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Who Knew Wednesday

The original form of texting!

Today we honored Morse Code Day with…

* I was born April 27, 1791 in Charlestown, Massachusetts
* I attended Yale to study religion, math and equine science
* I supported myself by painting and was commissioned to paint several prominent portraits
* I developed the concept of the single-wire telegraph
* My code became the primary language of telegraphs
* I received Congressional funding in 1843 to build the first telegraphic line
* My first message was, “What hath God wrought?”

I am…Samuel Morse!

Congratulations to Maude from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the WNZR drawstring backpack and the Our Daily Bread devotionals.

Today is also National Tell A Story Day, so we shared some of our favorite stories as kids. Here are some of the books we mentioned:

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Going Bananas!

The third Wednesday of April is National Banana Day!

Some fun facts about this popular fruit (which is actually an herb):

A banana is about 100 calories and contains a lot of fiber and potassium, so it is very good for the treatment of high blood pressure, ulcers, calcium loss and some cancers.

Bananas are rich at manganese, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.

There are more than 1,000 varieties of bananas, but the most widely eaten in the United States is Cavendish. 

Who Knew? Cavendish bananas were named after William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire. Though they were not the first known banana specimens in Europe, in around 1834 Cavendish received a shipment of bananas. His head gardener and friend, Sir Joseph Paxton, cultivated them in the greenhouses of Chatsworth House. The plants were botanically described by Paxton as Musa cavendishii. For his work, Paxton won a medal at the 1835 Royal Horticultural Society show.

Some popular uses of bananas include: banana splits, banana bread, a peanut butter and banana sandwich, Bananas Foster and a frozen chocolate-covered banana.

Who Knew? Bananas Foster was named for a New Orleans businessman? Read more by clicking here.

– He was born on April 13th, 2001, in Alexandria, OH
– He’s been going to OSU basketball games since he was 4 years old
– He is a Cleveland Browns fan, Guardians fan, and an avid OSU fan
– He did musicals from his 7th grade year through his senior year of high school
– He sang in the highest choir (Vocalise) at his high school.
– He is currently a sophomore in college

This person is our own Dylan Elliott! Congratulations to Eric from Mount Vernon, who wins the drawstring backpack and Our Daily Bread devotional.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

All about Amy!

Today we featured Marcy Rinehart’s conversation with Amy Grant ahead of her concert tomorrow night at the Knox Memorial Theater.

Click this Soundcloud link for all the segments!

  • I was born April 6, 1945 in New York City
  • My real name is William December Williams
  • I have a twin sister, Loretta
  • I made my theatre debut at age 7
  • I won a painting scholarship to the National Academy of Fine Arts and Design
  • I played football legend Gale Sayers in Brian’s Song
  • Most kids and adults know me best as Lando Calrissian

I am…BILLY DEE WILLIAMS! Congratulations to Mark from Utica, who wins the backpack and Our Daily Bread devotional!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Praises, pencils and Amy Grant

Thank you for your incredible support of Lifeline 2022! Our current total is $69,809.

Today is National Pencil Day! Did you know?

  • cedar is one of the best woods to use for making pencils
  • the lead is a graphite and clay mixture
  • the lead is baked at 1500 degrees Fahrenheit
  • the pencil molds with the lead glued into the cedar are put into a one-ton press for an hour
  • after compression, the pencil molds are cut into a hexagon shape with three cuts on the top and three on the bottom
  • the bare wood then goes through a paint machine and the rubber eraser is applied with an aluminum top

watch the full video here from the Science Network!

Don’t forget you have just under a week to be part of the Sweet Seats ticket contest to see Amy Grant at the Knox Memorial on April 7th. Find the details here!

– I was born March 30, 1940 in Middletown, Ohio
– I started developing memory games for myself when I was 9 years of age
– My high school basketball team won 76 straight games at one point
– I attended Ohio State and won a national championship in 1960
– I also won a gold medal at the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics
– I suffered a major injury in my senior year at OSU, but still played in the NBA
– I won an NBA title with the New York Knicks in 1973
 
I am Hall of Famer…Jerry Lucas. Congratulations to Matt from Mount Vernon, who wins the WNZR drawstring backpack and a copy of Our Daily Bread!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Shoes and sliders?

Did you know…??

Yes! Puma and White Castle are teaming up again for a new slider-themed sneaker. Read the story here on Puma’s website. https://us.puma.com/us/en/collaborations/partnerships/white-castle

WNZR is also giving you a chance to win tickets to see Amy Grant at the Knox Memorial on April 7. Find out more by clicking this link!


I was born today in 1751 in Port Conway, Virginia
I was the oldest of 12 children
I attended college at Princeton, known then as the College of New Jersey
I served as colonel in the Orange County militia and a Virginia congressional delegate
I helped George Washington write his first inaugural address
I eventually became Secretary of State in 1801
I was elected as the country’s 4th president in 1808 and served two terms
I also served ten years as chancellor at the University of Virginia
 
I am.. James Madison! Congratulations to Megan from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the WNZR drawstring backpack!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

The Name Game

Learn What Your Name Means Day is celebrated annually on the Wednesday in the first full week of March. It is part of Celebrate Your Name Week.

