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The Official Blog of WNZR's Afternoon Drive


Artist News Day

Farewell Tour for I Am They :(

Today, Emma shared the sad news that I Am They will be hanging up their guitars after their farewell tour this year. I Am They lead singer Abbie Parker announced two weeks ago her intentions to leave the band, which led the rest of the group to the decision to disband. You find their announcement video and their tour dates here.

Speaking of tours, there are two awesome events coming to Columbus that you can catch this month!

Casting Crowns, CAIN and Anne Wilson!

Location: Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr, Columbus, OH 43210

Date: Saturday, October 15th

Concert Begins: 7 pm

Tauren Wells!

Location: Palace Theatre, 34 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215

Date: Thursday, October 20th

Concert Begins: 7pm

Ticket information for both events are available on our website,

This Week’s Lyrics: But it’s now that I feel Your grace fall like rain
From every fingertip, washing away my pain

Congratulations to Faith from Howard for correctly guessing today’s lyrics are from Jeremy Camp‘s hit song “I Still Believe”. Faith wins today’s Action Bible! (pictured below)

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon & Emma

Big Names in the News

On the road with Big Blue! Join WNZR for a special celebration of our 36th Anniversary this Saturday, October 1st. Join us at the Knox Starting Point Family Day and 5K from 10am- noon. As well as, Memorial Park in Mount Vernon for the TAC (Teen Advisory Council). At both events the first 90 people to stop by Big Blue will get homemade buckeyes from The Least Of These Ministries.

Today Jonathon shared news from Cece Winans, one of our top artiest who is releasing a new book! The book is named after #1 song “Believe For It” and the book is all about passing love of Christ on to the next generation. The book will be released to the public on November 15th, but you can pre-order the book right now at this link!

Emma also shared about Lauren Daigle teasing about an upcoming album. This past weekend Daigle had a show in Las Vegas, she announced that her “Look Up Child era” is coming to a close. She then played an upcoming song called “Be Okay,” which is written about a 13-year-old girl who got a life-changing diagnosis. We will give an update once album date is released!

Game time! It was song poetry day during the Drive and congrats to Bonnie of Mount Vernon for winning a five dollar gift card to Round Hill Dairy. The song was Rise Up (Lazarus) by CAIN!

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon


Jonathon first shared about the 25th Anniversary of Third Day’s self-titled debut album, Provident Label Group/Sony Legacy will re-release the band’s debut album including live tracks that span the early Third Day years captured at various locations. Third Day 25th Anniversary will release on October 21st on all platforms. “Time flies when you’re having fun,” shares Third Day frontman Mac Powell. “Can’t believe the “bus album” Is over 25 years old now. I still get requests live for so many songs from that album and always love revisiting them!”

Emma shared about her experience at SonFest 2022. She shares that her home church’s youth group came up for the event and says, “its still so amazing to see kids that age worshipping God in a very pure way.” Don’t forget to check out WNZR’s Facebook page to check out some of the highlights from SonFest this year.

Then also in artist news, Emma shared about the release of children’s book based on Jordan Feliz’s hit song “Beloved” he partners with children’s book author Jes Woller and illustrator Hilary Griffith. The book titled “Beloved” tells a story about a little girl named Jolie and her journey trying to find out why she is beloved. Finding out that she is so beloved because she is a child of God.

Game Time! We first played song poetry and congrats to Ruth from Mount Vernon for winning two $5 gift cards to Round Hill Dairy. We then gave away tickets for this Saturday’s show of Shrek Jr. and congrats to Sandye from Mount Vernon for being caller number three. Stay tuned during the Morning Thing and Afternoon Drive this week for you chance to win Shrek Jr. tickets.

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

Wolves and Doves

Its Artist News Day! We started with interviews with Steve Cobucci one of the band members of Wolves at the Gate. Wolves at the Gate will be preforming at SonFest 2022 at 2:35pm on the main stage. If you missed the interview, you can hear them tomorrow during the Morning Thing!

