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Word of the Day

Who Knew Winter Squash was…


…a winter super food?

Here’s an article from the Healthy Living Magazine that tells some of the benefits…

Click here to read it and see recipes!

Today’s Word of the Day is gratitude, which means the state of being grateful or thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for listening!
– Joe

Game Time and Inspiration!


GAME TIME!  Here’s the recap of today’s Song Poetry lyrics:

Who we are, what you want and where we are going, such a mystery…
I don’t always understand, but I believe.

The song is ‘God, Help Me,’ from Plumb. Sandye of Mount Vernon was our winner!  She gets the $5 gift certificate from Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Our Name That Tune song is a STUMPER – that means we’ll bring it back next week.

Inspiration today comes from author Sarah Young and her book Jesus Always.  Scripture references came from Hebrews 12:1-2; Romans 8:38-39; Psalms 2:4 and Psalms 32:10.

We also shared Chuck Swindoll’s devotional called “My Greatest Passion.” Read it by clicking here!  You can also hear Insight for Living with Chuck weekday mornings at 9 and evenings at 6 here on WNZR.

Today’s Word of the Day is lagniappe (LAN-yap), a noun that means a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Hannah

Praise Thursday – the Will of God

Battle-Plan-Hero-699x200Today Joe and I shared about the Will of God from our study series  in the book The Battle Plan for Prayer

John 6:38
38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

1 John 5:14
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

The best place in the world of any of us to be is squarely in the middle of God’s will. It is His perfect that will bring Him the most pleasure. It’s not only what’s best for us, but it’s what will yield God the most glory. He has promised every one of His children that we can live in His will continually. Some people are convinced that God is a mystery, Yet the best strategy to use first of all in beginning to seek Gods will for specific questions is to pray like Jesus did – to pray in surrender to it from the onset. Not my will, but yours be done.

Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The presentation of ourselves can lead to the revelation of His will.

Second, we should pray in accordance with what we already know to be His will. The chief goal of God’s will is that He will be glorified in all circumstances.
1st Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalm 115:1
Not to us, Lord, not to us
    but to your name be the glory,
    because of your love and faithfulness.
If your desire is for the glory of God to be elevated and made known, be assured His will is going to be accomplished in you.

God’s will is to advance His kingdom – the seen and unseen parts. In Heaven and on Earth.
Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

As you align your goals with His kingdom goals, He promises to provide everything needed for your life to flourish.

Third, God’s Will is for Christ to be Lord
This is giving Christ all the power and authority in every arena of your life.

So as you follow Christ as Lord, you’re saying with your life (not just your words), that you intend to give Him your full allegiance.

Titus 3:8
This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
Glory. Kingdom. Lordship. Those are the 3 major components of His overall will for you. He also wants you living a pure, sanctified life.

1 Thessalonians 4:3
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
These verses are telling us that God wants us to produce fruit no matter where we are in life.

Philippians 2:2
then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

Much of His will, therefore, is readily known. Not only does His word declare it, but the spirit affirms it in your mind and heart. So your quest for Gods will on a specific issue, be it a large one or a small one, it’s not a separate matter from the other elements of His will. They’re all tied together. The heart that isn’t only praying for His will, but is also surrendering to it simultaneously, whatever the Lord reveals His plan to be, will not miss his desires when all is said and done, because He will bail you out when you take a wrong turn.

Proverbs 16:9
In their hearts humans plan their course,

    but the Lord establishes their steps.

The leadership that God gives as you pray your way through hard decisions is not to be evaluated merely by the physical events happening around you. Sometimes the most difficult, painful, fearful, or illogical path is the one that ends up being the open door. The one bearing His fingerprints.

Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

This is not just an emotional peace that shows up for a few hours and then morphs into panic and confusion by nightfall. This distinctive ‘peace of Christ’ settles in and is often confirmed by other believers. The enemy may try to agitate you into doubting it. But being reverent and trusting and prayerful will lead you to the right door. And that’s faith. That’s obedience. That’s where His will for you shines and bears fruit. And that’s the kind of praying that leads remarkably to peace.

