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NZ Top 10 5/26

It’s been a great week, and there’s no better way to end it than with the NZ Top 10!
Let’s get right to the countdown, shall we?

10. Chain Breaker – Zach Williams
9. Unfinished – Mandisa
8. Rise – Danny Gokey
7.  Never Been a Moment – Micah Tyler
5. I Have this Hope – Tenth Avenue North
4. Home – Chris Tomlin
3. Love Broke Thru – TobyMac
2. What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
1. Even If – MercyMe

Our Behind the Mic feature this week was chosen courtesy of you via a Twitter poll!
The response was immense, so thank you for your participation!
So the Behind the Mic feature this week was from For King and Country!
Check out ‘The Proof of Your Love’ here, and check out their interview with New Release Today here!

Check out our Breakout Hit of the Week, Bulletproof, from Citizen Way here!

Check out our Back to Back Artist, Natalie Grant!
Listen to her songs ‘Be One‘ and ‘Closer to Your Heart

Our rewinds took us back to 2000 this week!
Check out Ginny Owens’ song ‘If You Want me To‘ and

Our New Music Friday feature came to us courtesy of Third Day!
Check out ‘Revival’ here!

Our Fan Choice of the Week goes out to Alliya of Mt. Vernon!
Check out Alliya’s favorite song ‘Alone’ by Hollyn here!


Thanks for listening!
Have a great weekend!

Praise Thursday: Priority of Prayer

Good afternoon! It was a drizzle-filled one here in Mt. Vernon, but we continued our series on prayer today, and we talked about the priority of prayer!

Here’s some of the things we were talking about on the show today!
Prayer is:

  • The key to intimacy between Christ and us
  • Our interaction with our heavenly father like we would interact with an earthly father (Matthew 7: 9-11)
  • Human frailty, joined in communion with divine perfection
  • Too wonderful and important no to do it
  • A big deal to God so it should be a big deal to us

Praying isn’t easy because it requires us to pause and focus our thoughts; it requires us to rely less on self-sufficiency; it requires humility…but…

We need God, so we need to make it a priority!

Prayer should be first in the order of things (I Timothy 2: 1-8)

Jesus prioritized prayer above everything else; his disciples saw this consistently, so that may be why they asked him in Luke 11:1, “teach us how to pray.”

Jesus said in Mark 11:17 that “my house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations…”

Everything else that occupies the church’s time and energy will be lacking in power and blessing and the fragrance of God’s presence if prayer is not kept first.

We can’t make prayer an add-on or an afterthought…

We were never intended to live out the Christian life or accomplish his work on the earth in our own wisdom or strength.  The plan has ALWAYS been to rely on the Holy Spirit and live a life of obedience in prayer.

Acts 1:14 – a deep devotion to prayer was always connected to the success of the New Testament church.

Devoting yourself to something carries the idea of insisting and clinging to something. We see it again in Acts 2:42 and Acts 6:4.

Everywhere we turn, prayer should be there to meet us. When it does, scripture reminds us that we can expect these things to happen:

  • Evangelism of the lost (Colossians 4:3)
  • Cultivation of discipleship (John 17)
  • True Christian fellowship (Acts 2:42)
  • Wise decisions (James 1:5)
  • The overcoming of obstacles (Mark 11:22-24)
  • Needs met (Matthew 6:11)
  • Ignition of true worship (Matthew 6:13)
  • The sparking of revival (2 Chronicles 7:14)

“Father forgive us for relying on our wisdom, strength, energy and ideas rather than abiding in You and seeking You first. Help us lay aside anything that hinders us from pursuing Your best. Help us to prioritize prayer and devote ourselves to it in our personal lives, our families, and our churches. Make our churches truly houses of prayer for all nations. Revive us again, O Lord. Help us walk by Your strength  and bring You great glory in our generation.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Our word of the day today: inanition

noun || in-uh-NISH-un

the exhausted condition that results from lack of food and water
the absence or loss of social, moral, or intellectual vitality or vigor
Inanition describes a state of suffering from either a literal emptiness (of sustenance) or a metaphorical emptiness (of interest or energy), so it should come as no surprise that the word ultimately derives from the same idea in Latin. Inanition, which first appeared in Middle English in the 14th century as in-anisioun, can be traced back to the Latin verb inanire, meaning “to make empty,” which in turn comes from inanis (meaning “empty”). Another far more common descendant of inanis is inane. The family resemblance is clear: inane is used describe things lacking significance or substance.

