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Baseball and radio – a wonderful pairing!

Today we shared some significant September 30th moments in Major League Baseball:

1947: The World Series begins. The first to be televised, the first to feature an African-American player (Jackie Robinson) and the first to feature a pinch-hit home run.

1972: Roberto Clemente gets his 3,000th career hit against the Mets. It would be his last, as the Pirates’ future Hall of Famer dies in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve while flying relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

1995: The Indians’ Albert Belle becomes the first MLB player to hit 50 home runs and 50 doubles in the same season. He does this in a 143-game shortened season. (This was also our trivia question to win the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup).

We also shared a bit of what you can expect tomorrow as we celebrate WNZR’s 34th anniversary…click here to be a part of the celebration!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Game Time Tuesday!

Welcome in to another fun day of games and uplifting news!
For Song Poetry today, the lyrics were as follows…
“Cause you stood right there
And then you broke apart the lies
You told me I had something beautiful inside
You brought to life the part of me I thought had died.”
That’s Britt Nicole with her song ‘Through Your Eyes’.
Congrats to Ashley from Belleville who guessed correctly!

We had a little uplifting news today! Think about knowing your best friend, then finding out you were actually brothers. Read their story here.

Our Name that Tune song was ‘One Step Away’ from Casting Crowns!
Congratulations to Jamie from Danville for correctly answering!

Thanks for listening!


A ‘Clean’ Mystery Monday!

Welcome in to another week full of excitement here at WNZR!
Joe had a Food for the Hungry meeting this evening, so Rachel sat in for him today!

The Mystery Box made it’s triumphant return for 2018!
I hid something in the box, and Rachel had to guess what it was!

Rachel, from the shake test, learned that it’s not contained in its’ own box, and that it’s an irreguar shaped item. From the smell test, we learned that this item is used for making yourself smell good. (After we eliminated your house, and your car, we settled on yourself! From the touch test, we learned exactly what it was!|
Congratulations to Linda from Utica!
It was a soap bar shaped like a gemstone!
Pretty neat Christmas gift I got from my friend Megan : )

Our word of the day today was…
Stardust! || noun

1. (not in technical use) a mass of distant stars appearing as tiny particles of dust.
2. a naively romantic quality:

There was stardust in her eyes
First recorded in 1835-45; star + dust

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly

Top 10 of 2017!

Last week, we reviewed the Top 10 Songs that were on the NZ Top 10 of 2017. This week? Well it’s a little different. We’re talking about the top 10 songs of 2017!
Check them out here!

10. Unfinished – Mandisa
9. Old Church Choir – Zach Williams
8. O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship
7. Never Been a Moment – Micah Tyler
6. I Have this Hope – Tenth Avenue North
5. Oh My Soul – Casting Crowns
4. What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
3. Love Broke Thru – TobyMac
2. Home – Chris Tomlin
1. Even If – MercyMe

Our Behind the Mic Feature this week was ‘Real Love’ from Blanca!

The Breakout Hit of the week? One of my favorites. Witness from Jordan Feliz!

The NZ Top 10 Back to Back Artist Spotlight shone on one of my ultimate favorite Christian artists today… Lauren Daigle.
Check out ‘Hard Love’ and ‘Come Alive’!

Our 1st Rewind was #1 in 2016… it’s Eye of the Storm from Ryan Stevenson
The 2nd? More Lauren Daigle! “Trust in You’.

One of my favorite new songs of 2017… Rescuer from Rend Collective.

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly

Praying for Laborers for the Harvest

Luke 10:2 is a reminder that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. We are to beseech the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into His harvest.

What does beseech mean? It means to ask urgently and fervently.

Today in our series inspired by the book The Battle Plan for Prayer, by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, we are being asked to urgently and fervently pray for people to serve in some form of ministry.

Jesus was moved by a deep compassion for people, because all of us experience times where we are hurting, empty, wandering and searching for purpose and meaning.  Matthew 9:36-38 says Jesus had compassion for the crowds, because they were like “sheep without a shepherd.”  That’s us, sometimes, and maybe more than we want to admit.  We’re wandering.  And so many people we come into contact with are also wandering.  So we need ministers of the gospel committed to shepherding the sheep.

Jesus’ solution to overwhelming needs was always prayer.  If we are praying for God’s kingdom to come, then we must also pray for more people to seek that kingdom FIRST and serve that kingdom.


Remember that just one person committed to serving the kingdom and bringing the gospel and God’s Word to people in need can impact marriages, families, businesses, churches and a culture. The books of Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther are examples of this from the bible.

