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Have you ever seen the rain?

We had a special Knox County Fair edition of the Afternoon Drive today with Alyssa in the studio and Joe at the fair reporting from Big Blue! We shared reports from the Junior Fair in the rain and we also shared about our special Knox County Fair giveaways, find out more and get yourself registered by clicking here.

Name a famous masked man:

Zorro (33 votes)
Batman (24 votes)
Lone Ranger (21 votes)
Spider-man (7 votes)
The Mask (5 votes)

Congratulations to Sandy from Mount Vernon for correctly guessing the top two answers. She won Newsboys’ Restart album on CD.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Alyssa

Concerts and Prize baskets!

Here’s the rundown of the prizes we discussed on the show today:

NICOLE NORDEMAN – in concert this Saturday night in Sugarcreek, OH at the Ohio Star Theatre.  Listen to win tomorrow and Friday on The Morning Thing.

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KNOX COUNTY FAIR – prizes for adults, age 18 and over, teens 11-17 and kids 10 and under.  All the specifics are at WNZR.FM by clicking the link below!

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MATT MAHER AND MATTHEW WEST – in concert on Tuesday, July 30 at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.  Next week we’ll feature the ‘Matts’ on Who Knew Wednesday, and we’ll have Matt Trivia all next week to win tickets!

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Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

NZ Top 10 7/28

Even though we were on the road, we’re still bringing you the top 10!
Here’s the countdown!

10. I Wanna go Back – Davis Dunn
9. O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship
8. I Have this Hope – Tenth Avenue North
7. Love Broke Thru – TobyMac
6. Bulletproof – Citizen Way
5. What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
4. Unfinished – Mandisa
3. Oh My Soul – Casting Crowns
2. Home – Chris Tomlin
1. Even If – MercyMe

For our Behind the Mic feature this week, we talked with Jeremy Camp!
Here’s his song ‘He Knows‘ and here’s the story behind it!

New Music Friday brought us some awesome new songs!
Check out ‘Your Love Defends Me‘ from Matt Maher,
and ‘Point to You‘ from We are Messengers.

Our NZ Back to Back Artist Spotlight fell on DC Talk this week!
Check out their songs ‘My Will‘ and ‘In the Light‘.

Our NZ Rewinds took us back to 2001 this week!
Check out ‘Adore‘ from Jaci Velazquez, and
Come, Now is the Time to Worship‘ from Phillips, Craig, and Dean.

Thanks for listening!

Praise Thursday on the Road!

On the Road with Big Blue once again today for the afternoon Drive!
Today was the sale of champions at the Knox County Fair and we purchased four hogs to give away on Saturday! If you would like to register to win, you can come visit us at the fair, or you can register online at!
One registration per person, per day, and we will be drawing this on Saturday, the 29th, at 6:00pm. If we draw your name, you have 9 minutes and 9 seconds to either come to the WNZR tent at the fair, or call us at 740-392-9090.

Our For King and Country trivia question today was as follows…
Zach Williams debut song broke records, holding the number 1 spot for radio at 15 weeks, surpassing the previous record by 3 weeks. The song also received a Grammy Nomination, Billboard Music Award Nomination and a nomination at th K-Love fan Awards. What was his debut song?
the answer? Chain Breaker.
Congratulations to Jennifer from Mt. Vernon! She wins the tickets!

For Praise Thursday today, we talked about the Cross of Christ.
The beginning of the chapter comes out swinging. Incredibly convicting. They say that people don’t have evidence of a real prayer life because they don’t have a relationship with God to begin with. Check out this convicting passage from Matthew…

“21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
If you think you’re going to heaven just because you walk an aisle or prayed a prayer, you should be concerned. You need to stop and take a step back and reevaluate your life and make sure that you truly have God in it.

So, the cross of Christ is telling us to have a relationship with The One who saved us. We’re not the ones who save ourselves, but it is God alone. We need to have a relationship with Him before we can expect an exceptional prayer life.

Thanks for listening!
Hope to see you at the fair!

Game Time at the Fair!

It’s On the Road with Big Blue here on the Afternoon Drive!
We still had all sorts of things to give away tonight!

Our song poetry prompt today was…
“It’s easy to sing
When there’s nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I’m held to the flame
Like I am right now”

That’s “Even If’ from MercyMe!
Congratulations to our winner, Andrew of Big Prairie!

Our For King and Country ticket trivia today was simply this…
Who did Joel Smallbone marry in 2013?
The answer was Moriah Peters!
Congrats to Lori of Mt. Vernon! She correctly answered and won the tickets!

Our  Name that Tune this week was ‘O Come to the Alter’ from Elevation Worship!
Congratulations to Rachel from Mt. Vernon for winning today!

Thanks for listening and we hope to see you at the Knox County Fair!

Mystery Monday at the Fair!


Lilly and I are On the Road with Big Blue at the 2017 Knox County Fair all week.  Make sure you tune in for the latest updates from the shows and conversations with news makers at the fairgrounds.

Our Facebook and website galleries will also be updated daily with pictures.