Thanks for listening!

A Memorial Who Knew!

There’s a difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, but not everyone is entirely sure what that difference is! CNN wrote a good article explaining the difference, check it out below!

Memorial Day: Celebrated the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is the holiday set aside to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military.
The website for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs recounts the start of Memorial Day this way:
“Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.”
The passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 by Congress made it an official holiday.

Veterans Day: This federal holiday falls on November 11 and is designated as a day to honor all who have served in the military. According to, Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918.
“In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans,” the site says. “With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”

There is a really neat website that will tell you all about Memorial Day and you can check out all the history and ways to celebrate Memorial Day here!

Our word of the day today was: malleable
adjective || MAL-ee-uh-bul

This means: capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer or by the pressure of rollers, capable of being altered or controlled by outside forces or influences, or having a capacity for adaptive change.

There is a hint about the origins of malleable in its first definition. The earliest uses of the word, which first appeared in English in the 14th century, referred primarily to metals that could be reshaped by beating with a hammer. The Middle English word malliable comes to us from Medieval Latin malleabilis, which in turn derives from the Latin verb malleare, meaning “to hammer.” Malleare itself was created from the Latin word for “hammer”: malleus. If you have guessed that maul and mallet, other English words for specific types of hammers, can also be traced back to malleus, you have hit the nail on the head.

Thanks for listening!

Uplifting News and Game Time Tues

Good afternoon! We were in need of some uplifting news today, and we provided that for you today! We also provided $5 gift certificates to Troyer’s of Apple Valley with Game Time Tuesday!

Have you ever wanted to sky dive? I’m going to make the conjecture that you’re not 100 years old now, right? Check out the story of the D-Day Veteran who went skydiving for his 100th birthday! Read the whole story here!

Baseball is a great sport and hitting a home run is a really big deal. Hitting a home run in honor of you mom who lost her battle with ovarian cancer? Even a bigger deal. Check out the whole story here!

We played ‘Song Poetry’ today, and the lyrics were…
“You love me even when I fall apart
I can’t explain it
That’s just who you are
Don’t want perfection
You just want my heart.”
The song was ‘Through Your Eyes’ from Britt Nicole.
Tisha from Fredericktown called in and correctly guessed! Congratulations!

Here’s our word of the day: nudnik
noun || NOOD-nik (the “OO” is as in “good”)
This is a person who is a bore or nuisance.
The suffix -nik came to English through Yiddish (and ultimately from Polish and Ukrainian). It means “one connected with or characterized by being.” You might be familiar with beatnik, peacenik, or neatnik, but what about no-goodnik or allrightnik? The suffix -nik is frequently used in English to create nonce words that are often jocular or slightly derogatory. Some theorize that the popularity of the suffix was enhanced by Russian Sputnik, as well as Al Capp’s frequent use of -nik words in his L’il Abner cartoons. The nud- of the Yiddish borrowing nudnik ultimately comes from the Polish nuda, meaning “boredom.”

Mystery Box Monday!

Good afternoon! It’s a cloudy one here in Mt. Vernon today, but we had some great music today, as well as the mystery box! Check out what happened on the show today below!

Through the shake test, we learned that part of this object is plastic, and that the plastic is not a container. From the smell test, we learned that it’s not an item you’d find in your kitchen, but it’s an item that you’d find in your office.
The touch test absolutely gave it away, and Joe realized that it was a stapler.
The funny thing was, Joe was looking for the stapler earlier, and couldn’t find it, and I had to keep a straight face because I knew it was in the box.
Congrats to Missy from Mount Vernon who called and correctly guessed!

