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Mystery Box – stumper!

Today Todd brought back his Mystery Box stumper…and Joe got to take a crack at figuring it out.

We found the item was a souvenir poker chip keychain from Las Vegas.


Congratulations to Peter from Howard who won the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe



NZ Top 10 for June 8, 2018

Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. Jordan Feliz – Witness
9. Tenth Avenue North – Control
8. Austin French – Freedom Hymn
7. Hillsong UNITED – So Will I
6. MercyMe f/John Reuben – Grace Got You
5. Casting Crowns – God of All My Days
4. TobyMac – I Just Need U
3. Zach Williams – Fear is a Liar
2. Chris Tomlin – Resurrection Power
1. Cory Asbury – Reckless Love

This week’s new songs included:

Mandisa – Good News (click the picture to see the video)
Mandisa good news

I Am They – My Feet Are on the Rock (click the picture for the video)
i am they fee

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Lilly

Praise Thursday – Belief in the Trials!

Today we continue our series from the book by Dr. Tony Evans, “Can God be Trusted in our Trials?”

Last week we talked about making sure that faith is at the forefront of trusting God through our trials. This week, we’re going back to the book of Hebrews to get more encouragement. This week, it’s about making sure that we are intentional to get in the race to work with God through our trials.

Dr. Evans, when he refers to “getting in the race,” is writing about making sure we are pushing back against unbelief. Using faith to help us push forward. In Hebrews chapter 4, it reminds us that the struggles of the Israelites, as they journeyed from Egypt to the Promised Land, stemmed from the fact that they had lost their belief in God and they were not united in their faith.

Remember in life, we can anchor a lot of things – we can anchor a swing set, a basketball hoop, a fence post or anything else we want with cement, but it has to be mixed with water to become concrete and hold.

In a shaky situation where you need an anchor for your soul, you need to mix God’s truth with your faith. In other words, you act as if God will provide you with the strength to bear your trial.

Hebrews 12:1 reminds us that once we get rid of the sin of unbelief, that tangles us up so easily, we can run the race with endurance. It’s the same thing that James says in Chapter 1, verse 4: keep going; don’t quit, let endurance have its perfect result.

Sometimes, our response to that is, “but I’m tired.” And that’s true; we all get tired. But God will give us grace to press on for one more day tomorrow and then he’ll meet us again with grace to endure the day after tomorrow.

Remember what Matthew 6:34 says: “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself.” You may not see anything but the crisis right now, but God’s Word assures you that Christ is in your crisis. And that’s all any of us really needs to know.

Hebrews continues with more wisdom in chapter 12, verse 2, when it reminds us to, “keep our eyes on Jesus the author (or the architect) of our faith; and the perfector (or completer) of our faith.

That means he is everything between the start and the finish of the race called the Christian life. The time to look to the savior is not just when things are going well and you’re singing praises, but when the pain is the most intense and you feel like you’re going to collapse any minute.

God CAN be trusted in our trials because he’s given us the fuel to press through them.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Drive In & Yo-Yo Who Knew!

We decided to talk about the history behind some of of the forgotten gems! Today is Drive In Movie Day, and it’s also Yo-Yo day! So we gave you all the ins and outs and who knews of these days!

On June 6th, 1933, motorists parked their automobiles on the grounds of ‘Park-In Theaters’, the first-ever drive-in movie theater, located on Crescent Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey.

The term “drive-in” came to be widely used only later–was the brainchild of Richard Hollingshead, a movie fan and a sales manager at his father’s company, Whiz Auto Products, in Camden.

Hollingshead was inspired by his mother’s struggle to sit comfortably in traditional movie theater seats, so he came up with the idea of an open-air theater where patrons watched movies in the comfort of their own automobiles.

He experimented in the driveway of his own house with different projection and sound techniques, mounting a 1928 Kodak projector on the hood of his car, pinning a screen to some trees, and placing a radio behind the screen for sound.

While testing his ideas at his home, he also tested ways to guard against rain and other inclement weather, and devised the ideal spacing arrangement for a number of cars so that all would have a view of the screen.

After finalizing his concepts, Hollingshead received a patent for the concept in May of 1933 and opened Park-In Theaters, Inc. less than a month later, with an initial investment of $30,000.

Advertising it as entertainment for the whole family, Hollingshead charged 25 cents per car and 25 cents per person, with no group paying more than one dollar.

Hollingshead’s patent was overturned in 1949, drive-in theaters began popping up all over the country. One of the largest was the All-Weather Drive-In located in New York, which featured parking space for 2,500 cars, a kid’s playground and a full service restaurant, all on a 28-acre lot.

The popularity of the drive-in spiked after World War II and reached its heyday in the late 1950s to mid-60s, with some 5,000 theaters across the country. Drive-ins became an icon of American culture, and a typical weekend destination not just for parents and children but also for teenage couples seeking some privacy.

