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First Friday

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!

Repentance Vs. Pride

How do you approach God in prayer? Humbly? Or pridefully?
In humility, we more clearly see our need for God’s guidance, grace, and forgiveness. And in humility we honestly admit our sin and willingly cry out to Him while turning away in repentance from anything that displeases Him. Pride, however resists this attitude – too vulnerable, beneath us, a sign of weakness. Pride assumes self sufficiency, and boasts of self righteousness.
We get in to trouble any time we overlook the fact that our lives are a gift from God, and we are undeserving of the mercy, grace and blessings He’s given us.

See Galatians 6:3 and Proverbs 6:16-17

Prideful people see themselves as wise. They’re looking to gain honor believing they likely deserve it. But a prideful attitude hurts and disqualifies us, while a humble attitude is what God blesses and builds up.

See Proverbs 29:23

To sum up, God hates pride and loves humility. It’s that simple. This truth should be branded on our hearts as we seek to walk closely with Him. The only way to properly approach a holy, sovereign, omnipotent God is in total humility and in total confession of sin. We must stay at war with our own pride, resolving to quickly deal with anything that displeases Him so we can stay unhindered in our relationship with Him, and mighty in prayer. Humility is a fundamental attitude of the heart for maintaining intimacy with God and a vibrant prayer life. By repenting of our sins and humbling ourselves daily before Christ, we please the Lord and pray much more frequently and much more powerfully.


Thanks for listening!

Ice Cream Sandwich Who Knew!

Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a staple summer treat! That’s right! The ice cream sandwich!
Here are some fun facts about the amazing summer snack…

  • Although ice cream sandwiches were made by hand and distributed by New York street vendors in the early 1940s, it wasn’t until 1945 that the first ice cream sandwiches were mass produced.
  • The current version was invented in 1945 by Jerry Newberg when he was selling ice cream at Forbes Field, in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Pictures from the Jersey Shore circa 1905 “On the beach, Atlantic City”, show Ice Cream sandwiches were popular at 1c each.
  • August 2nd is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.
  • The Coolhaus food truck empire has taken ice cream sandwiches to a new level. You can buy one of their pre-packaged ice cream sandwiches, pints of ice cream, or hand-dipped ice cream bars at one of 4,000+ markets ranging from Whole Foods to Kroger and Safeway, in all 50 states
  • The ice cream sandwich ranks as the second best-selling ice cream novelty in America.
  • The average number of ice cream sandwiches eaten per second nationally is 48.
  • If all the ice cream sandwiches made last year were placed end to end, they would circle Earth 3 1/2 times.
  • The 30-44 age group buys the most ice cream sandwiches.
  • The eastern seaboard consumes almost 50 percent of all ice cream sandwiches.
  • The ice cream sandwich is so American it is sold at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

    Here’s a recipe for ice cream sandwiches from the Food Network…

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 (1-pint) containers ice cream (any flavor)

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. In another bowl, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar together with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla, beating until smooth. With a spoon, stir in the flour mixture, stirring just until you have a smooth dough.
    3. Using a 2 tablespoon cookie dough scoop, drop 6 mounds of dough on each baking sheet, leaving a couple inches between each cookie. Bake until the cookies are firm around the edges and soft in the middle, about 15 minutes. (For even baking, rotate the pans from top to bottom and back to front halfway through baking.) Using a spatula, transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.
    4. Meanwhile, turn the ice cream pints on their sides and use a serrated knife to slice through the containers, cutting each into 3 even rounds. Place the ice cream disks on a baking sheet and freeze until ready to assemble the sandwiches.
    5. To assemble, peel the cardboard from the ice cream disks and sandwich each disk between 2 cookies. Serve the sandwiches immediately, or wrap individually in plastic wrap and freeze up to 1 week.

    Image result for cut ice cream pint
    Cut your pints like this, getting perfect portions for ice cream sandwiches!

    Also, we’re celebrating August First Friday here in downtown Mt. Vernon THIS FRIDAY! Be sure to stop by and see us, and register for our prize basket!
    Our special Clean Up, Dress Up and Checkup” prize basket for the family features
    · An entire house cleaning from Carefree Cleaning Company. Amy Kessler gives you 4 hours of house cleaning! (Valued at $100)!
    · A certificate for 1 individual comprehensive eye exam with Amazing Eyes Family Vision! (Valued at $135)
    · Two $15.00 gift certificates for Premier Designs Jewelry with Amberly Frye (one for you and one for a friend)
    · Plus WNZR goodies including chip clips, hand fans, cups, Frisbees, guitar flyswatters and more! The prize package is valued at over $265.00!

