Driving Notes

The Official Blog of WNZR's Afternoon Drive

NZ Top Ten for 8/7/20

Here’s this week countdown:

10. Ryan Stevenson – Amadeo
9. Micah Tyler – AMEN
8. Kari Jobe ft. Cody Carnes – The Blessing
7. Hope Darst – Peace Be Still
6. Cory Asbury – The Father’s House
5. Lauren Daigle – Still Rolling Stones
4. Matt Maher ft. Elle Limebear – Alive & Breathing
3. Zach Williams ft. Dolly Parton – There Was Jesus
2. for King & Country ft. Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin – Together
1. Jeremy Camp – Keep Me In The Moment


Check out the lyric video for NEEDTOBREATHE’s new song “Who Am I” by clicking here.

Thanks for listening!
– Alyssa

A Quarter of a Million Dollar Computer?

Today for Praise Thursday I shared two great devotionals from Our Daily Bread.

The first one was written by Peter Chin and talks about knowing you’re worth by knowing who created you. You can read the full devotion by clicking here.

The second one is by Alyson Kieda and talks about the importance of having true friends using the example of David and Jonathan’s great friendship from the Bible. Read it by clicking here.

Thanks for listening!
– Alyssa

Christian Music G.O.A.T.?

For Who Knew Wednesday today I shared about some of my favorite Christian music albums of all time. Here’s my list (comment some of your favorites as well!):

4Him – The Basics of Life and The Message

Mercyme – Almost There, Spoken For, Coming Up to Breathe, All That is Within Me, and The Generous Mr. Lovewell

Casting Crowns – Lifesong, The Altar and The Door, and Until The Whole World Hears

Petra – Come and Join Us, More Power to Ya, Beat The System, This Means War!, On Fire, Beyond Belief, and Jekyll & Hyde

Whitecross – In the Kingdom, Triumphant Return, and Hammer and Nail

Stryper – Soldiers Under Command, To Hell with The Devil, and In God We Trust

Switchfoot – The Beautiful Letdown, Nothing is Sound, Oh! Gravity, and Hello Hurricane

Tobymac – Renovating Diverse City, Portable Sounds, Tonight, Eye On It, and This Is Not a Test

Downhere – Ending is Beginning

Big Daddy Weave – Love Come to Life

Britt Nicole – Gold

Francesca Battisteli – Hundred More Years

Royal Tailor – Black & White

Make sure to share with me some of your favorite Christian albums of all times!

Thanks for listening!
– Alyssa

My feet are on the Petra…

Today for Artist News we shared about former lead singer of Petra, John Schlitt, releasing a limited edition vinyl run of his solo progject ‘Go’. Read the full story by clicking here.

We also shared about Leanna Crawford releasing a music video for her amazing new song, ‘Truth I’m Standing On’. You can read the full story here and also watch the video.

All I got is one shot, one try,
One go around in this beautiful life,
Nothing is wasted when everything’s placed in your hands

Congratulations to Brendan from Gambier for correctly guessing those lyrics were from Jeremy Camp’s ‘Keep Me in The Moment’. She won Colton Dixon’s ‘Anchor’ CD.

Thanks for listening!
– Alyssa

How old is England anyway?

Today for our Monday Motivation we shared a great message about sacrificial love from Our Daily Bread, a devotional called ‘A Feast of Love’ written by Amy Peterson. You can read it by clicking here.

Name a country older than The United States:

England (52 votes)
France (7 votes)
Spain (6 votes)
China (6 votes)
Germany (4 votes)
Ireland (4 votes)

Congratulations to Dawn of Mount Vernon for guessing the top two answers correctly. She won a WNZR t-shirt!

Thanks for listening!
– Alyssa

NZ Top Ten for 7/31/20

Here’s this week countdown:

10. We Are Messengers – Love (Won’t Let Go)
9. Hope Darst – Peace Be Still
8. Kari Jobe ft. Cody Carnes – The Blessing
7. Micah Tyler – AMEN
6. Cory Asbury – The Father’s House
5. Lauren Daigle – Still Rolling Stones
4. Zach Williams ft. Dolly Parton – There Was Jesus
3. Matt Maher ft. Elle Limebear – Alive & Breathing
2. for King & Country ft. Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin – Together
1. Jeremy Camp – Keep Me in The Moment


Check out CAIN’s new song “Rise Up (Lazarus)” by clicking here!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Alyssa

The Power of Words

Today we shared a reminder of the power of words, inspired by the books of Proverbs (OT) and James (NT) and a devotional from author and pastor Craig Groeschel…we originally shared this in 2013. The words that come out of our mouth and fly off our pens and fingertips are important. Are we speaking life? Writing life? Posting life? Or death?

Proverbs 18:21 – “The tongue has power of life and death.”

Proverbs 15:4 – “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”

James 1:26 – “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”

James 3:

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Godly words can revive, heal and change our lives…

Ungodly words have the power to bind, imprison and destroy!

  • Creative words create
  • Destructive words destroy
  • Hurtful words crush
  • Helpful words build up
  • Toxic words poison
  • Soothing words heal
  • Faith-filled words bring life
  • Faithless words bring death.

We have a choice and control what comes out of our mouth.

We also have a choice to make when we hear the words of others – we can receive them as truth or reject them as lies. 

We also have to consider the issue of “self-talk” – in other words, what are we telling ourselves about ourselves?  Toxic self-talk can shape our actions and our future.  We need to speak life-giving words to ourselves and our circumstances…always reminding ourselves of the value God places on us.  We need to align our thoughts and words with HIS truth.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Alyssa

Who Knew at The Knox County Fair!

Today we shared for Who Knew Wednesday information about the Knox County Fair and our Stay Safe with Big Blue giveaways. Get registered by clicking here.

We also talked with Jim Blanchard about the Sale of Champions and Sale Day happening at the Knox County Fair. You can hear our talk with him here.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Alyssa

Fair reports and deluxe albums

Today we brought you more updates from the Knox County Junior Fair and harness racing during ‘Stay Safe with Big Blue.’

Click this link to sign you and your family to have a chance to win some great prizes with WNZR!

For Artist Newsday:

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp tops Christian radio charts once again with his single “Keep Me In The Moment” off of his 11th studio album, The Story’s Not Over.

“Keep Me In The Moment” is Camp’s 41st #1 single in his storied career. With The Story’s Not Over video content amassing over 8.5 million views and 14.4 million streams, this #1 ranking single adds to the success of Camp’s year.

“This has been a very difficult time for all of us this season and to see how this song has connected to people’s hearts has been very encouraging to say the least,” says Camp. “I pray God continually uses this song to minister to many more people during this time.”

A deluxe version of the chart-topping The Story’s Not Over is now available digitally. The robust project features four new recordings, including a remix of the #1 radio hit “Dead Man Walking” (produced by LØ, of Australian electronic trio Verses) and updated versions of Camp’s hit songs “I Still Believe,” “Walk By Faith,” and “This Man.”

Find out more from our friends at, including a link to the digital album HERE.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Alyssa

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