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Mystery Monday with Todd!

Today on the Afternoon Drive we talked about FOOD! specifcally classic meals with a fall twist!

For the Mystery Monday Question we asked you to name 2 foods almost anyone knows how to make. Here is the list

  1. Eggs – 32
  2.  Hamburger – 15
  3.  Spaghetti/pasta – 14
  4.  Mac and Cheese – 9
  5.  PB&J – 9
  6.  Chicken – 8

Congratulations to Heather from Howard for guessing the top 2! She was today’s mystery question winner.

Then it was on to the MAIN EVENT. Fall twists on everybody’s favorites. There’s ways to spice up these easy dishes, especially for the fall!

Nothing heads us into the fall season like the sweet potato! Here’s your elevated egg recipe!

Make those burgers even better with a spicy apple-bacon compote!

(There are five recipes at this link. The apple-bacon compote one is #1). Pasta is probably the easiest dish to fall-ify. Time to bring BACK THE SWEET POTATOS introducing our favorite fall drink, apple cider. Hunker down and get ready to make some sweet potato gnocchi with apple cider sauce.

Nad  for the grand finaly! we got your mouth watering with this delicious mac and cheese

Thanks again for tunning in to the Afternoon Drive

-Todd McKinley


NZ Top 10 10/12

It’s Fall break here for the students at MVNU, and I couldn’t be happier!
We’re off until Tuesday night, and it’s a well needed break!

Here’s this weeks countdown…
10. What a Friend – Matt Maher
9. No Matter What – Ryan Stevenson
8. Grace Got You – MercyMe
7. The Way – Pat Barrett
6. Counting Every Blessing – Rend Collective
5. Do it Again – Elevation Worship
4. Confidence – Sanctus Real
3. Who You Say I Am – Hillsong Worship
2. Joy – For King and Country
1. You Say – Lauren Daigle
Our queen of Christian music, back on top!
Our New Music Friday brought us music from Zach Williams and Tori Kelly!
Listen to Zach’s “Survivor” and Tori’s “Never Alone”!
Here’s a picture of Tori Kelly from the CMB Conference earlier this year to help you put a face with the name!


Praise Thursday: The Last Day of “Let’s Pray”

Today, Lilly and I shared the last devotional from the devotional Let’s Pray: Talking to God with the Words of the Bible, by Dr. James Banks, who serves as a pastor at Peace Church in Durham, North Carolina and is a regular writer for Our Daily Bread. Today’s last piece of Let’s Pray is  “Prayers to Say Thank You.’ 
Prayer 1 
You are the one who is over all things. 
Oh Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! Yours, O Lord is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory in the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on the earth is yours, O Lord,  and this is your Kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand,  and that your discretion people are made great and given strength. Oh our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! But who am I and who are my people that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you and we give you only what you first gave us! We are here for only a moment visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors before us>
Our days on earth are like a passing shadow. Gone so soon without a trace.
Prayer 2 
Thank you for making me. 
 You made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex. Your workmanship is marvelous,  how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed, woven together in the dark of the moon. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book, every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.  How precious are your thoughts about me, oh god. They cannot be numbered I can’t even count them! They outnumber the grains of sand and when I wake up you are still with me! – Psalm 139: 13- 18 
Prayer 3 
I trust you and praise you with all of my heart.
Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my joy. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of Thanksgiving. – Psalm 28:6- 7 
Prayer 4 
Thank you for the simple message of salvation!
Oh father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think of themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, father, it pleased you to do it this way! – from Matthew 11:25–26
Prayer Starters: 
Thank you for being near.
I think you, oh God! I give thanks because you were here. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds. – Psalms 75:1
Thank you for hearing me.
Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me. – from John 11:41–42
Thank you for answering my prayer.
I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory! – Psalms 118:21
Thank you! 
Hannah Radke 

Who Knew Wednesday

Today Todd and I talked about National Bring your Teddy Bear to Work/School day!

First, we talked about the History of Teddy Bears! Click HERE if you want to read the story!

Then we touched on the psychology behind why we get so attached to these items as children. HERE is the article that I pulled from!

We also shared our personal stories about our favorite teddy bear!

Did you know that October is Clergy Appreciation Month? Want an easy way to tell your pastor how much you love them, you can nominate them for our WNZR Clergy Appreciation prize package! Click HERE to find out more!

