this one’s APPROVED by the Texas lawmakers!

(from Days of the

Chicken Fried Steak has been around in southern cooking for many decades. Several places seem to claim its origin, including the states of Texas and Oklahoma. Some think it came from German immigrants who settled in Texas and began cooking steak in a similar way that they had cooked pork or chicken – like a wiener schnitzel. Others believe the dish got its start further north, in some commercial kitchens of Kansas and Colorado.

National Chicken Fried Steak Day was founded not many years ago. Campaigned for by a restauranteur, Jeffrey Yarbrough and his friend, singer Jimmy Baldwin, National Chicken Fried Steak Day was established in Texas to give this southern dish just a bit more respect. The two wholeheartedly believed that people would argue a little less often if they just had a plate of chicken fried steak to enjoy! 

In 2011, the 82nd Texas State Legislature officially approved Chicken Fried Steak Day through a proclamation of House Resolution 1419. Of course, even though it might not be an official day in other states, Chicken Fried Steak Day can certainly be celebrated in places all around the world!

  • I was born October 26, 1946 in Chicago
  • I attended Farragut High School and Columbia College Chicago
  • I served as a Specialist 5th class in the US Army and was a disc jockey on American Forces Radio
  • I worked in radio and TV in Chicago, Kentucky, Nashville and Los Angeles
  • In 1983 I started as the daytime and night host of Wheel of Fortune
  • I am the longest-running host of any game show, surpassing Bob Barker
  • I’ve also appeared on Days of Our Lives, Rugrats and The King of Queens

I am…Pat Sajak!

Congratulations to Jennifer from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the Natalie Grant CD, No Stranger.

Thanks for listening!
– 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

Give silence a chance!

Today is a day to celebrate quiet!

We know that peace and quiet are good for the both the body and the mind, but it’s increasingly difficult in today’s world to experience real quiet, and that’s why a National Quiet Day is so important.

Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Remember, Genesis reminds us that first there was nothing, then there was everything!

Every day we are surrounded by the chatter of TV, the radio, even our friends and family. Few are the opportunities we have to engage in a little quiet contemplation, giving our vocal chords a rest to simply listen to the world around us and simply experience it.

National Quiet Day was established to remind us to slow down and give silence a chance. Solitude was also a habit that Jesus modeled. He needed peace and quiet as he contemplated His ministry and spoke with our heavenly father.

– I was born September 14, 1936 in Chicago
– My parents were Russian Jewish immigrants
– I majored in psychology, but was encouraged to pursue acting
– I met Gene Roddenberry in 1963 and starred in a TV show called The Lieutenant
– I joined Star Trek in its second season as Pavel Chekov
– I was in all of the Star Trek movies featuring the original cast
– I also have written for several movies and TV shows
I am…Walter Koenig. Congratulations to Jeff from Mount Vernon – he wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Sonfest trivia today – our winner was Anna from Mount Vernon.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Tomatoes and Trivia

The Fredericktown Tomato Show is back! Dylan was live in Big Blue today. We’re On the Road with Big Blue through Saturday night.

The Pedal Tractor Pulls, baked goods, the Fredericktown HS Marching Band, Little Miss Tomato, and so much more! Find out more by clicking here!

Did you know that today is the ‘birthday’ of Uncle Sam? Samuel Wilson, a meat packer, provided the U.S. Army with barrels of beef, stamped with “U.S.” for United States, right? Well, soldiers took to calling him Uncle Sam, and the name stuck. So this nickname for the government was adopted on this day in 1813.

Who am I?
–         I was born September 7, 1936 in Lubbock, TX
–         My real first name was Charles
–         My brothers and I performed in local talent shows as children and I took up the guitar at age 12
–         I opened for Elvis Presley in 1955, the year I graduated from high school
–         I signed with Decca Records in 1956
–         My famous songs included ‘Peggy Sue’ and “That’ll Be the Day’
–         My band’s name was the Crickets
–         I died in a plane crash the early morning of February 3, 1959, known as the ‘Day the Music Died.’

I am Buddy Holly. Congratulations to Brenda of Fredericktown – she guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Today’s Sonfest 2022 trivia ticket winner was Amy of Centerburg – she correctly told us that Blanca is from Puerto Rico!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Waffles Wednesday!

National Waffle Day is TODAY! Why? From

In 1869, Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York, a Dutch-American, receives a patent for the first waffle iron in the U.S., on August 24th. Described as a “device to bake waffles,” one heats up the waffle iron over a coal stove, pour batter on the griddle, close the cover and after a few minutes, flip the griddle and cook the other side of the waffle. It becomes very popular. The anniversary of the patent is now celebrated as National Waffle Day.

