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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

Spring Concerts! Here’s what YOU need to know.

Today, we talked concerts! So many artists heading out for the spring! Here’s the list:

The Newsboys are bringing their Let The Music Speak Tour to Columbus!

The Newsboys are kicking off 2023 in a loud way! Hitting the road with special guest Adam Agee, Newsboys are LETTING THE MUSIC SPEAK by bringing a night full of all of their hits. It’s hits you know and love – like “We Believe” and “I Speak Jesus”– to rock and pop hits – like “Magnetic” and “Born Again” – this show has it all!

Location: Grace Polaris Church, 8225 Worthington Galena Rd, Westerville, OH 43081

Date: Thursday, March 2nd

Time: 6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

CeCe Winans is coming to Grove City!

Compassion International presents CeCe Winans live in concert for her “Believe For It” Tour. With 15 Grammy Awards, 31 Grammy Nominations, 23 Dove Awards and 15 Stellar Awards, this will be a night of worship and songs you’ll never forget. CeCe will perform many of her biggest songs from over her career as well as some of her more recent songs impacting the church like “Believe For It”, “Greatness of God” and “Never Lost”. This night will bring together church, community, and friends for a special live, full-band experience, fans have been anticipating for over 10 years!

Location: Grove City Church of the Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Rd, Grove City, OH 43123

Date: Thursday, March 23rd

Time: 5:45PM – VIP Doors open

6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

For King & Country returns to Columbus!

Joel and Luke Smallbone know how to spin a cocoon of sound that envelopes the listener, lace words of truth and use their voices to lift and inspire. FOR KING + COUNTRY is extending their popular tour from last fall. It is the “What Are We Waiting For” The Tour Part II!

Location: Nationwide Arena, 200 West Nationwide Boulevard Columbus, Ohio 43215

Date: Friday, April 7th


6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

Chris Tomlin is coming to Columbus!

Chris Tomlin brings his “Stories of Worship Tour” to Grove City NAZ. Chris will lead you through worship while sharing stories about some of his most influential songs around the world. Don’t miss this amazing concert experience and evening of worship. Location: Grove City Church of the Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Road,Grove City, Ohio 43123

Date: Sunday, April 16th


6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

Bethel Music is coming to Columbus!

Bethel Music brings their special “Come Up Here Worship Night” to Columbus. Their special guest is Amanda Cook. At this powerful night of worship and ministry, you will hear new songs from Bethel Music’s new release Come Up Here Worship Nights. You will also experience an amazing night of community worship together!

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

Date: Saturday, April 21st


5:00PM – VIP Doors open

6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

Lecrae is coming to Grove City!

Lecrae brings the “Final Church Clothes” Tour to Grove City. Special guests are Elevation Rhythm and DOE. It’s faith and Hip-Hop with an Unashamed edge that challenges the Church to live up to its potential and encourages the Culture to reconcile with its Savior.

Location: Grove City Church of The Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Road Grove City, OH 43123

Date: Saturday, May 6th


6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

The “It’s Time Tour” is coming to Grove City!

This Spring, the powerhouse women of Gospel and Christian music are coming together for a must-see worship experience. See GRAMMY-winning artists Naomi Raine, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, 9-time GRAMMY-nominee Natalie Grant and globally renowned vocalist TAYA together for the “It’s Time” Tour.

Location: Grove City Church of The Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Road Grove City, OH 43123

Date: Saturday, May 28th


6:15PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

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

He gave me beauty for ashes, turned my life around
He broke my chains and now I dance on solid ground

Congratulations to Asher from Mount Vernon for correctly guessing the song came from CeCe Winans. It’s “I’ve Got Joy”! Asher wins a Zach Williams Deluxe CD!

Thanks for listening!


First New Songs of 2023!

Seems like we just entered 2022, but here we are at a brand new number…2023!

Today, I shared our first 3 new songs to the WNZR playlists for the new year.

Casting Crowns – Desert Road

Brandon Lake – Gratitude

Blessing Offor – Believe

Also, Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes are taking “The Blessing Tour” to the west coast! Read all about it here.

It’s the song of the redeemed
Rising from the African plain

It’s the song of the forgiven
Drowning out the Amazon rain

Congratulations to Jeff of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing this week’s song was He Reigns by Newsboys! Jeff wins a Zach Williams Deluxe CD!

Thanks for listening,


A Look Back at Artist Newsday in 2022!

This is the last Tuesday of 2022, so let’s take a look at some top stories from 2022.

Today, we talked about how Jordan Feliz came out with a children’s book back in September named after his hit song “Beloved”. You can find the book here!

Also, a more recent news story came from Crowder because his house was chosen for Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” Christmas special on Disney+. Read all about it here!

We also shared stories behind songs that topped our NZ Top Ten throughout the year! Stay tuned Friday because we will share our “Songs of the Year” this Friday for the NZ Top Ten!

Thanks for listening!


Crowder joins Marvel Cinematic Universe??

One day, David Crowder got a random knock on his door. The knock came from Marvel Studios producers asking to use his house as a setting for the Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas special! For more information on this story, click HERE!

We also shared some stories behind new Christmas music to the Holly Jolly 25. You can take a look at all things new music on our website HERE

Congratulations to our Christmas Gift Exchange winners for today!

  • Ericka of Fredericktown, who selected an Action Bible
  • …and Jeff of Mount Vernon who won a John 3:16 Glass Ornament!

Make sure to tune in tomorrow for another chance to win with us on the Afternoon Drive.

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon and Joe

Lights, Camera, Action! (In Color)

For Artist Newsday, we finally have closure on what for KING & COUNTRY have been up to the last few months, and it’s HUGE! Joel and Luke Smallbone took to social media to announce a full-feature film is in production inspired by their song “Unsung Hero”. For more information, you can visit the film’s new website HERE.

CAIN is going on their very first feature tour this spring, and it’s got a special twist along with it! “Live and In Color” will encourage fans to where specific colors in the crowd at each show! To see where you can catch CAIN and what color you are tasked to wear, click HERE!

The blind will see, the deaf will hear,
The dead will live again,
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb!

Congratulations to Sarah from Mount Vernon for correctly guessing that these lyrics are from the classic “Mary, Did You Know?” She wins a special CD from Dove Awards Artist of the Year CeCe Winans!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon & Emma

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!


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