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Games, News and Christmas Cheer with Todd!

I held down the fort today and got to share some exciting Artist News featuring one of my FAVORITE BANDS!

I am very pleased to announce that SwitchFoot will be releasing a new album on January 18th! To Harold its release, they just released an instant-grat track “All I Need” and you can read more about it here.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough Michal W. Smith Fans will be happy to hear about this crazy huge event coming up to celebrate his 35 year career!

Of course it woudn’t be Tuesday with out some games!  Our winner for Song poetry was Brenda from Mt. Vernon! The song was Tobymac’s “Christmas this year’

Jane from Howard was our winner for the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange!


Mystery Monday!

Today Todd and I gave you some chances to win with our Mystery Monday Question and a Christmas Gift Exchange!

Here is today’s Mystery Question:

Can you name two out of the top five most popular Christmas songs? 

  1. Jingle Bells – 45
  2. White Christmas – 16
  3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – 8
  4. O Holy Night – 7
  5. Silver Bells – 6
  6. We Wish You a Merry Christmas – 5
  7. Silent Night – 4
  8. Jingle Bell Rock – 3
  9. Joy to the world – 1
  10. All I Want for Christmas is You – 1

Congratulations to Jana from Utica who guessed Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and won that $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Here are the fun facts that we shared about these Christmas songs:

  • “White Christmas” is the top-selling Christmas song of all time. The song was written by Irving Berlin, a Russian Jewish immigrant who also wrote “God Bless America.”
  • The song “Jingle Bells” was written in the 1850s for a Unitarian church by James Lord Pierpont, but it wasn’t written for Christmas. It was originally written for Thanksgiving and called “One Horse Open Sleigh”.
  • “Silent Night” is one of the most recognizable songs at Christmas Mass and on a radio playing non-stop holiday music. (While most people recognize the lyrics “Silent Night, Holy Night, all is calm, all is bright,” the original lyrics are “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht, alles schlaft, einsam wacht.”) The song was originally written in German in 1816 by Father Joseph Mohr, a Catholic priest in Austria. Two years later, it was set to music by Franz Gruber. It was translated into English by John Freeman Young of Manhattan’s Trinity Church.
  • Silver Bells, written in 1950 by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. The original title? “Tinkle Bells.” The title was changed when Livingston’s wife told him about the double meaning of tinkle. 

We also played the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange! Congratulations and thanks to Karen from Mount Vernon who played the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange with us and won a gift from under our tree! If you want more information, click HERE.

Thanks for checking out our blog!

– Hannah and Todd

12 Days of Christmas!

Today Joe and I had the honor of talking with our very own, Trevor Moore and Rachel Rinehart who were out ringing bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campain at Rural King in Mount Vernon! To know more about the Red Kettle Campain and our goal for today, Click HERE!

Here are some of the Big Blue Crew on the job:




Rachel .jpeg

We also played the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange! Congratulations to David who got to pick something from under the WNZR tree! To find out more about The WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange, click HERE.

We gave you a special chance to win a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley with a Christmas trivia question!

Here is the question:  Can you name 2 out of the top 5 best (or most popular) Christmas movie, based on this poll? 

Answers:  First is Elf with 16 votes, second is It’s a Wonderful Life with 15 votes, third is A Christmas Story with 14  votes, fourth is Home Alone/ Home Alone 2 with 11 votes, and tied for fifth place is White Christmas and Christmas Vacation both with 10 votes, so both would count.

Congratulation to Karolyn from Mount Vernon who guessed Home Alone and White Christmas as the best or most popular Christmas movies!

-Hannah and Joe


Praise Thursday: Week 3

Today Joe and I dove back into our devotional, Fearless: overcoming the stronghold of fear. Fear is something almost all of us will battle during our lifetime, trying to paralyze you from truly living life. This devotional will lead you through five choices that will strengthen you and help you be victorious over fear.

Today’s choice is: Choose love over hate

Psychologists say that the base of all emotions is either love or fear. The brain also dictates that it cannot hold two contradictory thoughts simultaneously and that the most robust thought pattern wins. In your battle against fear, one of the greatest weapons at your disposal is love. You are loved—more than you know. Once you realize how very loved you are, you can garner the strength to fight this spirit of fear. God gives us a spirit of love and not one of fear.

