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High schoolers make it happen!

High School students around Knox County are collecting food and monetary donations to support the 40th Annual Food For The Hungry Drive. 

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart talked with Collection Coordinator, Shawn Dugan about this year’s unique fundraising. Each school is finding unique and creative ways to motivate students to get involved with the collection.  Click HERE to hear their conversation.

Top collecting schools in two categories will once again be awarded the traveling plaque as provided by COTC to recognize each school’s accomplishment. 

The Central Knox County Award will go to either Mount Vernon or the Knox County Career Center. And The Greater Knox County Award will go to one of the following schools: Centerburg, Danville, East Knox, or Fredericktown. Each year, the winning school’s name is added to the traveling plaque. 

Representatives from each school will be invited to participate in the Food For The Hungry broadcast from the Memorial Theater at the Knox Memorial on Friday, Dec. 10. 

For more information about the High School Food Drive Competition, schools and students can contact Shawn Dugan through email by using, to help coordinate their collections or answer questions. 

Here are the 2021 collection dates for Knox County High Schools: 

* Fredericktown High School: 11/15 – 11/19 – just wrapped up 

* Centerburg High School: 11/16 – 12/1 

* The Knox County Career Center: 11/29 – 12/9 

* Mount Vernon High School: 11/30 – 12/7 

* Danville High School: 11/30 – 12/7 

–          I was born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee
–          I was Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 1956
–          I was a three-time player of the year and all-American at he University of Cincinnati
–          I co-captained the US gold medal basketball Team in the 1960 Olympics
–          I became the first player to average a triple-double in 1962
–          I won an NBA title with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971
–          I retired as the NBA’s all-time assist leader; and am now 7th all-time
–          I’m in the college and pro basketball halls of fame

I am…OSCAR ROBERTSON! Congratulations to Dave from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Food For The Hungry!

The Food For The Hungry broadcast is coming up this Friday! Today Lexie & Alyssa share all about it:

Food for the Hungry is the annual collection of food and funds to benefit Interchurch Social Services, The Salvation Army and other food assistance organizations of Knox County. Donations help stock pantry shelves and give financial assistance to support Knox County’s citizens in need!

The top ten food items needed are:

canned meat (chicken, tuna), beef stew/hearty soups, canned pasta, boxed dinners (Hamburger Helper), peanut butter, spaghetti/spaghetti sauce, cereal (hot and cold), baked beans/kidney/chili beans, noodles/instant rice/potatoes, canned fruits and vegetables. Cans that can be opened without a can opener (pop top) are best!

Are you looking to donate to Food For The Hungry this holiday season? Here’s how:

On Friday, December 11th, 12 collection points will be open to collect food and monetary donations for Food For The Hungry.

APPLE VALLEY/HOWARD: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Red Rover Marathon


9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hometown Market


9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hometown Market


9 a.m. – 2 p.m. BellStores


9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Village Market


9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Aldi, Kroger, Lanning’s Foods, Baker’s IGA, Rural King and Wal-Mart Supercenter

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Knox Memorial

Congratulations to Brenda of Fredricktown and Tracy from Howard for being caller number 9 and winning some cool prizes through our Christmas Gift Exchange! Brenda won a large single topping pizza from Papa Johns and Tracy got a $15 gift card to Flowers For You Shop!

Another Congratulations to Karri of Danville for correctly guessing today’s “Who Am I?”. Our person this week was Lori Greiner!

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

Who knew Wednesday: Food For the Hungry!

Today Todd and I talked about a very important thing that is happing here in Knox County

Now in its 37th year, Food for the Hungry is an annual drive that collects food and revenue for the Knox County branches of The Salvation Army and Interchurch Social Services. These agencies, in turn, use the donations to help Knox County families with basic necessities throughout the year. 100% of all donations to Food For the Hungry stay in Knox County.  The drive culminates in an eight- hour live television, radio, and web broadcast.

Food For The Hungry began as a food and money drive on WMVO radio to benefit Interchurch Social Services and the Salvation Army in 1982. Long-time WMVO morning show host Charlie Kilkenny started the drive with the help of his wife, Carol, and businesses at the Mount Vernon Shopping Plaza (now the Kroger Plaza). Mount Vernon Cablevision joined in sponsoring the drive the next year. The drive grew into a partnership between the radio stations and other media (WNZR, Mount Vernon News) in 1995, and added Mount Vernon Nazarene University (who sponsored a basketball tournament) and the accounting services of Nelson & Nelson one year later.

Drop off location:


  • 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Floral Valley Community Center (collecting until December 31st)


  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Dollar General, Hometown Market and the Post Office* (Cash Only)
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Interchurch Office


  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. First Knox National Bank and Killbuck Savings Bank
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Hometown Market and Interchurch Office
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Danville Family Dollar* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Don Leos Market* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Danville Post Office* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31). They will also be open 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday 12/8
  • 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.  The Hang-Out* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.  The Bender* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.  McFadden’s Hot Spot Pizza* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.  Subway* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)


  • 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Brinkhaven Post Office* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31). They will also be open 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday 12/8


  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Interchurch Office and Fredericktown Library


  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The Village Market


  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Dollar General* (Cash only, collecting from 12/1 – 12/31)


  • 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Spearman’s Restaurant* (Cash only, collecting from 12/1 – 12/31)


  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Aldi, Kroger, Lanning’s Foods, Baker’s IGA, Rural King and Wal-Mart Supercenter
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Memorial Building

For all of the other information, you can head to any of these sites! 


