Driving Notes

The Official Blog of WNZR's Afternoon Drive

News and contests!

Today we featured both a news story and a contest with our friend, Matthew West

Matthew recently joined the lineup for a marriage-focused Getaway Tour – read the full release here from

Francesca M. Healy

These are the voices, these are the lies,
and I have believed them, for the very last time…

Kari from Mount Vernon was our winner – they are from Matthew West’s “Hello My Name Is”…she wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

We also shared information about the announcement that Passion will be headlining this year’s Sonfest at MVNU – read more here!

Name That Tune (2)

was Tauren Wells’ “God’s Not Done with You”…congratulations to Jamie from Danville who guessed correctly!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd


More vacation tips!

Todd and I continued sharing tips today to reduce vacation stress…

Today’s thoughts:

  • don’t set your expectations too high – be realistic!
  • get in sync with the other people you travel with
  • learn how to relax
  • don’t ditch your usual routine
  • take time out from your devices
  • give yourself time between work and vacation – don’t just jump from one to the other

Read the full article here from Reader’s Digest 

Our Mystery Monday trivia question was Family Feud-style:

Name the top two percentages most people tip for good service…
1 – 20%
2 – 15%
Congratulations to Mari who won the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

NZ Top 10 for 6/14/19

Happy Friday! Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. Bethel Music – Raise a Hallelujah
9. MercyMe – Best News Ever
8. Switch f/Dillon Chase – Symphony
7. Newsboys – Greatness of Our God
6. Big Daddy Weave – Alive
5. Elevation Worship – Resurrecting
4. I Am They – Scars
3. Danny Gokey – Haven’t Seen It Yet
2. Pat Barrett f/Cory Asbury – Build My Life
1. for King and Country – God Only Knows

for New Music Friday, our new songs this week include:

Jason Gray – I’m Gonna Let It Go
click the image to see the official video!
Jason Gray Gonna Let

Vertical Worship – Yes I Will
click the image to see the video!
Vertical Worship Yes I Will

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Modeling how to handle fear and forgiveness

Today, we continue our devotions from the book “Time with God for Fathers” by Jack Countryman.  Our focus today is on the important role of parenting in helping model two things: overcoming fear and forgiving.

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

God has promised that his grace is sufficient for any need that you may have. As a father, the security and strength that your children need comes from your willingness to build a bond of love and a bond of confidence that cannot be broken.

Each of us has faced fear at some point in life; it is what we do with that fear that matters the most. What do we do? We claim our position as a child of God who has been given the Holy Spirit as our guide and protector. We then apply God’s word to our life, giving us the power to overcome fear.

Deuteronomy 31:8
He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

When you’re fearing a situation or emotional challenge, really envision God saying this, just to you. I’m on your side. I’ll never turn on you. Some of our lowest, most painful moments in life can also be our closest times with the Lord.


Psalm 103: 8-12

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

When you forgive your children for something they’ve done that has been disappointing or has been hurtful, you are showing exactly what your heavenly father does when you fail to live up to his standard for your life. You’re emulating his love.

Forgiveness breaks down the walls that separate you from the love of your children and it opens the door to reconciliation. The unconditional love that our heavenly father has promised to you is the same kind of love needed by those God has given you to nurture and raise.

Let nothing interfere with God’s gracious gift of forgiveness…and the reward you receive will bless you richly.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

The project moves forward!

Today we spent time talking about some of the ins and outs of the exciting projects happening on the Mount Vernon High School, Middle School and Mount Vernon Nazarene University campus.  The “Access to Opportunity” project includes four main pieces:

  • the Mount Vernon Avenue bridge replacement, which includes improvements to Cougar Drive
  • the Mount Vernon High School field house
  • the Mount Vernon Schools transportation and maintenance building and extension of Yellow Jacket Drive
  • the Mount Vernon Nazarene University soccer and lacrosse stadium

Here are some renderings of the field house and stadium:

MVHS field house

soccer field

Groundbreaking for the soccer and lacrosse stadium was Monday, while the earth is already moving for the field house and transportation building. Mount Vernon City Engineer Brian Ball shared with us that the bridge project will get moving once the bid process and contracts have been approved.

We’ll keep you posted as the progress continues!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

New parents and a new label!

Today Todd shared stories of a new mom and a new label…

Jamie Grace Collins and her husband Aaron are proud parents. Read the story here from

Matt Redman also has a new label – read more here from

Francesca M. Healy
To hear that little voice inside saying, “I came to give you life
So spread your wings and fly.”

The song is Jamie Grace’s “Do Life Big” – congratulations to Haley of Danville who wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Name That Tune (2)

Today’s song was “Completely” by Ledger – congratulations to Aubrey from Butler!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

NZ Top 10 For 06/07/19

Here was the Countdown for This Week

  1. God Only Knows- For King and Country
  2. Build My Life- Fat Barrett/Cory Asbury
  3. Scars- I Am They
  4. Haven’t Seen It Yet- Danny Gokey
  5. Resurrecting- Elevation Worship
  6. Alive- Big Daddy Weave
  7. Greatness of Our God- Newsboys
  8. Maybe It’s Okay- We Are Messengers
  9. Best News Ever- MercyMe
  10. Symphony- Switch/Dillon Chase


crowder let it rain

Break Out Hit of The Week: Let It Rain (Is There Anybody)- Crowder/Mandisa


Image result for greater than all my regrets album cover

New Music Friday: Greater Than All My Regrets- Tenth Avenue North


Thanks for Listening!- Todd

Praise Thursday

Today we continued are devotion from “Time with God for Fathers” by Jack Countryman. We talked about the relationship between discipline and love as well as the special love God gives to those in trouble.

Discipline and Love Go Hand and Hand 

Hebrews 12:9-11 New International Version (NIV):  

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Now no one likes to be disciplined, especially as adults. Like the verse says it never feels good in the moment. But when we choose to cooperate with God when he corrects us, blessing are sure to follow. It’s during these times our hearts and minds our open to his mercy and grace. It’s also here were we can be blessed with an opportunity for a closer walk with him. When we learn from our discipline, we learn to follow his will and then can do all things through the holy spirit in us.


Special Love For Troubled Fathers

1 Peter 1:6-8 New International Version (NIV)

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,


God knows you face difficult situations. He hears your cries even if he doesn’t answer when you want him too.  The fact of the matter is, no one is immune to feelings of hopelessness in dark situations. Sometimes, he’ll let these situations unfold to see where you turn too. It’s a way for Him to test your faith in him and strengthen it as well. When you fall back on him in times of trouble, he will give you the strength and comfort to make it through. In turn, this will bring you closer to him so you can further his kingdom! He can take the darkest situations in your life, and make them into something beautiful

Who Knew it Was June?

Today we talked with Carrie Hyman about June First Friday! It’s the first First Friday so there’s a lot of buzz! This year’s theme is Summer Celebration!

WNZR will be there too with one of our signature prize baskets! This one is called the Shape Up, Clean up, Drink Up, Dress Up and Soak Up Prize Basket valued at over 240$! Head to for full details on the prize basket giveaway!

Also a congratulations to Melissa from Mount Vernon for answering our Who Knew Wednesday Trivia Question. She correctly listed two items in our prize basket!

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