Too many times we are too caught up in our own personal needs and entertainment and we forget about the spiritually lost. Millions still need to hear the gospel.  Yes, the task seems enormous, but nothing is impossible with God.  His kingdom calling should be a high priority for our prayer life.

Any follower of Jesus is called to be a laborer in God’s harvest field. That labor can take the form of praying, serving, giving and going. When we obey this global mandate, we become part of an army of others who are doing the same.


So, how does this work practically?  Locally, we need to be praying for our pastors. The work they do is eternal and vital, but also draining and demanding. The expectations we sometimes place on them are endless.

But we also know the enemy is constantly on the attack against them.  He tries to wear them down.  Wear their families down. Tempt them. Many of their responsibilities are private – like study and preparation, spiritual counsel and dealing with conflict.  We can pray that the Holy Spirit is their partner in these times that are quiet or confidential.

Ephesians 6:19-20 says:

“19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”

So we can pray for protection around our pastor’s heart, marriage and home. That he or she can confidently, freely and unapologetically fulfill his or her ministry. That the Holy Spirit will help them draw many to the Gospel.

You can also pray for pastors from other churches locally, regionally or globally.


Locally and globally, we can also pray for other types of ministries like family counseling ministries, Christian schools and colleges, humanitarian aid ministries and YES, Christian media!  Pray I Corinthians 15:58 over them:

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Pray for present and future missionaries – both domestic and foreign.  Pray that His word and salvation will be known and embraced.  You can ‘pray the word’ again over them – Colossians 4:2-6:

“2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Pray for the lost in the nations around the world – God has a heart for ALL the nations!  America and its 320 million people only represent 5% of the global population of 7 billion!


This week’s prayer:

Lord, give me your heart for the nations.  A heart of love and compassion for the lost. A renewed love of the gospel and a deep admiration and concern for those who are already giving their lives in service to you. Provide for them, encourage them, prosper their work and embolden their hearts. Raise up and equip more workers for Your harvest fields. Fill them with your spirit, deliver them from the evil one and empower them to boldly proclaim and represent You and Your Word to the world, until you return. Help me to be obedient to your voice and do my part in advancing your kingdom on earth.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Festival of Sleep Who Knew!

Welcome to the first Who-Knew Wednesday of 2018!
Today, we’re celebrating the Festival of sleep!

The Festival of Sleep day was founded by someone who had a profound and deep love of sleep. Sleep is a basic human function, and helps our bodies to regain energy for the next day, keeping our mind alert and ready for action. During the holidays, things can get crazy, so this holiday was created to let you catch up on those post-holiday Z’s.

Having a lack of sleep can be fatal to the human body and mind, effects caused by little to no sleep over an extended period of time are as follows.

Effect One: Lack of sleep in the modern world can cause people to get into vehicular accidents, which happen daily in large numbers.

Effect Two: Lack of sleep can in fact, dumb you down. As we all know, sleep plays a critical role in our thinking and learning processes. We also know that a lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes in many ways. First, it impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently. Secondly, sleep helps to retain memories of the day’s experience. Meaning that with a lack of sleep, we would not remember much of the previous day’s experiences. This makes sleep incredibly important for students, from those in college to those simply trying to learn a new language on their own.

Effect Three: Probably the most dangerous effect from having a long term lack of sleep is it can cause many and deadly health problems. Here are some examples of these problems.

• Heart Disease
• Heart Attack
• Heart Failure
• Irregular Heartbeat
• High Blood Pressure
• Stroke
• Diabetes

Here are some more fun facts about sleep!

  1. In general, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. However, some individuals are able to function without sleepiness or drowsiness after as little as six hours of sleep. Others can’t perform at their peak unless they’ve slept ten hours.
  2. We naturally feel tired at two different times of the day: about 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM. It is this natural dip in alertness that is primarily responsible for the post-lunch dip.
  3. Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise.
  4. The higher the altitude, the greater the sleep disruption. Generally, sleep disturbance becomes greater at altitudes of 13,200 feet or more. The disturbance is thought to be caused by diminished oxygen levels and accompanying changes in respiration. Most people adjust to new altitudes in approximately two to three weeks.
  5. In general, exercising regularly makes it easier to fall asleep and contributes to sounder sleep. However, exercising sporadically or right before going to bed will make falling asleep more difficult.
  6. Snoring is the primary cause of sleep disruption for approximately 90 million American adults; 37 million on a regular basis.
  7. Scientists still don’t know — and probably never will — if animals dream during REM sleep, as humans do.
  8. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have bigger appetites due to the fact that their leptin levels (leptin is an appetite-regulating hormone) fall, promoting appetite increase.

Thanks for listening!

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