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Who Knew Wednesday

Food combos, the Mick and the Heartbreaker…

Today’s Who Knew? tidbits include a famous (or infamous depending on your feelings) food combination and the birthday of one of baseball’s greatest sluggers.



One of the South’s most famous food creations is chicken and waffles. But this delicious combination of flavors was actually born in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. During the 1940s, the Wells Supper Club was a popular late-night spot and attracted Jazz musicians after their gigs. They’d come in hungry, but found that they’d arrived too late for dinner, but too early for breakfast. In order to accommodate the musicians, the restaurant came up with the genius idea of serving a bit of both meals. Hence, fried chicken for dinner and waffles for breakfast.

Roscoe’s House of Chicken N’ Waffles in Southern California founded National Chicken and Waffles Day this year to highlight this delicious cuisine pairing and to dedicate the day as one of service and volunteerism. Check out Roscoe’s foundation website to see more ways to get involved and celebrate National Chicken and Waffles Day.

Read more by clicking here!


On October 20th, 1931, Hall of Fame slugger Mickey Mantle is born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma.

He was a center fielder who spent his whole career (1951-1968) with the New York Yankees and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. His career Batting Average was .298. He had 2,415 hits in his career. He also hit 536 Home Runs. He also had 1,509 Runs Batted In. He has the second highest OPS+ (On-base plus slugging) among center fielders.

He is a 20x All-Star, 7x World Series champion, 3x American League MVP winning back-to-back in 1956-57, He won the Triple Crown in 1956, Gold Glove Award Winner (1962), AL Batting Champion (1956), 4x AL Home Run Leader. His #7 Jersey number is retired by the New York Yankees.

–          I was born October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, FL
–          I started playing guitar at age 12
–          My first band was called Mudcrutch and I dropped out of high school to tour with them
–          My next band had a popular single, “Breakdown,” in the UK that eventually charted here in 1978
–          I did a hit duet with Stevie Nicks, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”
–          I was also part of the Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison and Roy Orbison
–          I died in 2017

Who Am I? Guitarist, singer and songwriter Tom Petty.

Congratulations to Jackie from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Pins will fall this weekend!

Today we highlighted the MVNU men’s and women’s bowling teams as they prepare to host their first-ever home tournament this weekend at Colonial City Lanes.

Hear our own bowler, MVNU/WNZR senior Dana Hicks and his conversation with coaches Ron Garlinger and Amber Brubaker by clicking these SoundCloud links.

Read more about MVNU Bowling here.

  • I was born on this day, October 6, 1906 in Germantown, PA
  • I started as an extra in shorts and silent films, signing with Fox in 1926
  • I won one Academy Award for Best Actress for three films
  • My winning roles include ‘7th Heaven,’ ‘Sunrise, A Song of Two Humans,’ and ‘Street Angel.’
  • My success continued into spoken film, including the 1937 original version of ‘A Star is Born’
  • I made my Broadway debut in 1980 in the stage version of Harold and Maude
  • I died in 1984

I am…actress Janet Gaynor. Congratulations to Kim from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Celebrate radio and clergy this week!

WNZR is excited to celebrate 35 years this Friday! Click this link to find out how you can be part of a day of prayer and praise on Friday.

Clergy Appreciation month starts Friday, yep, that’s October 1st…listen to The Morning Thing starting Monday and learn how you can nominate a member of your pastoral staff.

– I was born on this day in 1901 in Rome, Italy
– I am referred to as one of the ‘fathers’ of the atomic bomb
– I won the Nobel Prize for Physics
– I worked on Project Y in Los Alamos as part of the Manhattan project
– I died on November 28, 1954 of stomach cancer

I am…Enrico Fermi…

Congratulations to Beth (birthday girl) from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Who Knew?

It was Who Knew Wednesday on the show today.

We also talked about how Friends debuted on this day in 1944, the Women’s Volleyball team playing Taylor University, and we also talked about how this week is national prayer and praise.

We prayed over the air.

We also had our weekly Who Am I? segment.

Here is the description of this person.

I was born on this day in 1958

I have three children Amos, Matteo, and Virginia

I am Italian

I studied law at the University of Pisa

I am also a singer

The answer is: Andrea Bocelli

Congratulations to Ron Butcher of Mount Vernon for winning a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup for guessing the correct answer.

Thanks for Listening!

-Joe and Dylan

Outdoor music returns to MVNU

Today’s Who Knew focused on Sonfest 2021, returning to Mount Vernon Nazarene University this Saturday from noon until 9:30pm.

Find out more by clicking this link to

Today’s SONFEST TRIVIA was song poetry:

I get this feeling in my spirit when I’m low
I hear it calling like a compass to my soul
Saying, child, come on back now
You’ve been gone too long
Let me lead you back where you belong…

The song was ‘Next to Me,’ by Jordan Feliz – congratulations to Jenn of Newark – she guessed correctly and wins 2 tickets to Saturday’s concert!

*I was born on this day in 1857
*I succeeded Theodore Roosevelt
*I took office in 1909
*I was born in Ohio
*I died on March 8th, 1930 of cardiovascular disease

I am former U.S. President William Howard Taft – congratulations to Lyle from Howard who wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup

Thanks for listening!

Dylan and Joe

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.

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

Catherine has a book!

Our own Catherine Haws was with us today to talk about her book, “I Did NOT Choose this Adventure,” and her book signing this Friday night at Paragraphs downtown. Click here to hear our conversation with her today!

I was born today in 1957 in Havana, Cuba
My family fled to the US in 1959 during the Cuban Revolution
I became a US citizen in 1974
I met my future husband in 1975 at a church music rehearsal
Together we formed the Miami Sound Machine and had hits like ‘Conga’ and ‘Words Get in the Way’
I did the Super Bowl Halftime show in 1992
I’ve won three Grammy Awards
I am singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan! Congratulations to Nannette from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Can Ohio claim the banana split?

August 25th is Banana Split Day, but Ohio’s claim to starting this dessert trend is a battle with its neighbor to the east:

In Michael Turback’s Banana Split Book, he shares:

The origin of the banana split is controversial, but most historians believe it was first created in 1904 by an optometrist in Latrobe, Pennsylvania named David “Doc” Strickler. The sundae he concocted originally cost 10 cents, twice the price of other sundaes, and caught on with students of nearby Saint Vincent College.

Wilmington, Ohio, also claims an early connection dating to 1907 when Ernest “Doc” Hazard created a dessert in hopes of attracting students from Wilmington College to his shop during the slow days of winter. The dessert he came up with was the banana split: three scoops of ice cream served between the two halves of a split banana, topped with chocolate, strawberry and pineapple sauces, whipped cream, maraschino cherries and nuts.

Most historians believe the evidence for Strickler’s 1904 debut is more convincing, and, in 2004, the National Ice Cream Retailers Association certified the city of Latrobe as the birthplace of the banana split. Both towns hold an annual festival in honor of the dessert. Wilmington’s is usually the second weekend in June.

-I was born today in 1968 in Glens Falls, New York
-My mom was a restaurant manager and sparked my love for cooking
-I started teaching 30 minute meals as a class, then was invited to host a segment for a local TV station
-I signed with Food Network in 2001
-I’ve been a spokesperson for Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and have my own line of dog food
Who Am I?
I am Rachael Ray! Congratulations to Bonnie from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

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

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