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Phil Wickham’s First Grammy Nomination

Today on the Afternoon Drive we end the show at 4:45 as we get ready for the MVNU women’s basketball game against Bethel University. Pre-game will starts at 4:45pm and the game will start at 5:00pm!

Emma shared some news about how Phil Wickham has been nominated for his first Grammy Award. He was nominated for his song “Hymn of Heaven” was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song!

We had another stumper this week! So stay tuned next week for song poetry!

Thank you for listening!

-Dylan and Emma

A Look Back at the Doves

The 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards were shown this past Friday on Trinity Broadcasting Network and the award winners have been announced! We recapped the awards on the show today and for a look at all the winners, click HERE.

Winter Jam 2023 has been CONFIRMED! We The Kingdom, Jeremy Camp, Anne Wilson and so many more join forces for one of the biggest tours in Christian music, including two shows in Ohio. You can find dates and tickets at

Also in the news, Riley Clemmons just announced her first solo Christmas tour! She will make stops in Ashland on Friday, December 9th and Marysville on Sunday, December 11th. For ticket information, visit her website

You’re the smile on the face of Your boy
You’re the flowers at the park in Detroit

This week was a stumper, so we will bring it back next week for a bigger and better prize!

Thanks for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

“Still” Releasing Albums!

Believe it or not, Steven Curtis Chapman is “Still” releasing albums! His album, “Still”, is out now.

“Don’t Lose Heart”, a song from the new album that was released early, has gained massive success as the most added song to radio for three weeks in a row, and is now a top-15 song. Safe to say that the people were ready for something new!

Sidewalk Prophets have announced their 4th annual “Great Big Family Christmas Tour” that will include not one, but two stops just outside of Knox County! The group will play at Worthington Christian Church on Friday, December 2nd and at Archer Auditorium in Ashland, Ohio on Sunday, December 11th. Like years in the past, each show will be in support of a local organization in need, with an offering collected after the show.

Also, For King & Country recently asked their fans for prayer through their social medias last week. The Smallbones said that they are “hard at work on a huge project this fall.”

Now I ain’t nothing perfect
I still stumble every single day
I still get knocked down
But the difference now
Is that’s not where I stay

Congratulations to Caleb of Fredericktown for correctly guessing that the lyrics are from Micah Tyler’s song “Walking Free”! Caleb wins an “Wide Open” CD from Austin French!

Thanks for listening!


Farewell Tour for I Am They :(

Today, Emma shared the sad news that I Am They will be hanging up their guitars after their farewell tour this year. I Am They lead singer Abbie Parker announced two weeks ago her intentions to leave the band, which led the rest of the group to the decision to disband. You find their announcement video and their tour dates here.

Speaking of tours, there are two awesome events coming to Columbus that you can catch this month!

Casting Crowns, CAIN and Anne Wilson!

Location: Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr, Columbus, OH 43210

Date: Saturday, October 15th

Concert Begins: 7 pm

Tauren Wells!

Location: Palace Theatre, 34 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215

Date: Thursday, October 20th

Concert Begins: 7pm

Ticket information for both events are available on our website,

This Week’s Lyrics: But it’s now that I feel Your grace fall like rain
From every fingertip, washing away my pain

Congratulations to Faith from Howard for correctly guessing today’s lyrics are from Jeremy Camp‘s hit song “I Still Believe”. Faith wins today’s Action Bible! (pictured below)

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon & Emma

Welcome Emma!

Today, we welcomed a brand co-host to the Afternoon Drive, Emma Reuss! She is a junior communications and digital media major from Cincinnati, Ohio. Jonathon and Emma will be hosting the show Tuesdays and Thursdays for the fall semester.

Tuesday, as always, was Artist Newsday, and Emma shared a story about CAIN, the musical trio who all welcomed new babies to the world through Instagram posts all throughout this year! You can find the story HERE.

Also in the news, Mac Powell is hosting a FREE VIP virtual concert experience tomorrow, August 31st, at 7:30pm. You can find more information HERE.

Finally, congratulations to Leanna Crawford for her engagement to former-NBA player Cody Zeller! She also announced the occasion on Instagram and you can read the whole story HERE.

Today’s Song Poetry Lyrics:

You brought me blessings out of a tragedy
You turned my old song into a symphony

Congratulations to

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon & Emma

Another Opry debut…and Toby’s new album

This week For King and Country joined We The Kingdom as making their debuts on the famous Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville. For Joel and Luke, it happened on Saturday, August 12th. Read more about it from HERE.

The YouTube series My Opry Debut recapped We The Kingdom’s night. Read more about how you can watch it HERE.

TobyMac’s new album is out…’Life After Death.’ Find out the scoop HERE.

I’m not gonna fear the storm
You are greater than it’s roar
I’m not gonna fear the storm
I’m not gonna fear at all

The song? Hope Darst’s powerhouse, “Peace Be Still.” Congratulations to Cody from Mount Vernon, who wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

More from We The Kingdom…

Last night We The Kingdom performed at the Ohio State Fair, after announcing late last week their new album release this fall.

Read the story here from

Let every heartbreak
And every scar
Be a picture that reminds you
Who has carried you this far

The artist/song was a stumper, so we’ll bring it back next week.

Thanks for listening!

Performing on a classic stage

Today’s Artist News headlines focused on:

TAUREN WELLS – read about his experience playing at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry this past week. Click here for the story from

RYAN ELLIS – the artist behind “Heart of the Father” releases his first album. Learn more by clicking here!

Doesn’t matter just how many times I tried
There could only be a single reason why,
So tell me…

The song? Miracles from Colton Dixon. Congratulations to Vicki from Mount Vernon correctly guessing todays Song Poetry!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

Tours, Albums, Musicals and Ice Cream!

Today’s Artist News focused on:

KATY NICHOLE: read more about her story and background here from

MERCYME, REND COLLECTIVE & ANDREW RIPP: joining up for a fall tour. Read the story here from They will be in Cleveland on November 6th.

To anyone who ever lost your way
To everyone who ever felt ashamed
Here’s a song for all the broken hearted…

The song? Jeremy Camp with ‘Getting Started.’ Congratulations to Ashley from Mount Vernon winning that $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream!

Congrats to Aubrey from Mount Vernon calling in and winning tickets to see Oliver! this Thursday!

Thanks for listening!

-Joe and Brogan

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