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NZ Top 10 for 4/20/18

There’s a new #1 this week on the countdown…maybe the image above gave you a hint…
Here’s the list:

10. Micah Tyler – Different
9. Jordan Feliz – Witness
8. Zach Williams – Fear is a Liar
7. Sidewalk Prophets – Come to the Table
6. Casting Crowns – God of All My Days
5. All My Hope – Crowder w/Tauren Wells
4. Tauren Wells – When We Pray
3. Tenth Avenue North – Control
2. Cory Asbury – Reckless Love
1. TobyMac – I Just Need U

This week’s New Music Friday features:
Rend Collective – Counting Every Blessing – VIDEO link in the title

Matt Redman f/Tasha Cobbs Leonard – Gracefully Broken

Thanks for listening!
– Joe


Praise Thursday!

Today Lilly and I jumped back into chapter one of “Can God be Trusted In Our Trials?” By Tony Evans.

Today we talked about “Adding It Up” and “This Will Be On The Test” sections of Chapter One.

Adding it up was digging into what some of the specific words in our ” Theme verses”  for basically this whole book.

James 1:2-4 – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” 

That word “consider” is a divine mathematical term for adding up what your trials are doing and come up with the true answer, which is “all joy”.

We also talked about the word “encounter” in this verse and how it means to run into something, not something to bring you down on your own head.

Overall, in this section, we learned that we will encounter trials just by being alive.  In fact, Jesus said in John 16:33 “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world”

This will be on the test was about how God uses trials like tests in school to help us prepare for the next spiritual level! God is taking the time to grow us into who he wants us to be!

Today we gave away not one, not two, but THREE sets (That is six tickets) to the MVNU spring musical “Leader of the Pack” with there opening night being – well tonight!

Congratulations to Saunja from Mount Vernon, Doug from Mount Vernon and Monica from monica who won the tickets to “Leader Of the Pack”!!

Game Time and Inspiration!

Today’s first Game Time contest featured these lyrics for Song Poetry:

When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why
Look into the eyes of the broken-hearted…

The song was “Speak Life” by TobyMac – congratulations to Tanya of Howard who won the $5 gift certificate from Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

We also gave away tickets to the Outcry Worship Tour – congratulations to Bernalle of Mount Vernon who was our 5th caller…to our cue to call song “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music.

Hannah also shared a devotional from the Outcry speaker, Christine Caine. Here’s the link to the devotional Faithfulness leads to Fruitfulness!

The Spelling EEB topic was orchestra, but we didn’t have a winner…so it’s a stumper for next week!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

The NZ Top 10 4/13

It’s a beautiful day for a countdown!

10. Fear is a Liar – Zach Williams
9. O’Lord – Lauren Daigle
8. Different – Micah Tyler
7. God of All My Days – Casting Crowns
6. Come to the Table – Sidewalk Prophets
5. Reckless Love – Cory Asbury
4. All My Hope – Crowder ft. Tauren Wells
3. I Just Need U – TobyMac
2. When We Pray – Tauren Wells
1. Control (Somehow You Want Me) – Tenth Avenue North

New Music Friday brought us two new songs!
Check out Gracefully Broken from Matt Redman and Tasha Cobbs.
Also check out Do It Again from Elevation Worship.

Our NZ Rewind took us back to 2007!
Let Sanctus Real take you back with “We Need Each Other
Also, Chris Tomlin with “How Can I Keep from Singing“.

Our Behind the Mic Feature today came courtesy of Family Force 5!
Hear their song ‘Let it be Love” and the story behind it!

Finally, the NZ Top 10 Back to Back spotlight fell on For King and Country.
Listen to their songs “Fix My Eyes” and “O God Forgive Us” featuring KB.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Lilly

Game Time Tuesday!

Today we played Song Poetry and Spelling EEB, but we also played another game for you to win two tickets to MVNU’s upcoming musical “Leader of the Pack”… Beth from Howard won those tickets.

It’s also ‘uplifting’ Tuesday where we share some uplifting news and a devotional from Sarah Young’s “Jesus Always.” If you would like to know more about Sarah Young and her work, click HERE.  

HERE is the uplifting new story about a wedding cake disaster that took a turn for the better.