Learn to live—loved. A loving heart is a loved heart. You cannot say you love others yet hate yourself—or them. Fear would have you traverse the complex road of unforgiveness and hate. These two concepts bind you further in chains. A forgiving heart is a forgiven heart and in that, there is no place for hate. Fear will lie to you and keep you captive, whereas love guides you into freedom. Love is the way of the kingdom of God.

My daughter and I prayed, shortly after the armed robbery, to forgive the men who attacked us, and we had to do it numerous times. God’s love quiets our anxious or fearful hearts. His love enables us to forgive and bless. It’s not easy, but that is the narrow road of the Kingdom of God.

When fear knocks at your door with its accomplices, unforgiveness, and hate, then respond in the opposite spirit and let love lead.  

How can you embrace the love of God so that you can be set free from the chains of fear?

The verses we reflected on today:

  • Luke 10:27 – “ He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
  • 1 John 4:18 – ” There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
  • Zephaniah 3:17 – ” The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love, he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” 

Our prayer:

“Lord, help me remember that you give me a spirit of love and not one of fear and that when I understand just the smallest bit how much you love me,  I have the greatest weapon against fear. Fear doesn’t have a chance against Your great love, and we praise you for that. Help me to not get caught in the chains of this world, in the chains of unforgiveness and hate. Nudge my heart when I head down the road of unforgiveness and hate and remind me that a forgiving heart is a forgiven heart; and in that, there is no place for hate. Give me the courage to lay my fears and hurts at your feet and to forgive as you have forgiven me.  Amen” 

You will never guess what game we played 😉 The WNZR Christmas Gift exchange! Congratulations to Charla for Utica and Casey from Apply Valley who were caller number nines! If you want to know more about this, click HERE. 

Thank you for checking out our blog!

-Hannah and Joe

Who Knew Wednesday

Today Todd and I talked about a somewhat mysterious Christmas Carol, The 12 days of Christmas!

Here is what we talked about:

What are the 12 days of Christmas?

The 12 days of Christmas is the period that in Christian theology marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25  and runs through January 6. The four weeks preceding Christmas are collectively known as Advent, which begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on December 24.

The history of the carol is somewhat murky. The earliest known version first appeared in a 1780 children’s book called Mirth With-out Mischief.  Some historians think the song could be French in origin, but most agree it was designed as a “memory and forfeits” game, in which singers tested their recall of the lyrics and had to award their opponents a “forfeit” — a kiss or a favor of some kind — if they made a mistake.

Many variations of the lyrics have existed at different points. Some mention “bears a-baiting” or “ships a-sailing”; some name the singer’s mother as the gift giver instead of their true love. Early versions list four “colly” birds, an archaic term meaning black as coal (blackbirds, in other words). And some people theorize that the five gold rings actually refer to the markings of a ring-necked pheasant, which would align with the bird motif of the early verses.

In any case, the song most of us are familiar with today comes from an English composer named Frederic Austin; in 1909, he set the melody and lyrics (including changing “colly” to “calling”) and added as his own flourish the drawn-out cadence of “five go-old rings.”

The song is not a coded primer on Christianity

A popular theory that’s made the internet rounds is that the lyrics to “The 12 Days of Christmas” are coded references to Christianity; it posits that the song was written to help Christians learn and pass on the tenets of their faith while avoiding persecution. Under that theory, the various gifts break down as follows, as the myth-debunking website Snopes explained:

2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments

3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues

4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists

5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch,” which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.

6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation

7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments

8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes

9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit

10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments

11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles

12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed

The partridge in the pear tree, naturally, represents Jesus Christ.

If you want some more information on the 12 days of Christmas, like how much it would cost to buy all of these items, click HERE. 

We played the WNZR Christmas gift exchange and had two lucky people pick a present from under our tree! Click HERE if you want to know more.

Here was today’s Trivia question:

Question: What Christmas decoration was originally made from strands of silver?

Answer: Tinsel
Congratulations to John from Utica who guessed right and won a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!
Thanks for checking out our blog!
-Hannah and Todd

Artist News Day Game Time Tuesday

Today Todd and I had a jammed packed Afternoon Drive for you and plenty of chances to win!

Here is the Artist News that we shared today:

News Boys and Michal W. Smith Join Forces for the Surrounded and Untied Tour


Not only did we play the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange once, but twice! Congratulations to Kristina from Fredricktown and Cheryl from Danville who played the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange and got some pretty awesome gifts from under our tree here at WNZR! If you want more information on The WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange, click HERE.

