Driving Notes

The Official Blog of WNZR's Afternoon Drive

NZ Top 10 for 3/10/23

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

10. Colton Dixon – Build a Boat
9. Matthew West – My Story, Your Glory
8. CAIN – I’m So Blessed
7. Crowder f/Dante Bowe – God Really Loves Us
6. Rachael Lampa f/TobyMac – Perfectly Loved
5. MercyMe – Then Christ Came
4. Micah Tyler – I See Grace
3. Brandon Lake – Gratitude
2. for King and Country f/Jordin Sparks – Love Me Like I Am (spent 4 weeks at #1)
1. Steven Curtis Chapman – Don’t Lose Heart (1st week at #1)

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY adds this week:

Maverick City Music f/Brandon Lake and Chandler Moore – Fear Is Not My Future

Radio Version
EXTENDED VERSION! with Kirk Franklin…

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Praise Thursday

Jonathan Langdon and Judah Keith hosted the Drive this Thursday, which included devotional sharing and trivia for Seussical Jr tickets, which starts tomorrow, March 10, with a showing at 7:30 pm, as well as showings at 2pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 11, and 2 pm Sunday, March 12.

Jonathan and Judah both shared devotionals from Our Daily Bread. Jonathan’s devotional was titled The Power of The Gospel, which focused on the passage Romans 1:1-7, 14-17. Judah talked about a devotional called Revelation and Reassurance, which focused on Philippians 4:6.

The duo also played Dr. Seuss trivia, which gave you the chance to call in and take a guess at one of our Seuss-based trivia questions.

Celebrating women!

Who Knew?

Today is International Women’s Day! Guys, this is our time to say THANK YOU to all the amazing women in our lives, including, of course, our mothers!

Women’s Day is all about celebrating these incredible people and showing them how much we love, respect and value them.

This holiday is perhaps especially important in parts of the world where women are still forced to deal with shocking inequality on a daily basis and is meant to raise awareness of the challenges and struggles faced by these women. 

Who Knew?

Today is the anniversary (March 8, 1962) of the first song by The Beatles to make it to the radio! The song, “Dream Baby” was broadcast on the BBC show, Teenager’s Turn.

Question #1: How many children and grandchildren did Dr. Seuss have?
Answer #1: None
Winner: Congratulations to Jana from Fredericktown! She wins tickets to Saturday night’s 7:30 show.

Question #2: What is Dr. Seuss’s real name?
Answer #2: Theodor Geisel
Winner: Christy from Fredericktown! She wins tickets to Sunday’s 2:00 matinee.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Artist News Day

Jonathan Langdon and Judah Keith hosted the Drive on this Tuesday afternoon. The duo discussed Seussical the Musical Jr., which is happening this Friday, March 10th at 2pm and 7:30 pm, Saturday March 11th at 7:30pm and Sunday- March 12th at 2pm. They also gave away Seussical tickets during their trivia game.

Jonathan and Judah share artist news, including Brandon Lake and Phil Wickham’s announcement about their Summer Worship Nights Tour, which is coming this August, and Amy Grant’s announcement that she’s releasing music for the first time in 10 years.

Lifelong wisdom

Today I shared an inspiring reminder from Cindy Hess Kasper, called ‘Love of Learning,’ driven by Proverbs 1:5, which says, “Let the wise listen and add to their learning.” Read the full devotional from Our Daily Bread by clicking here.

Today’s trivia question: What is the color of the hat in ‘The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins?’
Answer: Red

Congratulations to Abby from Mount Vernon, who wins 2 tickets to the show this weekend at the Knox Memorial Theater.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

NZ Top 10 for 3/3/23

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

10. CAIN – I’m So Blessed
9. Colton Dixon – Build a Boat
8. Elevation Worship – Same God
7. Crowder f/Dante Bowe – God Really Loves Us
6. Rachael Lampa f/TobyMac – Perfectly Loved
5. Micah Tyler – I See Grace
4. MercyMe – Then Christ Came
3. Brandon Lake – Gratitude
2. Steven Curtis Chapman – Don’t Lose Heart
1. for King and Country f/Jordin Sparks – Love Me Like I Am (4th week at #1)

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Devotionals and Dr. Seuss!

It’s Praise Thursday on the Afternoon Drive, and Dylan and Judah talked about Lifeline 2023, praises and Seussical Jr. The duo talked about their experiences from Lifeline 2022 and what the special event means to them. Dylan and Judah also shared devotionals for Praise Thursday.

