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NZ Top 10 – 5/19

Today the countdown got a little bit of a shake up, but it was as good as a countdown as any, so let’s get right to it!

Magnify from We are Messengers held a place on the charts for 13 weeks, and peak at #4 in the countdown, but this week, it was kicked out of the countdown by Mandisa!

10. Mandisa – Unfinished
9. Zach Williams – Chain Breaker
8. Micah Tyler – Never Been a Moment
7. Danny Gokey –Rise
5.  Tenth Avenue North – I Have this Hope
4. Chris Tomlin – Home
3. TobyMac – Love Broke Thru
2. Hillsong Worship – What a Beautiful Name
1. MercyMe – Even If

This week, we went Behind the Mic with husband and wife duo ‘Love and the Outcome’ to talk about their song ‘He is With Us. Check out their interview with Newreleasetoday, and check out the video to the song here!

Our Breakout Hit of the Week came to us courtesy of Chicago band, Citizen Way.
Check out their new song ‘Bulletproof’ here!

The NZ Back-to-Back artist Spotlight this week fell on Tenth Avenue North!
Check out their songs ‘By Your Side‘ & ‘Love is Here‘.
Also, check out their summer concert schedule here!

Our NZ Rewinds today took us back to 2003!
Check out ‘You Found Me‘ from FFH, and ‘He Reigns‘ from Newsboys!

Our New Music Friday feature came courtesy of Season 8 American Idol Contestant, Danny Gokey. Check out his new song ‘Comeback‘ here!

Thanks for listening!

Praise Thursday: Pattern for Prayer

Today I started the first week in our series on prayer! This week, I talked about the pattern for prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, and how that prayer contains the six basic elements that we should be including in our prayers.
Check it out below!

1. Pray boldly. We have no need that God can’t meet.
His resources are unlimited and His power is infinite.
2. Pray that God’s name will be revered and esteemed.
Give Him thanks, obey Him, and constantly be aware of His presence.
3. Pray that God’s kingdom will come in us and on Earth.
4. Ask God to meet our daily needs and the needs of those around us.
All that we are, have, and do comes from God.
5. Seek God’s forgiveness every single day.
6. Request that God protect us from temptation.
“Lord keep me from the inclination to sin when I have the opportunity, and the opportunity to sin when I have the inclination.”

Our word of the day today was slacktivism.
It’s a noun that means: actions taken to bring about political or social change but requiring only minimal commitment, effort, or risk. 
Slacktivism is a portmanteau formed from the terms slacker and activism. It is first recorded between 1995 and 2000.

Thanks for listening!
See you tomorrow for the NZ Top 10!
– Lilly

World Telecommunications Day Who Knew!

We can’t be a radio station and not celebrate World Telecommunications Day, right? Today we talked about the history behind the day, and also the history and fun facts about the types of telecommunication that we have! Check it out below!

History of World Telecommunications Day:
In November 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society called upon the UN General Assembly to declare 17 May as World Information Society Day to focus on the importance of ICT and the wide range of issues related to the information society raised by WSIS. The General Assembly adopted a resolution in March 2006 stipulating that World Information Society Day shall be celebrated every year on 17 May. The first World Information Society Day took place on Wednesday, 17 May 2006.

A Brief History of Radio:
During the 1860s, Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell predicted the existence of radio waves. And in 1886, German physicist Heinrich Rudolph Hertz demonstrated that rapid variations of electric current could be projected into space in the form of radio waves, similar to those of light and heat. In 1866, Mahlon Loomis, an American dentist, successfully demonstrated “wireless telegraphy.” Loomis was able to make a meter connected to one kite cause another one to move. This marked the first known instance of wireless aerial communication.

A Brief History of the Telephone:
Alexander Graham Bell was awarded the first U.S. patent for the invention of the telephone in 1876. Elisha Gray, 1876, designed a telephone using a water microphone in Highland Park, Illinois. Tivadar Puskás proposed the telephone switchboard exchange in 1876. That first patent by Bell was the master patent of the telephone, from which other patents for electric telephone devices and features flowed.

Here’s an info-graphic about age correlating to type of phone owned.

Age                                     Any type of phone          Smart Phone                Non-Smart Phone

A Brief History of the Fax Machine
Fax (short for facsimile), sometimes called telecopying or telefax (the latter short for telefacsimile. Scottish inventor Alexander Bain worked on chemical mechanical fax type devices and in 1846 was able to reproduce graphic signs in laboratory experiments. He received British patent 9745 on May 27, 1843 for his “Electric Printing Telegraph.” Frederick Bakewell made several improvements on Bain’s design and demonstrated a telefax machine.