Here are today’s Song Poetry lyrics:

Taking all I have and now I’m laying it at Your feet
You have every failure God, and You’ll have every victory.

Congratulations to Lori from Brinkhaven who correctly guessed that our song was “You Say” by Lauren Daigle! She won that $5 Gift Card to Troyer’s Apple Valley!

Thanks so much for listen and checking out our blog!

-Hannah and Todd


Mystery Monday

Today Joe and I talked about so much on the Afternoon Drive! We started out with our Mystery Monday question…

Christmas Theme:  Name one gift you should never get someone for Christmas. 

Here are the Answers! 

1. Underwear – 34

2. Vacuum cleaner/ cleaning supplies – 13

3. Fruitcake -11

4. Socks – 10

5. Weight loss item– 9

6. Coal – 7

7. Clothes/lingerie – 6

8. Personal Hygiene items – 5

9. Appliances – 4

Congratulations to Anna from Mount Vernon who guessed the TOP TWO questions and won that $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!!

We also shared with you some things that you SHOULD get your loved ones for Christmas!

HERE is the link to the baskets we talked about it.

HERE the hairdryer candle trick!

Congratulations to Pam from Fredericktown and Kim from Mount Vernon who won in the Christmas Gift Exchange! Click HERE for more information.

We also talk to Paul McNeal about some of the special games happening this week at MVNU! Click HERE to hear that interview!

Thanks so much for listening and checking out our blog!

-Hannah and Joe

NZ Top 10 12/7

Twas the night before Food for the Hungry and all through the station, everyone was stirring with tons of elation!

Here’s this week’s countdown!
10. Elevation Worship – Do it Again
9. Josh Baldwin – Stand in Your Love
8. For King and Country – Joy
7. Sanctus Real – Confidence
6. TobyMac – Everything
5. Casting Crowns – Only Jesus
4. Tauren Wells – Known
3. Micah Tyler – Even Then
2. Hillsong Worship – Who You Say I Am
1. Lauren Daigle – You Say

New Music Friday comin’ at you!
Check out Here Comes Heaven from Elevation Worship!
Also check out Born on that Day from Matt Maher!

Thanks for listening!
– Lexie and Lilly

Fearless: Week 2

This week, we continued our 5 week Praise Thursday devotional over a topic that I think hits us all pretty hard. Fear is something almost all of us will battle during our lifetime, trying to paralyze you from truly living life. This devotional will lead you through five choices that will strengthen you and help you be victorious over fear.

Here’s the devotional for week 2:

From our author, he says: “I’ve known the face of fear in my lifetime. As a child, I struggled with being afraid of rejection. It manifested in the form of me believing that if I performed well, then I would be loved more. Later, as an adult, having survived an armed robbery with my young children at home, fear of being attacked again and fear of not being able to protect my children at night reared its ugly head.”
Fear often strikes us when we least expect it.

As we journey to overcome fear, we learn that fear is not of the Lord. He longs for us to live a life free from its grips. Over time and with the grace of the Lord, He has shows us how to overcome fears. Whatever your battle might be, you can overcome it as you place your hope in the saving power of Jesus Christ. You cannot conquer fear in your own strength. Every day, we have to choose hope over despair. Our encouragement to you as you read this devotional is to choose hope.

Hope, by its nature, is future-focused. It has its foundation firmly secure in trusting in God. Hope in your heart can give you the strength you need to conquer your specific fear. In an atmosphere of praise and worship, hope can arise. So, today, if you feel like despairing, don’t give up. Lift your head and worship God. Hope in God will not disappoint you, and hope will give you the courage to continue on the journey of overcoming fear.

Our verses we reflected on today:

Psalm 121:1-2
I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lordthe Maker of heaven and earth.

Romans 5:5
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

As we pray, remember that when fear knocks at your door, let hope answer for you.
Reflect on hope. What do you need to do to let hope arise in your heart?

Our prayer:
“Lord, oh it seems like hope is fading. The fears are closing in and constricting the truths. Show me how to overcome my fears. I know that I can overcome this battle. I can beat this stronghold, but only with your help. I cannot conquer fear through my own strength. When I wake up, Lord, remind me to choose hope over despair, and choose the truth over the lies. Let me build my future firmly trusting and hoping in You and Your power. Give me the determination to not give up. This fight is not easy, but I know you will not give up on me. On the bad days, remind me to lift my head and worship worship You. Continue to give me the courage to continue on the journey of overcoming fear. Amen.”

Thanks for listening!
– Hannah and Lilly

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