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Dan Emmett Festival

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

NZ Top 10 for 08/9/19

Here’s this week’s countdown

10. Fear no More- Building 429
9. With Lifted Hands- Ryan Stevenson
8. God’s Not Done With You- Tauren Wells
7. God Only Knows- for King and Country
6. Scars- I Am They
5. He Reigns- Newsboys
4. Symphony- Switch
3. Raise a Hallelujah- Bethel Music
2. Haven’t Seen it Yet- Danny Gokey
1. Alive Big Daddy Weave


New music for this week includes!

  • Rescue by Lauren Daigle
  • Echo by Elevation Worship Ft. Tauren Wells



Fair and Festival time (again!)

Today we are live at the annual Hartford Independent Fair in northern Licking County…then tomorrow through Sunday at the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival.

Find out more about the Hartford Fair schedule by clicking the logo…


and more about the Dan Emmett Festival by clicking their logo!

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Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

NZ Top 10 for 8/10/18

Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. Chris Tomlin – Resurrection Power
9. Lauren Daigle – You Say
8. Zach Williams – Fear is a Liar
7. Ryan Stevenson f/Bart Millard – No Matter What
6. Matthew West – All In
5. For King and Country – Joy
4. Elevation Worship – Do It Again
3. Matt Maher – What a Friend
2. Cory Asbury – Reckless Love
1. MercyMe f/John Reuben – Grace Got You

mercyme grace got you

New Music Friday features:

TobyMac – Everything   
click the pictures for the video links!



Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Lilly

NZ Top 10 and Dan Emmett Festival!


Here’s this week’s NZ Top 10 as we broadcast from the rain at the 2017 Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival:

10. Tenth Avenue North – I Have This Hope
9. Elevation Worship – O Come to the Altar
8. TobyMac – Love Broke Thru
7. Zach Williams – Old Church Choir
6. Hillsong Worship – What a Beautiful Name
5. Citizen Way – Bulletproof
4. Mandisa – Unfinished
3. Chris Tomlin – Home
2. Casting Crowns – Oh, My Soul
1. MercyMe – Even If (#1 for 15 weeks)

‘Even If’ is our longest song at #1 so far in 2017.  ‘Chainbreaker’ by Zach Williams was at #1 for 14 weeks.

Our new song debut this week is from one of our Sonfest 2017 artists, Bonray.  The song is called ‘Turn My Eyes.’ Check out the video here!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you at the festival!
-Joe and Lilly

Prayer: Unity vs. Division


Today we are live at the 2017 Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival, but also continue our summer-long series on prayer, inspired by The Battle Plan for Prayer by Alex and Stephen Kendrick.

This week we explore the importance of unity and praying for unity.

Genesis 11 is the story of the Tower of Babel.  What do we learn in verses 1-9?

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward,[a] they found a plain in Shinar[b] and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

We learn that even ungodly people can be powerful in unity…but imagine the power we tap into when we worship the God of the Universe. THIS is why the enemy specializes in sowing seeds of mistrust and disunity.  He knows what the alternative is – a powerful opponent.

United prayer is powerful.  We need to work to remove bitterness, pride, and selfishness.

John 17 reminds us that Jesus prayed for his people to be unified into one body; God loves and blesses unity.  Unity draws attention to Jesus, who died for us and now lives to intercede for us.

When people see unity, they see what?  Purpose, love and power. It’s attractive and beautiful. The early church in Acts was devoted to prayer and each other.  The unity was so powerful that God’s hand was upon them and they grew.

Acts 2:43 – “everyone was filled with AWE at the many wonders and signs…”

What do we communicate when we are divided?

We communicate pride, selfishness and ignorance.  Ephesians 4:1-3

As prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

God’s blessings fall when we dwell together in unity.  He moves when we remove our hearts of sin.

Mark 11:24-26 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” [26]

I John 4:20-21 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

Unity must dwell in a home for it to flourish – the same goes for the church!

Romans 12:18 reminds us to live peacefully with everyone – but when it’s beyond our influence, we pray. We pray for unity with other believers and that we will not allow Satan to divide us over secondary issues.

We fight back against the enemy by CHOOSING to seek the Lord in humility and unity – remember revival happens with a humble and repentant heart.

What would it look like if churches actually worked together within a city to win the lost?  Sharing resources and not caring who gets the credit?

If you want a powerful, unified movement of God among a willing people then you must pray for it and fight for it! Ask the Lord to link you with others who share that mindset.

It’s been done before. Jeremiah 33:3 promises: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

The Chapter 15 Prayer: “Lord, I’ve seen the kind of damage that can result from being in conflict with others, when we’re keeping our distance, especially among fellow believers. I’ve felt the hypocrisy of it all.  I’ve kept seeing the same names and faces when convicted about people I struggle to get along with.  But it’s hindering me, Lord. In my prayer and in my freedom.  Help me take whatever steps necessary to bring healing to any broken relationships. And to desire unity with everyone who claims the name of Christ.  So that together, we can work for your kingdom and the glory of your name.  Amen.”

Thanks for listening!
-Joe and Lilly

A Hartford Who Knew!