More history?

In 1620, Dutch “wafles” come to America with the Pilgrims, who spend time in Holland prior to sailing to America. 1735. The word “waffle,” with two “fs,” appears in print in English for the first time.

In 1789, at the start of the French Revolution, Thomas Jefferson returns to the U.S. from his position as Minister to France. Along with a pasta machine, he brings a long-handled waffle iron that encloses the batter and gives the waffle crispness and shape. This begins the trend of “waffle frolics” or waffle parties, where guests can enjoy their waffles sweet (with maple syrup or molasses) or savory (topped with kidney stew).

–      I was born August 24, 1960 in Maryland
–      My father was a baseball coach with Baltimore and I fell in love with the game
–      I was drafted by the Orioles in 1978 and I spent my whole career with them
–      I was called up to the big leagues in 1981 and became a full time starter at shortstop in 1982
–      I played in a record 2,632 consecutive games
–      I was a 19-time all-star and two-time American League MVP
–      I was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007
I am…Cal Ripken, Jr. Congratulations to Doug from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Dove nominees here!

The Gospel Music Association is pleased to announce nominees for the 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards. Top nominations include songwriter and producer Jeff Pardo with nine (9) nominations, Matthew West and Maverick City Music with seven (7) nominations each, six (6) nominations for Anne WilsonBen GloverFOR KING + COUNTRYJeff SojkaJonathan Smith and Phil Wickham and five (5) for Brandon LakeCeCe WinansChandler MooreChris BrownJonathan Jay, and Steven Furtick. Voted on by the GMA Professional Membership, this year’s nominees were chosen from over 2,087 submitted entries.

Song of the Year nominations
“Be Alright” (Writers) Sean Cook, Evan Craft, Willy Gonzalez
“Believe For It” (Writers) Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, CeCe Winans, Mitch Wong
“Come What May” (Writers) Darren Mulligan, Jeff Pardo
“Good God Almighty” (Writers) David Crowder, Ben Glover, Jeff Sojka
“Hold On To Me” (Writers) Lauren Daigle, Paul Duncan, Paul Mabury
“House Of The Lord” (Writers) Jonathan Smith, Phil Wickham
“Jireh” (Writers) Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Chandler Moore, Naomi Raine
“Look What You’ve Done” (Writers) Tasha Layton, AJ Pruis, Keith Everette Smith, Matthew West
“My Jesus” (Writers) Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Anne Wilson
“Promises” (Writers) Keila Alvarado, Joe L. Barnes, Dante Bowe, Phillip Carrington Gaines, Lemuel Marin, Aaron Moses
“Rattle!” (Writers) Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, Brandon Lake

Artist of the Year nominations
CeCe Winans
Maverick City Music
We The Kingdom
Zach Williams

Read the complete release and list of nominees at this link from GMA.

–        I was born August 17, 1786 in Greene County, Tennessee
–        I was an American frontiersman, soldier, and politician.
–        I represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives
–        I had a reputation for hunting and storytelling
–        I went to Texas in 1835 and died at the Alamo during the Texas Revolution
–        A song referred to me as the “King of the Wild Frontier”

I am…Davy Crockett. Congratulations to Joy of Bellville, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

What’s a Waffle Bomb?

It’s new this year to the 167th Ohio State Fair! A waffle bomb is a chocolate-covered jumbo strawberry deep fried in waffle batter. Just one of the many new treats…or $30 meals…take your pick. Some of my other discoveries:

  • the Alfredo-stuffed turkey leg from Hickory Tree BBQ, right beside the Main Street Stage
  • Cajun waffle dogs – andouille sausages, dipped in waffle batter, deep-fried
  • cold edible cookie dough
  • cornbread funnel cake
  • waffle pickle dogs – pickle spears on a stick, wrapped in black forest ham, dipped in Belgian Waffle batter, deep-fried
  • Nutter Butter stuffed funnel
Who Am I?
–         I was born August 3, 1977 in San Mateo, California
–         I attended the school UP NORTH (Michigan)
–         I was a 6th round NFL Draft Pick in 2000
–         Since then, I’ve won a record seven Super Bowls with two teams
–         My wife is from Brazil
–         I retired, then unretired this spring

I am Tom Brady – congratulations to Kristi from Mount Vernon, who wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream

Hiawatha Water Park and Pool winners of family-four packs today were Rachael and Sabrina! Way to go!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

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