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Who Knew Trivia Question

On the Road again!

We’re back ‘On The Road with Big Blue’ at the 2021 Fredericktown Tomato Show!

Listen all week for updates 4-9pm and we’ll also see you at the Parade on Saturday afternoon.

I was born today in 1157
I was engaged at just 9 years old, but never had any children
My brother John negotiated to keep me imprisoned
I tried to depose my own father more than once
I ruled during the Third Crusade
I spent less than 6 months in England and didn’t speak English even though I was an English King

I am KING RICHARD THE LIONHEART – Congratulations to Dan from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

SONFEST TRIVIA –
Q: What GMA Dove Award did Jordan Feliz win in 2016?
A: New Artist of the Year

Congratulations to Pam from Fredericktown, who wins a pair of tickets to this year’s Sonfest!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Summer’s fading…(insert sad face)

Today we spent time talking through the end of summer, including a recap of this year’s Mount Vernon Music and Arts Festival, this Sunday’s Praisestock event and the start of school.

You can check out the MVMAF scrapbook here on Facebook. WNZR’s scrapbook is here.

Praisestock starts Sunday morning at 10 with a community worship service – including five churches who will hold Sunday services there. Those churches are Grace Community, Owl Creek Baptist, The Salvation Army, Set Free Ministries and Vineyard Church. The love offering will benefit Food For The Hungry.

Noon to 6pm features local bands, performers and worship teams. There will be food from local vendors, kids’ activities and more. Click here to check out the Praisestock website!

– I was born on August 18, 1936 in Santa Monica, California
– I started college at Colorado but lost my scholarship
– I wandered a bit before landing in New York to study art and acting
– My first major TV role was on the Twilight Zone
– My first major stage credit was Barefoot in the Park
– Some roles of mine included The Sundance Kid, Hubbell Gardiner and Johnny Hooker
– I’ve won two Academy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom
– I made my directing debut in 1980 with Ordinary People

I am…Robert Redford! Congratulations to Bob from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

Active week and weekend!

Today’s Who Knew focused on the Hartford Independent Fair and the Mount Vernon Music and Arts Festival.

Wesley and the Big Blue Crew were live in Croton, and we’ll be live in downtown Mount Vernon Friday through Sunday.

For more on the Hartford Fair, click here.

For more on MVMAF, click here.


I was born on this date in 1983 in Melbourne, Australia. 
I started my acting career in my home country, playing Kim Hyde in the soap opera Home and Away 
After a successful 3 seasons there, I moved to Hollywood acting where I played a minor role in J.J Abrams’ 2009 remake of Star Trek. 
My performance as Captain Kirk’s dad led to my casting in 7 Marvel movies from 2011-2019 as Thor. 
I have also starred in other movies such as “Vacation”, “Ghostbusters”, and “Men in Black: International”. 
I am happily married and continuing my acting career into my 38th year of life. 


I am… Chris Hemsworth! Congratulations to Laura from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

The Dog Star?

August First Friday is just around the corner and we are excited to be hosting the main event for this month – the “Dog Days of Summer” Dog Parade! First Friday will run from 6-9pm, but registration for the dog parade is on-site only in Downtown Mount Vernon from 6:30-7:15.

We have all heard the phrase “Dog Days of Summer”, but what does that actually MEAN?

Sure, this time of year is typically the hottest it gets, but that is not the origin of the phrase. This saying is actually derived from astrology and this time of year celebrates when Sirius – known as the “Dog Star” rises to its most noticeable point. So next time you are out stargazing, keep an eye out for the Sirius star because it’ll only be prominent until roughly August 11th.

You can read Scott Smith’s article that we referred to during the show here!

Who Am I?

  • I was born on this date in 1901 in New Orleans
  • I moved to Chicago to start my music career as a trumpet player in the late 20s
  • I eventually became one of the pioneers of scat singing and formed a big band named after myself in the 40s
  • Some of my biggest hits include “What a Wonderful World” and “Mack the Knife”
  • I died of a heart attack in 1971 at the age of 69

I am… Louis Armstrong!

Congratulations to Kathy of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing our trivia and winning a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon

Right around the corner…

The Knox County Fair starts on Sunday – today we heard from Andrea Rees from the OSU Extension 4H office in Knox County about the Ramser 4H Activity Center. Find the conversation by clicking here!

Also find out more about our fair content and contests by clicking here!

  • I was born today in 1899 in Rock Park, IL
  • My first job was as a reporter for The Kansas City Star
  • I was an ambulance driver in World War I, and returned home after being seriously wounded
  • My debut novel was published in 1926
  • I covered the Spanish Civil War and parts of World War II as a journalist
  • My residences included Key West, Cuba and Idaho
  • I was the 1954 winner of the Nobel Prize for literature

I am…Ernest Hemingway. Congratulations to Mark from Utica, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card from Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Shark Awareness Day

Today, we dove into the oceans of the world to discuss the importance of sharks in our society!

While the media has portrayed these creatures as “menaces” or “beasts”, sharks are a key factor to keeping their environment in tact. Think of the food chain. Sharks eat something else that eats something else, and population control is a real issue in the ocean.

