Driving Notes

The Official Blog of WNZR's Afternoon Drive

NZ Top 10 7/28

Even though we were on the road, we’re still bringing you the top 10!
Here’s the countdown!

10. I Wanna go Back – Davis Dunn
9. O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship
8. I Have this Hope – Tenth Avenue North
7. Love Broke Thru – TobyMac
6. Bulletproof – Citizen Way
5. What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
4. Unfinished – Mandisa
3. Oh My Soul – Casting Crowns
2. Home – Chris Tomlin
1. Even If – MercyMe

For our Behind the Mic feature this week, we talked with Jeremy Camp!
Here’s his song ‘He Knows‘ and here’s the story behind it!

New Music Friday brought us some awesome new songs!
Check out ‘Your Love Defends Me‘ from Matt Maher,
and ‘Point to You‘ from We are Messengers.

Our NZ Back to Back Artist Spotlight fell on DC Talk this week!
Check out their songs ‘My Will‘ and ‘In the Light‘.

Our NZ Rewinds took us back to 2001 this week!
Check out ‘Adore‘ from Jaci Velazquez, and
Come, Now is the Time to Worship‘ from Phillips, Craig, and Dean.

Thanks for listening!

Praise Thursday on the Road!

On the Road with Big Blue once again today for the afternoon Drive!
Today was the sale of champions at the Knox County Fair and we purchased four hogs to give away on Saturday! If you would like to register to win, you can come visit us at the fair, or you can register online at!
One registration per person, per day, and we will be drawing this on Saturday, the 29th, at 6:00pm. If we draw your name, you have 9 minutes and 9 seconds to either come to the WNZR tent at the fair, or call us at 740-392-9090.

Our For King and Country trivia question today was as follows…
Zach Williams debut song broke records, holding the number 1 spot for radio at 15 weeks, surpassing the previous record by 3 weeks. The song also received a Grammy Nomination, Billboard Music Award Nomination and a nomination at th K-Love fan Awards. What was his debut song?
the answer? Chain Breaker.
Congratulations to Jennifer from Mt. Vernon! She wins the tickets!

For Praise Thursday today, we talked about the Cross of Christ.
The beginning of the chapter comes out swinging. Incredibly convicting. They say that people don’t have evidence of a real prayer life because they don’t have a relationship with God to begin with. Check out this convicting passage from Matthew…

“21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
If you think you’re going to heaven just because you walk an aisle or prayed a prayer, you should be concerned. You need to stop and take a step back and reevaluate your life and make sure that you truly have God in it.

So, the cross of Christ is telling us to have a relationship with The One who saved us. We’re not the ones who save ourselves, but it is God alone. We need to have a relationship with Him before we can expect an exceptional prayer life.

Thanks for listening!
Hope to see you at the fair!

Who Knew, Tickets and Fair Food!


Lilly shared LOTS of fair results on the show today, including information about the Showman of Showmen contest, where all the master showmen from the different breeds face off to see who is the top showman with a variety of animals.

Congratulations to Barb from Howard who finished the lyrics to this For King and Country song, Fix My Eyes:

Love like I’m not scared, give when it’s not fair, live life for another….

Barb wins the tickets to see FKAC and Zach Williams at the State Fair on Monday night! Find out more by clicking here.

We’ll see you at the Knox County Fair! Thanks for listening!

Game Time at the Fair!

It’s On the Road with Big Blue here on the Afternoon Drive!
We still had all sorts of things to give away tonight!

Our song poetry prompt today was…
“It’s easy to sing
When there’s nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I’m held to the flame
Like I am right now”

That’s “Even If’ from MercyMe!
Congratulations to our winner, Andrew of Big Prairie!

Our For King and Country ticket trivia today was simply this…
Who did Joel Smallbone marry in 2013?
The answer was Moriah Peters!
Congrats to Lori of Mt. Vernon! She correctly answered and won the tickets!

Our  Name that Tune this week was ‘O Come to the Alter’ from Elevation Worship!
Congratulations to Rachel from Mt. Vernon for winning today!

Thanks for listening and we hope to see you at the Knox County Fair!

Mystery Monday at the Fair!


Lilly and I are On the Road with Big Blue at the 2017 Knox County Fair all week.  Make sure you tune in for the latest updates from the shows and conversations with news makers at the fairgrounds.

Our Facebook and website galleries will also be updated daily with pictures.

Today’s Mystery Monday fair-themed question: what are at least four breeds of rabbits shown at the Knox County Fair?  Rachel from Mount Vernon guessed four: New Zealand, Dutch, Holland Lop and Mini Rex.  She wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Jane from Mount Vernon also won our tickets to see For King and Country and Zach Williams at the Ohio State Fair one week from tonight!  Their first hit single was “Busted Heart,” released in 2011.

Thanks for listening!