Brittney from Mount Vernon was our Song Poetry winner for identifying “Shoulders” by For King and Country.

Kathy from Mount Vernon won Spelling EEB for correctly spelling ALABASTER backwards in less than 30 seconds!  Here’s the color by the way…


Thanks for listening!
– Hannah

Pet Day Who Knew!

36.5% of US households own a dog, 30.4% own cats, 3.1% own birds and 1.5% own horses. Starting a blog with a statistic like that must mean it’s pet day!


  • 94% of pet owners say their animal pal makes them smile more than once a day.
  • Pet owners in the United States spent $60.28 billion on their furry friends in 2015.
  • Nearly 80 million U.S. households have a pet, and 42 percent of those households have more than one.
  • 81 percent of cat owners let their cats sleep on the bed.
  • 73 percent of dog owners let their dogs sleep on the bed.
  • Forty-five percent of pet owners say they occasionally (or frequently) buy presents for their animals.
  • 90% of pet owners say they consider their pet a member of the family.

Dogs and cats are the most common household animals, so of course, we have some fun facts about our furry friends.

  • Dalmatians are born without spots!  They are born with plain white coats with their first spots appearing after they are 1week old.
  • Nine percent of dog owners will have a birthday party for their pet.
  • Every dog has a unique nose print with no two alike.
  • Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.
  • Cats have no collarbone, which is one reason they are so flexible.
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs have about ten!
  • Cats don’t typically meow at each other—that’s a communication tool reserved for their humans.
  • A cat’s tongue is scratchy because it’s lined with papillae—tiny elevated backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place.


Ever ask yourself what the most popular pet names are?
For dogs…
Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, and Jack are the 5 most popular male dog names.
Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Luna, and Lola are the 5 most popular female dog names.

And for cats?
Nala, Luna, Bella, Daisy and Abby are the top 5 female cat names.
Simba, Tiger, Milo, Bear and Oreo are the top 5 male cat names.


Here’s what you need…

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 salmon portions SKIN ON
    (1 oz per every 10 pounds your dog weighs) plus any amount you would like
  • 1 squash
  • 1 head of broccoli (with stem)
  • 3 potatoes (any kind)2 carrots

For the dog portion…

  • Cut broccoli stem, peel carrots and cut squash. Keep the peelings as this is for your dog. Mix together and steam in rice cooker or bake in oven.
  • Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil on your potatoes and place them in the oven.
  • Pan fry salmon in 1 table spoon olive oil with skin on. Start with skin side down on the pan at a medium temp. After flipping, pull off crisp salmon skin off both pieces of salmon and place in dog bowl.
  • Once everything is finished cooking mix all together in dog bowl. Chop to small bitesize for ease and a cleaner floor!

For the human portion…

  • Cut broccoli, carrots, squash and steam in rice cooker.
  • Slice potato chips with a slicer.  If you only have a knife, make french fries instead. Trying to cut thin potato chips by hand is not easy.
  • Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil on your potatoes and place them in the oven.
  • Pan fry salmon in 1 table spoon olive oil with skin on. Start with skin side down on the pan at a medium temp. After flipping pull off crisp salmon skin off both pieces of salmon and place in dog bowl.




Here’s me with my goofy pupper, Tula
And below, my first dog, Pokey!




Here’s the Rinehart family Yorkie, Belle.









This one to the left is my friend Megan’s cat, named Charlie.

This one here to the right is another one of Megan’s cats, Buttercup.






This cutie here is Mariah Kick’s (WNZR Graphic and Web Designer) dog, Oscar.







This sweetheart here is one of Lexie Merritt’s  (On-Air DJ) many animals, her dog, Ringo!






Lexie also has a cat. Meet Shmonster!





This little cutie is Abbi Brown’s (On-Air DJ) doberman puppy, Riggs.




The handsome guy on the right completes the Brown’s Doberman duo, Blue.







This is Jaxon Yoder (WNZR Staff member) with his adorable Boxer dog, Star.






This is Daisy Lu, she’s Danielle Zoellner’s (On-Air DJ) little baby!







This is Cierra Strawser’s (On-Air DJ) cute pride and joy, a Great Dane by the name of Daisy.

