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Dan Emmett Festival

#OTRWBB at Dan Emmett Festival


Here we go for another year at the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival!

Join WNZR through this Sunday for our live broadcasts from downtown Mount Vernon. Find out more about what we’re doing by clicking here.

Today’s Word of the Day is aquatic, which means living, found in or related to something near water, or done in or on water.

See you this weekend and thanks for listening!


Gearing up for the road!

AD BlogEddie, Jess and I are getting ready for 5 straight days of On the Road with Big Blue tomorrow through Sunday. Yes, that’s me trying out a deep fried ice cream sandwich in 2014 at the Ohio State Fair.

Here’s the schedule:
Tomorrow – Hartford Fair in Croton, 4-10pm (fair link here)
Thursday & Friday – Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival, downtown Mount Vernon, 4-10pm (festival link here)
Saturday – Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival, noon-10pm (18+ prize giveaway at 7:00pm)
Sunday – Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival, noon-5pm (WNZR photo booth)

Make sure you stop by and say hello!

We got an answer to our stumper Name That Tune from last week – Tyler from Mount Vernon guessed correctly that it was ‘What You Want’ by Tenth Avenue North. This week’s Song Poetry song was ‘Christ in Me’ by Jeremy Camp. Our winner was Brenda from Gambier. Both she and Tyler win $5 gift certificates to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Our Word of the Day is rectify, a verb which means to correct by removing errors; or to set right or remedy.

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the road!


One crazy summer

Yea, I realize I stole the name of an 80’s movie for this post, but it works…

We just finished up our long week at the Knox County Fair, and even though there were some extremely hot days, it sure was great to get to see and talk to so many of you.  There were some new things this year, like the amazing community support of the Smith family on sale day, the very entertaining EuroBungy ride right behind our tent, and our first-ever broadcast from the Jr. Fair Sale of Champions.  Then there’s the stuff that you just expect- Porkette sandwiches, sitting in traffic after the Rough Truck contest, battling to keep ants out of the tent, Figure 8 school bus smash-ups, etc.

I also love seeing so many hard-working kids in our 4-H programs that restore my faith in the leaders of tomorrow.  Getting to talk to some of them Thursday during the sale made me realize that great families are alive and well in Knox County, and we at WNZR need to stay the course-  providing a radio station that encourages and supports them in their marriages, parent-child relationships, and most importantly, their relationship to God.

I can’t say thanks enough to the many folks who make the Knox County Fair special.  The Sr. and Jr. Fair Board do a great job.  Special thanks this year to Jim Shipley, Linda Lahmon, Rochelle Adam, Larry Hall and Byron Rock for their direct impact on our broadcasts this year.  John Curtis and Rod Atherton were amazing in getting our sputtering golf cart up and running. 

To Kim Bradley and her helpers  from Mount Vernon First Naz- the snacks were awesome!  Thanks for being salt and light to our community.  And our staff- great job!  I have a great team in DJ, Jayme, Derek, Sam, Christa, Nikki, Marcy and Rachel.

Now we move into August, and the schedule just keeps on moving…tomorrow we’ll join the MVNU Alumni Association for Faith Day at the Reds-Giants game (with Mercy Me concert to follow), Monday it’s David Crowder Band at the Ohio State Fair, and then before you know it, First Friday, the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival and Veggie Tales.

I hope to see you before the summer ends on our GREAT ADVENTURE!

– Joe

Blessed beyond measure

Here I sit, on a Sunday night, reflecting on another festival-filled week, and the one thought that keeps running through my head is…I’m a blessed man. 

Why?  It’s pretty simple.  I get to do what I love for a living, do it with my family, do it for God’s glory, and in turn get to meet and work with some amazing, fun and talented people. 

This week, not only did we do live radio broadcasts from the Hartford Fair and the Dan Emmett Festival, but Derek Tupper (WNZR Music Director and MVNU student) and I got to work with the gang from I-CONN Video Production to help provide video support to this year’s festival.  Talk about a team effort…you had I-CONN, MVNU, Wayne Bower and Jordan Sound all bringing their time, equipment and energy to provide video for the screens at the main stage, plus gather footage for future promotional videos. 

For me, it was a flashback to my college TV days when we were out every Friday night doing High School sports and other days and nights doing parades, school board meetings, etc…etc…the thrill of doing live video and doing it well is a neat feeling.  Why?  Because it takes a team of people, putting their own interests aside and working together…and we all know life is so much richer when we work together.  So…my thanks to Matt Starr and Scott Swingle of I-CONN for inviting us to help, and to the whole crew for your work.  We had a BLAST.

My thanks also go to two of the finest people I’ve known while living and working in Mount Vernon- Pat and Sandy Crow.  Their passion for promoting Knox County, keeping the Dan Emmett Festival alive and well, and their excellence in event planning and execution is incredible.  I’ve seen first-hand the work and hours they put in.  I had to give Sandy a hard time Saturday because as we stood in front of their office around 4pm , watching a torrential downpour, she was still telling people “hey, the Colonial Kids are singing at the Place at the Woodward!”  Always the promoter!  The next time you see them, just do me a favor…say thank you. 

And then, there’s our extended family…the MVNU students who keep us hopping every day but bring Marcy and I so much joy as we watch them develop their skills.  Our “Big Blue Crew” was awesome this weekend!  I have to give a special mention to Kaylee Nicks, who spent Wednesday at the Hartford Fair with me and also two days at Dan Emmett while battling a kidney stone…she should have been at home resting, but she didn’t want to miss what was happening.  Kaylee, you defined “gutting it out.”  We also had Kaylee’s boyfriend, Dan along for today as part of our crew.  So to all of you- Kaylee, Dan, Jayme, Sam, Derek, Drew, Heather, Sarah…thanks for everything.

And to Marcy and Rachel, thank you for being alongside me on these adventures.  I know I don’t say it enough, but thank you…and I love you!  Getting to work with your family, being involved and invested together in God’s work is something I don’t ever want to take for granted.  Marcy’s energy and passion for this radio ministry impacts everyone she comes into contact with…including her husband!  This Friday, we will celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary and begin our 6th year of working together at WNZR.  Rachel’s willingness to jump right in and help is something I know all parents can appreciate.

We all have blessings in our lives…sometimes, it just takes some quiet time to help us remember.  Oh, and did I mention I tried deep-fried Buckeyes at the Hartford Fair?? Check out the video and pics at the WNZR page on Facebook.  Have a great week!  May God continue to bless you.


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