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Who Knew Wednesday

What’s a Waffle Bomb?

It’s new this year to the 167th Ohio State Fair! A waffle bomb is a chocolate-covered jumbo strawberry deep fried in waffle batter. Just one of the many new treats…or $30 meals…take your pick. Some of my other discoveries:

  • the Alfredo-stuffed turkey leg from Hickory Tree BBQ, right beside the Main Street Stage
  • Cajun waffle dogs – andouille sausages, dipped in waffle batter, deep-fried
  • cold edible cookie dough
  • cornbread funnel cake
  • waffle pickle dogs – pickle spears on a stick, wrapped in black forest ham, dipped in Belgian Waffle batter, deep-fried
  • Nutter Butter stuffed funnel
Who Am I?
–         I was born August 3, 1977 in San Mateo, California
–         I attended the school UP NORTH (Michigan)
–         I was a 6th round NFL Draft Pick in 2000
–         Since then, I’ve won a record seven Super Bowls with two teams
–         My wife is from Brazil
–         I retired, then unretired this spring

I am Tom Brady – congratulations to Kristi from Mount Vernon, who wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream

Hiawatha Water Park and Pool winners of family-four packs today were Rachael and Sabrina! Way to go!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Fair, moon walks and concerts…

Who knew?

July 20th is the 53rd anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moon walk. July 20, 1969 was the day when Wapakoneta’s favorite son walked on the surface of the moon – “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

We’re doing a unique concert giveaway next week on The Morning Thing for the August 1st Zach Williams/We The Kingdom concert at the Ohio State Fair. Keep listening for more details…the contest is called 5-4-3-2-1!

The deadline to take our WNZR TechSurvey 2022 is extended to July 31st…click here for the information and link.

On The Road with Big Blue starts Sunday afternoon at the Knox County Fair. More information on prizes here!

  • I was born July 20, 1919 in New Zealand
  • I became interested in mountaineering while in secondary school
  • I served the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a navigator during World War II
  • I was part of the first team to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953
  • I also reached the South Pole in 1958, and the North Pole a few years later
  • Time Magazine named me one of the most influential people of the 20th century

I am…Sir Edmund Percival Hillary. Congratulations to June from Poland, Ohio, who wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

Favorite fry facts!

Today’s National French Fry Day (who decides on these things?) so Brogan and Joe discussed two main topics…first, what type of fry is your favorite?

  • standard (think McDonald’s)
  • shoestring
  • waffle
  • crinkle cut
  • chip style (UK)
  • curly
  • steak or wedge
  • tater tots (is a tater tot a French fry?)
  • sweet potato

Then, what is your #1 fry topping/dipping sauce?

  • ketchup (or catsup)
  • mayo
  • ranch
  • salt/vinegar
  • BBQ sauce
  • hot sauce/siracha
  • milk shake/Frosty
  • “special sauce” (for burgers)
  • cheese sauce
  • sour cream and chives
  • white frosting (sweet potato)
  • cinnamon sugar (sweet potato)

Congratulations to Jennifer from Mount Vernon winning two tickets to see Oliver on Friday, guessing Charles Dickens birthday, 1812!

Today’s Who Am I…

  • I was born July 13, 1940 in Yorkshire, England
  • I left school to study theatre when I was 15
  • I joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966 and remained with them until 1982
  • I made my television debut in 1967 but became a household name 20 years later, when I agreed to play Captain Jean Luc Picard
  • My film credits include Excalibur, the original Dune, X-Men, Star Trek Generations and a voice actor in The Prince of Egypt
  • I was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2010 for services to drama
  • I recently returned to the role of Picard for a new series on Paramount Plus

Congratulations to Monica calling in and guessing today’s Who Am I, Patrick Stewart!

Thanks for listening!

-Joe and Brogan

Who Knew…travel would be like this?

Here are some ‘who knews’ on July 4th travel this year:

AAA is reporting that more than 47.9 million Americans, including a record 2.2 million Ohioans, will travel this Independence Day holiday weekend (June 30 – July 4). This is an increase of 3.7% nationally, and 3.8% for Ohio. While national travel numbers are expected to fall just shy of 2019, AAA expects Ohio travel will build on the record travel numbers set in 2021 to reach a new high this Independence Day.

Despite historically high gas prices, a record number of people are planning a holiday road trip, with 42 million Americans (nearly 2.1 million Ohioans) hitting the road this Independence Day travel period.

