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NZ Top 10 2/17

It’s been a long week, but it’s winding down now and the best way to wind down is with WNZR and the NZ Top 10!

The countdown for this week looked like this…

10. TobyMac – Love Broke Thru
9. For King and Country – Priceless 
8. Big Daddy Weave – Lion and the Lamb 
7. Hillary Scott – Thy Will
6. We Are Messengers – Magnify
5. Natalie Grant – King of the World
4. Casting Crowns – One Step Away
3. Chris Tomlin – Jesus
2. Danny Gokey – Rise
1. Zach Williams – Chain Breaker

The biggest movers of this we

This week, we went ‘behind the mic’ with Chris Rademaker and wife Jodi King, the husband and wife duo behind the band ‘Love and the Outcome’! Check out their song ‘Heart Like You’ from their 2013, self-titled album, here!

Our breakout hit of the week was from Phil Wickham, who you probably remember because of his song ‘This is Amazing Grace’! Check out his new song ‘My All in All’ from his 2017 album, Children of God, here!

Our NZ Back-to-Back artist this week was Unspoken!
This band has four straight Top 5 AC singles including Lift my Life Up, and Lift My Life Up was also included on the 2015 WOW Hits Release.
We played ‘Lift my Life Up‘ and ‘Call it Grace‘! Check ’em out!

Our NZ Rewinds today were Casting Crowns with 2006’s ‘Does Anybody Hear Her‘ and MercyMe’s 2007’s ‘God With Us‘.

New Music Friday gave us a new song from Stars Go Dim! Check out ‘Doxology’ here!

Our Wendy’s Cougar Trivia question today was ‘can you name all 5 of our MVNU Cougar seniors?’Pat Lucas, Deonte Cole, and Josh Ashwill, Megan Beidelman, and Natalie Thomas are our five basketball seniors this year!  Congratulations to Charla of Utica who guessed correctly and will receive a $5 gift certificate to Wendy’s of Mt. Vernon!

Click HERE to hear the amazing story of how a local softball league from Mount Vernon are reaching out to an 8 year old girl from Florida. This story is amazing! This precious girl was turned away from a Father/Daughter dance because she didn’t have a Dad. This girl will be in Mount Vernon this weekend to attend a dance with her new friends from Mount Vernon.


Have a great weekend and enjoy this nice weather!
-Lilly and Joe!

Fingerprints of God: Our Relationships with God

What are the obvious outward signs to others that we’re part of, and maturing into God’s family?

Mark 12:28-31 – The Greatest Commandment

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

These verses really set the tone for our discussion on the Fingerprints of God when it comes to relationships. It is made pretty clear in these verses that loving God then loving one another is of great importance. God gave us the definition of love when He sent His son to die for us.

1st John 3:16
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

Martin Luther said that “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” We also talked today about how our relationships with God are strengthened by spending time in prayer and in scripture! Once we have a strong relationship with God, then we can really begin cultivating relationships with others.

Our Word of the Day today was ‘transpontine’! adjective trans-PAHN-tyne
This means situated on the farther side of a bridge, or, in Britain, situated on the south side of the Thames. 

Check out David Crowder and his band singing ‘How He Loves’here! They really enforce God’s powerful and unceasing love for His children, and that’s how we know how to love others.

Thanks for listening and have a great night!
– Lilly

Valentine’s Mystery Monday


Valentine was used as a way to describe what type of early Christian?  That was our mystery question for today, and Abigail from Gambier called in and correctly told us that it was term used to describe martyrs.  She won a 5$ gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

And speaking of Martyr, it was our word of the day today, it is a noun that means a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion.

Also if you want to check out any of the information we shared on the history of Valentine’s Day, click HERE.

NZ Top 10 – 2/10

Friday is here and there is never any better way to end your week than winding down with the NZ Top 10, only on WNZR!