Today, we started another leg of On the Road with Big Blue, and headed out to the Hartford Fair! We shared some Who Knew facts with you, and here are some of them from their Fair website!

The Hartford Independent Agricultural Society, or better known as the “Hartford Fair” is located in the Northwest corner of Licking County. It is a unique fair in comparison to other Ohio fairs. It incorporates directors from Licking County and two neighboring counties, Delaware and Knox. Because Licking County does not have a County fair, the Junior Fair includes exhibitors from all of Licking Co. and portions of Delaware and Knox Counties.

The Hartford Fair was organized in the fall of 1858 under the name “The Hartford Fair Society”. The first fair was held in 1858 on land leased by Taber Sharp. The only townships represented at that time were Hartford and Monroe in Licking County and Hilliar in Knox County and Trenton in Delaware County. By 1871 there were ten townships represented, with the annexation of Milford Township in Knox Co; Harlem & Berkshire townships in Delaware; and Liberty, Bennington and Burlington townships in Licking County. St. Albans and Jersey were added from Licking County in 1908 as well as Miller in Knox Co. and Porter from Delaware Co.

This made a total of fourteen townships represented with a director elected from each with the exception of Hartford Twp. which had two directors. This fifteen-member fair board continued until 1970 when five directors were added At-Large from the remaining townships in Licking County, not already represented, making the total number of directors twenty. Ten years later, in 1980, two more At-Large directors were appointed along with one more each from Hartford and Monroe Townships. The list of directors totaled twenty-four. In 2012, three additional directors were added to the Board making the total 27″.

We hope to see you out at Dan Emmett!
Thanks for listening!

Game Time Tuesday!

One of our uplifting news stories was football related today, because the preseason is just getting started! Check out LaDainian Tomlinson’s acceptance speech, as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame here.

Our song poetry lyrics for today were…
“Everybody talkin’ like they need some proof,
But what more do I need than to feel you.
Bring it back now,
Do do, do do, do do.”

Congratulations to Jennifer from Fredericktown for calling in and correctly guessing!

Our Name that Tune song today was…
Flawless from MercyMe!
Congrats to Greg of Mt. Vernon!

Our word of the day today was ‘immense’
adjective // ih-MENSS
This means marked by greatness especially in size or degree; especially : transcending ordinary means of measurement, or supremely good.

Just how big is something if it is immense? Huge? Colossal? Humongous? Ginormous? Or merely enormous? Immense is often used as a synonym of all of the above and, as such, can simply function as yet another way for English speakers to say “really, really, really big.” Immense is also used, however, in a sense which goes beyond merely really, really, really big to describe something that is so great in size or degree that it transcends ordinary means of measurement. This sense harks back to the original sense of immense for something which is so tremendously big that it has not been or cannot be measured. This sense reflects the word’s roots in the Latin immensus, from in-(“un-“) and mensus, the past participle of metiri (“to measure”).

Thanks for listening, and we hope to see you at our upcoming festivals!

Lighthouses & Legacy

Good afternoon! I hope you’re having a great day!
We’re in full on festival mode here at WNZR, so today on the show, I talked about the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival, which is right around the corner, and also, lighthouses, because today is lighthouse day!
Here we go!

Lighthouse fun facts….

  • lighthouse is a tower, building, or other type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses, and to serve as a navigational aid for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways.
  • Lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, and safe entries to harbors, and can assist in aerial navigation. Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and use of electronic navigational systems.
  • The modern era of lighthouses began at the turn of the 18th century, as lighthouse construction boomed in lockstep with levels of transatlantic commerce.
  • Winstanley’s lighthouse at the Eddystone Rocks marked the beginning in a new phase of lighthouse development.
  • The Eddystone Rocks were a major shipwreck hazard for mariners sailing through the English Channel. The first lighthouse built there was an octagonal wooden structure, anchored by 12 iron stanchions secured in the rock, and was built by Henry Winstanley from 1696 to 1698. His lighthouse was the first tower in the world to have been fully exposed to the open sea.
  • THE OLDEST EXISTING LIGHTHOUSE IN THE WORLD is considered to be La Coruna in Spain that dates from ca. 20 B.C. A Roman lighthouse is located on the Cliffs of Dover in the UK that was constructed in 40 A.D.
  • Lighthouse Keepers did not have uniforms introduced into the service until 1884.

Dan Emmett Facts…

  • Of Irish ancestry, Dan Emmett was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, then a frontier region. Growing up with little formal education, he learned popular tunes from his musical mother, and taught himself to play the fiddle.
  • At age 13, he became an apprentice printer and enlisted in the United States Army. He became an expert fifer and drummer at Newport Barracks, Newport, Kentucky, and published his own Fifer’s and Drummer’s Guide in 1862 in cooperation with George G. Bruce.
  • This year marks the 30th Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival

    Our Mystery Monday Question today was Dan Emmett related!
    In the 1850’s, Dan Emmett wrote one of the most distinctively American musical products of the 19th century, and it’s this song that he’s still known for.

    What is the name of the song?
    The answer is ‘Dixie’!

    Congratulations to Sandi of Mt. Vernon!

    You can find more information and the complete Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival schedule at their website, here!

Thanks for listening!

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