Our Word of the Day today was: Castigate.
Verb || KASS-tuh-gayt
“To subject to severe punishment, reproof, or criticism”

Castigate has a synonym in chastise. Both verbs mean to punish or to censure someone. Fittingly, both words derive from the same root: the Latin castigare, formed from the words for “pure” (castus) and “to drive” (agere). (Castus also gave us the noun caste, meaning “social class or rank.”) Another verb derived from castigare is chasten, which can also mean “to discipline by punishment” but more commonly means “to subdue or make humble” (as in “chastened by his foolish error”). Castigate is the youngest of the three verbs in English, dating from the early 17th century, while chasten dates to the early 16th century and chastise has been found in use as far back as the 14th.

We have so much technology and so many opportunities to use it, but do we always use it right? As a radio station, we have the greatest privilege to be able to use this telecommunication platform as a light for Christ. We are called to spread the good news of God, and we literally have the means to do so at our fingertips. So, my encouragement to you is to start making social media and our other forms of telecommunication places of light in this dark world. We can do it.

Thanks for listening!!

Game Time Tuesday!

Today we shared some uplifting news, as we love to do on Tuesday, and I really enjoyed the first story we shared this week. Learning how to play an instrument is a life skill, but what if you’re missing your left arm? Isabella Nicola was born without her left arm, but she wanted to play violin. Check out the story of how she got a prosthetic arm here!
Our second story put the medical skills of a woman to use when her date collapsed during dinner! Check out the full story here!

We played two games today; Name that Tune, and Song Poetry!
Our Song Poetry prompt today was as follows…

“These mountains, these giants
Will fall at a single word
In your name in your strength
I’m more than a conqueror”

Congratulations to Chris of Fredericktown who correctly answered!
It was ‘Fearless’ from Jasmine Murray!

Our Name that Tune song today was ‘Live Like You’re Loved’ from Hawk Nelson!
Congratulations to Ri of Bellville who correctly answered!

Our Word of the Day today was superlative.
This is an adjective meaning: of the highest kind, quality, ororder; surpassing all else orothers; supreme; extreme.
Superlative came to English in the 1300s, when Middle English was spoken. This came from Late Latin superlātīvus, equivalent to Latin superlāt(us) meaning“hyperbolical.”

Thanks for listening!

Mystery Monday – Chocolate Chips!

Good afternoon! Today is Chocolate Chip Day, so I took the show today to give you some fun facts and some history on the chocolate chip! says that the best way to eat chocolate chips is by the handful, straight out of the bag, and I’m pretty inclined to agree with that statement.

Since today was Mystery Monday, we had a chocolate chip related Mystery Question!
My question was: “Who is credited with the invention of the chocolate chip?”

Congrats to Olivia of Mt. Vernon, who correctly answered our question!
The correct answer was Ruth Graves Wakefield!

Check out some of the fun facts and history that I talked about on the show today below!

It all started at a little place you may recognize the name of, the Toll House Inn. Located in Whitman, Massachusetts, it just happens to be the home of that most favorite of cookies, the chocolate chip cookie. Ruth Graves Wakefield had originally planned on making a chocolate cookie, and decided to do so by throwing in chunks of a chocolate bar into it. In a happy accident, it turned out that the chocolate did not melt and mix with the rest of the cookie, but maintained its shape, filling the cookie with delicious little chocolate bits.

But it didn’t immediately go from chocolate bar to chocolate chip, there was a little innovation that happened in between first. Based off of the success of the cookies she made, Nestle agreed to add Ms. Wakefield’s recipe to their wrapper. What did they pay her for this honor? A lifetime supply of chocolate! Sounds like an awesome deal to us too! Nestle (and at least one other company) went on to include a chopping tool to help prepare the bars for use in cookies. That is, right up until 1941 when they started selling them as ‘chocolate chips’ or ‘chocolate morsels’.


