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Who Knew Wednesday

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:


Thank you!


  • 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! 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



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

Walking Taco Wednesday!

We know, we bent the rules a little bit…

Lexie and Joe talk about Walking Tacos today for Who Knew Wednesday!

“Walking Taco” or “Taco-in-a-Bag” aren’t actual tacos, but are Midwest names for the Texas dish called “Frito Pie”.

The “walking frito pie” began in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the 1982 World’s Fair. Petro’s Chili & Chips established a booth at the Fair. The Fair’s theme was “energy,” and the product was originally named “Petroleum Belly.”

The “walking taco” quickly became popular at other fairs in the midwest during the 1980s and 1990s!

if you’d like to read the full article, you can read it HERE!

We also covered this cool new design for a completely digital Taco Bell Drive-Thru! Read the full article HERE!

  • I was born on March 17th 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • When I was four years old, my family and I moved to Chicago, Illinois, where my father became a Baptist minister.
  • When I was 15, I dropped out of high school to pursue a music career.
  • I, along with my brothers performed in a revival of the musical Shuffle Along.
  • I was the first African American to host a television variety show.
  • Some of my most popular songs were Smile and Mona Lisa.
  • I died at the hospital early in the morning of February 15, 1965 of lung cancer.

I am Nat King Cole!

Congrats to Ava of Howard for guessing correctly and winning a $5 Gift Certificate to Everlasting Cup!

Thank you SO MUCH for tuning into the Afternoon Drive! – Lexie & Joe

National Awesomeness Day, Who Knew?

Lexie gives you the details of National Awesomeness Day!

This special national day gives people the chance to recognize how awesome themselves and the people around them are just, to put it plainly, awesome.

The website for National Awesomeness Day shares this: “The International Day of Awesomeness is a celebration of awesomeness. People are awesome every day, frequently don’t realize it, and their feats of awesomeness are rarely recognized. We aim to fix that, with a special day to both perform and celebrate feats of awesomeness!”

Check out the website HERE

Joe thinks of awesomeness as something that makes him feel like he is “in awe.” Things that make him think of that are Babies, and Niagara Falls!

Lexie shares that sometimes we don’t see how awesome we are and maybe that causes you to feel worthless some days. But This Devotional gives us perspective: we are worth it because Christ died for us! And that is pretty awesome.

Today’s ‘Who Am I?’ Trivia:

–          I was born this day in 1983 in Oklahoma

–          I auditioned for a record contract when I was 14 but it didn’t work out

–          I was journalism major in college

–          I won the 4th season of American Idol in 2005

–          I’ve won 7 Grammys and 9 CMA Awards

–          I married a professional hockey player

–          I am releasing a gospel album this month

ANSWER: Carrie Underwood

Congratulations to Jackie of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing and winning a $5 gift certificate to Everlasting cup!

Thanks so much for tuning into The Afternoon Drive! – Lexie

Another ‘W’ Food for Who Knew Wednesday!

Today for Who Knew Wednesday we shared about another ‘W’ food. Walnuts are a favorite nut for many people and here is a fun recipe for try at home!


To make this candied walnuts recipe, you will need:

  • Walnuts: About 4 cups raw walnut halves (or chopped walnuts).
  • Egg white: To bind the candy coating to the walnuts.
  • Vanilla extract: Just a little for flavor!
  • Brown sugar: I used packed brown sugar, but you could also sub in white (granulated) sugar or coconut sugar instead.
  • Spices: Ground cinnamon plus a hint of cayenne.
  • Fine sea salt: My preferred salt for this recipe. (Note that if you choose to use table salt instead, you will need to use less salt.)


  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups (12 ounces) raw walnut halves


  1. Heat oven to 300°F.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, sea salt, cinnamon and cayenne until combined.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg white and vanilla until combined.  Add the walnuts and toss until they are evenly coated with the egg white mixture.  Add the brown sugar mixture and toss until the walnuts are evenly coated.
  4. Spread the walnuts out in an even layer on the baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove baking sheet from the oven, and give the walnuts a brief stir.  Return to the oven and bake for 20 more minutes.  Remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately, or store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

Who Am I? Who Knew Trivia:

–          I was born on this date in 1986 in Seattle.

–          I was signed to Forefront Records when I was 12

–          My first album, Genuine, released when I was 14

–          I sang the song “There’s Got to Be More to Life”

–          I’m also known for the singles, “Stuck” and “Don’t Look at Me”

–          I was nominated for a Grammy in 2004

–          I took a hiatus from 2008-2012 and have done occasional concerts and appearances since then

The answer? Stacie Orrico – congratulations to Karen from Mount Vernon who answered correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Alyssa

Everybody wants today…to be their day.

Seriously?? How many people claimed February 24th as their day? Who Knew February 24th was everybody’s day?

Pink Day

Pink Day was established in 2007 after a pair of students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, saw one of their fellow students at Central Kings Rural High School being bullied for no other reason than that they were wearing a pink shirt.

In a stroke of brilliance, these two got together and decided to show support for the student and take a stand against bullying by getting everyone at their school to wear a pink shirt the next day. Pink Day was created to stomp out all bullying and spread understanding, and it’s a concept spreading throughout the world.

Tortilla Chip Day – make your own! Find out how by clicking this link from Simply Recipes!

I Hate Coriander Day – SERIOUSLY? But…some people really think it tastes like soap. Here’s the scoop from Encylopedia Britannica.

Inconvenience Yourself Day

This day is meant to serve as an incentive for others to acknowledge their appreciation for acquaintances or strangers and to promote a respectful attitude and an attentive demeanor.

We can all celebrate by simply opening a door for an old lady, giving up a seat to a pregnant lady, helping a child cross the street, stopping to ask if a tourist is lost and needs directions, offering to carry a suitcase up the stairs and generally making a small sacrifice.

But most of all, we have to reflect on what others need and how we can help. It can make a big difference!

Who Am I?

–          I was born on this date in 1885 in Fredericksburg, Texas

–          My father died six months before I was born, so my grandfather helped raise me

–          My grandfather influenced my love of the sea

–          I was appointed to the Navy in 1901

–          I rose to the rank of Fleet Admiral

–          I commanded the U.S. Pacific Fleet in WWII

–          A Navy supercarrier is named after me

–          I died in 1966 at 80 years of age

I am Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. Congratulations to Dave from Butler, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Lexie

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