The Afternoon Drive Co-Hosts talked about Casting Crowns coming to the Ohio State Fair this summer and gave details about the date and location. They also gave away Seussical Jr tickets during their trivia game.

Judah’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled: “This Love Is Real”. You Can find the link to his devotional here.

Dylan’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled: “Comfort On Doorframes”. You can find the link to his devotional here.

Our trivia question for the Seussical Jr. tickets was: What was the title of Dr. Seuss’s first book?

The answer was: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

Congratulations to Tim of Mount Vernon for guessing the correct answer! He wins two tickets to Seussical Jr.!

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan and Judah

March 1 brings…crunchy or creamy?

Today is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day!

From, a brief timeline


Marcellus Gilmore Edson patents peanut butter: Peanut “paste” is patented by a Canadian inventor, Marcelllus Gilmore Edson.


Peanut Butter is introduced at the World’s Fair: A St. Louis business man starts selling peanut butter as a snack food, and he introduces it at the St. Louis World’s Fair.


National Peanut Week gets started: Started by the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, National Peanut Week has its first celebration in early March.


First National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day: In celebration of the anniversary of the commercial availability of peanut butter in the US, National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day is founded.

As it turns out, there may just be a great geographical divide in the United States among peanut butter lovers! It seems that those people who live in the West Coast of the US tend to prefer crunchy peanut butter while those living toward the East Coast would typically prefer creamy peanut butter.

  1. I was born on March 1, 1904, in Clarinda, Iowa.
  2. I began my musical career in the 1920s as a trombone player in various bands. I eventually formed my own band in 1937.
  3. I was known for my unique style of arranging and conducting and for my use of clarinets.
  4. During World War II, I served as a captain in the United States Army Air Forces, leading the Army Air Force Band,
  5. On December 15, 1944, I boarded a plane from England to France to perform for troops there. The plane disappeared over the English Channel and was never found. I was declared dead in absentia a year later.
  6. Some of my most famous songs include “Moonlight Serenade,” “In the Mood,” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”
  7. I was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 .

I am…Glenn Miller! Congratulations to David from Fredericktown, who wins the Chris Tomlin CD, “Always.”

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Casting Crowns back at Celeste!

The Ohio State Fair has announced that Casting Crowns will be part of their 2023 Summer Concert Lineup!

Casting Crowns will be at the Celeste Center at the Ohio State Fair on Monday, July 31st at 7pm.

*Each concert ticket includes admission to the Ohio State Fair on Monday, 7/31.*

Ticket information is available on our website, 
Click on the Events Button and then click on the Concerts Tab.

Location: Ohio State Fair Celeste Center, 717 East 17th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43211

Date: Monday, July 31st

Concert Begins: 7:00pm Doors Open: 6:00pm

***Listen to The Morning Thing THIS WEEK for your chance to win tickets! Marcy and Allison give you a chance to Beat the Box Office to win tickets to the show! Listen at 7:30am and 8:30am on Wednesday and Thursday for Name That Tune with Casting Crowns. They will play a short section of a Casting Crowns song. If you are the first correct caller to name the song title, you win 2 tickets to the concert on July 31st at the Ohio State Fair!***

The Ohio State Fair will run July 26 – August 6. For more information, visit, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 614-644-FAIR.


Steven Curtis Chapman is already the most-awarded Christian music artist in history and as of this week, he continues his reign. His current radio single, “Don’t Lose Heart,” has hit No. 1, making it Chapman’s 50th career chart-topping song and the first artist to achieve this feat in the industry.

It was his single “His Eyes” from 1988’s Real Life Conversations album that put Chapman on the course to a plethora of No. 1 songs, a list that also includes “I Will Be Here,” “The Great Adventure,” “Dive,” “Live Out Loud,” and “For The Sake Of The Call.” Chapman shares this historic milestone with just a few select artists who boast 50 or more top radio hits, including Madonna, George Strait, and Conway Twitty. 

“I’m completely blown away by the support for this song and for my music, even after so many years,” Steven Curtis Chapman exclaims. “To ever have a number one song at radio as an artist/songwriter is a dream come true, and to have fifty is simply unbelievable! This only happens because of an amazing team and a community of friends around me who have believed in the unbelievable. I’m grateful and humbled beyond words.”

“Moses had stage fright…
When David brought a rock to a sword fight…
You picked twelve outsiders nobody would have chosen
And You changed the world…”

ANSWER: Casting Crowns w/Matthew West, “Nobody”

Congratulations to Paul, who is gifting the We The Kingdom CD to his sister, June, who lives in Poland, Ohio.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

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