The day encourages us to dig deeper into the origins of our name and figure out the meaning behind it. Our names are an integral part of our identity, yet it is the one thing we do not get to choose. As a part of the campaign launched by American onomatology and hobbyist Jerry Hill in 1997, an entire week was dedicated to exploring the beauty of our names, and their deep history.

While surnames are passed down to generations and hold immense historical context and relevance, our first names are chosen by our parents. Our surnames are a window into the lives that our ancestors led, while our first names are a gateway to our own personalities. Our names hold a lot of power, and with current information, we can decide the course of our lives through it. With a little bit of research, we can discover the meaning behind our names.

I did a little bit of research myself and here’s what I found out. Dylan is a Welsh name traditionally given to boys. It means “son of the sea” or “born from the ocean.” Dylan is derived from the Welsh words “dy”, which means great, and “llanw”, which means flow.  Dylan’s popularity as a first name is owed greatly to the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. His most famous work you might recognize is the poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.” 

The name Joseph comes from the Hebrew verb ‘yasaf’ meaning, “to increase.”

BEAT THE BOX OFFICE!

Tysha from Mount Vernon was our winner! She correctly guessed that We The Kingdom has won three GMA Dove Awards. She wins a pair of tickets to the show August 1 at the Ohio State Fair!

Thanks for listening!

Curling…yea, the sport!

Today we did a mini recap of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and shared some tidbits about the sport of curling, since it’s apparently “Curling is Cool Day.”

Norway continues to dominate the Winter Games – this year, the Norwegians took 37 total medals, including 16 golds. Coming into 2022, they had the most medals, with 368 (now 405). The USA was 5th in medals this year, with 25 (8 gold, 10 silver, and 7 bronze).

Now to curling…

A Scottish game developed in the 1500’s that the Canadians seem to be exceedingly good at- if Winter Olympic Games are anything to go by- curling involves launching a stone on ice and sweeping the ice in its path as it attempts to land on a target and dislodge your competitors’ rocks. But wait, there’s more…

The sweepers wear special shoes, one that slides and one that doesn’t, and the stone is more like a 40 pound granite bomb that looks like a macaroon. The brooms are slightly more evolved now than the ordinary sweepers they used back in the 1900s. In fact, they’re hardly reminiscent of a kitchen broom at all. The floors are sheets of ice with vinyl markings underneath, for the target, rather than the frozen lake surfaces that were used back in the day. The concept, though, is very much the same. You launch, you sweep, and you score. 

–         I was born February 23, 1923 in Hudson, Ohio
–         My father was a blacksmith who made horseshoes
–         I played football, basketball and baseball in high school
–         I originally committed to play at Notre Dame, but then ended up at Ohio State
–         I was drafted into the US Army in 1942 and was part of the D-Day invasion on Omaha Beach
–         I ended up with the Cleveland Browns after the War and led the league in receiving as a rookie
–         I was part of 7 championship teams in my 10 years
–         I was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975

I am Dante Lavelli. Congratulations to Bonnie from Mount Vernon, a long-time Browns fan! She wins the WNZR drawstring backpack and the devotional book, ‘A Word from the Weaver.’

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

A Word from the Weaver!

Today we shared Joe’s conversation with Rev. Robert ‘Bob’ Weaver and his new 50-day devotional book.

Hear their conversation at this WNZR Soundcloud link!

STUMPER!
–          I was born February 1, 1966 in Santa Clara, California
–          I grew up near Seattle and was a three-time high school All-American in soccer
–          I attended the University of Central Florida and won the Hermann Trophy in 1988
–          I scored the first goal in the history of the US women’s national soccer team in 1985
–          I scored 10 goals in the 1991 women’s World Cup and was awarded the Golden Shoe
–          I also played for the US in the 1996 Olympics and the 1999 World Cup
–          I retired in 2000, and currently serve as an assistant coach with the Orlando Pride

Congratulations to Dave from Butler, who guessed correctly and wins a WNZR drawstring backpack and a Phil Wickham CD.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

A 3-time Gold Medalist joins the show!

Dylan recently had a conversation with 3-time USA Olympic softball champion Leah Amico. Leah joins us in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Hear their full conversation by clicking this link to the WNZR Soundcloud page!

Thank you, Leah, for joining us!
–          I was born February 1, 1966 in Santa Clara, California
–          I grew up near Seattle and was a three-time high school All-American in soccer
–          I attended the University of Central Florida and won the Hermann Trophy in 1988
–          I scored the first goal in the history of the US women’s national soccer team in 1985
–          I scored 10 goals in the 1991 women’s World Cup and was awarded the Golden Shoe
–          I also played for the US in the 1996 Olympics and the 1999 World Cup
–          I retired in 2000, and currently serve as an assistant coach with the Orlando Pride
 
This one’s a stumper, so we’ll bring it back next week!

Thanks for listening – keep updated on the weather and closings/cancellations with our WNZR Facebook page.
– Joe and Dylan

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