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Fun facts for a sunny day!

Today is May 19, also known in some parts as MAY RAY DAY!

Get yourself out into the sun! That’s the best way to celebrate May Ray Day.

Get a new wardrobe of pretty spring clothes and take your family out on a picnic!

Been exercising inside all winter? Get yourself out into the sun and go for a walk or a jog, breathe in that fresh air, and if you have allergies, take a Benadryl…

May Ray Day is your reminder to go outside and soak up some sun in the great outdoors, so get out there!

Today is also NUMERACY DAY…

The aim is to celebrate numbers and how we use them in everyday life. The day is designed to encourage people to feel curious about numbers, explore how they can benefit them in their day to day life and give them the confidence to develop and improve their numeracy skills.

  • I was born on this day in 1942 in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • My real first name is Frederick
  • I went to college at Smith University in Charlotte and was all-conference in basketball
  • My career took me to 97 countries and over 6,000 games and I was in a cartoon series
  • My nickname was inspired by one of the Three Stooges
  • My number 22 was retired in 2008
  • I passed away last spring in Houston at the age of 77

I am…former Harlem Globetrotter, Curly Neal. Congratulations to Ruth Ann from Sugarcreek, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

Main Street update!

Today for Who Knew Wednesday, we heard from Main Street Mount Vernon’s Anthony McNeal about the return of First Fridays in downtown Mount Vernon. Click here to find the links to Anthony’s conversation with our own Wesley Boston on our Soundcloud account!

Today’s profile:
  • I was born on this date in 1820 in Tuscany, Italy, but I am British
  • The city where I was born is also my first name
  • I felt a call from God in 1837 to devote my life to the service of others
  • I was courted by a man for nine years, but rejected his proposal so I could pursue my calling
  • My signature work was in the Crimean War in reducing death rates among the wounded
  • One of my nicknames was “The Lady with the Lamp”
  • The British Government developed a fund in my name to help train nurses

I am…Florence Nightingale!

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

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

The first week of May – so much happening!

Today is one of those Who Knew Wednesday shows that has a lot to cover!

It’s Cinco de Mayo…here’s the scoop if you’re heading out for some Mexican food tonight:

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Wednesday, May 5 in 2021, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Read more here from the History Channel’s website.

Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayerread more at our WNZR page by clicking here.

Mother’s Day is Sunday! Don’t forget…

Jonathon found some fun facts about Mother’s Day from Town and Country magazine. Click here to read more.

Who Am I? Who Knew Wednesday Trivia:

  • I was born on this date in 1988 in London, England
  • I started singing when I was four
  • My mom raised me while working as a furniture maker
  • I attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology
  • I’ve won 15 Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist in 2009
  • I was appointed an MBE in 2013, which means Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and received my award from Prince Charles
  • I’m also a mother to one son

I am…singer and songwriter Adele (Laurie Blue Adkins). Congratulations to Becky from St. Louisville, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

Today’s W food…

Is watermelon! Now that we’re turning the corner into warmer weather, expect to see more of this flowering fruit around, in both its natural state and watermelon-flavored things.

Some of the health benefits of watermelon? Healthline.com shares these:

It contains only 46 calories per cup but is high in vitamin C, vitamin A and many healthy plant compounds.

Drinking water is an important way to keep your body hydrated. Interestingly, watermelon is 92% water, and high water content is one of the reasons why fruits and vegetables help you feel full. The combination of water and fiber means you’re eating a good volume of food without a lot of calories.

One cup (154 grams) of watermelon includes these vitamins and minerals:

  • Vitamin C: 21% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
  • Vitamin A: 18% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 5% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 4% of the RDI
  • Vitamins B1, B5 and B6: 3% of the RDI

Watermelon is also high in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lycopene. Plus, it has citrulline, an important amino acid.

Here’s a link to an easy watermelon sorbet recipe from thethingswellmake.com

Here’s the link to the CNN article I shared about a possible shortage of gasoline trucks this summer.

Who Am I? Trivia…

  • I was born today in 1964 in Cincinnati
  • I attended Moeller High School and got a scholarship to play both football and baseball at Michigan
  • I eventually stayed with baseball
  • I played for my hometown team, winning a World Series in 1990
  • I was the National League MVP in 1995 and a 12-time all-star
  • I was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012
  • The team retired my number, 11.

I am former Cincinnati Red, Barry Larkin. Congratulations to Ron from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Who Knew Wednesday!

Lexie & Joe talk about a bunch of fun topics for this week’s Afternoon Drive!

Joe talked to us about the crazy weather we’ve had: it is not the first time that we have seen some crazy weather in April! 10TV wrote this article all about it.

We also have a new updated Lifeline total! we cannot say thank you enough for your continued support of WNZR!

The new Lifeline 2021 total is:

$77,571!

Thank you!

WHO AM I? 

