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CeCe Winans and Christmas Concerts

Someone we’ve talked about many times for Artist Newsdays returns to the show! It’s none other that CeCe Winans!!

CeCe Winans has experienced quite an amazing year. She has helped spread love, hope and encouragement for the past 18 months. Her album Believe For It became an instant hit. It received a ton of recognitions including being in the Billboard’s top 10 Gospel Labels. Here is what Jeff Moseley, Founder/President Fair Trade Services had to say about Winans, “We had high hopes and dreams for our partnership with CeCe and have been overjoyed with the success that we’ve experienced. It’s an honor to partner with an icon like CeCe.”

The year-end Billboard Charts listed Winans as Top Gospel Female Artist of the year with the single, “Believe For It” dominating the Gospel Digital Song Sales Chart and holding the #1 slot for 18 weeks.  The influence of Winans and Believe For It continued to shine brightly when the 2022 Grammy nominations were recently announced adding three more nods to her list of 28 nominations: Best Gospel Performance/Song, “Never Lost;” Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, “Believe For It” (Dwan Hill, Kyle Lee, CeCe Winans & Mitch Wong, songwriters) and Best Gospel Album, Believe For It. Winans also received four Dove Awards! Here is what Winans had to say on the success, “I’m feeling really blessed right now! Thankful for people’s lives being uplifted by Believe For It. God is good.”

“Believe For It” continues to have success on the radio. The song is currently at #4 on the Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart. Winans is also in the Top 5 Christian Female Artist of the Year. Winans also has plans for a tour across the US in 2022.

For King & Country are in Columbus THIS FRIDAY for their Drummer Boy Christmas Tour at the Schottenstein Center! The concert will start at 7pm and tickets can be found here!

Also, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be at Nationwide Arena in Columbus Sunday, December 26th! They will have a matinee showing at 3pm and an evening showing at 8pm. Tickets can be found here!

Lyrics: There’s a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well
It’s the sturdy kind that doesn’t mind the snow.

Answer: ???

This song was a stumper! We’ll bring it back next week for TWO $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon and Dylan

The Park District and Millwood Church of Christ make it happen!

Today our focus is on the Knox County Park District and the Millwood Church of Christ, who have teamed again to bring a new activity to the popular Fire and Ice event that benefits Food For The Hungry.   Fire and Ice 2021 will be held as two drive-through events, one at Wolf Run Park and one at Millwood Church of Christ. The drive-through events are scheduled for Saturday, December 11 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at both locations.

Luminaria will magically guide you through the Wolf Run Regional Park parking lot located at 17621 Yauger Road in Mount Vernon. There, Park District staff will be on hand to retrieve boxed and canned food items from your vehicle and accept monetary donations for Food For The Hungry. No need to park and leave your car as the drive-through luminaria will guide you to the drop-off point in the parking lot. 

Across the county, the Millwood Church of Christ located at 10900 Millersburg Road in Howard also has luminaria to guide you through the church parking lot at a drive-through event. At this location church personnel and volunteers will be on-hand to accept canned and boxed food items and monetary donations for Food For The Hungry.

Click this SoundCloud link to hear Marcy Rinehart’s conversation with Lori Totman of the Knox County Park District!

Click this SoundCloud link to hear Wesley Boston’s conversation with Pastor Dave Jones at Millwood Church of Christ!

–          I was born December 8, 1925 in New York City
–          My parents were vaudeville dancers and I started dancing as a child
–          I was drafted into the US Army in 1943 and put on performances for troops
–          My father, godfather and I made up the Will Mastin Trio
–          In 1956 I starred in the Broadway musical, Mr. Wonderful
–          I became part of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack in 1959 and starred in Ocean’s 11
–          I died of throat cancer in 1990

I am…Sammy Davis, Jr.

Congratulations to Bob from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Musicians make it happen!

We are excited to feature Foodstock 2021 for our weekly Food For The Hungry feature.

Elixir Presents will hold their 10th Annual Foodstock, a live concert, featuring the music of Peter, Paul & Mary, Joan Baez and other folk artists on Monday, December 6 at 7:00 pm.

The concert will be held at the Memorial Theater at the Knox Memorial (112 E. High St., Mount Vernon, Ohio). Admission is food items and/or monetary donation. Information about Foodstock can also be found at

Listen to the full conversation with Marcy Rinehart with Mike and Chris Petee here!

–          I was born December 1, 1913 in Weatherford, TX
–          My father was a lawyer and my mother a violin teacher
–          I married at 17 and had a son, Larry, who later became a TV star
–          My big break came on radio, where I was singing for a show and was discovered by Oscar Hammerstein
–          I made my Broadway debut in 1938
–          I starred in South Pacific, The Sound of Music and my most famous role, Peter Pan
–          I was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1973

I am…Mary Martin. Congratulations to Marty from Howard, who wins the $5 gift card from Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

High schoolers make it happen!

High School students around Knox County are collecting food and monetary donations to support the 40th Annual Food For The Hungry Drive. 

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart talked with Collection Coordinator, Shawn Dugan about this year’s unique fundraising. Each school is finding unique and creative ways to motivate students to get involved with the collection.  Click HERE to hear their conversation.

Top collecting schools in two categories will once again be awarded the traveling plaque as provided by COTC to recognize each school’s accomplishment. 

The Central Knox County Award will go to either Mount Vernon or the Knox County Career Center. And The Greater Knox County Award will go to one of the following schools: Centerburg, Danville, East Knox, or Fredericktown. Each year, the winning school’s name is added to the traveling plaque. 

