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What do Otters and Flip Flops have in common?

It is national Otter and flip flop day!

International Otter Survival Fund began in 1993 to protect and help the different species of otters worldwide. It was inspired by observing otters in their natural habitats. The Fund is one of the world’s leading charities with various projects that protect otters. They have dedicated over 20 years of research to conserving, protecting, and caring for otters. They have developed a worldwide program to encourage education on otters. To date, they have supported projects in 44 countries and helped cubs in 33 countries. To learn more you can click HERE

It is also national Flip Flop day which was made by Tropical Smoothie Cafe and to learn more you can visit HERE

Speaking of national days, it is national save your hearing day and you can do this by not using Q-Tips, you can wear ear plugs at concerts and for more information you can click this LINK

Today we also played Who am I, and here were the clues

  1. I was born in 1930 in San Francisco California
  2. I was drafted during the Korean War
  3. I have been described as the quintessential western man in Hollywood movies
  4. My first western film was “Hang em High”
  5. I have 11 academy award nominations and 4 wins

I am Clint Eastwood who turned 93 today! Congrats to Charla for winning a $10 gift card to Ye Olde Mill

Thanks for tuning in and I will see you tomorrow for praise and worship Thursday!

Sleuths, Scavengers, structures, singers and siblings?

Yea. We’ve got it all today!

Who Knew that today was National Scavenger Hunt Day?

Developed from a tradition of folk games throughout ancient history, the scavenger hunt has been around in its modern form in the US for around a century. The game was made popular in the 1930s by New York gossip columnist and radio personality, Elsa Maxwell. Around that time, the concept of the game was even featured in the 1936 film, My Man Godfrey.

Elsa Maxwell (photo credit: iMDB)

By the ‘70s and ‘80s, college and university campuses had made the scavenger hunt their own. The University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt (called Scav Hunt or “Scav”) was founded in 1987 and continues to be held annually over four days in the month of May.

National Scavenger Hunt Day is celebrated on May 24 in honor of the 1883 birth date of Elsa Maxwell, the party hostess and promoter of the game who brought it into modern times in the 1930s.

This week is also the birthdate of the mastermind behind fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born May 22, 1859. He wrote his first Holmes story in 1887 (he was 28 years old).

This week is also the birthdate of America’s largest marble structure, the New York Public Library. It took 14 years and $9 million to build. The dedication was May 23, 1911, with the opening today – estimates say 40,000 people came through the library its first day!

The library’s exterior (photo credit: NYPL)
  1. I was born on May 24, 1819, in London, England.
  2. I was the only daughter of Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent.
  3. I became queen in 1837, at the age of 18 when her uncle, King William IV, died.
  4. I reigned for 63 years.
  5. In 1840, I married my first cousin, Prince Albert. We had nine children together, who married into various royal families across Europe.
  6. That earned me the nickname, “the grandmother of Europe.”
  7. My reign witnessed significant social and industrial changes in Britain. I died in 1901.

I am...Queen Victoria – congratulations to Wendi from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the Matt Maher CD, ‘Alive and Breathing.’

Thank you to Mallory Thomas, Lilly Buckley, Aubrey Bailey, Abby Ralston and Dr. Bob Tocheff from calling in all the way from Croatia. We’ll be praying for traveling mercies as Collegians spreads the Gospel through music!

and say hey to your brother (s) today – it’s Brother’s Day, according to its creator, Daniel Rhoades of Hoover, Alabama. Read more here and enjoy seeing these brothers we get the chance to play here at WNZR…

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Zoe

Cobbler? Yes, please!

Today’s goofy holiday is National Cherry Cobbler Day!! Joe is a big cobbler fan, especially peach and cherry, his two favorites.

But why the name cobbler? A recent article on shared that cobbler is usually topped with batter or biscuits instead of crust. Cobbler’s name comes from its sometimes cobbled texture, which is a result of spooning or dropping the topping over the fruit rather than distributing it equally. This way, the filling can peek through.

Yes, please.

Look at this black cherry cobbler! Find the recipe here.

It’s also World Telecommunication Day, This day is a reminder of how important communication is in our lives and it got its start in 1969 when the International Telecommunication Union was founded. Read more about it HERE

  1. I was born on May 17, 1956, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
  2. I started boxing at the Palmer Park, Maryland rec center when I was 13
  3. I won an Olympic gold medal at the 1976 games in Montreal.
  4. I won multiple world titles in five different weight divisions, Welterweight, Super Welterweight, Middleweight, and Super Middleweight.
  5. I retired in 1982 for a brief time due to a detached retina.
  6. I gained widespread fame for my speed, agility, and boxing skills, which earned me the nickname “Sugar” for my sweet fighting style.
  7. After retiring from boxing in 1997, I’ve remained involved in the sport as a boxing analyst, motivational speaker, and philanthropist, inspiring and making a positive impact on future generations of boxers.