Since then, however, the rising price of real estate, especially in suburban areas, combined with the growing numbers of walk-in theaters and the rise of video rentals to curb the growth of the drive-in industry. Today, fewer than 500 drive-in theaters survive in the United States.


The history of the Yo-Yo goes all the way back to 440 BC, where there are records of a Greek vase painting from showing a boy playing with a yo-yo. Greek records from the period describe toys made out of wood, metal, or painted terra cotta (fired clay).

Jumping forward in history, In 1928, Pedro Flores opened the Yo-yo Manufacturing Company in Santa Barbara, California. The business started with a dozen handmade toys; by November 1929, Flores was operating two additional factories in Los Angeles and Hollywood, which altogether employed 600 workers and produced 300,000 units daily.

The main difference between the Flores design and more primitive yo-yos is in the way the yo-yo is strung. In older yo-yo designs, the string is tied to the axle using a knot. With this technique, the yo-yo just goes back-and-forth; it returns easily, but it is impossible to make it sleep. In Flores’s design, one continuous piece of string, double the desired length, is twisted around something to produce a loop at one end which is fitted around the axle.

Physics time…

When the yo-yo is first released, the throw gives it translational kinetic energy. As the string unwinds, much of this energy is converted into rotational kinetic energy, causing the yo-yo to spin rapidly. As the yo-yo unwinds, it also gains some energy from gravity. Because the yo-yo has significant rotational inertia, it can store enough energy in its rotation to fight gravity all the way back up to the hand.

The string winds in the opposite direction upon the return of the yo-yo. If the string is connected to the shaft with a loop, there may not be enough friction to overcome gravity and begin winding the string. In this case, the yo-yo will continue to spin at the end of the string instead of returning. However, if the yo-yo is jerked slightly, it will enter free fall for a brief moment, and the string’s friction becomes the most significant force on the yo-yo. This allows the slack string to bind, and the energy from the yo-yo’s rotation finishes the rest of the return.


Around 1929, an entrepreneur named Donald F. Duncan recognized the potential of this new fad and purchased the Flores yo-yo Corporation and all its assets, including the Flores name, which was transferred to the new company in 1932.

The name “Yo-yo” was registered in 1932 as a trademark by Sam Dubiner in Vancouver, Canada. Harvey Lowe won the first World Yo-Yo Contest in London, England.

In 1932, Swedish yo-yos started to be manufactured as well.
In 1946, the Duncan Toys Company opened a yo-yo factory in Luck, Wisconsin. The Duncan yo-yo was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York, in 1999.

Declining sales after the Second World War prompted Duncan to launch a comeback campaign for his trademarked “Yo-Yo” in 1962 with a series of television advertisements.

In a trademark case in 1965, a federal court’s appeals ruled in favor of the Royal Tops Company, determining that yo-yo had become a part of common speech and that Duncan no longer had exclusive rights to the term.

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and Todd

Game Time Tuesday!

Today for Song Poetry, we tried to stump you with this one:

In the mirror all that I see
Is Your grace looking back at me
I’m not the man that I used to be

The answer: ‘Everything Comes Alive’ by We Are Messengers.

Congratulations to Lydia of Mount Vernon, who wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Our Name That Tune winning song today was Word of Life from Jeremy Camp!
Congrats to Jamie from Danville! She won Name That Tune!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe, Lilly and Todd.

A Musical Mystery Monday!

Today for Mystery Monday, we looked back on our weekends, and boy, did we have some amazing weekends!

We talked about the first First Friday in Downtown Mt. Vernon! The Big Blue Crew had a blast celebrating the summer season with our community!
We gave away our Clean Up, Dress Up, Drink Up and Shape Up prize basket!
Linda Holt from Mt. Vernon won our prize!
Congratulations to Linda! You can win all summer long with WZNR!
Our next event is on 6/15! Catch us at the Knox County Relay for Life!

I (Lilly) went to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland this weekend, and I had a blast. It was an incredible experience to see of the guitars used by some of the most influential musicians in Country and Rock history.
This museum has everything from Metallica to Roy Orbison to the Beatles and everything in between! My personal favorites? Well… I got to see the Kirk Hammett Metallica ESP see-thru guitar, 2 of John Lennon’s Rickenbacker guitars, the guitar Ritchie Valens wrote ‘La Bamba’ on, Geddy Lee’s (Rush) bass among many other things!The three favorite things I got to see, though, were as follows…
1. Jimi Hendrix’s 1970 cream Fender Stratocasterdownload.jpg2. Kurt Cobain’s black Fender Stratocaster
3. Johnny Cash’s tour bus! (You’ll rarely see me happier than I am in this picture).

For our Mystery Monday question, we went into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction vault! Here’s the question… This man is a Rock and Roll hall of Fame member class of 1992, inducted by Lyle Lovett. He was born in Arkansas, and is known for his work in country, rock and roll, folk, and gospel. Who are we talking about?