Representatives from each school will be invited to participate in the Food For The Hungry broadcast from the Memorial Theater at the Knox Memorial on Friday, Dec. 10. 

For more information about the High School Food Drive Competition, schools and students can contact Shawn Dugan through email by using, to help coordinate their collections or answer questions. 

Here are the 2021 collection dates for Knox County High Schools: 

* Fredericktown High School: 11/15 – 11/19 – just wrapped up 

* Centerburg High School: 11/16 – 12/1 

* The Knox County Career Center: 11/29 – 12/9 

* Mount Vernon High School: 11/30 – 12/7 

* Danville High School: 11/30 – 12/7 

–          I was born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee
–          I was Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 1956
–          I was a three-time player of the year and all-American at he University of Cincinnati
–          I co-captained the US gold medal basketball Team in the 1960 Olympics
–          I became the first player to average a triple-double in 1962
–          I won an NBA title with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971
–          I retired as the NBA’s all-time assist leader; and am now 7th all-time
–          I’m in the college and pro basketball halls of fame

I am…OSCAR ROBERTSON! Congratulations to Dave from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Mystery Monday: George Washington or Jesus?

Today I, Hannah, (Yes just me, myself and I) had a super fun show recapping the 38th annual Food For the Hungry Drive, playing the WNZR gift exchange and giving you another chance to win with the Mystery Monday Mystery question!
Our Total for the 38th Food For Hungry Drive is $209,504.27 and 18.7 truckloads of food! Thank you so much Knox County for the support of this year’s Food for the Hungry! You can still give if you didn’t get the chance or find out more HERE! 

Copy of Mystery Monday xmas

Congratulations to Matt from Howard who won A Gift Certificate for a 9 inch homemade Pie of his choice from Auntie “M’s” Homemade Goodies and Debbie from Mount Vernon who won a WNZR tote bag and Vintage T-shirt! They have both been entered for our grand prize, a one-night stay the Mount Vernon Grand Hotel and 6 hours of house cleaning from Carefree Cleaning Company! If you want to know more about all of this, click HERE!

Here is Today's Family Feud Style Mystery Question!
Name one of the first famous people, real or fictional, that children learn about. 
1. George Washington
2. Santa Claus
3.Martins L. King Jr.
4. Jesus Christ
5. Dr. Seuss
6. God
Congrats to Kenneth from Mount Vernon who guessed the top two answers right and won that $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!
Thanks so much for joining me today or checking out the blog!
– Hannah Radke

Mystery Monday: Grandma’s Teeth and Something Special?

Today on the Afternoon Drive we had lots of fun ringing in the thanksgiving week! We shared about #MVNUthanks and campus kindness day!

We shared about the Turkey Trot here at MVNU to help support Food for the Hungry!  Click HERE to find out more!

With TWO chances to win!

Here is Today's Family Feud Style Mystery Question!

Question(S) Today!

  1. Name something families use only when special guests visit.
    • Answers: 1. China/ Crystal, 2. Silverware, 3. Guest Room, 4. Table Linens
    • Congratulations to Dan from Howard who guessed the top to answers right and won a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.
  2. Name a reason Grandma might take out her false teeth.
    • Answers: 1. To Go Clean Them, 2. Going to Sleep, 3. To Eat/ Drink, 4. They hurt
    • Congratulations to Jamie from Danville who guessed the top to answers right and won the second a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.
Thanks for checking out our blog!
– Hannah and Joe

Who knew Wednesday: Food For the Hungry!

Today Todd and I talked about a very important thing that is happing here in Knox County

Now in its 37th year, Food for the Hungry is an annual drive that collects food and revenue for the Knox County branches of The Salvation Army and Interchurch Social Services. These agencies, in turn, use the donations to help Knox County families with basic necessities throughout the year. 100% of all donations to Food For the Hungry stay in Knox County.  The drive culminates in an eight- hour live television, radio, and web broadcast.

Food For The Hungry began as a food and money drive on WMVO radio to benefit Interchurch Social Services and the Salvation Army in 1982. Long-time WMVO morning show host Charlie Kilkenny started the drive with the help of his wife, Carol, and businesses at the Mount Vernon Shopping Plaza (now the Kroger Plaza). Mount Vernon Cablevision joined in sponsoring the drive the next year. The drive grew into a partnership between the radio stations and other media (WNZR, Mount Vernon News) in 1995, and added Mount Vernon Nazarene University (who sponsored a basketball tournament) and the accounting services of Nelson & Nelson one year later.

Drop off location:


  • 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Floral Valley Community Center (collecting until December 31st)


  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Dollar General, Hometown Market and the Post Office* (Cash Only)
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Interchurch Office


  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. First Knox National Bank and Killbuck Savings Bank
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Hometown Market and Interchurch Office
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Danville Family Dollar* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Don Leos Market* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Danville Post Office* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31). They will also be open 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday 12/8
  • 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.  The Hang-Out* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.  The Bender* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.  McFadden’s Hot Spot Pizza* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.  Subway* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)


  • 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Brinkhaven Post Office* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31). They will also be open 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday 12/8


  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Interchurch Office and Fredericktown Library


  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The Village Market


  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Dollar General* (Cash only, collecting from 12/1 – 12/31)


  • 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Spearman’s Restaurant* (Cash only, collecting from 12/1 – 12/31)


  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Aldi, Kroger, Lanning’s Foods, Baker’s IGA, Rural King and Wal-Mart Supercenter
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Memorial Building

For all of the other information, you can head to any of these sites! 


Thank you so much for checking out our blog!

Hannah and Todd


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