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Game Time Tuesday

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

Tournament Time!

Today in Artist News I shared about Micah Tyler announced and upcoming project called, People Like Us. This EP is available for per-order and it will be available on March 24th. Tyler also shared that he will be preforming these songs on tour with his labelmates MercyMe on their Always Only Jesus Tour, which kicks off March 2nd. Click for tour dates here!

Jonathon then shared about a really cool story with another American Idol Competitor. Christian singer/songwriter Megan Danielle had a surprise visit from Lauren Daigle. The night before her audition Danielle went to Daigle’s concert in Las Vegas, after hearing her story Daigle surprised Danielle during her audition.

We want to congratulate Liz from Mount Vernon, she won our song poetry today and she won an Easter Action Bible! The lyrics were, “The son of God was laid in darkness A battle in the grave A war on death was waged, and that is Forever by Kari Jobe!

Today we ended the show a little early today as we prepare for MVNU Women’s Basketball tonight at 7:00. The ladies will be playing in the quarterfinals in the Crossroads League Tournament against (6) Marian University. Tomorrow Men’s Basketball will play against (18) Huntington University. Both games will be on 90.9fm WNZR.

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

To: Listener, From: The Afternoon Drive!

Happy Valentines Day!

To start Artist News Day we shared a clip from 20 The Countdown Magazine. William Ryan III talks about what you didn’t see at the Grammy’s with Maverick City and the encouragement that was shared in that space. If you missed on our show the clip is on our SoundCloud here!

Jonathon then continued artist news that Haven Madison, the daughter of Building 429 lead singer Jason Roy, announced on social media that she auditioned for the popular show American Idol. Her audition will be televised on February 19th of American Idol.

MVNU Men’s Volleyball plays tonight vs. Lourdes University in Ariel Arena. Pre-game starts at 6:45pm and the game starts 7:00pm, you can see the live action on Don’t forget to check out our Instagram page @Voice of the Cougars and MVNU Men’s volleyball Instagram for fun game day content!

Song Poetry is back! Our lyrics today were, “I was sure by now God, You would have reached down and wiped our tears away stepped in and saved the day.” Those lyrics are from “Praise You In This Storm” by: Casting Crowns. Congrats to Sarah from Mount Vernon, she wins a CeCe Winans CD!

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!


WinterJam is this Weekend!

Today on Praise Thursday I shared a devotional from “Well Being.” Today’s devotional talked about how when we exercise we are praising God. That our bodies are like a temple and we can honor him by taking care of our bodies.

WinterJam 2023 is this weekend Saturday, January 28th at the Schottenstein Center! Tickets are $15 dollars at the door and the show starts at 6pm. For more info click here.

Congrats to Brad from Mount Vernon for guessing the correct answer for WinterJam 2023 Artist Trivia! The question was, what Dove Award was Austin French nominated for in 2019? The correct answer was New Artist of the Year! Stay tuned tomorrow on the Morning Thing for more Artist Trivia!

Thank you for listening!


Spring Tours and New Music!

We started Artist News Day with the announcement of Natalie Grant’s Spring Tour. The tour is called It’s Time, she will also be joined by Naomi Raine, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, and TAYA! The tour will kick off on April 25th and ends on June 1st. Ticket information is available here.

Lifeline 2023 is coming soon! Lifeline 2023 will be from March 29th trough April 3rd. Our theme this year is God is in This Story based on the song by Katy Nichole and Big Daddy Weave and this year’s verse is Isaiah 41:10 which reads, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

We then continued our Artist News Day with CAIN soon to release their highly project Honest Offering. This six-song live worship EP is to release on Friday, February 24th. The project’s pre-sale begins today and you can listen to the project’s single “Friend In Jesus” now.

We are playing Winter Jam 2023 Artist Trivia for your chance to win passes to any Winter Jam in 2023! Congrats to Jen from Howard she won our Winter Jam Artist Trivia. The question today was, Francesca Battistelli’s Husband matt is the son of a member from which other Winter Jam band? The correct answer is Newsong, Matt Goodwin is the son of Billy Goodwin of Newsong and Francesca and Matt met for the first time during a Winter Jam Tour. If you want more info on Winter Jam 2023 click here!

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

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,


Winter Jam returns to Ohio

The Winter Jam 2023 tour is back and the Ohio dates are SET!

Friday, January 20th – at the Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway Street in Cincinnati
– Jam Nation Doors Open at 4pm
– General Admission Doors Open at 5pm

– Pre-Jam Party starts at 6pm
– Official show starts at 7pm

Saturday, January 28th – at the Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive in Columbus
– Jam Nation Doors Open at 4pm
– General Admission Doors Open at 5pm

– Pre-Jam Party starts at 6pm
– Official show starts at 6pm

The Winter Jam 2023 Tour Lineup:

  • Jeremy Camp
  • We The Kingdom
  • Andy Mineo
  • Francesca Battistelli (Columbus only)
  • Anne Wilson (Cincinnati only)
  • Disciple
  • Austin French
  • Newsong

At the Pre-Jam Party at 6pm:

  • Thrive Worship
  • Sean Be
  • Renee

Plus speaker:

  • Zane Black

Click here for more!

I love Your voice
You have led me through the fire
In the darkest night
You are close like no other

Congratulations to Tom of Danville who guessed correctly – Jenn Johnson and ‘Goodness of God.’

He wins a copy of CeCe Winans ‘Believe For It.’

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Holly Jolly Artist News!

For the start of Artist News Day Winter Jam 2023 is right around the corner! This year’s lineup features artists We The Kingdom, Jeremy Camp, Austin French, and more! Winter Jam comes to Columbus on January 28th at the Schottenstein Center. Tickets are $15 and you can get them at the door!

Then, continuing the Holiday Artist News with For King & Country will be on this year’s CMT Crossroads holiday episode! It will also feature artists BRELAND, Natalie Grant, and more! This one-hour special airs this Saturday, Dec. 24th at 7am.

Congrats to Lyle from Howard and Kim from Mount Vernon, they were our winners for our Christmas Gift Exchange! Tune in tomorrow for your chance to win!

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

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