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The Official Blog of WNZR's Afternoon Drive



NZ Top Ten for 07/15/22

Here is this week’s countdown:

10 – Anne Wilson – Sunday Sermons

9 – Maverick City Music – Jireh

8 – Jon Reddick – God Turn It Around

7 – Phil Wickham – Hymn of Heaven

6 – Blessing Offor – Brighter Days

5 – Andrew Ripp – Fill My Cup

4 – Katy Nichole – In Jesus Name (God of Possible)

3 – Matthew West – Me On Your Mind

2 – for KING & COUNTRY – For God Is With Us

1 – Brandon Heath – See Me Through It


Our Break Out Hit for this week is a brand new song from Mac Powell, formerly of Third Day. Check out “New Creation” above!

Our second new song is from a brand new artist to WNZR, Brooke Ligertwood. She teamed up with Brandon Lake for this new hit called “Honey In Rock”. Watch it above!

Thanks for listening!
-Alyssa & Joe

NZ Top Ten for 07/01/22

Here is this week’s countdown:

10 – Jireh by Maverick City Music ft. Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine

9 – Fill My Cup – Andrew Ripp

8 – Sunday Sermons – Anne Wilson

7 – Jesus Is Coming Back – Jordan Feliz ft. Mandisa & Jonathan Traylor

6 – God, Turn It Around – Jon Reddick

5 – Me On Your Mind – Matthew West

4 – In Jesus Name (God of Possible) – Katy Nichole

3 – See Me Through It – Brandon Heath

2 – Brighter Days – Blessing Offor

1 – For God Is With Us – For KING & COUNTRY


Christian music newcomer, Katy Nichole, has teamed up with Big Daddy Weave for this latest New Music Friday debut! “God Is In This Story” is a great new song with an awesome message. Watch the lyric video above!

Thanks for listening!

God Cleans The Stains

Today for our Monday Motivation we shared a special devotional out of Our Daily Bread called God Cleans The Stains. With a humble and repentant heart, we must acknowledge our sins and place them under the cleansing light of God’s holiness. We must turn from them and return to Him. And He, the only One who cleans the stains of the soul, will offer us complete forgiveness and renewed fellowship. To read the full devotional click HERE.

Today’s Monday Motivation song is the latest from Josh Wilson ‘Things That Im Afraid Of’

An amazing line from that song says,

My fears would surely kill me
If I didn’t know the truth
The things that I’m afraid of
Are afraid of You

It’s so reassuring to remember that God already won the battle and that we are not to be afraid because he has us in his arms.

Name a place that people go to, which they insist be clean.

Bathroom – 42

Restaurant – 30

Kitchen/Fridge – 18

Hospital – 6

Congratulations to our winner, Anna, she won a $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy!

Thanks for listening!


NZ Top Ten for 06/10/22

Here is our countdown for this week:

10 – Jireh by Maverick City Music

9 – Me On Your Mind by Matthew West

8 – God, Turn It Around by Jon Reddick

7 – The Commission by CAIN

6 – Sunday Sermons by Anne Wilson

5 – See Me Through It by Brandon Heath

4 – Jesus Is Coming Back by Jordan Feliz ft. Jonathan Traylor and Mandisa

3 – For God Is With Us by For King & Country

2 – Brighter Days by Blessing Offor

1 – In Jesus Name (God of Possible) by Katy Nichole (4 weeks at #1)


Our New Music Friday debut is from Josh Wilson this week with his song “Things That I’m Afraid Of”, you can watch the lyric video below.

Thanks for listening!


Love Over Hate

Today on the show we talked about how Lifeline 2022 is quickly approaching. We also shared some devotionals from Our Daily Bread.

Here are both of our devotionals from Our Daily Bread:

Jonathon’s devotional is titled, “The Perfect Name”. You can find the link here.

Dylan’s devotional is titled, “Stronger Than Hate”. You can find the link here.

Question: Which book did David write the most of?
Answer: Psalms

Congratulations to Mackenzie of Mount Vernon for guessing the correct answer! She wins a 2021 Voice of the Cougars Drawstring Backpack.

