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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

Let there be Basketball!

Our show was cut short today as we prepare for our first MVNU basketball game of the season for the women’s program!

This didn’t stop us, however, from sharing about last week’s GMA Dove Awards for Artist Newsday!

This past Friday, the 52nd GMA Dove Awards aired on TBN. One of our songs that we play here on WNZR, won “Song of the Year”. The song was “The Blessing” by Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, and Elevation Worship. Now, this song also won the 2020 GMA Dove Award for “Worship Song of the Year” and has been awarded RIAA Gold Digital Single certification. “The Blessing” became a viral hit song around the world just days after recording and releasing it during the pandemic comforting listeners with a strong message.

Here is what the artists had to say on receiving this award. “It’s such an honor to receive this award for a song we got to be a part of – a song filled with the hope of God’s promises in such an uncertain time,” shares Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes on this recognition. “It reminds us of the power of a song filled with the hope of Jesus – how it can change someone’s life. We want to honor everyone in our industry who works to bring the hope of Jesus to people’s hearts through music. It’s an honor to join with you in advancing the kingdom of God together.”

Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes are currently on “The Blessing” tour that runs through November 14th. Check for more information on where the tour will be headed next.

Congratulations to the many artists who were honored with Dove Awards:

  • Songwriter of the Year (Artist): Brandon Lake
  • Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year: We The Kingdom
  • Gospel Artist of the Year: CeCe Winans
  • Artist of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY
  • New Artist of the Year: Maverick City Music
  • Worship Recorded Song of the Year: Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake: “Graves Into Gardens
  • Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year: Tauren Wells: Famous For (I Believe)

For the full list of winners, go here.

I have tasted
All that this world has to offer
The here and gone that leaves you wanting more
But can’t satisfy

The song? With Lifted Hands from Ryan Stevenson!!

Congratulations to Bonnie of Mount Vernon for winning (2) $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

— Jonathon & Dylan

The 51st Annual Dove Awards: Artist News Day Game Time Tuesday!

Today on the Afternoon Drive we shared all about The 51st Annual Dove Awards! We also shared about Tauren Wells, who released a new single!

Check out the stories HERE & HERE!

We had a stumper! So we will be bringing this back for the next Game Time Tuesday:

It’s so like You to keep pursuing
It’s so like me to go astray,
But You guard my heart with Your truth
The kind of love that’s bullet proof
And I surrender to Your kindness

Thanks so much for tuning into the Afternoon Drive! -Lexie

Praise Thursdays: A father’s lifestyle is contagious & Look out! Someone is watching.

A father’s lifestyle is contagious

 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” – James 3: 17

When your lifestyle as a father (or leader), you lead in the love of God and his wisdom, the character you exhibit and the influence you have will impact those who are important to you in life. Wisdom leads to Harmony and peace, what human wisdom leads to arrogance and dissection.  Examine yourself, what kind of wisdom do you depend on? Remember, God wants your very best – so does everyone else you influence, know, and love.

Look out! Someone is watching.

“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:3

The idea of someone watching seldom occurs to us as we go through life. So often, we say that we want and do exactly what we selfishly choose to do. We need to realize that nothing ever escaped the notice of God and nothing ever surprises him. Proverbs 16:3 says, ” Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” When we commit our ways to the Lord, everything changes and pleasing God becomes our priority in life. Because God cares, he wants to bless us with his love and mercy. May your life reflect the love that God so generously gives to those who follow him.


If you want to know who won the Dove awards? Click HERE to find.

Do you want your pastors to know how much you appreciate them? Click HERE to let them know through the WNZR Clergy Appreciation Month giveaway!

Thanks for reading the blog!

-Hannah and Todd

Who Knew Wednesday: Fire Prevention Month

Today Todd and I shared with you some hard, but extremally important things!

Click HERE for all the information on Fire prevention and safety, that we shared today and more!!

HERE is more information on Carbon Monoxide.

Do you want to let your pastor know that you appreciate him or her? Click HERE to nominate your pastor for Clergy Appreciation Month!

Do you want to know who won what Dove award? Click HERE to find out!