  • Today is my 70th birthday – I was born April 21, 1951 in Brooklyn, NY 
  • I went to college on a wrestling scholarship 
  • My friends entered me into the Golden Gloves tournament as a joke and I advanced to the final 
  • I’m best known for playing characters, sharing my real first name, on the TV shows ‘Taxi’ and “Who’s the Boss?’ 
  • I also hosted my own daytime talk show 
  • I starred in the movie Angels in the Outfield 
  • I’ve been nominated for Golden Globe, People’s Choice, and Emmy Awards 

I am Tony Danza !

Congrats to Kristina from Fredericktown for guessing correctly and winning the $5 gift certificate to Everlasting Cup!

Thank you so much for tuning into The Afternoon Drive! – Lexie & Joe

Weird Food Combos!

Joe and Lexie dive into the weirdest food combos they could find!

Camp.com gives a great article about these weird food combos!

Some aren’t too weird: popcorn and chocolate, fries and ice cream, and rice and ketchup

Some are very weird, you’ll just have to see for yourself!

Check out the link HERE!

          I was born April 14, 1960 in California

–          My real last name is Gerstenfeld

–          I attended UCLA, but dropped out after two months to pursue comedy

–          I was grand champion for the comedy category on Star Search in 1984

–          I once opened in Las Vegas for Frank Sinatra and also for the Beach Boys

–          I am best known as a police officer and jealous brother named Robert on a CBS sitcom

–          I also played a rogue auto mechanic who stole Jerry Seinfeld’s car

WHO AM I??

                ACTOR AND COMEDIAN BRAD GARRETT

Congrats to Heather of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing and winning a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thank you so much for listening to The Afternoon Drive! – Lexie & Joe

White Wine Vinegar Wednesday

Joe and Lexie look into the ingredient white wine vinegar; how to use it and what to use it for!

We took advice from Thomas Keller, a chef who published this Master Class Article! It talks about what white wine vinegar is and what you can use it for!

We also found this awesome article from Bon Appetit, which talks about a lot of different vinegars and what to use them for!

I was born on this date in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

My real name is Elenora Fagan

I was known for my vocal delivery and improvisational skills.

My family moved to New York and I began singing in nightclubs in Harlem

I was signed to a label and recorded my first hit, “Riffin’ the Scotch” which sold 5,000 copies

My nickname is Lady Day

Answer: Billie Holiday

Congratulations to Brenda of Fredericktown for guessing correctly and winning a $5 dollar gift certificate to Everlasting Cup!

Thank you so much for tuning into the Afternoon Drive – Lexie & Joe

Easter Bunnies, and Bilbies, and Eggs! Oh My!

This Who Knew Wednesday we dive into Easter all around the world!

We shared about The Butter Lamb from Russia! Where families will take a small knob of butter and form it into the shape of a lamb!

Red Eggs are a tradition in Greece. The color red symbolizes the blood of Christ, so they only dye their eggs red!

We are use to Easter Bunnies here in the U.S. But in Australia, they have the Easter Bilby! They even make chocolate bilbies to bring awareness to the dwindling population of BIlibies.

The French take a lot of eggs on Easter and make one giant omelet! Yum!

We had two Who Am I? Trivia questions for today!

Who Am I?

I was born on this date in 1685 in Germany.

I was orphaned at 10 and lived with my oldest brother.

I am known for my skill as an organist and composer.

I was the cantor at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig for 27 years.

The liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church remembers me with a feast day on July 28.

Answer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Who Am I?

I was born on this date in 1971 in Perth, Scotland

I have dual citizenship in the UK and the US

I studied drama at the Guildhall School in London when I was 18

I played young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels

I will reprise that role in a new Disney+ series

I also starred in Moulin Rouge, Big Fish and Doctor Sleep

Answer: Ewan McGregor

Congratulations to Elizabeth from Mount Vernon and Pam from Fredericktown for guessing correctly and winning $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup!

Thank you so much for tuning into the Afternoon Drive! – Lexie & Joe

Day of Prayer and Praise! Who Knew Wednesday for Lifeline 2021!

Joe and Lexie praise God for Lifeline 2021’s Day of Prayer & Praise!

They share many testimonies from listeners, and praise God for another chance to celebrate with Lifeline 2021!

our theme this year is Keep Me In The Moment, and we share a lot about how we can stay in the moment.

Lexie in particular shares a devotional about how Every Moment Matters.

Joe talks about toasters! (Trust us it makes sense.)

Sometimes being in a service medium you may feel like a toaster, you’re expected to do what you do and do it well consistently, and it is only when you have hiccups or don’t perform well that you get noticed. Maybe you feel like a toaster, but God likes his toast however you make it! So thank you, for being in the business of serving others!

  • I was born March 24th, 1976.
  • I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • I am a former NFL Quarterback
  • My favourite football player growing up was my dad
  • My favourite college football fight song is rocky top.
  • My father and my younger brother were also in the NFL
  • I have the most AP MVP Awards, with a total of five!
  • I have two super bowl rings

Answer: Peyton Manning!

Congrats to Jenny from Mount Vernon for guessing correctly and winning a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thank you so much for tuning into The Afternoon Drive! – Lexie & Joe

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