Here was the countdown for this week:
10. Eye of the Storm – Ryan Stevenson
9. Magnify – We Are Messengers
8. Priceless – For King and Country
7. Thy Will – Hillary Scott
6. King of the World – Natalie Grant
5.  The Lion and the Lamb – Big Daddy Weave
4. Rise – Danny Gokey
3. One Step Away – Casting Crowns
2. Jesus – Chris Tomlin
1. Chain Breaker – Zach Willams

Our NZ Top 10 Rewinds today were:
What it Means from Jeremy Camp, which you can check out here, and
You are Everything from Matthew West, and you can check it out here!

Our NZ back-to-back artist today was Aaron Shust!
We played My Savior, My God and To God Alone from him today.
Check out more about Aaron here!

Our NZ Breakout Hit was from former Royal Tailor member, Tauren Wells!
Check out his song Hills and Valleys here!

The fan choice this week was Stand in the Rain from Superchick!
Check out this song here!

Our NZ Behind the Mic this week was ‘He is with Us’ from Love and the Outcome!
It’s got a really neat music video, so check it out here!

Our Word of the Day is whiffler, a noun that means someone who frequently shifts opinions, thoughts and interests.

Wendy’s Cougar Trivia today was: what is Cougar men’s basketball player Jeremiah Roberts’ year and hometown?  Esther from Mount Vernon correctly guessed sophomore from Toledo, so she won the $5 gift card from Wendy’s of Mount Vernon.

As always, thanks for listening!
Have a great weekend!

Fingerprints of God: Creation

Good afternoon! Today, we continued our series on the Fingerprints of God!
We’d like you to leave us a comment on what part of creation you love most! Let us know what part of creation just leaves you speechless!
For me, it’s a beautiful sunset, and for Joe, it’s snowflakes!

We read Genesis chapter 1, and it really lays the baseline for creation.
“And God saw that it was good.”
Read the story of creation here

We read from Job 12 today, and this chapter is just an incredible reminder that God holds the world in His hands. He is powerful and He is faithful even in the midst of trial.
Job 12:10 says:
“In his hand is the life of every creature

    and the breath of all mankind.”
If you’d like to read the whole chapter, which I strongly encourage, check it out here!

We focused on two songs today that went along with the theme of creation, and those songs were Indescribable from Chris Tomlin and Overwhelmed from Big Daddy Weave.

When we played Indescribable, I read some of the program notes I wrote when my elementary choir performed this my senior year of High School. Here’s a bit of it…
“Indescribable – adjective – too unusual, extreme, or indefinite to be adequately described. That is a perfect word to describe our perfect God. Indescribable, uncontainable, amazing, all powerful, and all the other adjectives that Chris Tomlin uses in this song make the point that our God is truly amazing.”
Check out the song here!

We also looked at the song Overwhelmed, and the opening lyrics of this song point straight at the glory and majesty of God.
“I see the work of Your Hands
Galaxies spin in a Heavenly dance oh God
All that You are is so overwhelming”
Take a listen to the whole song here

In animals, we see patterns and we see the work of Gods hand. In a ram, we see the spirals of the horn that grow with age, like the rings in trees that you can count to see how old they are. Check out this article from FaithHub that goes into further detail on this here!

Also, the universe is proclaiming the name of God through its’ vastness and incomprehensibility. Did you know that the Andromeda galaxy is our closest galactic neighbor? It’s roughly 2.5 million light-years away. It’s 140,000 light-years across, but it isn’t bright enough to be seen in the night sky by our eyes. If it were brighter, it would appear six times larger than the full moon!
There was a video I saw a while ago at the Creation Museum, and it talked about how complex and incredible our universe actually is.
I highly encourage you to check this out. It’s a 22-minute video, but it’s well worth your time. Check it out here!

Our word of the day today was very relevant! It was ‘overwhelm‘. [oh-ver-hwelm]
This is a verb and it means: to overcome completely in mind or feeling.

I’m so thankful for an overwhelming and indescribable God today!
Thanks so much for listening!