Thank you so much for checking out our blog!

Hannah and Todd


A Christmas Mystery Monday!

One of my favorite Christmas songs is the 12 Days of Christmas.
My Mystery Question for today is related to that song…

If you received ALL of the presents mentioned in the song… how many presents would you receive in total!?

1 Partridge in a pear tree X 12 days  = 12
2 Turtle Doves X 11 days = 22
3 French Hens X 10 days = 30
4 Calling Birds X 9 days = 36
5 Golden Rings X 8 days = 40
6 Geese-a-laying X 7 days = 42
7 Swans a Swimming X 6 days = 42
8 Maids a Milking X 5 days = 40
9 Ladies Dancing X 4 days = 36
10 Lords a Leaping X 3 days = 30
11 Pipers Piping X 2 = 22
12 Drummers Drumming X 1 day = 12

12+22+30+36+40+42+42+40+36+30+22+12= 364 gifts.

Without counting the multiple times the gifts are mentioned, it would cost $34,363.49.
Counting the multiple mentions, it would cost $156,507.88.

So if you’re looking for gift ideas this Christmas… this is probably not it.

Congratulations to our Different Kind of Winner from our Different Kind of Giveaway!
Ashley from Howard is winning 2 tickets to see the Different kind of Christmas tour with Mark Schultz and Love and the Outcome on December 10th!

If you would like more information on the concert, check out our website,

We’re also gearing up for Food for the Hungry! Our live broadcast is on December 9th, and it will be live streamed on! For more information, click here!

Thanks for listening!

Who Knew Wednesday!

Today Joe and I talked about all the upcoming events in your community! (Spoiler they all contain Christmas)

Happy Christmas Bean is happening tonight in downtown Mount Vernon in Hunter Hall at Happy Bean from 7-9pm. There will be some discounts on coffee and a mug auction and all the proceeds will go to M2540, an MVNU campus ministry – Click HERE to find out more about M2540.

What better way to get into the Christmas mood than making memories with your family – Christmas trees, photo booths, kids crafts – all while supporting Food for The Hungry! To find out more about the Fredericktown Christmas Walk coming up on Saturday, December 2nd click HERE.

Speaking of Food for The Hungry! Its here, and in full swing! To find out more about what Food for the hungry is and how WNZR partners with this click HERE. 

Congrats to Amanda from Howard for winning our “Different kind of giveaway” – She won two tickets to the Mark Schultz and Love & the Outcome concert – To find out more about this concert click HERE.

Todays word of the day:

verb  –   BLUJ


1 : (chiefly Australia & New Zealand) to avoid work or responsibility
2 : (chiefly Australia & New Zealand) to get something from or live on another by imposing on hospitality or good nature : sponge



Thanks so much for the support of the Afternoon Drive! We deeply appreciate you! – Hannah Radke

Praise Thursday – 12/8

Today was Praise Thursday on the Afternoon Drive!

I gave you lots of information on various Food For The Hungry benefits, which you can find here and here.

I talked about Addison Road’s song What Do I Know Of Holy. You can find the verses that inspired the song, as well as an accompanying devotional over here.

The Word of the Day was vulpine (VUL-pine), an adjective meaning crafty. You can read more on that here.

Head over here to check out Team WNZR getting ready for the 14th Annual Media Shopping Cart Derby and Food For The Hungry Games that will be happening this Saturday!

Have a great evening!


Who Knew? Knox Needs…


Today’s Who Knew Wednesday focused on the MVNU efforts to support Food For The Hungry of Knox County…find out more about Knox Needs here.

This week we have the Knox Needs Marketplace 9am-2pm on Saturday at the Barn here on campus, plus the Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning, a 5K starting with registration at 8am.

Our Word of the Day is pleonasm, a noun meaning the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea.

Thanks for listening!


Mystery Monday – 12/7

Today was Mystery Monday on the Afternoon Drive!

Since it is Food For The Hungry week, I had a mystery question about Food for the Hungry. I asked how much money and how many truckloads of food were collected in the first ever FFTH drive in 1982. We didn’t receive a winner for this question, but $1,600 and 7 truckloads of food were raised at the 1982 drive.

I also told you all about the various events happening that benefit Food For The Hungry, and you can find all of that information over here.

Have a great week!


Mystery Monday – 11/16

Today was Mystery Monday on the Afternoon Drive!

Joe hid something in the Mystery Box, and we received several guesses, but Valerie was the lucky winner who guessed that the box contained a pouch of brownie brittle.

We told you all about the Knox Needs Mega Marketplace happening this weekend, and you can head over here for all the information on that and all the other Food For The Hungry events.

Don’t forget to click here for all the details about the Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt, which wraps up this Friday morning at 7:30 am on the Morning Thing.

Our Word of the Day was talisman, a noun meaning an object held to act as a good luck charm. You can read more on that here.

Have an awesome week!


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