  • The chips melt best at temperatures between 104 and 113 °F (40 and 45 °C). The melting process starts at around 90 °F when the cocoa butter in the chips starts to heat. The cooking temperature must never exceed 115 °F (for milk and white) or 120 °F (for dark) or the chocolate will burn.
  • Today, chocolate chips are very popular as a baking ingredient in the United States and the chocolate chip cookie is regarded as a quintessential American dessert.
  • Chocolate chips are also available in Europe, Australia, and other parts of the world. Nestlé and The Hershey Company are among the top producers of chocolate chips.
  • In 1987 Chester Soling sponsored a contest to find the best recipe for chocolate chip cookies and got over 2.600 responses for various recipes.

    Our word of the day today was peregrinate.
    verb || PAIR-uh-gruh-nayt
    This means to travel especially on foot, or to walk or travel over.

    We begin our narrative of the linguistic travels of peregrinate with the Latin word peregrinatus, the past participle of peregrinari, which means “to travel in foreign lands.” The verb is derived from the Latin word for “foreigner,” peregrinus, which was earlier used as an adjective meaning “foreign.”That term also gave us the words pilgrim and peregrine, the latter of which once meant “alien” but is now used as an adjective meaning “tending to wander” and as a noun naming a kind of falcon. (The peregrine falcon is so named because it was traditionally captured during its first flight—or pilgrimage—from the nest).

    Thanks for listening!

NZ Top 10 5/12

Lets get right to the countdown, shall we?

10. Magnify – We Are Messengers
9. Chain Breaker – Zach Williams
8. Rise – Danny Gokey
7. Never Been a Moment – Micah Tyler
6. Home – Chris Tomlin
4. I Have this Hope – Tenth Avenue North
3. What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
2. Love Broke Thru – TobyMac
1. Even If – MercyMe

For our Behind the Mic feature, we talked with Blanca about her 2015 hit, ‘Who I Am’.
Check out her interview with NewReleaseToday here!

Our NZ Breakout Hit of the Week came courtesy of Citizen Way!
Check out their new song “Bulletproof” here!

Our NZ Back to Back Artist Spotlight fell on Sidewalk Prophets!
Check out their songs ‘Impossible‘ and ‘Prodigal‘!

Praise God for Moms!


We are praising God for Moms today!

The book of Proverbs provides some excellent reflections for us as we consider the importance of our mothers:

Proverbs 31:10-12 –
A wife of noble character who can find? 
She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

Proverbs 31:30-31 –
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Proverbs 6:20-22 –
My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck.
When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.

Proverbs 23:22-25 –
Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Buy the truth and do not sell it— wisdom, instruction and insight as well.
The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!

Ephesians 6:1-3 –
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Luke 1:46-49 –
And Mary said: “
My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.

This is Mary’s praise to God, despite the difficult circumstances, of being chosen to carry the Christ child.

Our Word of the Day: saudade (soh-DAH-duh), a Portuguese word meaning  a deep emotional state of melancholic longing for a person or thing that is absent: the theme of saudade in literature and music.

Thanks for listening!


Today we took Who Knew Wednesday to talk about Mother’s Day, and all the who knew’s that go along with it!

Here’s some history and fun facts!

Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.

The origins of Mother’s Day as celebrated in the United States date back to the 19th century. In the years before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children.

These clubs later became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided over the Civil War. In 1868 Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.
The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.

After gaining financial backing from a Philadelphia department store owner named John Wanamaker, in May 1908 she organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. That same day also saw thousands of people attend a Mother’s Day event at one of Wanamaker’s retail stores in Philadelphia.

Our Word of the Day today was holus-bolus.
This is an adverb, and it means all at once or altogether.
Holus-bolus, like the much earlier hocus-pocus, is a mock-Latin phrasemeaning “whole lump, whole bolus (a round mass of medicine).” An etymologyof sorts has holus-bolus as a Latinization of Greek hólos bôlos “whole lump,clod of earth, nugget.” The term entered English in the 19th century.

Thanks for listening!

Game Time Tuesday!

Today for Game Time Tuesday, we played our two fun games, Song Poetry, and Name that Tune. With Song Poetry, we read a small section of lyrics from a song we play on the station, and you have to call in and guess the artist as well as the name of the song!

Our Song Poetry song today was ‘He Knows My Name’ from Francesca Battistelli!
Congratulations to Lisa of Danville who correctly guessed!

For Name That Tune, we play a 10 second clip of a song we play on the station, and again, you have to guess the artist and the name of the song.
Our song for Name That Tune was ‘How Can I Keep From Singing ‘ from Chris Tomlin!
Congratulations to our winner, Triana of Bellville!

Thanks for listening!

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