AAA predicts Independence Day holiday air travel will grow by 1.5% nationally with 3.55 million Americans flying during the holiday travel period. Ohio air travel numbers will fall 1.2% compared to last Independence Day, with just over 70,000 Ohioans flying during the five-day holiday period. Higher flight costs, recent issues with air travel and ongoing concerns of cancelations and delays may be pushing more people to drive this year.

A few other tidbits:

Woman finds stash of cash in garage sale couch –

6th grader gets yearbook turnaround –

– I was born June 22, 1906 in Englewood, New Jersey
– My father was a New Jersey senator and US Ambassador to Mexico
– I met my husband in Mexico in 1927 and we were married two years later
– My husband’s passion was aviation and I became the first woman to earn a glider pilot’s license in 1930
– Our first born son was kidnapped and died in 1932 in what was called by some the Crime of the Century
– I was also an accomplished writer, winning two National Book Awards
– I have honorary degrees from 5 colleges
– I died in 2001 at 94 years of age
I am Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Congratulations to Ruth from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy.

Thanks for listening!
– Brogan and Joe

Cooling off and festival time!

All of us are trying to beat the heat…and for some of us, it’s harder because of the ongoing power outages. So how can you stay cool in these challenging days?

Click this article from Safe Electricity to find out more.

Tomorrow starts the 17th year of the Heart of Ohio USA Days Festival in Centerburg. This is a great family, fun-filled event running through Saturday.

Here’s the link to the USA Days Festival website.

What about parking? It’s available at the Centerburg High School just west of town. Free school bus shuttles will be offered on Friday evening and all-day Saturday from after the parade till after the fireworks. Handicapped parking will be available in the park as well as for vendors and entertainers. Anyone who wishes may find alternate parking in town and use the sidewalk or trail to walk to the park from there.

There is motorcycle parking available in the lot near the water tower, right across from the park entrance. Only motorcycles are allowed to use this lot!

– I was born June 15, 1949 in Riverside, California
– My nickname came from playing in the dirt in my backyard
– My father was an Air Force technician
– I was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1967 and eventually played for the LA Dodgers
– I won a World Series in 1981
– I retired and became a stockbroker before returning to baseball as a coach
– I’ve managed the Giants, Cubs, Reds, Nationals and Astros
I am…Dusty Baker – congratulations to Pam of Fredericktown, who guessed correctly and won the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

Camps, bridges and puppeteers!

Today we shared Brogan’s conversation with Rev. Dave Matos, Chaplain for Hospice of North Central Ohio. Dave shared about plans for this year’s Camp Hope. You can listen to the conversation here at our SoundCloud link.

The link below also has registration information.

This is also a big week for bridge birthdays. Who knew?

  • the Brooklyn Bridge opened May 24, 1883, connecting New York City and Brooklyn over the East River
  • the Golden Gate bridge opened May 27, 1937 in San Francisco. Did you know that more than 200,000 people paid 25 cents to walk the new bridge?
Who am I?
–      I was born May 25, 1944 in England
–      My parents were both puppeteers
–      My family moved to Belgium when I was an infant, then to the US in 1951
–      I followed my family’s profession and started working with Jim Henson in 1963
–      My Muppet and Sesame Street characters included Miss Piggy, Cookie Monster and Bert
–      I may be best known as the voice of Yoda in the Star Wars movies
–      I also directed several films including What About Bob?

I am…Frank Oz. Congratulations to Anna from Bellville for guessing correctly and winning the one-day pass to the Hiawatha Water Park and Pool.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

It’s Wild Onion vs Strait tonight…

So today we shared the name origins of some of our famous cities…here’s the list:

Baton Rouge, LA – red stick (French)

Boise, ID – woods (French)

Des Moines, IA – of the monks (French)

Terre Haute, IN – high ground (French)

Detroit, MI – strait (French)

Anaheim, CA – hybrid of Santa Ana and the German word for home

Philadelphia, PA – brotherly love (Greek)

Athens, OH and GA – named for the Greek capital

Phoenix, AZ – named for the immortal bird of Greek mythology

Cincinnati, OH – curly hair (Latin) named for Lucius Cincinnatus – a Roman hero

Chicago, IL – wild onion (Native American)

Milwaukee, WI – gathering place (Native American)

Tucson, AZ – base of the black hill (Native American)

Los Angeles, CA – the angels (Spanish)

Amarillo, TX – yellow (Spanish)

Santa Fe, NM – holy faith (Spanish)

El Paso, TX – the pass (Spanish)

Las Vegas, NV – the meadows (Spanish)

Memphis, TN – city in ancient Egypt, named by Andrew Jackson b/c of its location on the Nile-like Mississippi River