I am Sugar Ray Leonard! Congratulations to Brenda from Fredericktown, who guessed correctly and wins the We The Kingdom CD.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Zoe

A seafood, a sport and special people!

We celebrate all of them today!

SHRIMP is so popular that, on average, each person living in the US eats more than 4 pounds of shrimp each year. This means that the country consumes around 1.4 billion pounds of shrimp annually. Throughout the world, at least 9 billion pounds of shrimp are consumed each year.

Today, the highest consumer of shrimp per capita is Japan, with the United States coming in second. With more than 2000 different species that exist throughout the globe, shrimp can range from small to large and also range in color. The most common species of shrimp, however, are Rock Shrimp, Pink Shrimp, Tiger Shrimp and White Shrimp.

GOLF is celebrated today. This special day actively encourages more people to take up the sport. Over the years, industry leaders in the U.S. have worked to make golf more accessible and affordable since most people consider the sport elitist and very expensive.

The good news? Golf participation has increased dramatically, particularly during the 2020 pandemic wherein the need for outdoor recreation spiked up. National Golf Day reinforces the sport’s emotional, social, physical, and environmental benefits. It is a day to remember that this excellent sport could be for everyone.

RECEPTIONISTS! They’re there when you call to make an appointment, they call you to make sure you remember to make it. When you need a referral, they’re the ones who take the call and make sure it happens, and when there’s a cancellation they call to let you know of the change.

They do the paperwork that keeps everything in order, and sometimes, they get their supervisor’s lunch while dealing with the concerns of customers all day long.

Without a receptionist, there’s no way an office could go about the day to day business smoothly, so WE THANK YOU!

Today is also the first day to vote on your top two of the final five new dog logos for the Cleveland Browns. Here’s the link.

1. I was born Frederick Austerlitz on May 10, 1899, in Omaha, Nebraska.

2. I began performing with my older sister, Adele, as children, and we formed a successful vaudeville dance act.

3. In the 1930s, I made a name for myself as a film actor and dancer, starring in movies like “Top Hat” and “Swing Time,” both with Ginger Rogers.

4. I also starred in “Easter Parade” with Judy Garland and “Funny Face” with Audrey Hepburn.

5. I was known for my smooth, graceful dance style and my ability to make difficult dance routines look effortless.

6. I was also a singer and recorded several albums throughout my career.

7. I lived until 1987, passing away at the age of 88.

Who Am I? I am…Fred Astaire.

Congratulations to Bob from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the Chris Tomlin CD. ‘Always.’

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Zoe

Mount Vernon Presents!

Today for Who Knew Wednesday, we shared Marcy’s recent conversation with Martin Booker, Executive Director of the Mount Vernon Arts Consortium, about this year’s MVAC schedule and the Mount Vernon Presents initiative.

Listen to the conversation here at our WNZR Soundcloud!

  1. I was born on April 26, 1933, in San Antonio, Texas.
  2. I am an actress, comedian, and singer.
  3. I had a long-running CBS-TV show which aired from 1967-1978.
  4. On my show, I won numerous awards, including 25 Emmy Awards.
  5. I was in numerous films including “Annie” and “Noises Off”.
  6. I am still living and am 90 years old.

I am…Carol Burnett! Congratulations to Dawn from Fredericktown, who guessed correctly and wins the Anne Wilson CD, My Jesus.

We also got a special visit from Offenburg, Germany native Jessy Hetzel, a friend of students Lucy Prosek and Ricky Geyer, who is visiting Ohio this week! We got to talk a bit about her travels and future plans.

Dylan, Ricky, Jesse and Lucy in the studio today

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

What’s Up with MTVarts?

Today we shared the scoop on what’s going on with the MTVarts Summer Musical, now that the Knox Memorial will be closed for HVAC renovations.

Marcy talked with Janis Stone (Business Manager) and Bruce Jacklin (Artistic Director) about the changes, which include postponing ‘The Little Mermaid’ until 2024, and bringing ‘Sister Act’ to the Woodward Opera House in July. They also touch on the upcoming Classics Series, ‘Our Town,’ and the Arts IQ plans for ‘Matilda, Jr.’ this fall.

Listen to the conversations here on our WNZR Soundcloud page!



