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NZ Top 10

Today was the NZ Top 10 Countdown!
We counted down the top 10 songs of the week and had some breakout hits and throwbacks! Check out the links to the videos below!

NZ Top 10
10: The God I Know – Love and the Outcome
9: Great are You, Lord – One Sonic Society
8: King of the World – Natalie Grant
7: Priceless – For King and Country
6: Eye of the Storm – Ryan Stevenson Ft. GabeReal
5: Thy Will – Hillary Scott and the Scott Family
4: The Lion and the Lamb – Big Daddy Weave
3: One Step Away – Casting Crowns
2: Jesus – Chris Tomlin
1: Chain Breaker – Zach Williams 

Our Breakout Hit of the Week was Fight for You from Grayson Reed.
And we also played new music from Jasmine Murray! Check out ‘Fearless’ here! 

The back-to-back-to-back artist today was Kutless!
Promise of a Lifetime, Strong Tower, and Never too Late were the back-to-back-to-back songs today!

Our fan pick of the week was “Help from Heaven” from Matt Redman and Natasha Bedingfeild! Check it out here!

Our rewinds today were:
Chris Tomlin’s 2006 song Made to Worship and
MercyMe’s 2007 song God with Us.

Congratulations to Sandi of Mt. Vernon who won our WinterJam trivia today!
The question asked for what church David Crowder helped start.
The answer was University Baptist Church!
Congratulations to all of our WinterJam pass winners!

Thanks for listening!

Imagining Heaven


Have you ever thought about your ultimate vision?  In other words – what’s the point of all of this?  What’s the destination?  Where do I want to be when it’s all said and done?

This summer, by random chance, I heard an early 1980’s sermon from R.C. Sproul where he asked that very question to his audience. He talked about what some call the ‘beatific vision’ – a vision inspired by the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. He offered a compelling vision of getting to heaven; of seeing Jesus face-to-face. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

For me, that is an energizing vision.  It’s motivating.  Seriously, when we put all of the distractions aside, isn’t that the goal?  To see Jesus face-to-face?  And encourage as many others as we can to do the same thing?

When we think about that moment, can we even remotely imagine what it will be like? 1st Corinthians 2:9 tells us that heaven has things “which the eye has not seen, the ear has not heard and have not entered the heart of man.” That’s a fantastic and mysterious promise all rolled into one!

Congratulations to Deva of Fredericktown who won our Winter Jam Artist Trivia. She correctly answered that David Crowder attended Baylor University.

Our Word of the Day is whimsical, an adjective that means unusual in a playful or amusing way.

Thanks for listening!

Who Knew? Inauguration edition.


Today we shared facts about the Presidential Inauguration, which gets started tomorrow and continues through Saturday.  The actual swearing-in ceremony for President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence begins around 11:30 on Friday.

This will be the 58th Presidential Inauguration. Since 1937, the ceremony has always been on January 20th unless that date falls on a Sunday. In that case, it happens on the 21st.

The swearing-in ceremony has been held at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building since 1981. With one exception…in 1985, President Ronald Reagan’s 2nd swearing-in was indoors at the Capitol Rotunda because it was only 7 degrees outside!

On January 20, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson made history when his wife, Lady Bird, held the Bible for his swearing-in ceremony. He also concluded his address with 2 Chronicles 1:10: “Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?”

President-Elect Trump will take the oath of office placing his hands on the Bible that Abraham Lincoln used at his inauguration, along with a Bible his mother gave him when he graduated Sunday School in 1955 at First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, NY.

The weekend finishes with a National Prayer Service Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral.

Congratulations to Olivia from Mount Vernon who won our Winter Jam trivia – how many #1 singles has Newsong had?  The answer was 17.  She wins two passes to Winter Jam 2017.

Our Word of the Day is katzenjammer, a noun derived from a German word that can mean distress, anguish, an uproar, or a hangover.  The literal meaning is ‘wailing of cats.’

Thanks for listening!

The Morning Thing 1/18/17

Today we talked about the good habits that self-made millionaires have and lead to their success.You can view this list Here

We also talked about being the salt and the light at our workplaces in reference to the Matthew 5:13-16 which reads:

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

You can check out the list Here





Mystery Monday 1/16


Today for Mystery Monday we had an MLK day themed trivia question.  We asked when Martin Luther King Jr. originally gave the “I Have A Dream Speech.”  Amanda called in and correctly told us that it was August 28, 1963.

We also continued to play Winter Jam Trivia, asking how many band members are in NewSong.  Jen called in and gave us the correct number, which is 7.