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Click right HERE or on the picture to listen to Hannah and Evelyn’s conversation!


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How many Smoke alarms, on average, are recommended in a home? 

Answer: It depends! It’s recommended that you have one alarm on every level of your home and one in every bedroom!

Congratulations to Bruce from Howard, who was a first-time caller, who correctly guessed our Who Knew Question and won that $5 gift Card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley! Thanks for calling in Bruce!

Thank you so much for checking out our blog!

-Hannah and Todd


Who Knew Wednesday: Quick Ways to Be Better than Average!

Good Afternoon!

Today Todd and I talk about some ways to be better than Average in less than 5 minutes and the results of the 49th Dove Awards!

First, we shared with you that the average person gets two or three colds a year and the average respiratory infection lasts 7 to 10 days. Be better than average. Don’t try to blow out a cold. Blowing your nose vigorously could make your cold last longer. Using CT scans, researchers at the University of Virginia discovered that nose blowing actually forces some mucus backward, propelling bacteria and viruses directly into your sinuses and triggering reactions that can make your cold worse. Limit your honking and take decongestants as soon as symptoms appear.

Then that the average person has a one-in-three chance of having high blood pressure, which looks like a systolic (the top number of your blood pressure) reading of 140 mmHg or over, and a diastolic (the bottom number) reading of 90 or over – again, be better than average and lower the blood pressure by exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and reducing the sodium in your diet!

Do you want to know more about clergy appreciation month and how to nominate your pastor for some awesome prizes? Click HERE!

We also shared the results of the 49th Dove awards – click HERE for the list!

Thank you so much for tuning in and checking out our blog!

Hannah Radke



Music Mystery Monday!

It’s Fall Break here on the campus of MVNU, and we hope you’re having a great day! Fall is here and kicking in to full gear!
Today on the show, I talked about the awesome weekend we had!
We held WNZR’s Dogtoberfest as part of Main Street Mt. Vernon’s First Friday!
We also took part in the Starting Point Walk, which was an incredible event, and they have surpassed their goal of $59,000, so we would like to thank everyone who donated!
Check out pictures from these events on our Facebook, WNZR 90.9fm.

For Mystery Monday, we had a music related question! More specifically, it was about the Dove awards, happening a week from tomorrow!
Our question was… “Can you name two of the five songs that were nominated for the ‘Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year’ category?

Congratulations to Sherrisa from Howard! She correctly guessed and won that $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

The five nominated songs are…
Priceless – For King and Country
Come Alive (Dry Bones) – Lauren Daigle
Even If – MercyMe
Eye of the Storm – Ryan Stevenson
Chain Breaker – Zach Williams

WNZR is giving you a chance to win 9 CD’s from Dove Award Nominated artists, and all you have to do is tell us who you think is going to win some of those categories!
Click the link here, fill out the prediction survey, and you’ll be entered to win that pack of CD’s from Dove Nominated artists!

The Dove Awards are next Tuesday, October 17th, so be sure to keep it here on WNZR for all the results on Wednesday the 18th!

We are also celebrating Clergy Appreciation Month here at WNZR, and we are giving you so many chances for your pastors to win!
Click the link here to find out more!

Thanks for listening!

Who Knew Wednesday – Fall Activities, Dove Awards, & TobyMac Tickets

Today was Who Knew Wednesday on the Afternoon Drive, and I talked all about fall activities in Knox County that your family can enjoy.

I gave you all the information on two events happening this Saturday, October 17th – the Marshall Family Fall Festival and the Fall Harvest Festival (click each for details).

I also told you about Light The Night for Jesus, which will take place Thursday, October 29th. You can find all the info on that here, and head over here for a complete calendar of activities happening in Knox County.

Click here to see the complete list of winners from the 2015 Dove Awards, which took place last night.

Today’s Word of the Day was obloquy, a noun meaning strong public criticism. You can read more on that here.

And don’t forget to enter our Feel It, Film It contest for your chance to win two tickets to see TobyMac, Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, and Hollyn in concert Sunday, October 25th. Head over here for the complete set of details and rules.

Have an awesome Wednesday evening!


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