Emma shared exciting news about Phil Wickham announcing a his new Singalong Tour starting in 2023. What is really exciting is that Matt Maher and Leeland will also be on the road with Wickham. Ticket per-sale starts soon and the tour kicks off in January till late May of 2023!

Jonathon then shared some news about Chris Tomlin and 5 time GRAMMY award winner Erica Campbell will be hosting the 53rd GMA Dove Awards. This year’s Award show will take place in person on Tuesday, October 18th, while the broadcast will be aired exclusively on the Trinity Broadcasting Network Friday, October 21st.

Game time! We played song poetry, there was no winner this week, but next week there is a chance to win two $5 gift cards to Round Hill Dairy. We also played Sonfest Trivia and congrats to Jessica from Mount Vernon for winning two Sonfest tickets! Don’t forget to stay tuned at 7:30 am on the Morning Thing and 5:25 pm during the Afternoon Drive for your chance to win Sonfest tickets!

Game Time!

It’s Artist News Day and there is some exciting news in the Christian music today! Emma shared that Chris Tomlin and Hillsong UNITED have extend the Tomlin UNITED Tour. Tickets are on sale now and concerts start on November, 3rd. Jonathon then shared about Colton Dixon releasing a new music video for his new song “Build a Boat.” This music video was a collaboration with Mercy Ship, a charitable organization that runs the world’s first purpose-built civilian hospital ship.

Don’t forget to see Big Blue at the Fredericktown Tomato Show starting Tomorrow September 7th through Saturday September 10th. The Big Blue Crew will also be throwing candy and frisbees at the annual Tomato Show Parade this Saturday at 12:30 pm. Be on the look out to register to win a WNZR Prize Basket. Everyday of the Tomato Show we are giving away an Adult and Kids prize basket. Then on Saturday the 10th we will be giving away one Student prize basket.

You brought me blessings out of a tragedy
You turned my old song into a symphony

Answer: New Creation by Mac Powell, Congratulations to Bonnie from

We also played SonFest Trivia and our winner was Kathy from Mount Vernon. Congratulations to Kathy for winning two tickets to SonFest. Stay tuned through out this and week to win SonFest tickets on the Morning Thing at 7:25 am and the Afternoon Drive 5:25 pm!

Thanks for Listening!

Jonathon and Emma

Welcome Emma!

Today, we welcomed a brand co-host to the Afternoon Drive, Emma Reuss! She is a junior communications and digital media major from Cincinnati, Ohio. Jonathon and Emma will be hosting the show Tuesdays and Thursdays for the fall semester.

Tuesday, as always, was Artist Newsday, and Emma shared a story about CAIN, the musical trio who all welcomed new babies to the world through Instagram posts all throughout this year! You can find the story HERE.

Also in the news, Mac Powell is hosting a FREE VIP virtual concert experience tomorrow, August 31st, at 7:30pm. You can find more information HERE.

Finally, congratulations to Leanna Crawford for her engagement to former-NBA player Cody Zeller! She also announced the occasion on Instagram and you can read the whole story HERE.

Today’s Song Poetry Lyrics:

You brought me blessings out of a tragedy
You turned my old song into a symphony

Congratulations to

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon & Emma

Another Opry debut…and Toby’s new album

This week For King and Country joined We The Kingdom as making their debuts on the famous Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville. For Joel and Luke, it happened on Saturday, August 12th. Read more about it from HERE.

The YouTube series My Opry Debut recapped We The Kingdom’s night. Read more about how you can watch it HERE.

TobyMac’s new album is out…’Life After Death.’ Find out the scoop HERE.

I’m not gonna fear the storm
You are greater than it’s roar
I’m not gonna fear the storm
I’m not gonna fear at all

The song? Hope Darst’s powerhouse, “Peace Be Still.” Congratulations to Cody from Mount Vernon, who wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Tour updates from Amy and Danny…

Today’s Artist News focuses on Amy Grant’s recovery and Danny Gokey’s fall lineup. Read more here and get more artist updates at

Amy Grant’s management has announces that she will be postponing her previously scheduled tour dates in September and October due to needing more time to recover from injuries and a concussion sustained in a bicycling accident that occurred in Nashville on July 27, 2022.