    First Friday events are from 6 to 9pm in downtown Mount Vernon. The family-friendly activities include magician Jimmy Burcham, corn hole, a classic car cruise-in and music from Project Round Table on the public square stage.
    Other activities include:
    – TaVaci Select Performers followed by the Uncorrections will provide music at the South Stage – MVNU’s Buchwald Plaza Gazebo.
    – A presentation for the winner of the local Guns vs. Hoses Blood Drive for the American Red Cross. This competition is between our local police and fire departments.
    – The American Red Cross will host a bloodmobile at City Hall.
    – A Hidden in Plain Sight event with KSAAT (Knox Substance Abuse Action Team) will take place at the Elks Lodge.
    – “Outside” – an exhibition by the Creative Art of Women (CAW) will be at MVNU’s Schnormeier Gallery. In this exhibition, CAW explores the external forces and exterior surfaces that make up the world- whether structural, anatomical, or metaphysical. Each artist wrestled with the theme of “OUTSIDE” through her own lens resulting in a diverse view of what makes up the world outside ourselves.
    – Food vendors on the square

    Thanks for listening!

NZ Top 10 6/2


Good afternoon! I hope you’re having a great week!
There’s no better way to wind down the work-week than with the NZ Top 10!
Let’s get to the countdown!

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

This week we went Behind the Mic with Hillsong United, and talked with them a little bit about their song ‘Say the Word’.
Check out what the members of Hillsong United have to say here!

Our NZ Top 10 Back to Back featured Rend Collective…

See you tonight at First Friday…and thanks for listening!

– Joe and Lilly

NZ Top 10 – 9/2/16


First Friday crew – Dan Monnin, Marcy Rinehart and Andy Krolik

It’s a First Friday NZ Top 10 today!

10. Hillary Scott & The Scott Family – Thy Will
9. Unspoken – Higher
8. Aaron Shust – Ever Be
7. TobyMac – Move (Keep Walkin’)
6. 7eventh Time Down – God is on the Move
5. Lauren Daigle – Trust in You
4. Jonny Diaz – Breathe
3. MercyMe – Dear Younger Me
2. Jeremy Camp – Christ in Me
1. Ryan Stevenson f/GabeReal – Eye of the Storm

Our Breakout Hit of the Week is the new one from We Are Messengers, called ‘Magnify.’ See the official music video here.

Our Word of the Day is gaposis, which is a comedic  term for a noticeable gap or series of gaps, as between the fastened buttons or snaps on an overly tight garment!

Thanks for listening!


First Friday NZ Top 10!


It’s back!  Wesley and Josh are excited for the return of First Friday in downtown Mount Vernon…it begins tonight and goes through October. WNZR is excited to be back as a media partner with the Heritage Centre Association for this year’s events.  The dates will be: June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2 and October 7. Find out more here.

This week’s countdown:

10. Francesca Battistelli, If We’re Honest
9. We Are Messengers, Everything Comes Alive
8. For King & Country, It’s Not Over Yet
7. Chris Tomlin, Good Good Father
6. Jordan Feliz, The River
5. Matthew West, Grace Wins
4. Danny Gokey, Tell Your Heart to Beat Again
3. Stars Go Dim, You Are Loved
2. Casting Crowns, Just Be Held
1. Lauren Daigle, Trust in You

We also debuted new songs today from Matt Maher (Abide in Me) and Big Daddy Weave (The Lion and the Lamb). Click the titles for the official video links.

Our word of the day is whomp (WOMP), which can be a noun meaning a loud, heavy blow, slap, bang, or the like.  It can also be a verb meaning to defeat someone decisively.

Thanks for listening and have a great weekend!


Mystery Monday – 8/31

Today was the last Mystery Monday for the month of August!

I hid something in the Mystery Box for Joe to try and figure out what it was, and Bill from Fredericktown called in and correctly guessed that the item was a pine cone.

We told you about First Friday happening this upcoming Friday night from 6 pm-9 pm. Big Blue will be in a different spot – in front of the Buchwald Center. Our Big Blue Crew will also be selling hot dogs as a fundraiser for various conference trips.

Also during the show, we received the great news that the film War Room will be coming to Mount Vernon this weekend. You can find out more about that movie over here, and we’ll give you the complete list of showtimes later in the week.

Our Word of the Day was misbegotten, an adjective meaning badly conceived. You can read more on that here.

Have a great week!


Game Time Tuesday – 8/4

Today was Game Time Tuesday on the Afternoon Drive.

We played song poetry with these lyrics:

Could it possibly be
That we simply can’t believe
That this unconditional
Kind of love would be enough

Josiah from Sunbury called in and correctly guessed that those lyrics belonged to MercyMe’s song Flawless.

Joe talked about the Chris Tomlin concert at the Ohio State fair that he and some of our staff got to attend. You can see all the pictures from that by clicking here.

We also told you that our Big Blue Crew will be on the road at August First Friday, the Hartford Fair, and the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival. You can find out all the information on those events over here.

Our word of the day was luminaria, a noun that is a traditional Mexican Christmas lantern. You can read more on that here.

Have a terrific Tuesday evening!


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