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan and Jonathon

Concerts and Albums

It’s Artist News Day today on the show. I talked about how Lifeline 2022 is coming up. I also shared some artist news about artists related to the station.

Here are both of the stories that I used:

Last week, Maverick City Music and Kirk Franklin announced that they are going to tour together. The tour is called the Kingdom Tour which will feature special guests Jonathan McReynolds and Housefires. The tour kicks off June 1st at the FTX Arena in Miami, FL and wraps up in Denver, CO at Ball Arena on July 31st.

They will be in Cleveland on Friday, June 17th at the Blossom Music Center.

They’ll also make an appearance in Columbus on Wednesday, June 22nd at the Schottenstein Center.

Tickets go on sale starting this Friday, March 18th at 10am on Ticketmaster.

This past Friday, Jordan Feliz released his Say It (Deluxe) album. It has 18 tracks in it and it is his third full length album ever. One song that is in it is a song that we play here on WNZR titled “Jesus Is Coming Back” featuring both Mandisa and Jonathon Traylor. “Jesus Is Coming Back” is quickly rising up the charts. As of last week, it was number seven on the Billboard NCA Monitored chart and number four on the AC Indicator Chart.

Here is what Jordan had to say on the song. “‘Jesus Is Coming Back’ is one of my favorite songs…and being able to have Jonathan Traylor and Mandisa sing on this has been massive,” he said. “I’ve known Mandisa for four or five years…she’s just the sweetest human. And I’ve been a fan of Jonathan’s ever since hearing him sing. They are two incredible people and singers, and they brought so much to this song.”

Some other songs in the album include; Glorify, Stained Glass, Next To Me, and many more! There are 18 songs in the album.

We gotta stay awake ’cause nobody knows the day or time, no
The trumpet’s gonna blow and the skies are gonna open wide
Ooh, yeah. He’s coming for us (Yeah, yeah) just like He told us (Yeah, yeah)
It’s been a long wait (Yeah, yeah) but there’s a new day (Yeah, yeah)
And we’re gonna sing Hallelujah when the King arrives (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Oh, you know you gotta

We had a stumper this week! Make sure to tune in next week for a chance to win TWO 2021 Voice of The Cougars drawstring backpacks!

Thanks for listening!


“Genuine Hope”

Today on the show we shared devotionals from Our Daily Bread. We also had our weekly Bible trivia where one lucky person has a chance to win a Voice of the Cougars Drawstring Backpack.

Here are our devotionals from Our Daily Bread:

Dylan’s devotional is titled, “Genuine Hope”. You can find the link here.

Jonathon’s devotional is titled, “Shining Light”. You can find the link here.

Question: What was the goal of building the Tower of Babel?
Answer: To reach Heaven (God).

Congratulations to Mary Ann of Martinsburg for guessing the correct answer! She wins a 2021 Voice of the Cougars Drawstring Backpack!

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan and Jonathon

Award Shows and New Singles!

Well, this may be the busiest Artist Newsday we have had in quite a while! Dylan and I brought you up to date on some of WNZR’s favorite artists who hit the news this past week.

Last Friday, Matt Maher released his new single titled “Leaning” featuring Lizzie Morgan. You can find the single on any digital platform that you listen to music on. He explains this song as an honest yet poignant look at life’s toughest seasons and how Jesus tells us that we’re not alone. Here is what the chorus of the song reads. 

“What a fellowship, what a joy divine what a priceless gift 
God I’m yours and You are mine, Let my restless soul be still and know I am leaning on your everlasting arms.”

Here is what Maher and a couple of his co-workers had to say on the song. “There are times in life where on either side of a difficult season you’re either asking, ‘How am I going to get through this?’ or, you’re on the other side looking back in amazement saying, ‘How did I get through this?’ That’s where I find that the most sincere, real, authentic prayers get prayed,” he shares. “You’re praying out of desperation or gratitude and you find out what your support structure looks like – friends, family, loved ones who come around you hold you up. They become real signposts for the face of Jesus. But what about those who have no one? What does Jesus have to say to them? He says, ‘I no longer call you strangers, I call you friends. This is what I find so compelling about the friendship of God and the message of Christianity. Life is not a stacked tower of personal achievement, pride, egos, success, or vanity…it’s extending to others what Jesus says in the scriptures. ‘In this world, you will have trouble. But you are not alone. You can put your weight on me.'”  

