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Who Knew?- Fair edition

IMG_20160726_135413052_HDRWNZR’S Kelsey Bryte with Case Armstrong at the Fair!

Today Knox County Fair week brought a Who Knew Wednesday trivia question:

In what month and in what year was the first Knox County Fair?

The answer was October, 1849 – 167 years ago, making 2016 the 168th annual Knox County Fair.

Here’s a little more information from the Knox County Historical Society’s website:
In the winter of 1846-47, a group of farmers formed the Morris (Township) Agricultural Club, and in November of 1847 they held a one-day fair on the farm of William Bonar, displaying grains, fruit and livestock. From this simple beginning came the organization now known as The Knox County Agricultural Society, which held its first county-wide fair on October 23 and 24, 1849. From its earliest days, the Society was dedicated to “encouraging the improvements of farm products, including farm stock of all kinds, and the products of domestic industry and skill – in short, all that pertains to rural comfort, convenience, and elegance, as well as the products of the skilled artisan and mechanic.” 

Congratulations to Mia from Mount Vernon who won the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Our Word of the Day is doff (DAHF), which is a verb meaning to take off a garment of clothing, or to remove your hat as a salute or tribute to someone.

Thanks for listening!


Game Time Tuesday from The Knox County Fair!

Frog at the Fair

That Picture is of a Frog we found at our tent today at the Knox County Fair.  Cute little guy stuck around for around 2 hours.

On Today’s show it was Game Time Tuesday so we played Song Poetry.  Our song was TobyMac with Move (Keep Walking) and our winner was Danielle from Gambier.  We also gave away tickets to Lecrae’s performance at the Ohio State Fair, congratulations to Cindy from Belleville who won those.

Our word of the day is Pidgin a noun which means a simplified speech used for communication between people with different languages.

For more information about the Knox County Fair check out or website and for the full schedule for the Knox County Fair head to their website

Mystery Monday, Fair-style!

dsc03774Here’s Joe preparing to sample some lamb meatballs while judging at the annual
Knox County Fair lamb cook-off Sunday.

This week we’re live at the Knox County Fair bringing you updates and interviews.  Today’s Mystery Monday question also had to do with the fair’s history:

The land where the Knox County Fairgrounds sits was purchased by the Knox County Commissioners in 1928 for $9,000.  What year was the current grandstand built?

The answer? 1932…and it was erected by the Mount Vernon Bridge Company.  Read more about Knox County Fair history by clicking here. Congratulations to Karolyn of Mount Vernon who won the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

We also gave away a pair of tickets to see Lecrae at the Ohio State Fair this Thursday, July 28th. Congratulations to Lori from Mount Vernon who won the tickets. We’ll give away our last pair tomorrow!

Our Word of the Day today was pantechnicon, which is a British noun meaning a moving van or a furniture van.

Thanks for listening!


NZ Top 10 for July 22

PhotoGrid_1469221556019This week’s NZ Top 10:

10. Citizen Way – When I’m With You (coming to Sonfest 2016!)
9. Stars Go Dim – You Are Loved
8. Aaron Shust – Ever Be
7. Jonny Diaz – Breathe
6. Jeremy Camp – Christ in Me
5. TobyMac – Move
4. Danny Gokey – Tell Your Heart to Breathe Again
3. Lauren Daigle – Trust in You
2. 7eventh Time Down – God is on the Move
1. Ryan Stevenson f/Gabe Real – Eye of the Storm see the NEW acoustic video here

Our New Music Friday songs include:
Finding Favour – Refuge see the lyric video HERE (they are also coming to Sonfest 2016)
Crowder – My Victory see the video HERE
Matthew West – Mended see the lyric video here 

Our Word of the Day is woolgathering, which is an indulgence in idle fantasies and daydreaming; it’s like absentmindedness. It can also mean collecting the wool from sheep that gets caught on bushes.

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


The values series: Worship


Today we continue our values series, inspired by the book #Struggles by Pastor Craig Groeschel of Read more about the book here.