Today’s Mystery Monday fair-themed question: what are at least four breeds of rabbits shown at the Knox County Fair?  Rachel from Mount Vernon guessed four: New Zealand, Dutch, Holland Lop and Mini Rex.  She wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Jane from Mount Vernon also won our tickets to see For King and Country and Zach Williams at the Ohio State Fair one week from tonight!  Their first hit single was “Busted Heart,” released in 2011.

Thanks for listening!

Ice Cream and Hot Dogs!

We’re celebrating two American favorites today on the Drive!
ICE CREAM AND HOT DOGS! (I’m a little too excited about it).

Here’s some fun facts about Ice Cream!

  • The cone didn’t appear until 1904, when a Syrian waffle maker at the St. Louis World’s Fair began rolling his pastries into horns to help an ice cream vendor who had run out of dishes.
  • The idea of the ice cream cone had been patented a year earlier, in 1903, by an Italian in New York City, but the fair popularized it.
  • Today the average American eats about 20 quarts of ice cream a year―the world’s highest per capita consumption, according to the International Dairy Foods Association.
  • Top-selling ice cream flavors are: vanilla, with 33 percent of the market, and chocolate, with 19 percent.
  • It takes 5.8 pounds of whole milk and one pound of cream to make one gallon of ice cream.
  • June is the month that the most ice cream is produced.
  • California produces the most ice cream in America.
  • Chocolate syrup is the world’s most popular ice cream topping.
  • 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time.
  • It takes about 50 licks to finish a single scoop ice cream cone.
  • The perfect temperature for scooping ice cream is between 6 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In Canada, more ice cream is sold in the winter months than in the summer.
  • Hawaiian Punch was originally an ice cream topping.
  • Among the most unusual flavors of ice cream ever manufactured are avocado, garlic, jalapeno, and pumpkin. Perhaps the weirdest of all: dill pickle ice cream, which was marketed to expectant mothers.
  • It takes 12 gallons of milk to create one gallon of ice cream.

    We gave away $5 to Troyer’s of Apple Valley today by asking this question…
    What are the names of the two original characters for Hawaiian Punch?
    Their names were Punchy and Oaf!
    Congratulations to Betsy from Mt. Vernon who correctly answered!
    Image result for punchy and oaf(Here they are, by the way, if you wanted to see what they looked like).

    Our For King and Country concert ticket artist trivia question today was a bit of a tricky, numerical one!
    We asked how many kids, including Joel and Luke, are in the Smallbone family!
    There are 7 of them!
    Joel, Luke, Libby, Rebecca, Ben, Daniel, and Josh!
    Congratulations to Troy of Mt. Vernon! She correctly guessed and won the tickets!

    Our Word of the Day is frankfurter, a noun that describes a hot dog
    noun ||  frank·furt·er \ˈfraŋk-fə(r)t-ər, -ˌfərt-\
    It’s a cured cooked sausage (as of beef or beef and pork) that may be skinless or stuffed in a casing.
    Did you know that the backyard barbecue staple is actually European? While it’s impossible to say who really “invented” the popular snack or where it came from, experts say hot dogs likely originated in Vienna, Austria, or Frankfurt, Germany.

    Thanks for listening!

Who Knew?- Fair edition

IMG_20160726_135413052_HDRWNZR’S Kelsey Bryte with Case Armstrong at the Fair!

Today Knox County Fair week brought a Who Knew Wednesday trivia question:

In what month and in what year was the first Knox County Fair?

The answer was October, 1849 – 167 years ago, making 2016 the 168th annual Knox County Fair.

Here’s a little more information from the Knox County Historical Society’s website:
In the winter of 1846-47, a group of farmers formed the Morris (Township) Agricultural Club, and in November of 1847 they held a one-day fair on the farm of William Bonar, displaying grains, fruit and livestock. From this simple beginning came the organization now known as The Knox County Agricultural Society, which held its first county-wide fair on October 23 and 24, 1849. From its earliest days, the Society was dedicated to “encouraging the improvements of farm products, including farm stock of all kinds, and the products of domestic industry and skill – in short, all that pertains to rural comfort, convenience, and elegance, as well as the products of the skilled artisan and mechanic.” 

Congratulations to Mia from Mount Vernon who won the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Our Word of the Day is doff (DAHF), which is a verb meaning to take off a garment of clothing, or to remove your hat as a salute or tribute to someone.

Thanks for listening!


Game Time Tuesday from The Knox County Fair!

Frog at the Fair

That Picture is of a Frog we found at our tent today at the Knox County Fair.  Cute little guy stuck around for around 2 hours.

On Today’s show it was Game Time Tuesday so we played Song Poetry.  Our song was TobyMac with Move (Keep Walking) and our winner was Danielle from Gambier.  We also gave away tickets to Lecrae’s performance at the Ohio State Fair, congratulations to Cindy from Belleville who won those.

Our word of the day is Pidgin a noun which means a simplified speech used for communication between people with different languages.

For more information about the Knox County Fair check out or website and for the full schedule for the Knox County Fair head to their website

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