Driving Notes

The Official Blog of WNZR's Afternoon Drive

NZ Top Ten

10. If We’re Honest by Francesca Battestelli
9. Everything Comes Alive by We Are Messengers
8. It’s Not Over Yet by for King and Country
7. Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin
6. The River by Jordan Feliz
5. Finally Home by Matthew West
4. Tell Your Heart to Beat Again by Danny Gokey
3. You are Loved by Stars Go Dim
2. Just Be Held by Casting Crowns
1. Trust in You by Lauren Diagle

Today we debuted Jordan Feliz’s new song Never Too Far Gone.  This is a song from his album, The River.  We also have new music from Phil Wickham.  His new song, Your Love Awakens Me is from his brand new Children of God album.

Today’s Word of the Day is woodnote.  Woodnote is a noun which means, a wild or natural musical tone, as that of a forest bird.

Have a great weekend,

Praises for our Seniors

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Today was Praise Thursday on the Afternoon Drive, and we decided to spend the show talking about our 10 WNZR seniors who img_1637will be graduating from MVNU this Saturday.

We talked about why we’re thankful for each of them and shared memories, and if dsc03216-crop-u36955you have any memories of any of them, feel free to leave a comment below.


Our WNZR Class of 2016 is Wesley Boston, Annabelle Harray, Mariah Powell, Megan Vernon, Miriam Hayslett, Sam Goodman, Emily Blazek, Mike Houck, Amber Ebie,  and Rachel Radcliff. 11393165_10155600286595542_8060267052236696241_n



151206-WNZR Christmas Party 2015-11We’re all truly grateful to have gotten to know these fine folks and for their involvement in WNZR. We wish all of them well as they start this next chapter of life.

Have a great Thursday evening,

Jess & Joe

Let’s tell some stories!

Today is the last show Jess and I will do together! We are so grateful to have the opportunity to work for an amazing station and it’s even better to work with friends!

It’s Who Knew Wednesday on the Afternoon Drive and today is Tell A Story Day!  Jess and I shared some stories about ourselves.  Why is Today dedicated to telling stories? Well tells us why.

Tell a Story Day is celebrated in the United States, Scotland and the United Kingdom. The aim of the day to get participants telling, sharing and listening to each others stories. It is a celebration of the art of oral storytelling in all of its many forms, whether it be fiction or non-fiction, a tall tale, or folklore. The stories may be told from memory or from a book. Events can be held in community centres, churches, homes and gardens, hospitals, libraries, schools or more unusual venues!

The origin of the day is unknown, but there is surely a story to tell about it – maybe you can make one up for the next Tell a Story Day!

Share a story with your friends and family! Remissness on the memories you made together!   It will be fun to look back and remember all the great things you’ve done with those you love!

Don’t forget the WORD OF THE DAY! Today’s word is alfresco. It is an adverb that means, out-of-doors; the open air; outdoor.

Have a great Wednesday,



Game Time Tuesday – 4/26

Today was Game Time Tuesday on the Afternoon Drive!

We played song poetry using these lyrics: Stay where it’s safer / claim faith but waiver
/ Is this how we’re really meant to live? Brendan from Gambier called in and correctly guessed that those lyrics belong to Natalie Grant’s song Be One.

Heather from Centerburg was our winner for Name That Tune, correctly answering that the clip we played was from Fix My Eyes by For King & Country.

Both Heather and Brendan picked up a $5 gift certificate to Pier House Coffee Shop in Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Make sure you head over here to check out all the information on Mom’s Night Out, our free event that is taking place next weekend.

Our Word of the Day was puckish (puhk-ish), which is an adjective meaning mischievous or impish. You can read more on that here.

We also told you our updated Lifeline 2016 total of $67,730! Thank you so much for your continued support of our station!

Have a terrific Tuesday evening!

-Jess & Joe


Mystery Monday minus 108 years!


photo from Chicago Cubs

Today’s Mystery Monday trivia question was from 1908, the last year that Eddie’s favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, won the World Series.