Today we’re focused on worship, which is the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration, usually towards a deity.  Our struggle is that worship can sometimes turn away from God and to other things.  The temptations?  Vehicles, relationships, positions, television shows, social media, homes, bank accounts…they can all distract us.

Craig reminds us in the book that nothing is worth more that having a growing passion for our loving God. There’s plenty of scripture that talks about this – I mean, it’s in the Ten Commandments! (Exodus 20:3-5).

Mark 8:34-37 also reminds us that letting our souls be consumed with anything but God isn’t worth it: 34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said:“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

We will never be satisfied when we let our souls be consumed with anything but God. So it may be time to tear down some of the idols that are trying to build kingdoms in our heart. Maybe it’s time to take an inventory of our social media use, when research says that 80% of our posting is about us and our lives.

God has something better for us.

Thanks for listening!


Who Knew: the Moon landing


Buzz Aldrin walks down the ladder from the Eagle to the moon’s surface. Neil Armstrong took this photo (courtesy NASA).

Today marks the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.  Ohio’s own Neil Armstrong, along with Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, left Earth on July 16, 1969 to embark on this historic mission. They returned on July 24, splashing down near Hawaii.

We’ve got all kinds of WHO KNEW trivia tidbits, or Moon rocks, for you today…

NASA’s archive, including pictures, videos and stories from Apollo 11 can be found at this link.

Author Craig Nelson wrote Rocket Men back in 2009 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing.  He shares some interesting information in this article from Popular Science magazine.

Finally, you can test your Apollo 11 knowledge with this quiz from the National Geographic website.

Today’s Word of the Day is aeronautics, a noun for the science or practice of travel through the air.

Thanks for listening!



Game Time Tuesday

Today it is Game Time Tuesday, so we had two chances for people to win with Song Poetry and Name That Tune.

Briley of Howard correctly guessed our Song Poetry song Love and The Outcome, The God I Know.  Our Name That Tune for today was Just Be Held by Casting Crowns, which Sally gave us the correct answer to.  Both Briley and Sally will take home a gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley, whose website you can find here at

Our word of the day is Raconteur, which is a noun that means a person who excels in telling anecdotes.

Mini Mystery Box


If you missed today’s Mystery Monday (Mystery Box) item, it was a packet of M&M’s Minis. Eddie looks either excited or wary of these candies…I can’t tell which…

We also took some time today to share about the new sport of footgolf, which is a different form of traditional golf.  You use your feet instead of clubs, a soccer ball instead of a golf ball, and a 21 inch cup instead of the smaller one.  Read more about Centerburg’s course at Table Rock Golf Course by clicking here.


Our word of the day is ambrosial, an adjective meaning something especially pleasing to taste or smell.

Thanks for listening!


NZ Top 10 + New Music – 7/15

Here’s this week’s NZ Top 10:

10: You Are Loved – Stars Go Dim

9: Ever Be – Aaron Shust

8: Just Be Held – Casting Crowns

7: Christ In Me – Jeremy Camp

6: Move – TobyMac

5: Breathe – Jonny Diaz

4: Tell Your Heart To Beat Again – Danny Gokey

3: Trust In You – Lauren Daigle

2: God Is On The Move – 7eventh Time Down

1: Eye of the Storm – Ryan Stevenson


NEW MUSIC ADDS (Click each for a video)

Live It Well – Switchfoot

To Live Is Christ – Sidewalk Prophets


Our Word of the Day was ostracize (AH-struh-syze), a verb meaning to exile or exclude from a group. You can read more on that here.

Joe had the chance to explore some of the Woodward Opera House today that is currently under construction and he snapped some pictures of the renovations while he was there. Check them our below!

Don’t forget to head over to Matthew West’s Twitter (which you can find by clicking here), to get a FREE download of his song Every Tear. You can also check out the lyric video over here.

Have a great weekend!


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