Our word of the day was: ultracrepidarian.
This is an adjective that means noting or pertaining to person who criticizes,judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise.

Check out the history of this word, because it’s really neat!
Ultracrepidarian is nonexistent in Latin and very rare in English. The word was coined by the English essayist William Hazlitt (1778-1830) from the Latin phrase ultra crepidam “beyond the sandal” (there are several Latin versions) taken from the Natural History(book 35) of the Roman polymath Pliny the Elder(a.d. 23-79). Pliny was retelling a retort that Apelles(4th century b.c.), a famous ancient Greek painter,made to a cobbler. The cobbler the day before had criticized Apelles for inaccurately painting a sandal,and Apelles corrected his error. The next day thecobbler tried to criticize Apelles’ painting of the leg the sandal was on, at which the exasperated Apelles  remarked that “a shoemaker should not judge above his sandal.” Ultracrepidarian entered English in the 19th century.

Thanks for listening!

NZ Top 10 – 5/19

Today the countdown got a little bit of a shake up, but it was as good as a countdown as any, so let’s get right to it!

Magnify from We are Messengers held a place on the charts for 13 weeks, and peak at #4 in the countdown, but this week, it was kicked out of the countdown by Mandisa!

10. Mandisa – Unfinished
9. Zach Williams – Chain Breaker
8. Micah Tyler – Never Been a Moment
7. Danny Gokey –Rise
5.  Tenth Avenue North – I Have this Hope
4. Chris Tomlin – Home
3. TobyMac – Love Broke Thru
2. Hillsong Worship – What a Beautiful Name
1. MercyMe – Even If

This week, we went Behind the Mic with husband and wife duo ‘Love and the Outcome’ to talk about their song ‘He is With Us. Check out their interview with Newreleasetoday, and check out the video to the song here!

Our Breakout Hit of the Week came to us courtesy of Chicago band, Citizen Way.
Check out their new song ‘Bulletproof’ here!

The NZ Back-to-Back artist Spotlight this week fell on Tenth Avenue North!
Check out their songs ‘By Your Side‘ & ‘Love is Here‘.
Also, check out their summer concert schedule here!

Our NZ Rewinds today took us back to 2003!
Check out ‘You Found Me‘ from FFH, and ‘He Reigns‘ from Newsboys!

Our New Music Friday feature came courtesy of Season 8 American Idol Contestant, Danny Gokey. Check out his new song ‘Comeback‘ here!

Thanks for listening!

Praise Thursday: Pattern for Prayer

Today I started the first week in our series on prayer! This week, I talked about the pattern for prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, and how that prayer contains the six basic elements that we should be including in our prayers.
Check it out below!

1. Pray boldly. We have no need that God can’t meet.
His resources are unlimited and His power is infinite.
2. Pray that God’s name will be revered and esteemed.
Give Him thanks, obey Him, and constantly be aware of His presence.
3. Pray that God’s kingdom will come in us and on Earth.
4. Ask God to meet our daily needs and the needs of those around us.
All that we are, have, and do comes from God.
5. Seek God’s forgiveness every single day.
6. Request that God protect us from temptation.
“Lord keep me from the inclination to sin when I have the opportunity, and the opportunity to sin when I have the inclination.”

Our word of the day today was slacktivism.
It’s a noun that means: actions taken to bring about political or social change but requiring only minimal commitment, effort, or risk. 
Slacktivism is a portmanteau formed from the terms slacker and activism. It is first recorded between 1995 and 2000.

Thanks for listening!
See you tomorrow for the NZ Top 10!
– Lilly

World Telecommunications Day Who Knew!

We can’t be a radio station and not celebrate World Telecommunications Day, right? Today we talked about the history behind the day, and also the history and fun facts about the types of telecommunication that we have! Check it out below!