A man who signed with Sun records, has sung with Elvis, has made the Martin D-28 and the D-35 the guitars of country, and has a museum in his name in Nashville and 19 year old women geeking out in Ohio.
A Highway Man, a third of the Tennessee Three, the Man in Black himself… Johnny Cash.

Congratulations to Travis of Mt. Vernon! He guessed correctly and wins that $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Thanks for listening!
-Lilly and Todd

NZ Top 10 6/1

Another hot summer day here in Mt. Vernon!
Here’s the countdown for this week!

10. When We Pray – Tauren Wells
9. Control – Tenth Avenue North
8. So Will I – Hillsong United
7. Witness – Jordan Feliz
6. Grace Got You – MercyMe
5. I Just Need U – TobyMac
4. Ressurrection Power – Chris Tomlin
3. God of All My Days – Casting Crowns
2. Fear is a Liar – Zach Williams
1. Reckless Love – Cory Asbury

Our Back to Back artist spotlight this week fell on the Sonfest headliner from 2017!
Check out her songs Exhale and God Help Me!

New Music Friday brought us new music from For King and Country!
Check out their new song, joy.
We also had new music from Mandisa! Yes! Check out “Good News” here!

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and Joe


Praise Thursday – Faith and Trials

We continue our series today on the book, Can God be Trusted in our Trials? by Dr. Tony Evans. Today we’re talking about how our faith taps into God’s power.  A trust in God when we can’t see where he’s taking us, or when it looks like we’re heading toward a cliff is an act of faith.

Faith is the subject of Hebrews 11 – that’s what we’re told in the very first verse: “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction or the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is simply belief in God; having an absolute assurance that he’s completely truthful in everything he says.

God calls us to have faith in an object that is big enough and worthy enough to merit our trust. That object is His own person and His promises.

The reason many of us have small faith, especially when we’re going through trials, is that we think we have a small God.

That’s why the most important doctrine for a Christian to understand is the doctrine of God; because your view of God will determine the size of your faith. Faith is being persuaded that God always tells the truth. So when he says, “I will never desert you or forsake you” in Hebrews 13:5, you can take that promise to the bank.

God never asks anyone to act on so-called blind faith…the message of Hebrews 11 is that many people took God and His word and triumphed even when things were at their toughest. The heroes of Hebrews 11, like Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab and Joshua can say to us, “we’ve been where you are going, we fought and we won the battle; and we can tell you that God is faithful.”

It’s always great to have someone tell us that we can make it, but don’t miss the bottom line of Hebrews 11 and 12. We are to fix our eyes on Jesus, not on the people who have gone before us. We can look at them, but we focus on Jesus.

The truth is that too many Christians are more than willing to put their faith in another human being. More so than in God. We trust doctors and pharmacists when they tell us that what they’re giving us is good for us. We’re making a faith decision to take a medicine that we really know nothing about.  Let’s make the same faith decision about something we KNOW.

Dr. Evans also shares that we must work to become “FAITH WALKERS” not just “FAITH TALKERS.”
Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that without faith, it is impossible to please Him.

Tony Evans tells the story of the farming community that was in a terrible drought and the farmers were in danger of losing their crops. The situation was so bad that they called a special prayer meeting to pray for rain.

Everyone came to the meeting with their Bibles and prayed for 2 hours, but nothing happened, so everyone went home. Everyone except for a boy in the back. He walked outside, looked up and said. “Lord we need rain, we’re in a crisis and you promised to meet our needs, so we are expecting it to rain.”

Soon the clouds begin to form and before long, rain started falling. The boy’s face broke into a huge smile, he pulled out the umbrella had brought to the prayer meeting, opened it up and walked home. The others said they believed in God but this boy acted as if he believed in God.

If you feel like you’re in a drought with your trial, have you come to God with your umbrella and hand ready to hear from Heaven? If we’re living faithless lives, our lives are displeasing to God.  He is not happy with us when we fail to trust him, because nothing can take the place of faith.

You can win whatever battle or crisis you are in right now because you can trust God in your trial. And you have a great cloud of witnesses from the past to remind you that you serve the same changeless, eternally faithful God.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Summer Who Knew Wednesday!

Today, we shared all the ins, outs and who knews of summer so you can make the most of your Summer 2018!

We started by talking about some kid friendly, summer bucket-list ideas!
– Make a chalk racetrack!
– Have a picnic in the backyard
– Catch fireflies at night
– Visit a local Farmers Market
– Build a fort! (Indoors or out)
– Take a family bike ride!
– Go cloud watching
– Go stargazing
– Make homemade popsicles!|
– Have a campfire

Here are some local, summer fun events you can attend!
The Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival
The Knox County Fair
Summer First Fridays in Downtown Mt. Vernon
Relay for Life

Of course, we love sharing summer fun recipies!
Here’s a link from our friends at AllRecipies that gives the communities favorite summertime fun recipies! Give them a try this summer!

Thanks for listening!
-Lilly and Todd

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