All concerts will be rescheduled throughout February – April 2023 and tickets will be honored at the new dates. For further updates please visit

Grant’s manager, Jennifer Cooke, explained the postponement and gave an update on how Amy is doing: “Amy is getting stronger every day. Just as she did after her heart surgery, we are amazed at how fast she heals. However, although she is doing much better, we have made the difficult decision to postpone her fall tour so she can concentrate on her recovery and rebuild her stamina. She wants to be able to give 100% when she tours and, unfortunately, we do not think that will be the case by the time rehearsals would start for the fall dates.

She will resume touring with her Christmas tour with Michael W. Smith and her annual “Christmas At The Ryman” residency with her husband Vince Gill. Amy would like to extend her gratitude for all the many good wishes and prayers offered since the accident. She feels the impact of the collective good will extended her way. Thank you.”

Transparent Productions announces that tickets for Danny Gokey‘s “Jesus People” Fall Tour are currently on sale.

Three-time GRAMMY nominee and American Idol alum Danny Gokey will kick off the 27-city tour on September 22 in Vienna, VA, and will wrap on November 6 in Tampa (Plant City), FL. Special guests Jordan Feliz and Tasha Layton will join Danny Gokey for 24 dates.

Gokey will also be doing the first three dates with special guests Unspoken and Dan Bremnes.

Danny shares, “Tasha and Jordan’s music and ministry is a true representation of Jesus People walking out who He’s called us to be, salt and light in the world.”

Jordan Feliz says, “We are so expectant to see how the Lord uses this tour to bring joy and hope to so many people. I am honored to be part of the tour.”

Tasha Layton adds, “I love Danny and Jordan’s music, but I adore their heart for people even more. Times are difficult right now for so many and my prayer is that this tour offers us a chance to gather and turn our eyes toward the One who comforts, heals, and restores.”

Ohio tour dates:
9/29/2022 Christian Life Center, Dayton
10/13/2022 Genoa Baptist Church, Westerville

I want simplicity
Where I can rest
But I need a miracle
To put my past to death

The song is ‘Point to You,’ by We Are Messengers. Congratulations to Ron from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

The Healing and the Beginning!

Curb | Word Entertainment artist Blanca released “Mi Sanador,” the Spanish version of her current radio hit “The Healing,” last week.

Her new album, The Heartbreak And The Healing, is set to arrive September 23.

“Mi Sanador (The Healing)” puts a new twist on Blanca’s latest single. Stirring up faith in all who hear this powerful anthem of hope, Blanca shares that she wrote the pop selection as a testimony to the healing she’s experienced in her own heart following a series of life-shaking events.

Blanca reminds listeners that the God who holds the stars and moon in place is the same God who ignites healing in our very souls.

Transparent Productions is excited to announce Big Daddy Weave’s “Only The Beginning Tour 2022” this fall. The 20-city tour will kick off October 5 in Davenport, IA, and will wrap on November 20 in Myrtle Beach, SC, and feature special guests Austin French and Hannah Kerr.

It includes two stops in Ohio – October 20th in Austintown and October 22nd in Archbold

“So many of us have experienced loss and tragedy over the last couple of years that feels like the end of a season or a relationship or a certain path we’ve been on in life,” Big Daddy Weave collectively shares. “What we love about life in Jesus is that He is the God of new beginnings. Wherever we are right now is only the beginning of what’s ahead in Him, and we’re excited to celebrate that message with all of you on the upcoming Only The Beginning Tour.”

Let every heartbreak
And every scar
Be a picture that reminds you
Who has carried you this far

The song is Danny Gokey’s “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again.” Congratulations to Ruth of Mount Vernon, who solved this STUMPER from last week, so she wins two $5 gift cards to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

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