Want to win CDs by Lauren Daigle, TobyMac, MercyMe, Mandisa and many more? Click HERE for more information!

Thanks for listening to Afternoon Drive!

Hannah Radke


A Christmas ANGTT!

That’s “Artist Newsday, Game Time Tuesday” by the way!

Yes, I know it’s only October 9th, but the record companies do not waste time getting their announcements out about Christmas albums and tours!

For Artist Newsday today, we shared some Christmas news about our favorite artists!

Hannah Kerr is releasing a CHRISTMAS ALBUM. YES. Release date is October 19th. It’s called “Christmas Eve in Bethlehem” This ten-track album includes seasonal favorites and Hannah’s two original songs, “Emmanuel” and the title track, “Christmas Eve in Bethlehem”.

Platinum selling, two-time GRAMMY Nominee Lauren Daigle has announced The Behold Christmas Tour. Presented by Food for the Hungry, the tour will kick off on November 29th in Roanoke, VA and make stops in Orlando, Lafayette, and San Antonio before wrapping in Austin, TX on December 16th.

Not Christmas related, but still awesome. Francesca Battistelli is dropping her new single This Could Change Everything on Friday, the 12th This will be the 6th track on her “Own It” album which releases on October 26th. The “Own It” album has 10 songs including “This Could Change Everything”, “The Breakup Song” and “Defender” a song featuring Steffany Gretzinger.

Of course, we’re also very excited about WinterJam! Yes!
The Morning Thing announced the lineup this morning!
Check it out here!
The tour spectacular is coming to Ohio 3 times!
Saturday, January 19th – at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus (Jam Nation members get in the doors at 3:30pm, General Admission doors open at 5pm. Pre-Jam Party starts at 5pm. Official show starts at 6pm)
Saturday, February 16th – at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati
Sunday, March 31st – at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland

Today for Game Time Tuesday, we probably couldn’t get away with playing Christmas music for our games, now could we? So here’s what we did…
For Song Poetry, our lyrics were…
“You are my strength and comfort
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foundation
The rock on which I stand.”

That’s our friend Lauren Daigle with “Trust in You”
Congrats to our winner Sherrisa from Howard!

Be sure to get your votes in for the Dove Prediction Prize Giveaway!
You can do that here! Your deadline is Tuesday, the 16th!

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and Todd


Mystery Monday

Today on Mystery Monday we almost had the full Afternoon drive crew with you! Malisa and Lilly took the 4 o’clock hour and the Joe and I took over for Lilly!

If you’re weren’t aware, October is PIZZA MONTH! Oh yes!

Our mystery question for today was:

“If you ordered a pizza with “The Works”, name a topping you would expect on it…”

Survey says?
1.Pepperoni (33)
2. Onions (27)
3. Mushrooms (14)
4. Sausage (10)
5. Olives (6)
6. Anchovies (3)

Congratulation to Sally from Mt. Vernon who correctly guessed the top two answers to our mystery question and won that $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!
Woooo man oh man that was a tough one, but we got a winner! Yes!

And it’s not the Drive until we share some recipes with you, is it?
Check out this link to 50 easy pizza recipes from the Food Network!
Of course, we’re going to tell you our favorites!
Lilly’s pick? Memphis, baby. 
Stretch dough into a 15-by-9-inch rectangle. Top with cooked chicken, 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, scallions, pickled jalapeños and 1 cup shredded cheddar. Bake until golden. Here’s what makes it Memphis that the recipe doesn’t tell you…
You gotta add coleslaw. Storebought is fine, but I suggest hommade!
Go Downhome with the Neely’s and try this recipe!
Malisa’s pie of choice? Baked Ziti Pizza!
Watchya do… Press dough into an oiled 15-inch pizza pan. Drizzle with olive oil, then top with 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 2 cups shredded mozzarella. Bake, then garnish with pecorino, dried oregano and olive oil. Top with ziti and more cheese before baking.

Want a breakfast twist? Of course you do! Check out this bacon-egg pizza!
Stretch dough into four 6-inch rounds. Top each with diced raw bacon; bake until crisp. Crack an egg onto each crust and top with olive oil, salt and pepper; bake until the eggs set. Top with baby greens

And a fall take on a comfort classic? Why not?
An easy apple cheddar pizza!
Stretch dough into two thin 9-inch rounds. Brush each with olive oil and season with salt; top with 1 sliced apple, 1 teaspoon fresh thyme and 1 cup shredded cheddar. Bake until golden; top with crumbled bacon and maple syrup.

