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Lifelong wisdom

Today I shared an inspiring reminder from Cindy Hess Kasper, called ‘Love of Learning,’ driven by Proverbs 1:5, which says, “Let the wise listen and add to their learning.” Read the full devotional from Our Daily Bread by clicking here.

Today’s trivia question: What is the color of the hat in ‘The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins?’
Answer: Red

Congratulations to Abby from Mount Vernon, who wins 2 tickets to the show this weekend at the Knox Memorial Theater.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

NZ Top 10 for 3/3/23

Praise the Lord it’s Friday! Here is this week’s countdown:

10. CAIN – I’m So Blessed
9. Colton Dixon – Build a Boat
8. Elevation Worship – Same God
7. Crowder f/Dante Bowe – God Really Loves Us
6. Rachael Lampa f/TobyMac – Perfectly Loved
5. Micah Tyler – I See Grace
4. MercyMe – Then Christ Came
3. Brandon Lake – Gratitude
2. Steven Curtis Chapman – Don’t Lose Heart
1. for King and Country f/Jordin Sparks – Love Me Like I Am (4th week at #1)

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Devotionals and Dr. Seuss!

It’s Praise Thursday on the Afternoon Drive, and Dylan and Judah talked about Lifeline 2023, praises and Seussical Jr. The duo talked about their experiences from Lifeline 2022 and what the special event means to them. Dylan and Judah also shared devotionals for Praise Thursday.

The Afternoon Drive Co-Hosts talked about Casting Crowns coming to the Ohio State Fair this summer and gave details about the date and location. They also gave away Seussical Jr tickets during their trivia game.

Judah’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled: “This Love Is Real”. You Can find the link to his devotional here.

Dylan’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled: “Comfort On Doorframes”. You can find the link to his devotional here.

Our trivia question for the Seussical Jr. tickets was: What was the title of Dr. Seuss’s first book?

The answer was: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

Congratulations to Tim of Mount Vernon for guessing the correct answer! He wins two tickets to Seussical Jr.!

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan and Judah

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

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

New week, new beginning

Psalm 120-121 serve as the fuel for Monica La Rose’s devotional from ‘Our Daily Bread,’ perfect for a Monday. Read ‘A New Beginning’ by clicking here.

Ephesians 6 drives this devotional from Xochitl Dixon, ‘Prayer Cards.’ Read it by clicking here.

Name something you might eat with crackers.

Soup (28 votes)

Cheese (24)

Peanut Butter (21)

Chili (16)

Sliced meats (11)

Congratulations to Kelly from Mount Vernon, who answered correctly and wins the TobyMac CD, Life After Death.

NZ Top 10 for 2/24/23

Praise the Lord it’s Friday! Here is this week’s countdown:

10. CAIN – I’m So Blessed
9. Colton Dixon – Build a Boat
8. Crowder f/Dante Bowe – God Really Loves Us
7. Steven Curtis Chapman – Don’t Lose Heart
6. Elevation Worship – Same God
5. Micah Tyler – I See Grace
4. Rachael Lampa f/TobyMac – Perfectly Loved
3. Brandon Lake – Gratitude
2. MercyMe – Then Christ Came
1. for King and Country f/Jordin Sparks – Love Me Like I Am (3rd week at #1)

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY adds this week:

Austin French – Jesus Can

TobyMac f/Zach Williams – Cornerstone

Phil Wickham – This is Our God

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

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

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

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