Driving Notes

The Official Blog of WNZR's Afternoon Drive

B429’s tour and BDW’s album

Today’s Artist Newsday stories focused on:

  • a fall tour from Building 429 and Britt Nicole
    STORY HERE from
    Schedule link HERE from Premiere Productions
  • Big Daddy Weave’s new album release and pre-sale
    STORY HERE from
  • you can see the Michael W. Smith ’35 Years of Friends’ concert On-Demand
    with TBN – find out how HERE

Today’s Song Poetry lyrics were:

He’s coming on the clouds, kings and kingdoms will bow down
And every chain will break, as broken hearts declare His praise.

The song? ‘The Lion and the Lamb’ by Big Daddy Weave – congratulations to Kelly from Mount Vernon who wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

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Honor Starts with God and He will Stay with You

Today we continued our devotional, “Time With God For Father’s” by Jack Countryman!


God Promise’s You Will Never Be Alone
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 New International Version (NIV)

16″ May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

The Bible tells us over and over again that God will never leave us or forsake us. He is eternal, never changing and he reminds us of this in Malachi (Ma-li-keye) 3:6- “I am the Lord I do not change.” We should invite God into our lives during the best of times and the worst of times. As long as you give him the invitation, he will always want to come in. He will forever be your comforter and an encouragement


Honor starts with God
Proverbs 3 9-10. “Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the first fruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

Sometimes it is hard for us to remember that everything we own really belongs to God. And just as he blesses us with good things everyday, we should strive to bless others. When we do this, we become the hands and feet of God.

Jack writes about how God notices our everyday decisions and actions. He knows what we need when we need it and invites us to ask for his council. He is waiting to bless us with his love and grace and wants us to serve him by blessing others.

Thanks for Listening

New York City edition…

This week, we’re focused on some WNZR crew are headed to the Big Apple, but also how New York City is coming to Mount Vernon this weekend.

Joe and Marcy are traveling to NYC later this week, as their daughter Rachel leaves for her semester at The King’s College.

The traveling exhibit, ‘Never Forget,’ is also headed to Mount Vernon this Saturday – you can find out more by clicking this link to the Ariel-Foundation Park website.  The exhibit will be open from 10am until 5pm. We shared Wesley Boston’s conversation with Carrie Haver…and you can hear it again tomorrow on The Morning Thing.

Today’s trivia: About how many times a year, on average, does lightning strike The Empire State Building?

The answer? 23 times a year.

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

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Danny Gokey and Hillsong Worship (with a bonus from John Cooper)

First up we have a new addition to the Gokey Family! Little Emanuel Daniel Gokey was born August 17th! You can read all about it here!


Meanwhile Hillsong Worship is going global with a new Spanish Album. There’s a lot to unpack here so take a look!


Finally as a bit of a bonus story, in light of some recent controversy in the christian artist community, John Cooper from Skillet shared his thoughts on the situation. You can check that out here.


For Song Poetry we had Francesca Battistelli’s “Strangely Dim”   Congratulations to Katie from Mt. Vernon for guessing correctly! Name that Tune was a stumper we will bring back next week



Thanks For Listing


Knockout Books?

Today’s Mystery Monday “Family Feud” question was:
Name a book that could knock you out if someone hit you over the head with it.

The top 5 answers:
1- Dictionary
2- Encyclopedia
3- Bible
4- Phone Book
5- War and Peace

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

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

NZ Top 10 for 8/16/19

10. Let It Rain (Is There Anybody)- Crowder/ Mandisa
9. Fear No More- Building 429
8. God Only Knows- For King and Country
7. Scars- I am They
6. God’s Not Done With You- Tauren Wells
5. Symphony- Switch/ Dillon Chase
4. Haven’t Seen It Yet- Danny Gokey
3. Reason- Unspoken
2. Raise A Hallelujah- Bethel Music
1. Alive- Big Daddy Weave


New music this week!

Power- We Are Messengers
Unstoppable God- Sanctus Real

Thanks for Listening

The Long Walk Home

Today we continue our devotion from the book “Time with God for Fathers by Jack Countryman.” Our focus is going to be on keeping joy throughout our walk and living for God’s ambition during that walk.

The Long Walk Home

1 Peter 1:8-9

“Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith – the salvation of your soul.”

The Christian life is intended to be both taken seriously and full of joy. It takes a spirit-filled, conscious effort to contemplate our faith in a way that brings a noticeable positive impact in our lives.

But how could we not be joyful knowing the creator of everything, knows, cares for and loves every single one of us?

As you go through this life, walk in step with the one who loves you dearly, and do your best to let that love show.

Looking out for Number Two

Philippians 2:3-4

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interest of others.”

 The whole idea behind this verse is living for something other than ourselves. Specifically, God and his ambitions. Especially in today’s culture, that is so hard to do. We want to live FOR US, our desire and ambition are often the driving for behind how we live.

God wants to live through us. So our thoughts and actions should be centered around that concept. That might mean reaching out to someone who makes us uncomfortable or giving up something we know isn’t good for us. First and for most, we are to help forward the kingdom.

It’s important to note though, that this verse also does encourage self-care and ambition when it says “Let each of you look out not only for your own self-interest…”

NOT ONLY is the key phrase there. God doesn’t want us to neglect ourselves. Often, you’ll find that what God wants for your life is also beneficial to you. Therefore, by focusing on God’s interest, you indirectly satisfy your own.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Praisestock this weekend!

Today we highlighted Todd’s conversation with Dave Ewart about Praisestock – this coming Sunday, August 18th at Ariel-Foundation Park’s Schnormeier Event Center.

Some key points:

  • the celebration is from 10am – 6pm
  • Praisestock has evolved from a long-term outreach of Owl Creek Baptist Church to now include Apostolic Christian Church, Covenant Church, Grace Community Church, New Life Church of the Nazarene, The Salvation Army and Vineyard Church of Knox County.
  • the community worship service starts at 10
  • there will be food trucks

Use this link to find out more!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd


Tours and Live Albums!

Today we shared stories about the upcoming tour from We Are Messengers from New Release Tuesday…FIND THE STORY HERE

Plus more about Pat Barrett‘s upcoming LIVE album…CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY

Today’s Song Poetry lyrics were:
Bursting inside us, we cannot contain
Your love will, surely come find us
Like blazing wildfires, singing your name

The answer was “Multiplied” by NEEDTOBREATHE.  Congratulations to Brandon from Howard who wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Today for Name That Tune, we had “Old Church Choir” by Zach Williams – congratulations to Ben of Mount Vernon who wins the certificate!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Attitude of Gratitude

This picture says it all…

We are so thrilled to have been a part of this year’s planning and production of the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival.  This picture represents a small part of our DEMAF family, led by (moving right from me) co-director Trina Trainor (pink hat), Marcy, Hunter, co-director Joe Bell, Rachel, treasurer Heather Brayshaw and Emily.

It’s just another example of how things are better when we do them together!

Thank you to our community for coming to the Festival – after all, it’s for YOU!

Today’s Mystery Monday question was: If you could be a doctor for a day, what are the top two things you would look most forward to?

1- getting a paycheck
2- helping people
3- operating
4- going golfing
5- giving shots
6- vacation

Congratulations to Dan from Howard who wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

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