NZ Top 10 7/21

Here’s the countdown for this week!
10. Beloved – Jordan Feliz
9. Never Been a Moment – Micah Tyler (Story Behind the Song)
8. Bulletproof – Citizen Way (NEW!) (Story Behind the Song).
7. I Have this Hope – Tenth Ave North (Story Behind the Song)
6. Love Broke Thru – TobyMac (Story Behind the Song)
5. What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship (Story Behind the Song)
4. Unfinished – Mandisa (Story Behind the Song)
3. Oh My Soul – Casting Crowns (Story Behind the Song)
2. Home – Chris Tomlin (Story Behind the Song)
1. Even If – MercyMe (Story Behind the Song)

For our Behind the Mic feature this week, we talked to Joel of For King and Country about their song ‘Fix My Eyes’, in honor of the Ohio State Fair.
Here’s the song, and here’s the story behind it!

New Music Friday brought us two new and awesome songs!
Check out ‘The Cross has the Final Word‘ from Newsboys Ft. Peter Furler
and Plumb’s new song, ‘God Help Me

Our NZ Back to Back featured an up and coming artist, Hollyn!
Check out her songs ‘In Awe‘ and ‘Alone‘.

Our NZ Fan Choice of the Week was in honor of the Ohio State Fair!
Check out Zach Williams’ new song ‘Old Church Choir

Our NZ Rewind took us back to 1997!
Check out ‘The Holiest Name‘ from Petra!

Thanks for listening!
See you at the Fair!

The Keys of Prayer


Last week we talked about 10 ‘locks’ that hinder and muddy our prayer life. This week, we’re talking about 10 ‘keys’ to ‘unlock’ and enhance your prayer life.

  1. Praying persistently by asking, seeking and knocking (Matthew 7:7-8).  We have to make time to pray.  We shouldn’t hold back in our asking and we should be doing it every day.  Remember, He will answer when the time is right!
  2. Praying in faith.  We should pray with confidence; Jesus praised those who asked in faith. (Mark 11:24) “ 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  Prayer is not a magic genie lamp – it’s based on our loving relationship with God, so we can more clearly come to know what He’s wanting to give us.  Where He’s wanting to take us.  We can believe and know that it’s coming to pass in His time.
  3. Praying in secret (Matthew 6:6). “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
    Galatians 6:7-8 reminds us not to pray for show; that is sowing to the flesh.  We need to seek Him with grounded humility.

  4. Praying according to God’s will.  We think of this as hidden and mysterious, but the Bible reminds us in 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.”
    Prayer can show us where God is willing to go and where he’s not ready to go. In John 5:14-15 “14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” When we genuinely desire the knowledge of His will and are committed to following it, He will inspire us with a new level of assurance in prayer.

  5. Praying in Jesus’ name.  It’s not just a “sincerely yours” at the end of prayer, it’s reflective of an unselfish, God-honoring heartbeat within ourselves.  It’s a statement of of worship and admitted need. John 13:13-14 says “13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
    Praying in HIS name is to pray as HE WOULD.  We don’t approach God based on us, our authority or what we’ve done; it’s on what He’s done!

  6. Praying in agreement with other believers.  Matthew 18:19-20 19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”  Praying with other believers really zooms your prayer experiences off the charts! When we pray in a group with one heart and one mind. It pleases God.  He loves and honors the synergy with others when we pray.

  7. Praying while fasting.  This can mean going without food or other things, which allows us to focus.  Acts 14:23 reminds us of the fasting pattern of Paul and Barnabas.  It helps open our spirit to God instead of just feeding the flesh – seeking Him above all your other appetites.

  8. Praying from an obedient life. I John 3:21-22 “21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.”
    The intimacy you desire with God travels through the connective bond of your obedience to Him.  When we pray with an obedient heart, we can make requests without shame, working with Him and not working against Him.

  9. Praying while ABIDING in Christ and His word. This means staying close in fellowship with someone.  It involves spending time in God’s word, allowing it to fill our hearts and guide our thinking.  It also means staying clean before God, not allowing sin to build up or go unconfessed.  John 15:7 –“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.”

  10. Praying while delighting in the Lord.  When He is our greatest delight and first love above all else…then we’re in a position to have God bless us with our heart’s desires.  It’s only when we receive His salvation that we can truly begin to love Him. John 14:15 – “if you love me, keep my commands.”
    Psalm 37:4 – “take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” He takes delight in us when we do the same.

    Here’s the prayer from the end of the chapter!
    Lord, you are a good and loving God, You didn’t need to allow us to know you and pray to you, but you did.  I thank you that through Jesus, we can boldly approach your throne of grace in our time of need. Make me a strong and effective prayer warrior.  Help me walk closely with you, to pray in faith, in Jesus’ name and in agreement with other believers.  May I delight in you above all else. Give us grace and faith to trust you for great things. Prompt us with great requests so we can lift them back up to you and watch you answer them for our delight and for your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    Our word of the day today was an early hat tip to the Knox County Fair!
    pertaining to, of the nature of, or like sheep.