The hunting of sharks are the main reason for such a significant drop in population. Skin, meat, and fins are all profitable parts that are taken away from sharks for our own personal gain. Shark support groups use Shark Awareness Day, every year on this date, to protect and preserve the integrity and importance of these creatures that sit atop the food chain.

Who Am I?

–          I was born this day in 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska
–          My birth name was Leslie King, but I legally changed my name to my stepfather’s name in 1935
–          I was raised mostly in Grand Rapids, Michigan and played college football at the University of Michigan
–          I served in the Navy during World War II
–          I am the only Eagle Scout to end up in the White House
–          I served in the US House for 24 years
–          I was nominated, but never elected, to the Vice-Presidency and the Presidency
–          I died in 2006 and am buried in Grand Rapids

I am…the 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford.

Congratulations to Maude from Mount Vernon on correctly guessing this week’s trivia and earning a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

-Joe and Jonathon

Don’t Forget to Forgive

Today for Who Knew Wednesday, we focused in on forgiveness! July 7th is Global Forgiveness Day.

We read some very interesting stories and devotionals throughout the day, and this article tells you all that you need to know about the national holiday!

From Our Daily Bread, “Prejudice and Forgiveness” from Arthur Jackson told us a story about a man who had confessed his sin and prejudice in the most bold setting possible.

Who Am I?

  • I was born on this day of 1940 in London, England
  • I received my first drum set at 17 for Christmas, which would be my claim to fame
  • In 1962, I became the drummer for The Beatles, just two days before their next concert
  • After an extremely successful era with the band, I released my first solo album entitled “Sentimental Journey” in 1970
  • I was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
  • I now live peacefully in Los Angeles with my wife after just turning 81.

I am…Ringo Starr!!

Congratulations to Stephanie of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing today’s Who Am I Trivia and winning a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening,

Jonathon

Walk With Your Work!

Today is Who Knew Wednesday, and it’s also National Social Media Day!

Remember Friendster and MySpace? These two services completely changed the way we communicate with friends, family, and even random strangers when you think about it. The founding of some of the largest social media platforms came much later: Facebook in 2004, Twitter in 2006, Instagram in 2010, and even programs like Facebook Messenger and Snapchat in 2011.

In fact, what you’re reading right now IS social media! Through the internet, we are blessed to have easy access to whatever we may be curious about! So to celebrate, text that old friend from high school that you’ve never had time to reach out to, and tell them “Happy Social Media Day!”

The Knox Chamber of Commerce has announced the Knox Workplace Team Walking Challenge. A perfect opportunity for businesses around the area to get out of the office and get active!

The event runs from September 5th through October 2nd, so you have plenty of time to get your team together and compete for the countywide competition.

Today is the last day of June, and that means July First Friday is just around the corner!

This month is all about “Honoring Our Hometown Heroes” and kicking off July 4th weekend!

The event will begin at 6pm on July 2nd and run through 9pm.

Who am I?

  • I was born in Baltimore on this date in 1985, making this my 36th birthday.
  • I was thrown into the fire at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney at just 15 years old.
  • Despite not earning a medal in those games, I would accumulate 23 golds, the most by one athlete in Olympic history
  • In 2008, I won the most gold medals in a single Olympics with 8, and broke world records in 7 events
  • I am now happily retired and married with three sons

I am…Michael Phelps!

Congratulations to Monica from Mount Vernon for winning this week’s $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup with her correct answer!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon

They make it happen, so we don’t have to!

Thank you to all of our PUBLIC SERVANTS on this day designated by the United Nations to honor them.

To engage in public service is, in general, to work to improve our fundamental human rights, such as access to water, homes, and medical treatment. Those who work with Volunteer Fire Departments and Ambulance Corps are involved in providing services like these, and aiding the security of our homes and ourselves every day. Without them, our cities and towns wouldn’t be nearly as safe, and there’d be no-one to respond when danger calls.

You may be surprised how many people you know that are involved in the public service industry. Do you know a mail carrier? How about a librarian? A trash collector? Did anyone you know serve in the military or work in education? All of these are types of public service, and without them, we wouldn’t live in the world of safety and security we do today.

How can you celebrate Public Service Day??

One way is to head to your local utility providers, city or county agencies, or local fire departments, and send them an email or a social media post, and deliver a hearty thank you to the people who work there and provide you with the services you need. Thank them for restoring power after a nasty storm, or checking to ensure that you have no gas leaks after an earthquake.

Today we also heard a little bit about the Centerburg Heart of Ohio USA Days Festival, starting tomorrow.

Click here for the full conversations on The Morning Thing blog!

  • I was born today in 1929 in Maces Spring, Virginia
  • I was born into a musical family and started performing when I was 10
  • I sang with my family, as a solo artist, and with my famous husband
  • He proposed to me during a live performance in 1968 in London
  • I also acted in Gunsmoke, and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
  • I won 5 Grammy Awards
  • I died in May 2003

Who Am I? I’m June Carter Cash. Congratulations to Faith from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

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