Who Knew – Hot Breakfast Month

Good afternoon! It was a snowy and cold Wednesday here in Mt. Vernon, but we talked about hot breakfast month today!
Hot breakfast month was established to encourage people to get up and start their day with a meal that’s a bit more substantial than a simple bowl of cereal. Breakfast is an important meal of the day, that much is true, but taking the time to get up in the morning, prepare breakfast, and take the time to sit down and eat a freshly cooked meal is a great start to the day as well. If you would like to read more about Hot Breakfast Month, check it out here!

We asked some of our WNZR staff what their ideal hot breakfast would be (limited to 3 entrees and a drink)…
Abbey Fairless:
French toast, scrambled eggs, and sausage with a big glass of orange juice!
Hannah Radke:
Pancakes, sausage, and an omelet with a vanilla caramel coffee!
Joe Rinehart:
French Toast, scrambled eggs, and bacon with a cup of coffee!
Mine would be chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, and waffles with a cup of Earl Grey tea!

Leave us a comment with what your ideal hot breakfast would be!

We talked a little bit about black pudding, which is a blood sausage dish, popular in Britain and Ireland! Learn more about Black Pudding here!

Here’s a few Bible verses to get you up and motivated in the morning! Nothing goes better with a hot breakfast than biblical motivation, right?
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16.33
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Check out some more motivational verese here!

Our word of the day word of the day was scrumptious!  Adjective, \ˈskrəm(p)-shəs\
Delightful, excellent; especially delicious.
This word first appeared in English in 1830, and if you’d like to learn more about it, check it out here!

Have a wonderful rest of your evening! Stay warm!
– Lilly


Game Time Tuesday


Today for Game Time Tuesday we gave everyone two chances to win with Song Poetry and Name That Tune. Our Song for song poetry was Dive by Steven Curtis Chapman, and our Name That Tune song was Live Like That by Sidewalk Prophets.  Congratulations to our winners Sherrisa of Howard and Sydney of Martinsburg, they both won a 5$ gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Our word of the day is Bonzer, an Australian adjective that means remarkable; wonderful.

Mystery Box Monday: Bacon Bits


Today for Mystery Monday, it was the return of the Mystery Box!  The item inside was a savory crunchy topping often used on salads and potatoes, Bacon Bits!  Our winner was Jill from Fredericktown.  She won a 5$ gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Eddie Bacon.jpg

Our word of the day today was Juggernaut, a noun that means any large, overpowering, destructive force or object, as war, a giant battleship, or a powerful football team.

NZ Top 10 – 2/3

It’s Friday! It’s been a long week, and I’m personally just exhausted, but there’s no better way to end the week than the NZ Top 10!

Here was the countdown for this week:
10. Great are You Lord – One Sonic Society
9. Eye of the Storm – Ryan Stevenson
8. Priceless – For King and Country
7. Rise – Danny Gokey
6. King of the World – Natalie Grant
5. Thy Will – Hillary Scott
4. The Lion and the Lamb – Big Daddy Weave
3. One Step Away – Casting Crowns
2. Jesus – Chris Tomlin
1. Chain Breaker – Zach Willams

Our NZ Rewinds today were:
Chris Tomlin with Made to Worship. Check it out here! And
God with Us from MercyMe which you can listen to here!

Our NZ back-to-back artist today was Colton Dixon!
Check out his songs Never Gone and You Are!
You can find out more about Colton here!

Our NZ Breakout Hit was from Stars Go Dim!
Check out Stars Go Dim’s new song, Doxology, here! 

The fan choice this week was Lead me to the Cross! Check out the Hillsong version here!

Our NZ Behind the Mic this week was Kari Jobe’s Forever!
Check it out here!
She also JUST came out with a new album entitled ‘The Garden’! Click on the album art to check out Kari Jobe’s website!
Image result for kari jobe garden album

Our Wendy’s Cougar Trivia today was: In Wednesday night’s overtime loss against Spring Arbor, which MVNU freshman scored a career-high 16 points?
This one was a stumper! It might make a return next week, so be ready!

Stay safe and have a great weekend!

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