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New songs, new inspiration

Today’s Artist News stories focused on:

BRANDON HEATH – Brogan shared about his new song and devotional, “That’s Enough.” Read the story from NewReleaseToday by clicking here.

TOBYMAC – Joe shared about his new song with Blessing Offor called, “The Goodness,” and the new album coming in August. Read more from our friends at JesusFreakHideout.com about the song and album by clicking here. We will be adding “The Goodness” this Friday on WNZR! Here’s a sneak peek:

I won’t give up on this race
Broken but I still have faith
That this old life is all part of a plan

The song? Promised Land from TobyMac – congratulations to David from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and won the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

Albums and accolades!

Today we shared Artist News from:

TAUREN WELLS: read more about the release of his new album. Find the story from jesusfreakhideout.com by clicking here.

CROWDER: read about how David and his team celebrated four awards about singles and albums last week. Read more here!

You’re the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles

The answer? Lincoln Brewster and ‘Everlasting God.’ Congratulations to Rendell from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

News and notes for 5/24/22

Please keep praying for the families and community impacted by the school shooting today in Uvalde, Texas. Our hearts are breaking as we lift that city to our Lord in prayer.

Today’s Artist News featured stories:

MAVERICK CITY MUSIC AND KIRK FRANKLIN – a new album and a big tour are ready to launch! Read more here from jesusfreakhideout.com!

AVALON WORSHIP – the classic group returns with a new brand. Read the story here from jesusfreakhideout.com!

We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea

Congratulations to Kari from Mount Vernon who guessed correctly and wins the one-day pass to the Hiawatha Water Park and Pool.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

Here’s the latest!

Today’s Artist News features:

ANNE WILSON – certified Gold! Read the story here from NewReleaseToday.com

ZACH WILLIAMS – he’s coming to the Ohio State Fair August 1st, but just announced his fall tour. Find the details here from JesusFreakHideout.com!

When the storm of life is raging
And the thunder’s all I hear
You speak softly to my soul
I go running to Your mountain

The song is ‘Strong Tower’ by Kutless – congratulations to Janell from Howard, who wins the one day pass to the Hiawatha Water Park and Pool.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

This week’s news and notes…

Today we shared news from:

FOR KING AND COUNTRY – Brogan shared the story of a NewReleaseToday.com podcast host, who had an up close and personal experience with the Smallbone brothers. Read more by clicking here!

POINT OF GRACE – Joe shared about the digital release of the band’s hymn album, ‘Beautiful Name.’ Read the story from JesusFreakHideout.com by clicking here!

If you’re lookin’ for hope tonight, raise your hand
If you feelin’ alone and don’t understand
If you’re fightin’ in the fight of your life, then stand
We’re gonna make it through this hand-in-hand

The answer? ‘Together’ by for King and Country, Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin. Congratulations to Flo from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the WNZR drawstring backpack.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

Familiar songs and voices return!

Former NEEDTOBREATHE member Bo Rinehart is returning to music. Click here to find out more from NewReleaseToday.com

The worship song, “10,000 Reasons” is celebrating 10 years! Click here to see the article from JesusFreakHideout.com and see the lyric video from the new recording!

You’re rich in love
and you’re slow to anger
Your name is great
and your heart is kind

The song? We just mentioned it – “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman.

Congratulations to Becky from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the WNZR drawstring backpack and an Our Daily Bread devotional.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

Tomlin x West = National Day of Prayer

Today for Artist Newsday, Dylan and I shared about events involving some of our artists online and in the local area!

Pray.com is excited to announce that Grammy Award-winning artists Chris Tomlin, Lecrae and Matthew West will join with other influential leaders to participate in the 2022 National Day of Prayer Broadcast on May 5, 2022, at 8 p.m. EDT. 

The 2022 National Day of Prayer Broadcast will be carried out in all 50 states. On the evening of May 5th, faith leaders will come together in Washington D.C. to lead the nation in a time of worship and prayer.  

Here is what Matthew Porter, who is the founder and head of strategic relationships for pray.com had to say about the even. “What an honor it is to have Chris Tomlin, Lecrae and Matthew West join us for this important annual event” he said. “While these talented, award-winning artists are known for their engaging music, at the heart of everything they create is a desire to exalt the Lord. What a beautiful opportunity it is to have them publicly support this event and join us in prayer.” 

The 2022 National Day of Prayer Broadcast will reach more than 300 million homes across the world through television, radio and social media streaming. With a theme of “Exalt the Lord Who Has Established Us,” based on the verses in Colossians 2:6-7, the event will bring people together from all backgrounds to lift their hearts to heaven, praise God for his many blessings, and pray for a revival to take place among His children. 