One from when she was a baby, and one from a little more recently.



This is one of Hannah Radke’s (Afternoon Drive Co-Host) cute little cats, Uncle Sam (or Sammy for short).





This is Abby Fairless’s (WNZR Promotions Director) little puppy, Lexie!






Thanks for listening!!! Please enjoy our pictures of our pets!
-Lilly and Joe

NZ Top 10 for 4/6/18

Here’s this week’s countdown:

10 – Jesus, I Believe BIG DADDY WEAVE
9 – God of All My Days CASTING CROWNS
8 – Different MICAH TYLER
7 – Reckless Love CORY ASBURY
6 – Come to the Table SIDEWALK PROPHETS
5 – I Just Need U TOBYMAC
3 – When We Pray TAUREN WELLS
1- Control (Somehow You Want Me) TENTH AVENUE NORTH

We also added three new songs this week – click the artist’s names for the video links!
He Still Does (Miracles) from HAWK NELSON
hawk nelson miracles

Grace Got You from MERCY ME f/ JOHN REUBEN
mercyme grace
Do It Again ELEVATION WORSHIP  plus, see the lyric video here
elevation do it

Praise Thursday: A New Series!

Today Lilly and I jumped right into a new book that will be a series for the next few weeks!

This book is called ” Can God Be Trusted in Our Trials?” by Tony Evans – That title pretty much sums up what this book is about.

We started where most people start books, chapter one!  This chapter was titled “Our trials have a positive purpose.”

Today on the show we talked about the first two sections of chapter 1.

The first section that we coved was the introduction. This laid the groundwork for what trials are. The “Biblical definition of trials…are adverse or negative circumstances that God either brings about directly or allows in order to develop us spiritually.”

In this introduction, we also shared a verse, that I believe we will be talking about a lot, that is:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4 

We sum up this part with the quote “God is not telling us to be joyful about the pain but about the purpose and the outcome of the pain, which is our spiritual completeness and maturity.

We then started the second section, which is titled “Joy Vs. Happiness” – We talked about how happiness is more of a feeling and how our happiness levels can change within a second. “Our feelings respond to the information we are fed to them, whether it is true or not.”

We will be continuing this topic next week!

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Afternoon Drive! – Hannah Radke


Cordon Bleu Who Knew!

Taking on another food topic today: Cordon Bleu!

cordon bleu or schnitzel cordon bleu is a dish of meat wrapped around cheese (or with cheese filling), then breaded and pan-fried or deep-fried. Veal or pork cordon bleu is made of veal or pork pounded thin and wrapped around a slice of ham and a slice of cheese, breaded, and then pan fried or baked.[1] For chicken cordon bleu chicken breast is used instead of veal.  Ham cordon bleu is ham stuffed with mushrooms and cheese.

The French term cordon bleu is translated as “blue ribbon”.[4] According to Larousse Gastronomique cordon bleu “was originally a wide blue ribbon worn by members of the highest order of knighthood, L’Ordre des chevaliers du Saint-Esprit, instituted by Henri III of France in 1578. By extension, the term has since been applied to food prepared to a very high standard and to outstanding cooks. The analogy no doubt arose from the similarity between the sash worn by the knights and the ribbons (generally blue) of a cook’s apron.”

The origins of cordon bleu as a schnitzel filled with cheese are in Switzerland, probably about the 1940s, first mentioned in a cookbook from 1949. The earliest reference to “chicken cordon bleu” in The New York Times is dated to 1967, while similar veal recipes are found from at least 1955

There are many variations of the recipe, all of which involve a cutlet, cheese, and meat. A popular way to prepare chicken cordon bleu is to butterfly cut a chicken breast, place a thin slice of ham inside, along with a thin slice of a soft, easily melted cheese such as Swiss. The chicken breast is then rolled into a roulade, coated in bread crumbs and then deep fried.[7] Other variations exist with the chicken baked[8]rather than fried.

And Joe had one of his favorite Cordon Bleu variations to share…
The Cordon Bleu Grinder…
Chicken Cordon Bleu
With chicken, Honey Mustard, Ham, Swiss, Lettuce, Tomato & Mayo!

So delicious!
Thanks for listening!
-Joe and Lilly

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