This isn’t the only song that Maher is planning on releasing this year. He will be on the road quite a bit this year with plans to travel to Europe to tour with Rend Collective, along with visiting numerous summer and fall festivals. You can visit his website for more information regarding tour dates and upcoming events. 

K-LOVE recently announced via live-stream that reigning Christian Songwriter of the Year Matthew West and ten-time GRAMMY nominee Tauren Wells will co-host the 9th annual K-LOVE Fan Awards taking place on May 29 at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry House.

Both artists are excited to host, releasing statements soon after the announcement from K-LOVE.

“I’m looking forward to hosting the K-LOVE Fan Awards again this year, and excited to be joined by my buddy Tauren Wells,” remarked West. “This fan voted awards show is always a special event where we get to gather together and celebrate how God is working through the hope-filled messages of Christian music. This will be a night to remember.”

“The K-LOVE Fan Awards is always a highlight of my year. Getting to reunite with all the artists I love and respect in our genre, developing deeper connections with fans, and celebrating the God who has given us something to sing about is something truly special,” said Wells, who released his new single “Fake It” last week. Adding, “This year, I will experience the awards from a different vantage point as a host alongside K-LOVE Fan Awards veteran, Matthew West. He has done such an incredible job and I can’t wait to team up!”

The 2022 K-LOVE Fan Awards are open to the public, providing an experience for fans that is impossible to match anywhere else. Tickets are on sale with travel packages still available at

Huge thanks to Jesus Freak Hideout for covering these amazing artists with amazing articles that we use for all of our shows!

In the waiting, in the searching
In the healing and the hurting
Like a blessing buried in the broken pieces

Congratulations to Julie of Frazeysburg for correctly guessing that the lyrics for today are from Zach Williams’ hit song “There Was Jesus”, sung alongside Dolly Parton! Julie wins the Voice of the Cougars drawstring backpack!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon and Dylan

Ash Wednesday

Today on the show I shared a little bit of history about Ash Wednesday. I also talked about ways the Nazarene Church is helping in Ukraine.

Here is the history behind Ash Wednesday:

Ash Wednesday, the Wednesday six weeks before Easter Sunday – March 2, 2022, – is a Christian holy day of fasting, sacrifice, and prayer. Followers of Jesus, of several sects and denominations, often forgo a regular meal schedule, instead eating only one normal-sized meal and two very small ones over the course of a given 24-hour period, especially on Good Friday.

The custom of ashes on the head is a little more recent, being attributed to Pope Gregory I the Great (circa 540-604 A.D.) who accompanied the ceremonious symbolism with a verse that loosely translates to, “Remember that you come from dust and that to dust you will return.” In the 20th century it became more common for a priest to intone, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” The main thrust overall is that when the faithful set aside certain bodily comforts, they may settle into an attitude of penitence, recognizing their past sins and the sacrifice that Jesus made to cleanse them of those sins. The physical expression of the day, administered by priests and pastors, is palm ashes on the head, either sprinkled onto the scalp or smudged in crucifix form onto the forehead.

·      I was born on March 2nd, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts
·      I attended Dartmouth College and was a graduate student at Lincoln College where I got my famous name.
·      I left Oxford in 1927 to begin my career as an illustrator and cartoonist for Vanity Fair and Life.
·      I worked in animation and film department for the United States Army during WWII.
·      Some of my famous books include The Lorax (1971), Green Eggs and Ham (1960), and Oh, The Places You’ll Go (1990)
·      I died on September 24th, 1991, in San Diego California at the age of 87.

I am Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)

Congratulations to Joy of Bellville for guessing the correct answer! She wins a 50 day devotional book written by Pastor Bob Weaver!

Thanks for listening!


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