Driving Notes

The Official Blog of WNZR's Afternoon Drive


Story Behind the Song

NZ Top Ten!

Here is Today’s Countdown:

10. Fighting for Me – Riley Clemmons
9. The God Who Stays – Matthew West
8. Believer – Rhett Walker
7. Reason – Unspoken
6. Yes I Will – Vertical Worship
5. Rescue –  Lauren Daigle
4. Burn the Ships – for King & Country
3. Dead Man Walking – Jeremy Camp
2.Rescue Story – Zach Williams
1. Nobody – Casting Crowns/ Matthew West
Here are the videos for New Music:

(Click on the picture)

Stars go dim xmas is here

Chris tom xmas day

Big daddy weave joy! He shall reign.jpg




Copy of Mystery Monday xmas

Congrats to Janice from Mount Vernon and Luther from Fredericktown won got to place The WNZR Christmas gift Exchange!  If you want to know more about this click HERE. 


If you want to know more Food For the Hungry? Click HERE.

Thanks for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Todd


NZ Top 10 2/9

Here’s the countdown!

10. The Gospel – Ryan Stevenson
9. Point to You – We Are Messengers
8. Word of Life – Jeremy Camp
7. O Come to the Altar
6. Different – Micah Tyler
5. Old Church Choir – Zach Williams
4. Your Love Defends Me – Matt Maher
3. Broken Things – Matthew West
2. O’Lord – Lauren Daigle
1. Control -Tenth Avenue North

Be sure to check out the new music from ‘Joy‘ from Tori Harper!

Our NZ Top 10 Back to Back Artist Spotlight this week fell on the husband and wife duo of Chris Radamaker and Jodi King! (Otherwise known as ‘Love and the Outcome’).

Check out their songs ‘The God I Know‘ and ‘If I don’t have You

We also were transported back to the year 2006 for the NZ Top 10 Rewinds!
Check out the songs ‘Our God Reins‘ from Brandon Heath, and ‘ForeverandEverEtc.’ from David Crowder Band! ]

Have a great weekend and thanks for listening!


Game Time Tuesday!

Welcome in to another fun day of games and uplifting news!
For Song Poetry today, the lyrics were as follows…
“Cause you stood right there
And then you broke apart the lies
You told me I had something beautiful inside
You brought to life the part of me I thought had died.”
That’s Britt Nicole with her song ‘Through Your Eyes’.
Congrats to Ashley from Belleville who guessed correctly!

We had a little uplifting news today! Think about knowing your best friend, then finding out you were actually brothers. Read their story here.

Our Name that Tune song was ‘One Step Away’ from Casting Crowns!
Congratulations to Jamie from Danville for correctly answering!

Thanks for listening!


A ‘Clean’ Mystery Monday!

Welcome in to another week full of excitement here at WNZR!
Joe had a Food for the Hungry meeting this evening, so Rachel sat in for him today!

The Mystery Box made it’s triumphant return for 2018!
I hid something in the box, and Rachel had to guess what it was!

Rachel, from the shake test, learned that it’s not contained in its’ own box, and that it’s an irreguar shaped item. From the smell test, we learned that this item is used for making yourself smell good. (After we eliminated your house, and your car, we settled on yourself! From the touch test, we learned exactly what it was!|
Congratulations to Linda from Utica!
It was a soap bar shaped like a gemstone!
Pretty neat Christmas gift I got from my friend Megan : )

Our word of the day today was…
Stardust! || noun

1. (not in technical use) a mass of distant stars appearing as tiny particles of dust.
2. a naively romantic quality:

There was stardust in her eyes
First recorded in 1835-45; star + dust

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly

Top 10 of 2017!

Last week, we reviewed the Top 10 Songs that were on the NZ Top 10 of 2017. This week? Well it’s a little different. We’re talking about the top 10 songs of 2017!
Check them out here!

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

Our Behind the Mic Feature this week was ‘Real Love’ from Blanca!

The Breakout Hit of the week? One of my favorites. Witness from Jordan Feliz!

The NZ Top 10 Back to Back Artist Spotlight shone on one of my ultimate favorite Christian artists today… Lauren Daigle.
Check out ‘Hard Love’ and ‘Come Alive’!

Our 1st Rewind was #1 in 2016… it’s Eye of the Storm from Ryan Stevenson
The 2nd? More Lauren Daigle! “Trust in You’.

One of my favorite new songs of 2017… Rescuer from Rend Collective.

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly

Festival of Sleep Who Knew!

Welcome to the first Who-Knew Wednesday of 2018!
Today, we’re celebrating the Festival of sleep!

The Festival of Sleep day was founded by someone who had a profound and deep love of sleep. Sleep is a basic human function, and helps our bodies to regain energy for the next day, keeping our mind alert and ready for action. During the holidays, things can get crazy, so this holiday was created to let you catch up on those post-holiday Z’s.

Having a lack of sleep can be fatal to the human body and mind, effects caused by little to no sleep over an extended period of time are as follows.

Effect One: Lack of sleep in the modern world can cause people to get into vehicular accidents, which happen daily in large numbers.

Effect Two: Lack of sleep can in fact, dumb you down. As we all know, sleep plays a critical role in our thinking and learning processes. We also know that a lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes in many ways. First, it impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently. Secondly, sleep helps to retain memories of the day’s experience. Meaning that with a lack of sleep, we would not remember much of the previous day’s experiences. This makes sleep incredibly important for students, from those in college to those simply trying to learn a new language on their own.

Effect Three: Probably the most dangerous effect from having a long term lack of sleep is it can cause many and deadly health problems. Here are some examples of these problems.

• Heart Disease
• Heart Attack
• Heart Failure
• Irregular Heartbeat
• High Blood Pressure
• Stroke
• Diabetes

Here are some more fun facts about sleep!