History of World Telecommunications Day:
In November 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society called upon the UN General Assembly to declare 17 May as World Information Society Day to focus on the importance of ICT and the wide range of issues related to the information society raised by WSIS. The General Assembly adopted a resolution in March 2006 stipulating that World Information Society Day shall be celebrated every year on 17 May. The first World Information Society Day took place on Wednesday, 17 May 2006.

A Brief History of Radio:
During the 1860s, Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell predicted the existence of radio waves. And in 1886, German physicist Heinrich Rudolph Hertz demonstrated that rapid variations of electric current could be projected into space in the form of radio waves, similar to those of light and heat. In 1866, Mahlon Loomis, an American dentist, successfully demonstrated “wireless telegraphy.” Loomis was able to make a meter connected to one kite cause another one to move. This marked the first known instance of wireless aerial communication.

A Brief History of the Telephone:
Alexander Graham Bell was awarded the first U.S. patent for the invention of the telephone in 1876. Elisha Gray, 1876, designed a telephone using a water microphone in Highland Park, Illinois. Tivadar Puskás proposed the telephone switchboard exchange in 1876. That first patent by Bell was the master patent of the telephone, from which other patents for electric telephone devices and features flowed.

Here’s an info-graphic about age correlating to type of phone owned.

Age                                     Any type of phone          Smart Phone                Non-Smart Phone

A Brief History of the Fax Machine
Fax (short for facsimile), sometimes called telecopying or telefax (the latter short for telefacsimile. Scottish inventor Alexander Bain worked on chemical mechanical fax type devices and in 1846 was able to reproduce graphic signs in laboratory experiments. He received British patent 9745 on May 27, 1843 for his “Electric Printing Telegraph.” Frederick Bakewell made several improvements on Bain’s design and demonstrated a telefax machine.

Our Word of the Day today was: Castigate.
Verb || KASS-tuh-gayt
“To subject to severe punishment, reproof, or criticism”

Castigate has a synonym in chastise. Both verbs mean to punish or to censure someone. Fittingly, both words derive from the same root: the Latin castigare, formed from the words for “pure” (castus) and “to drive” (agere). (Castus also gave us the noun caste, meaning “social class or rank.”) Another verb derived from castigare is chasten, which can also mean “to discipline by punishment” but more commonly means “to subdue or make humble” (as in “chastened by his foolish error”). Castigate is the youngest of the three verbs in English, dating from the early 17th century, while chasten dates to the early 16th century and chastise has been found in use as far back as the 14th.

We have so much technology and so many opportunities to use it, but do we always use it right? As a radio station, we have the greatest privilege to be able to use this telecommunication platform as a light for Christ. We are called to spread the good news of God, and we literally have the means to do so at our fingertips. So, my encouragement to you is to start making social media and our other forms of telecommunication places of light in this dark world. We can do it.

Thanks for listening!!

Game Time Tuesday!

Today we shared some uplifting news, as we love to do on Tuesday, and I really enjoyed the first story we shared this week. Learning how to play an instrument is a life skill, but what if you’re missing your left arm? Isabella Nicola was born without her left arm, but she wanted to play violin. Check out the story of how she got a prosthetic arm here!
Our second story put the medical skills of a woman to use when her date collapsed during dinner! Check out the full story here!

We played two games today; Name that Tune, and Song Poetry!
Our Song Poetry prompt today was as follows…

“These mountains, these giants
Will fall at a single word
In your name in your strength
I’m more than a conqueror”

Congratulations to Chris of Fredericktown who correctly answered!
It was ‘Fearless’ from Jasmine Murray!

Our Name that Tune song today was ‘Live Like You’re Loved’ from Hawk Nelson!
Congratulations to Ri of Bellville who correctly answered!

Our Word of the Day today was superlative.
This is an adjective meaning: of the highest kind, quality, ororder; surpassing all else orothers; supreme; extreme.
Superlative came to English in the 1300s, when Middle English was spoken. This came from Late Latin superlātīvus, equivalent to Latin superlāt(us) meaning“hyperbolical.”

Thanks for listening!

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