Our three questions and answers:

  • who did the Cubs beat in the World Series that year?  The Detroit Tigers
  • who was elected US President three weeks later? William Howard Taft
  • where were the summer Olympics held that year? London

Congratulations to Alex from Fredericktown, who answered correctly and wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley and the Pier House Coffee Shop!

Our word of the day was juxtapose (JUX-tuh-pose), which is a verb meaning to place or deal with close together for contrasting effect.

Thanks for listening!

-Joe and Eddie


NZ Top Ten

10. My Story by Big Daddy Weave
9. Flawless by MercyMe
8.  It’s Not Over Yet by Building 429
7. Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin
6.  Tell Your Heart to Beat Again by Danny Gokey
5. The River by Jordan Feliz
4. Grace Wins by Matthew West
3. You Are Loved by Stars Go Dim
2. Just Be Held by Casting Crowns
1. Trust in You by Lauren Daigle

Moms – we want to see YOU on Saturday, May 7th Friday at Mom’s Night Out with WNZR!
The event will be held on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Plan to be part of this fun FREE event!
When is it? Saturday, May 7th
What time is it? 6:00pm
Where is it? Jetter School of Business (JSB building) on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University
We will be watching Laughing in the Dark – the true story of Chonda Pierce.

Go to now and see the trailer for Laughing in the Dark.
Tickets are FREE, but seating is limited. Tickets are now available at the Gospel Supply Shop, 117 South Main Street in downtown Mount Vernon or at the WNZR Studios in Founders Hall on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University. So make sure to pick up your tickets THIS week. We will also have tickets available at the door.

Word of the Day
biota (by-OH-tuh)
1. the animals, plants, fungi, etc., of a region or period.

Have a great weekend,

Praise Thursday

Today on the Afternoon Drive we took a ride to the movies! We dove into the meaning of the Kendrick Brother’s movie, War Room and the meaning of prayer.

We used the You Version Bible App and you can check out the devotional here.

Remember to create a battle plan for taking down the enemy.  The Kendrick Brothers help us have a richer prayer life that will bring us closer to God.

We also met our new co-host Eddie! He is a freshman from Gahanna, Ohio.  Eddie is a Journalism and Media Production major and enjoys the rocky road ice cream in the MVNU dinning commons!  We are so excited to have him on board!

We can’t forget the Word of the Day!
gimcrack [jim-krak]
1.a showy, useless trifle; gewgaw.
2.showy but useless.

Have a great Thursday!

Who knew about allergies?

It’s that time the year when the sniffle and sneezes happen.  Spring allergies have arrived! This is the time we start asking ourselves, Why? How? What?  Who Knew Wednesday was all about allergies on the Afternoon Drive!

WebMD says, “The biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen — tiny grains released into the air by trees, grasses, and weeds for the purpose of fertilizing other plants. When pollen grains get into the nose of someone who’s allergic, they send the immune system into overdrive.”

Do you want to get rid of these pesky allergens?  The Morning Thing found 9 ways to to do just that! Check out this article from  We can fight the sniffles!

We can’t forget the Word of the Day! Today’s word is hoi polloi. It is a noun and means; the masses.  Now you can sound smarter to your friends!

Have a great Wednesday night!

Game Time and Road Trip Tuesday


Today I stayed in-house giving you a chance to win with Game Time Tuesday while Jess traveled with the WNZR crew (Marcy, Jenna, Rachel, Emily and Cameron) to see ‘This Is Winter Jam,’ a one-night movie simulcast event.

Today’s song poetry was from Hollyn’s song ‘Alone,’ while Name That Tune was from Chris Tomlin’s ‘Forever.’ Congratulations to Damika and Kendrick, who both won $5 gift certificates from Troyer’s of Apple Valley and the Pier House Coffee Shop!

Today’s Word of the Day was KOINE (koy-NAY), which is a noun meaning the Greek language commonly spoken and written in eastern Mediterranean countries in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Thanks for listening!


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