“Lord, I know I’m in skillful hands as I pray for You to show me Your will and lead me faithfully into it. I accept from You specific guidance through your word to give me ‘a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’ for this moment. Thank you for being Heaven – and – Earth beyond me in size and scope. Yet, somehow, stooping down to involve Yourself in my details. Tune my heart to the desires of Your heart. Align my mind with your thoughts. Guide my path to the center of Your plans and help me pray and live in accordance with Your will. I love You, and I will follow You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

We also gave away a pair of Sonfest tickets! Our Sonfest trivia question for today was “What is the name of Sarah Reeves’ husband?” The answer to this question is “Philip Kothlow”

Congratulations to Lisa from Mount Vernon who correctly guessed the answer to our trivia question!

If you would like to know more about Sonfest or to buy tickets click HERE.

Congrats to Maddie from Mount Vernon for being our third caller; she won two tickets to The Lion King Jr. show from MTVarts this weekend!

If you would like to know more about this show are just more about MTVarts click HERE.

Our word of the day today was:


Definition: the horn of an animal (usually a ram) blown as a trumpet by the ancient Hebrews in battle and during religious observances and used in modern Judaism especially during Rosh Hashanah and at the end of Yom Kippur.

Thank you so much for listening to the Afternoon Drive today!
-Hannah Radke


Sonfest Who Knew!

Another very jam-packed day on the Afternoon Drive! Ah!
So today, for Who-Knew Wednesday, we did a very timely ‘who-knew’ topic…

Sonfest 2017 is coming up very quickly, and we’re getting so excited!
We heard from our Sonfest coordinator, Bharon Hoag, about everything that’s going to be happening on Saturday, and why he’s so excited for Sonfest 2017.

You can check out our conversation with Bharon here!
And if you would like more information about Sonfest, click here!

Our Who Knew Wednesday question today was, of course, Sonfest related!
The Sonfest headliner this year is Plumb, and we had a little bit harder question today for Who Knew Wednesday, as we give away a $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley! Our Plumb related WKW question was…
When was Plumb born? (MM/DD/YY)
The answer is March 9th, 1975!

Congratulations to Wendy from Mount Vernon for correctly answering our trivia question today!

We were so excited to be able to give away another pair of Sonfest tickets today! Our Sonfest Artist Trivia question today was about Johnny Diaz!
Question: Where is Johnny Diaz originally from? (City and state)
Answer: Lakeland, Florida
Congratulations to Amy from Mount Vernon for calling in and correctly guessing!

We would also like to wish congratulations to our Lion King Junior ticket winner Kristen from Mount Vernon . They will be receiving two tickets to the MTVArts, ArtsIQ production of the Lion King Junior! And if you would like more information about MTVArts and their productions, click here!

And who knew that WNZR has been giving you artist interviews all week long?!
We have gotten the chance to talk to a lot of the performing artists coming to Sonfest 2017, and we want to share them with you! Check out the conversations we had with some of your favorite artists by clicking on the links below!

The JJ Weeks Band
Sarah Reeves

Thanks so much for listening, and we hope to see you at Sonfest 2017!
Be one of the 3,000!

Double prizes Tuesday!


Today’s Game Time Tuesday featured double prizes – a pair of Sonfest tickets, a pair of tickets to MTVArts ‘How I Became a Pirate,’ plus $5 certificates to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Today’s Sonfest 2017 artist trivia was: What year did Bonray officially become a band?The answer? 2014.

Congratulations to Paul from Howard, who won the tickets…

Also congrats to Heather of Mount Vernon, who won the musical tickets. Find out more about this fun, family show by clicking here.

Hannah also shared a devotional from Sarah Young’s Jesus Always. Find out more about the book here!

Our Word of the Day is scour (like sour with a c), a verb that means to clean or brighten the surface of (something) by rubbing it hard, typically with an abrasive or detergent.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Hannah

9/11, Mystery Monday + Sonfest!

Today we took some time to pause and remember September 11th…our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the families that were directly impacted by the events of that day.

We also remind you to uplift our friends in Florida dealing with the impact of Hurricane Irma’s winds and rain.  Here is where you can go to help through the practical, on the ground ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.

We’re gearing up for Sonfest in less than two weeks!  Today we launched our daily artist trivia for your chance to win a pair of tickets. Listen to the Morning Thing and the Afternoon Drive all week and all next week to win.

Today’s question was: Where is the band Anthem Lights originally from?  The answer? Nashville, Tennessee.  Congratulations to Ri from Bellville, who wins the Sonfest tickets AND the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Our Word of the Day is vamoose (vah-MOOSE), an American cowboy slang which means to leave in a hurry, or like the Spanish vamos.