    Ovine comes straightforwardly from the Late Latin adjective ovīnus“pertaining to a sheep.” The Latin noun ovis “sheep” is identical with theProto-Indo-European noun owis “sheep,” the source of Greek óïs (dialectal ówis), Lithuanian avìsSanskrit ávi-Germanic awizwhich becomes ēowu inOld English and ewe in modern English. Ovine entered English in the 17th century.

    Thanks for listening!

Ice Cream and Hot Dogs!

We’re celebrating two American favorites today on the Drive!
ICE CREAM AND HOT DOGS! (I’m a little too excited about it).

Here’s some fun facts about Ice Cream!

  • The cone didn’t appear until 1904, when a Syrian waffle maker at the St. Louis World’s Fair began rolling his pastries into horns to help an ice cream vendor who had run out of dishes.
  • The idea of the ice cream cone had been patented a year earlier, in 1903, by an Italian in New York City, but the fair popularized it.
  • Today the average American eats about 20 quarts of ice cream a year―the world’s highest per capita consumption, according to the International Dairy Foods Association.
  • Top-selling ice cream flavors are: vanilla, with 33 percent of the market, and chocolate, with 19 percent.
  • It takes 5.8 pounds of whole milk and one pound of cream to make one gallon of ice cream.
  • June is the month that the most ice cream is produced.
  • California produces the most ice cream in America.
  • Chocolate syrup is the world’s most popular ice cream topping.
  • 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time.
  • It takes about 50 licks to finish a single scoop ice cream cone.
  • The perfect temperature for scooping ice cream is between 6 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In Canada, more ice cream is sold in the winter months than in the summer.
  • Hawaiian Punch was originally an ice cream topping.
  • Among the most unusual flavors of ice cream ever manufactured are avocado, garlic, jalapeno, and pumpkin. Perhaps the weirdest of all: dill pickle ice cream, which was marketed to expectant mothers.
  • It takes 12 gallons of milk to create one gallon of ice cream.

    We gave away $5 to Troyer’s of Apple Valley today by asking this question…
    What are the names of the two original characters for Hawaiian Punch?
    Their names were Punchy and Oaf!
    Congratulations to Betsy from Mt. Vernon who correctly answered!
    Image result for punchy and oaf(Here they are, by the way, if you wanted to see what they looked like).

    Our For King and Country concert ticket artist trivia question today was a bit of a tricky, numerical one!
    We asked how many kids, including Joel and Luke, are in the Smallbone family!
    There are 7 of them!
    Joel, Luke, Libby, Rebecca, Ben, Daniel, and Josh!
    Congratulations to Troy of Mt. Vernon! She correctly guessed and won the tickets!

    Our Word of the Day is frankfurter, a noun that describes a hot dog
    noun ||  frank·furt·er \ˈfraŋk-fə(r)t-ər, -ˌfərt-\
    It’s a cured cooked sausage (as of beef or beef and pork) that may be skinless or stuffed in a casing.
    Did you know that the backyard barbecue staple is actually European? While it’s impossible to say who really “invented” the popular snack or where it came from, experts say hot dogs likely originated in Vienna, Austria, or Frankfurt, Germany.

    Thanks for listening!

For King and Game Time!

Another busy day here at the WNZR Studios, but we gave you lots of chances to win today here on the Afternoon Drive!
The Ohio State Fair is coming right around the corner, and we’re giving you the opportunity to win For King and Country Ft. Zach Williams tickets all these next two weeks by playing artist trivia!
Our Name that Tune today was ‘Messengers’ from Lecrae Ft. For King and Country!
Congratulations to Sherrisa from Howard for correctly guessing!
Our For King and Country trivia question today was “IN addition to ‘Messengers’, what else did For King and Country win a Grammy for in 2015?’
The answer was ‘Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for ‘Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong.’ Congratulations to Amber from Mt. Vernon for answering correctly and receiving the two tickets to the For King and Country tickets!
Congratulations to Aleshia from Gambier for correctly guessing our Song Poetry today!
She is yearning
For shelter and affection
That she never found at home
She is searching
For a hero to ride in,
To ride in and save the day
It was ‘Does Anybody Hear Her’ from Casting Crowns!

For uplifting news today… Getting sports tickets are a big deal, but it’s even cooler if it’s tickets to your favorite team given to you by your dad after a long days work. Read the story of Colt and his Cubs tickets here!
Here’s a story about a man named Joshua who gives free haircuts! Check out his website here!

Our word of the day today…
bona fide
adjective ||  bo·na fide \ˈbō-nə-ˌfīd, ˈbä-; ˌbō-nə-ˈfī-dē, -ˈfī-də\

  1. law :  made in good faith without fraud or deceit bona fide offer to buy a farm

  2. 2:  made with earnest intent :  sincere bona fide proposal

  3. 3:  neither specious nor counterfeit :  genuine has become a bona fide celebrity

    Thanks for listening!



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