Our word of the day is igneous, a adjective which means of, relating to, or characteristic of fire.

NZ Top 10!

Here’s NZ’s top ten songs this week!

10 – Love and the Outcome, The God I Know
YouTube link here!
9 – One Sonic Society, Great are You Lord
YouTube link  here!

Our behind the mic feature this week was Tenth Avenue North’s song ‘I Have This Hope’
YouTube link here!

Our breakout hit of the week was David Dunn with ‘I Wanna go Back’
YouTube link here!

8 – Natalie Grant, King of the World
YouTube link here!
7 – For King and Country, Priceless
YouTube link here!
6 – Ryan Stevenson, Eye of the Storm
YouTube link here!

Our back to back artist this week Sidewalk Prophets!
Check out Live Like That here, and To Live is Christ here!

Our rewind this week took us back to 2011! It’s Aaron Shust with ‘My Hope is in You’
Check out the video for that here!

5 – Hillary Scott & the Scott Family, Thy Will
That’s one of our favorite songs here at the station! Such a great reminder!
Here’s the link to the video!
4 – Big Daddy Weave, The Lion and the Lamb
YouTube link here!

One of the new songs we played today was Beloved from Jordan Feliz
Check that out here!

Fan Choice today was my choice, and I’m a huge fan of Lauren Daigle!The song today was How Can it Be, which is one of my favorites.
Check it on out here!

3 – Chris Tomlin, Jesus
See the video here!
2 – Casting Crowns, One Step Away
Video here!

Our 2nd rewind today was from Chris Tomlin with I Will Follow!
Here’s the link to the video!

Our #1 song this week was Zach Williams with Chain Breaker!
Give it a listen here!

Our WinterJam trivia question today was “What famous piano company named Colton Dixon as their official artist?
The answer was Steinway! Congrats to Erin from Howard who won the WinterJam passes!

Thanks for tuning in today! Have a great weekend! Stay safe and stay warm!
God bless,
-Lilly & Joe



Pursue Excellence

Good afternoon! It was a rainy one here in Mt. Vernon, but we kept dry here in the studio and talked a lot today about pursuing excellence. In the world today, you can settle for being just okay and mediocre. We as Christians are called to be extraordinary!

Act 4:23-31 was a key set of verses that we talked about today. The main point that all these verses make is the power of prayer. When in stressful and hard situations, the first thing that we need to do is pray. God is listening and He cares.
Prayer is an important first step in any difficult situation.

“23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:
“‘Why do the nations rage
    and the people plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
against the Lord
    and against his anointed one.
27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”

Our WinterJam trivia question today was: In what church did the band Newsong get started? The answer was Morningside Baptist Church!
Our winner was Casandra of Gambier! Congratulations! She won two passes to WinterJam Tour Spectacular 2017!

Our word of the day was willowwacks!
Willowwacks are a wooded, uninhabited areas.
This word is slang which originated in New England.

My last encouragement for you today came from 2nd Timothy.
2nd Timothy 1:7 says: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

We are called to be extraordinary and we are given power and love! We are called to be bold in our lives. Be like Peter and John when they prayed for boldness in their proclamation of Christ and His power. Pursue excellence.  Don’t be ordinary.

Game Time Tuesday 1/10/16


Today for Game Time Tuesday we played Name That Tune for a chance to win a 5$ gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.  Our song today was Jesus by Chris Tomlin, an our winner was Lori of Gambier.

We also played Winter Jam trivia for a chance to win 2 passes to Winter Jam.  We asked what Britt Nicole’s full name is.  Jennifer told us the correct answer is Brittany Nicole Waddell.  For more information on Winter Jam head to

Our word of the day today was Flackery, a noun which means publicity and promotion; press-agentry.

Here comes…spring?

Today was the first day of spring semester courses at MVNU…but weather-wise, it’s NOT spring! Nevertheless, everyone’s back in the classroom and here’s our lineup for the Afternoon Drive:

Mondays – Joe Rinehart and Eddie Dilts
Tuesdays – Eddie and Hannah Radke
Wednesdays – Joe and Hannah
Thursdays – Joe and Lilly Buckley
Fridays – Joe and Lilly

Mystery Monday’s trivia question today was: Since it’s Apricot Day, what country is the world’s largest producer of dried apricots?  The answer – Turkey, with over 811 tons a year. Congratulations to Ruthie from Mount Vernon, who wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Our first Winter Jam Trivia question was: Colton Dixon was on what season of American Idol?  The answer? The 11th season.  Pam from Fredericktown was our winner!

Word of the Day – crepitate (verb) to make a crackling sound.

Thanks for listening!

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