Also, listen for more about this weekend’s MVNU production of “Cinderella’ at the Knox Memorial by clicking here.

  1. I was born on April 12th, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana
  2. I attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where I studied radio and television broadcasting.
  3. My father was a florist, and my mother was a church secretary.
  4. I was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995.
  5. I am an avid car collector who has a collection of more than 100 vehicles.
  6. I was a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” before becoming a host myself.
  7. I am 76 years old and live in Connecticut.

I am…David Letterman!

Congratulations to Kelly from Mount Vernon, who wins the CD as a gift from her friend, Paul.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

March 1 brings…crunchy or creamy?

Today is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day!

From, a brief timeline


Marcellus Gilmore Edson patents peanut butter: Peanut “paste” is patented by a Canadian inventor, Marcelllus Gilmore Edson.


Peanut Butter is introduced at the World’s Fair: A St. Louis business man starts selling peanut butter as a snack food, and he introduces it at the St. Louis World’s Fair.


National Peanut Week gets started: Started by the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, National Peanut Week has its first celebration in early March.


First National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day: In celebration of the anniversary of the commercial availability of peanut butter in the US, National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day is founded.

As it turns out, there may just be a great geographical divide in the United States among peanut butter lovers! It seems that those people who live in the West Coast of the US tend to prefer crunchy peanut butter while those living toward the East Coast would typically prefer creamy peanut butter.

  1. I was born on March 1, 1904, in Clarinda, Iowa.
  2. I began my musical career in the 1920s as a trombone player in various bands. I eventually formed my own band in 1937.
  3. I was known for my unique style of arranging and conducting and for my use of clarinets.
  4. During World War II, I served as a captain in the United States Army Air Forces, leading the Army Air Force Band,
  5. On December 15, 1944, I boarded a plane from England to France to perform for troops there. The plane disappeared over the English Channel and was never found. I was declared dead in absentia a year later.
  6. Some of my most famous songs include “Moonlight Serenade,” “In the Mood,” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”
  7. I was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 .

I am…Glenn Miller! Congratulations to David from Fredericktown, who wins the Chris Tomlin CD, “Always.”

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Ashes, aged bibles, and Cougar hoops!

Today is Ash Wednesday – launching a time of prayer, reflection and repentance, marking the first day of lent. The ash normally comes from the palm branches of the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebration.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the printing of Gutenberg’s Bible in 1455 – there are only 48 known surviving copies…12 of them are printed on animal skins. Three of them reside at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.

MVNU men’s basketball opens the postseason tonight against Huntington in the Crossroads League Quarterfinals. Jonathon and Dylan will be on the call. You can hear student assistant coach Ryan Wolfe at halftime for Cougar Conversations. Pregame tonight at 6:45!

  1. I was born  February 22, 1934, in Bridgewater, South Dakota.
  2. I was a player in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization, but never made it to the Major Leagues.
  3. I began my managerial career in the minor leagues in 1964
  4. I managed the Cincinnati Reds for 9 seasons, leading them to back-to-back World Series victories in 1975 and 1976.
  5. In 1984, I became the manager of the Detroit Tigers, and led them to a World Series victory that first season
  6. I retired in 1995 with 2,194 wins
  7. I was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000
  8. I passed away on November 4, 2010, at the age of 76.

I am George “Sparky” Anderson. Congratulations to Jerry from Fredericktown, who guessed correctly and wins a copy of the Action Bible – Easter Edition!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Fun facts for this week…

Today’s Who Knews:

  • today in 1908, President Teddy Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon as a national monument
  • the Grand Canyon National Park covers 1,217,403 acres
  • tomorrow (Thu 1/12) is National Hot Tea Day
  • it takes around 2,000 tiny leaves to make one pound of finished tea
  • this week is also the anniversary of Thomas Paine’s pro-independence pamphlet, ‘Common Sense.’ It was published six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed
  • I was born January 11, 1963 in Winona, Minnesota
  • I started training to swim when I was 9 years old
  • I competed for the first time at nationals in 1976
  • I would have swam in five events in the 1980 Olympics, but the US boycotted the Games
  • I enrolled at the University of Florida and kept training
  • I captained the US Women’s Swim Team in the 1984 Olympics and won 3 gold medals
  • When I retired, I held five world records and 63 American records
  • I married Mark Stockwell, an Australian swimmer who also attended Florida
  • I now hold dual citizenship in the US and Australia

I am…Tracy Caulkins

Congratulations to Dawn from Fredericktown, who wins the CeCe Winans CD, ‘Believe for It.’

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

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