We’re gonna get bougie real quick. Here’s the recipe for a ham and brie pizza!
Press dough into an oiled 8-inch square pan. Top with 2 ounces sliced ham, 3 ounces sliced brie and 1/2 thinly sliced green apple. Add olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake until golden. You can swap out the ham for prosciutto to make it even more bougie.

Gotta get a pizza in there for my little sister. Megan Kara, this one’s for you.
Pineapple does belong on pizza. So here’s a Hawaiian recipe!
Stretch dough into a 15-inch round. Top with 1/2 cup each tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella and diced pineapple, 2 ounces sliced ham, and red pepper flakes; bake until golden.

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly, Malisa, Joe, Hannah, and Todd too 🙂
The entire Drive really. We appreciate you.

NZ Top 10 10/5

Thanks for tuning in for another countdown!
Here’s what it looked like this week!
10. The Way – Pat Barrett
9. No Matter What – Ryan Stevenson
8. Counting Every Blessing – Rend Collective
7. What a Friend – Matt Maher
6. Who You say I Am – Hillsong Worship
5. Grace Got You – MercyMe
4. Confidence – Sanctus Real
3. Do it Again – Elevation Worship
2. Joy – For King and Country
1. You Say – Lauren Daigle

Our new music came to us courtesy of Austin French, and Zach Williams!
Check out Austin’s song “Born Again” and Zach’s song “Survivor“.

Our Back-to-Back artist spotlight fell today on TobyMac!
Take a listen to his songs “I Just Need U” and “Everything“!

Thanks for listening and go Indians!
– Lilly and Joe

Praise Thursday

Today, we continue sharing devotionals from the book Let’s Pray: Talking to God with the Words of the Bible, by Dr. James Banks, who serves as a pastor at Peace Church in Durham, North Carolina and is a regular writer for Our Daily Bread. Today we are setting up the last chapter of this devotional, “Prayers to Say Thank You.’ 

Where would you be without Jesus? Take a moment to really think about it. The words of Ephesians 2:12 sum it up well: “without God and without hope.’ Without Jesus, we would be hopelessly, eternally lost.  

We can never thank God enough. Praying the thank you prayers of the Bible cultivates gratitude in us and opens our eyes to “the riches of his glorious inheritance” that we read about in Ephesians 1:18. Praying prayers to say thank you is like counting the treasures of everything God has ever done for you, is doing for you…and ever will do for you.   

Jesus once met ten lepers at the Samaritan border on the way to Jerusalem in Luke 17. He healed all ten, but only one came back to say thank you. Where were the other nine? Maybe too caught up in the gift to remember The Giver. It’s easy for us to point a finger of blame at them but we can probably admit we’ve joined their party more times than we’d like to admit.

The one who came back and fell at Jesus’ feet” thanking him for what he had done,’ was a Samaritan. Jesus told him, “stand up and go. Your faith has healed you’ (Luke 15:16)
 Real gratitude makes us come back to God. We have a choice. We can go our own way, distracted by everything God has given us, or we can come to Jesus and worship him for what he has done. Keep your eyes on the gift. Turn your heart to the giver. 


What to know more about the Starting Point Walk? Click HERE for more information.

Did you know that October is clergy appreciation month? Want to nominate your pastor for the WNZR prize package? Click HERE to fill out a form! Maybe you want to bless your pastor with tickets to our WNZR clergy appreciation prayer breakfast! Click HERE for more inforation!

Thank you so much for tuning into the Afternoon Drive!

Hannah Radke


Who Knew Wednesday

Today Lilly and I started talking about something that is super important to us here at WNZR and hopefully to you too! October is clergy appreciation month!

Here’s a quick way to just jump into this month and give you some ideas of how to let your pastor know you appreciate them! LINK

Here a little more inforation on Clergy Appreciation Month from Focus on the Family’s – LINK!

Want to nominate your awesome pastor to be mentioned on the Morning Thing and win some cool prizes! Click HERE to fill out the form!

Looking for a great way to show your pastor that you appreciate them? You can get them tickets to the WNZR clergy appreciation breakfast! Click HERE for more inforation!

Want to know more about the 2018 Starting Point Walk or pledge to support the WNZR team? Click HERE to find out more!

Thanks so much for listening to the afternoon drive, you mean the world to us!

Hannah Radke

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