Thanks for listening!
Joe and Lilly

Mystery Monday (Special Dark version)

Mystery Monday

Happy Labor Day!

Today I was hiding and Lilly was guessing with the Mystery Box.

My items were a pair of Hershey’s Special Dark mini-bars with almonds. Congratulations to Jill from Mount Vernon who wins the $5 certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley. Special thanks to our MVNU President’s Office for providing the items today!

LillyMMSept 4

Our Word of the Day is fais-dodo (fey doe-DOE), a noun that is Louisiana cajun slang for a country dance party.

Thanks for listening!

Game Time Tuesday!


Today on the Afternoon Drive we gave you two chances to win a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley with Song Poetry and Name that Tune!

Our “Song Poetry” lyrics for today were:

“Trading punches with the heart of darkness
Going to blows with your fear incarnate
Never gone until it’s stripped away
A part of you has gotta die today

From the song “Hard Love” – By NEEDTOBREATHE Ft. Lauren Daigle

Congrats to Bethany and Matthew from Glenmont who correctly guessed these lyrics and won a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

We had a stumper for Name That Tune!  So it comes back next week…

We also shared ways that you can give to the relief effort for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Here are the links where you can donate:

Samaritans Purse

Convoy of Hope

Somebody Cares

Salvation Army

Joe shared some uplifting news about thing going on here at WNZR and I shared my devotional from “Jesus Always” by Sarah Young. Here is a link to some info on Sarah Young devotional :

Our word of the day was “incarnate”

[adjective in-KAHR-nit, verb in-KAHR-neyt]

1.)  embodied in flesh; given a bodily, especially a human, form:

2.) personified or typified, as a quality or idea:

3.) flesh-colored or crimson.
Verb (used with object)incarnated, incarnating.
4.) to put into or represent in a concrete form, as an idea:

The building incarnates the architect’s latest theories.
5.) to be the embodiment or type of:
Her latest book incarnates the literature of our day.
6.) to embody in flesh; invest with a bodily, especially a human, form:

a man who incarnated wisdom and compassion.

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Afternoon Drive today!  – Hannah Radke



Shortcake Who Knew!

We’re celebrating a wonderful holiday on the Drive! It’s National Shortcake day! Woo!
Oh my goodness, we have so many awesome recipes for you! Check out some of these…

Here’s a recipe from my dude Alton Brown!
Here’s a very patriotic recipe!
Here’s a tropical twist on a wonderful classic!
Peaches and ginger? Count me in!
Also, lime and mango? I’m down!
And oh my word… this one is for Abby Fairless… glazed doughnut shortcake!
Check that one out here!

Here are some fun facts about shortcake!!!

  • Shortcake is a sweet cake or biscuit (in the American sense: that is, a crumbly bread that has been leavened with baking powder or baking soda).
  • June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day.
  • Strawberry shortcake parties became popular in the United States around 1850, as a celebration of the coming of summer.
  • The 2012 Pasadena Strawberry Festival featured the world’s largest strawberry shortcake. The cake used 3,240 pounds of strawberries and 280 pounds of whipped cream icing.
  • Shortcake is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, salt, butter, milk or cream, and sometimes eggs. The dry ingredients are blended, and then the butter is cut in until the mixture resembles cornmeal. The liquid ingredients are then mixed in just until moistened, resulting in a shortened dough. The dough is then dropped in spoonfuls onto a baking sheet, rolled and cut like baking powder biscuits, or poured into a cake pan, depending on how wet the dough is and the baker’s preferences. Then it is baked at a relatively high temperature until set.

    We did a Strawberry Shortcake related trivia question today, and, wow, who knew there were so many Strawberry Shortcake characters?!
    Our question was “can you name 2 of the Strawberry Shortcake characters other than Strawberry Shortcake herself?”
    Congrats to Donna from Mt. Vernon for answering correctly!
    Check out the full list of characters here!

Our word of the day is… ‘shortcake’! Huh. Whoddathunk?
noun  short·cake \ˈshȯrt-ˌkāk\

  1.  a crisp and often unsweetened biscuit or cookie

  2. a dessert made typically of very short baking-powder-biscuit dough spread with sweetened fruit
    b :  a dish consisting of a rich biscuit split and covered with a meat mixture

First Known Use: 1594

Thanks for listening!

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