Other speakers who will be involved in leading worship and prayer include Pastors Samuel Rodriguez, Allen Jackson, Ronnie Floyd, Miles McPherson and Mark Batterson, and ministry leaders such as Anne Graham Lotz and Tim Barton, along with National Day of Prayer Task Force President Kathy Branzell. 

Here is what she had to say about the event. “What a privilege it is to have these spectacular Christian artists lend their influence to help rally people of faith to participate in the 2022 National Day of Prayer Broadcast. We’re grateful they’ve chosen to align their hearts with us as we exalt the Lord and pray together as a nation.” 

Maverick City Music will be in Columbus along with Kirk Franklin for their KINGDOM Tour on Wednesday, June 22nd. The gang will be at the Schottenstein Center performing some of their breakout songs along with songs from their recent EP “Breathe”. Jonathan McReynolds will also serve as a special guest for the tour. The Columbus show will begin at 6:45pm run through most of the night.

For more information on this concert along with many other concerts coming up in the area, visit wnzr.fm, click on the events button, followed by the concerts tab!

We gotta stay awake ’cause nobody knows the day or time,
The trumpet’s gonna blow and the skies are gonna open wide

This song, of course, is our #1 on the NZ Top 10: Jesus is Coming Back from Jordan Feliz, Mandisa, and Jonathan Traylor!

Congratulations to Richard of Fredericktown for correctly guessing our song poetry this week! He wins a WNZR Voice of the Cougars drawstring backpack!

Thanks for listening,

Jonathon & Dylan

Hope for the Journey!

It seemed like just a few weeks ago when we were talking about the Grammy Awards! And now, just like that, they’re over! Congratulations to some of our WNZR artists who took home some hardware from the 64th annual Grammy Awards.

  • Cece Winans: Best Gospel Performance/Song, Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, Best Gospel Album
  • Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music: Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Also, Steven Curtis Chapman is coming to Mansfield along with his organization, Show Hope, for their “Hope for the Journey Conference”. The event will take place Saturday, April 30th, and it is an all-day event!

For more information and to get registered for this special conference, visit www.fosteringfamilyministries.org.

You’ve been searching, carrying burdens
If you’ve been lost and looking for a home
If you’ve been drifting and something is missing
You should know that you are not alone

This week was a stumper, so tune in next week for a chance to win with us on The Afternoon Drive!

Thanks for listening,

Jonathon & Dylan

Surprise Parties and Surprise Hits!

Katy Nichole and We Are Messengers are in the news! Both of them have had huge surprises come their way in completely different ways.

We Are Messengers celebrated their first #1 single at Christian radio with “Come What May” with a commemorative plaque presentation on the Grand Ole Opry stage during Casting Crowns’ “The Healer Tour”.

The band’s label, Curb Records surprised the group after their opener for Casting Crowns and this is what they had to share about the experience. “[We are] so very thankful for the kindness of God in our lives, His spirit working through these songs and the incredible team that has worked tirelessly with us for many years. What. A. Night!!”

We Are Messengers are set to embark on their Wholehearted Tour starting Thursday, April 7th. The tour takes the band through 19 sites all the way until May 7th.

New music star Katy Nichole has hit hits No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart with her song “In Jesus Name (God of Possible)”. Her viral debut single has also topped the iTunes Christian & Gospel Songs chart for eight consecutive weeks so far, never leaving No. 1 since it released Jan. 26.

As the song continues to resonate with people of all backgrounds across the world, Nichole is also receiving numerous invitations to sing the song live. Going from 0 to 50 concerts on her schedule so far, upcoming events include “Good Friday Nashville” with Chris Tomlin at Bridgestone Arena April 15th. She also recently sang “God Bless America” at the NASCAR WISE Power 400 live held at Auto Club Speedway, joined Big Daddy Weave for four concerts and sang “In Jesus Name (God of Possible)” last week during Jason Gray’s SiriusXM The Message Acoustic Story Time event.

She created this song from words in her prayer journal that were written in the midst of a global health crisis and in response to her own story of suffering, hope and healing. She suffered for years with scoliosis before a new doctor took out the metal rods that had been placed in her back, which miraculously went straight, no longer giving her pain. 

People worldwide are hearing Nichole’s song and telling their own heart-warming, and many times heart-breaking, stories. Each story branches out into a series of new shares that continues branching virally. More than 7,200 examples of this can be seen now on TikTok. 

You picked up your share of scars along the way
But now you’re standing in the sun, you’ve fought your fight and your race is run
The pain is all a million miles away

This, of course, comes from Casting Crowns with their top song “Scars in Heaven”!

Congratulations to Janell of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing this week’s song poetry. She wins a Voice of the Cougars drawstring backpack!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon & Dylan

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