Cairo, IL – like the Egyptian capital, pronounced CAY-roh by the natives

Odessa, TX – city in Russia, named by Russian/Ukrainian rail workers

–         I was born on May 18, 1920 in Poland
–         My real first and middle names are Karol Jozef
–         I lived in Krakow during World War II to attend college
–         When the Nazi’s closed my school, I worked three jobs and began studying for the priesthood
–         I survived the Nazi occupation of Poland and finally was ordained in 1946
–         I learned 15 languages and earned my doctorate in 1954
–         I became Archbishop of Krakow and eventually part of the College of Cardinals
–         I was elected Pope in October 1978 and served until my death in 2005
I am…Pope John Paul II. Congratulations to Kathleen of Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the one day pass to the Hiawatha Water Park and Pool.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

This week’s topics…

…include Egos, Mental Health and Composers…

World Ego Awareness Day is referenced as, ” an opportunity to spend some time in self-reflection exploring our ego, while simultaneously exploring our experiences with those around us to determine how much of their perceived ego is our own coming into conflict with others.”

The first Ego Awareness Day came into existence in 2018 with the intent of helping those who suffer from an advanced case of egoism learn to deal with the world from a more humble perspective. Egoism has some rather significant effects, including leading to abusive behavior, a blindness to the reality of situations around them, and generally a skewed experience regarding their interactions with other people.

But what does EGO really mean? Is it, as Oxford defines, “a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance?”  Or does it go deeper?

In their book, Lead Like Jesus, Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges talk about the two versions of EGO, as an acronym. The self-serving leader and the servant leader both deal with EGO, but in a different way

The self-serving leader’s EGO stands for Edging God Out

  • This EGO happens when you put something else in God’s place, trust someone other than God, and value opinions other than God’s
  • This EGO leads to false pride and fear

The servant leader’s EGO stands for Exalting God Only

  • This EGO happens when you worship God only, depend on God completely, exalt God as your only audience and authority, and know that God is watching you
  • In this EGO, false pride and fear are replaced by humility with God-grounded confidence

National Mental Health Awareness Month in May focuses on bringing tools, resources, and education to the general public.

Each year Mental Health America, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and other mental health organizations across the country organize events, webinars, and more to improve mental health access across the country.

Mental health is a hot topic. This is good news. It means the stigma for mental health issues is slowly going away. Mental health issues are finally getting the attention they deserve. Healthcare workers and individuals feel they can discuss mental health more openly. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still work to do, however.

As a whole, we often misunderstand mental health because it is hard to define. Additionally, mental health includes several areas. These areas involve one’s social, emotional, and psychological well-being. Mental health affects thoughts, feelings, and actions. When one has positive mental health, they are better equipped to handle stress, be more productive, and realize their full potential.

While we focus on our physical wellbeing, the food we eat, exercise, and getting regular check-ups for vision and dental care, we often forget to take stock of our emotional and spiritual needs. Everyday demands take their toll.

– I was born on May 11, 1888 in Belarus in the Russian Empire
– I came to the US when I was 5 years old
– I published my first song when I was 19 and was paid 33 cents for the rights
– I owned the Music Box Theatre in New York City
– I wrote my first ballad, called ‘When I Lost You,” as a tribute to my first wife, who died 6 months after we were married
– I am most known for Blue Skies, Puttin’ on the Ritz, God Bless America, and White Christmas
– In 1934, Time Magazine called me ‘an American institution.’

I am…Irving Berlin. Congratulations to Linda from Gambier, who guessed correctly and wins the WNZR drawstring backpack and Our Daily Bread devotionals.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

On the 4th of May, may you play 45 records…

Who Knew May the 4th Be With You would be a rallying cry to start a Star Wars Day?

It is…and to learn more about one of the most popular movie franchises in history, click here!

Who Knew May 4th was a day to celebrate the 45 RPM record?

It is! Read more from by clicking this link!

– I was born May 4, 1929 in Belgium
– I spent parts of my childhood in Belgium, England and the Netherlands
– I studied ballet with Dutch and British coaches and became a chorus girl in London
– My breakout role was in the 1953 film Roman Holiday, which earned me the Oscar for Best Actress
– I won three BAFTA awards during my career for Best Actress
– Most people know me from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the movie version of My Fair Lady
– I became involved in UNICEF and received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992
– I died one month later in Switzerland in January, 1993

I am…Audrey Hepburn, actress and humanitarian. Congratulations to Stephanie from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the backpack and Our Daily Bread devotional.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

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