  1. In general, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. However, some individuals are able to function without sleepiness or drowsiness after as little as six hours of sleep. Others can’t perform at their peak unless they’ve slept ten hours.
  2. We naturally feel tired at two different times of the day: about 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM. It is this natural dip in alertness that is primarily responsible for the post-lunch dip.
  3. Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise.
  4. The higher the altitude, the greater the sleep disruption. Generally, sleep disturbance becomes greater at altitudes of 13,200 feet or more. The disturbance is thought to be caused by diminished oxygen levels and accompanying changes in respiration. Most people adjust to new altitudes in approximately two to three weeks.
  5. In general, exercising regularly makes it easier to fall asleep and contributes to sounder sleep. However, exercising sporadically or right before going to bed will make falling asleep more difficult.
  6. Snoring is the primary cause of sleep disruption for approximately 90 million American adults; 37 million on a regular basis.
  7. Scientists still don’t know — and probably never will — if animals dream during REM sleep, as humans do.
  8. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have bigger appetites due to the fact that their leptin levels (leptin is an appetite-regulating hormone) fall, promoting appetite increase.

Thanks for listening!

The NZ Top 10 7/14

It’s been a long week! Here’s the best way to end the workweek… the NZ Top 10!
10. Beloved – Jordan Feliz
9. Never Been a Moment – Micah Tyler (Story Behind the Song)
8. Bulletproof – Citizen Way (NEW!) (Story Behind the Song)
7. Love Broke Thru – TobyMac (Story Behind the Song)
6. I Have this Hope – Tenth Ave North (Story Behind the Song)
5. What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship (Story Behind the Song)
4. Unfinished – Mandisa (Story Behind the Song)
3. Oh My Soul – Casting Crowns (Story Behind the Song)
2. Home – Chris Tomlin (Story Behind the Song)
1. Even If – MercyMe (Story Behind the Song)

For our Behind the Mic feature this week, we talked with Joel and Luke of For King and Country about their 2015 song, ‘Shoulders.’

Our NZ Artist Back-to-Back feature this week was the amazing Lauren Daigle!
Check out her songs ‘First‘, and ‘How Can it Be‘.
Also, check out the stories and inspirations behind her two songs!
NRT Article ‘First‘ & Video on ‘How Can it Be‘.

Lauren Daigle is quite the award winner, and she’s won Billboard’s Top Christian Artist in 2017, as well as Top Christian Album for ‘How Can it Be’. She’s won the GMA Dove Awards in 2015 for New Artist of the Year, Pop Contemporary Song of the Year for ‘How Can it Be’, Song of the Year for ‘How Can it Be’, Songwriter of the Year in 2015 and 2016, Artist of the Year in 2016, and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for her song ‘Trust in You’. She’s also won the K-Love Fan Awards for Worship Song of the Year for ‘How Can it Be’, Artist of the Year in 2016, Song of the Year for ‘First’ in 2016, and 2017 Female Artist of the Year.

New Music Friday today brought us two great new songs!  Click the titles for official videos from…
‘Eyes of a Believer’ from The Afters…
and ‘Word of Life’ from Jeremy Camp.

Our NZ Rewinds took us back to 1995 today!
Check out ‘Common Creed’ from Wes King
and ‘Lover of my Soul’ from Amy Grant.

Our Fan Choice of the Week this week was from Audio Adrenaline.
Check out their song ‘Sound of the Saints’. 

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Lilly

NZ Top 10 – 4/14

Goooooood afternoon! It’s a beautiful day out today and the students of MVNU are on Easter break! The countdown this week looked like this…

10. Home – Chris Tomlin (NEW)
9. I have this Hope – Tenth Avenue North
8. Magnify – We are Messengers
7. Never been a Moment – Micah Tyler (Biggest fall: -4 from last week)
6. Chain Breaker – Zach Williams
5. Testify – NEEDTOBREATHE (Biggest Rise
4. Even If – MercyMe
3. What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
2. Rise – Danny Gokey
1. Love Broke Thru – TobyMac

We went Behind the Mic with Kari Jobe, and she told us about her resurrection themed song, Forever. Listen to the song here!

The NZ Breakout Hit of the Week was from Hollyn!
Check out her new song ‘In Awe’ here!

Our NZ Back-to-Back Artist spotlight, today, fell on Casting Crowns!
Check out their songs ‘Glorious Day‘ and ‘Lifesong’!

We went back in time with our NZ Rewinds today!
Leeland took us back to 2009 with “Via Dolorosa“.
and Newsong took us way back to 1987 with “Arise my Love‘.

We also heard new music today from Passion!
Check out ‘Glorious Day’ here!

Fan Choice of the week this week was from Francesca Battestelli!
Check out ‘This is the Stuff’ here!
and check out her interview with NewReleasetoday here!

I found a beautiful Good Friday poem from Andy Stinson that I read on the air today, and if you’d like to read it, or share it, you can find it here!

Have an amazing Easter weekend and enjoy this weather!

Drops in the Ocean…or Stars in the night

Today we shared more stories behind the songs we play on WNZR. Our featured song for the 4pm hour was ‘Drops in the Ocean’ by Hawk Nelson.  Lead singer Jon Steingard told New Release Today that Romans 8 influenced the song, especially verses 31, 38 and 39:

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

Read more about Jon’s story here.

The second Romans passage was also an inspiration for John and Korey Cooper as they wrote Skillet’s song ‘Stars.’  John told New Release Today that Philippians 4:6-7 also was important to the message of the song:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Read more on John’s reflections here.

Our Word of the Day is obfuscate, a verb meaning to darken or to obscure.

Thanks for listening!

Blog at

Up ↑