Driving Notes

The Official Blog of WNZR's Afternoon Drive

9/11, Mystery Monday + Sonfest!

Today we took some time to pause and remember September 11th…our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the families that were directly impacted by the events of that day.

We also remind you to uplift our friends in Florida dealing with the impact of Hurricane Irma’s winds and rain.  Here is where you can go to help through the practical, on the ground ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.

We’re gearing up for Sonfest in less than two weeks!  Today we launched our daily artist trivia for your chance to win a pair of tickets. Listen to the Morning Thing and the Afternoon Drive all week and all next week to win.

Today’s question was: Where is the band Anthem Lights originally from?  The answer? Nashville, Tennessee.  Congratulations to Ri from Bellville, who wins the Sonfest tickets AND the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Our Word of the Day is vamoose (vah-MOOSE), an American cowboy slang which means to leave in a hurry, or like the Spanish vamos.

Thanks for listening!
Joe and Lilly


NZ Tomato Top 10!


Okay, it’s not a list of the top ten tomatoes, but…we’re counting down this week’s NZ Top 10 while at the Fredericktown Tomato Show.  Find out more about the weekend activities by clicking here.


10. Ryan Stevenson – The Gospel
9. NEEDTOBREATHE f/Lauren Daigle – Hard Love (NEW to the countdown this week)
8. Hillsong Worship – What a Beautiful Name
7. Matthew West – Broken Things
6. Citizen Way – Bulletproof
5. Chris Tomlin – Home (22 weeks in our Top 10)
4. Elevation Worship – O Come to the Altar
3. Casting Crowns – Oh, My Soul
2. Zach Williams – Old Church Choir
1. MercyMe – Even If (24th week on the NZ Top 10; 19th week at #1)

NEW MUSIC added this week:
Big Daddy Weave – Jesus I Believe (watch the official video here!)
TobyMac f/Hollyn – Light Shine Bright (video link here!)

We’ll see you at the Tomato Show parade tomorrow at 12:30!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe


Persistence Vs Impatience

Persistence is a necessary part of praying effectively. If God answers in 20 minutes or 20 years we should never give up on him. Through scripture God reveals that he wants us to trust him patiently on our knees.
When we walk by faith and show our dependency on him as we come before his throne. In fact he may use delays in our life to reveal our hearts and our level of trust in him. Time we must wait upon the Lord in faith. When King Saul became impatient with God he unwisely took matters into his own hands and paid a heavy price losing God’s blessing in the process. Zechariah waited on the Lord for a child he was shocked and delighted when the angel of the Lord told him he would have a son. Jesus said watch therefore and pray always, and Paul wrote that we should pray without ceasing and to continue earnestly in prayer being vigilant in it..

Scripture teaches this recurring lesson it time and time again so that we could catch the absolute importance of it. We are not meant to pray one time for our needs or desires and then quit or throw the prayer out the window if it’s not immediately answered. His timetable,. But he is clearly pleased when we exercise faith and persistence because it reveals a heart that is ignoring him and dependent on him. So don’t get discouraged in prayer. In the parable of the persistent Widow if an ungodly, will respond to a persistent request, how much more will a loving God respond to the Persistence of his children?

Sometimes you might think the problem is God, but never is it God. It’s always our lack of patience. We are accustomed to immediate responses. A fast-food meal minutes after we order it. Seconds after we text a friend, a response. A family photo posted to the internet the minute after we take it. God is not our bellhop, and does not owe us an immediate response. He can answer immediately if He wants, but He will wait for the perfect time, ant it’s always gloriously better than ours. We don’t know if God’s answer will come immediately, days after, or years after we pray. He’s on the throne and operates from a perfect vantage point. God waits, and sometimes He says “Even before they call, I will answer.”

You must believe that God can answer a prayer quickly, while also acknowledging God’s sovereignty enough to know that he knows what’s best for you and for His glory, and not to lose heart in seeking Him. Psalm 37 tells us to rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him. Psalm 27 says be strong and Let Your Heart Take courage. Psalm 130 says I wait for the Lord. God is very patient and will not delay responding to our prayers even one more day beyond what is right. His timing is perfect. Not just to the year or day, but to the second. To the minute.
Trust him and continue casting your cares upon Him with persistence and patience.

“Lord, we have proven in Your word that what seems like delay is actually evidence of your care and love. So I ask you to help me apply the peace that distinguishes us as children of a good, loving Father. Where my flesh demands immediate action, help me to accept Your answer on Your terms. Strengthen my faith to believe that You can act in a moment, to wait and keep praying.”

Thanks for listening!

Game Time Tuesday!


Today Joe and I shared some information on the Fredericktown Tomato Show, that starts tomorrow ! Big Blue is going to be there starting tomorrow, until the end of our giveaway  on Saturday night!  You can find everything that we shared on the show HERE.

We also put SonFest on your radar, Coming up on September 23! You can find more HERE.

Our Song poetry lyrics today were:

One of these days we all will stand before the Lord
Give a reason for everything we’ve done
And what I’ve done is

These lyrics are from the song “Trust in Jesus ” by Third Day.

Congrats to Brenda of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing our song poetry lyrics.

Our “Name that Tune” stumper from last week was solved by Phyllis from Mount Vernon, she won TWO $5 gift cards to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Our stumper was  “How sweet the sound” by Citizen Way.

Our Word Of the Day today was –

adjective   SKROO-pyuh-lus

1 : having moral integrity : acting in strict regard for what is considered right or proper
2 : punctiliously exact : painstaking

Thank you for tuning in the Afternoon Drive – Hannah Radke

Mystery Monday (Special Dark version)

Mystery Monday

Happy Labor Day!

Today I was hiding and Lilly was guessing with the Mystery Box.

My items were a pair of Hershey’s Special Dark mini-bars with almonds. Congratulations to Jill from Mount Vernon who wins the $5 certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley. Special thanks to our MVNU President’s Office for providing the items today!

LillyMMSept 4

Our Word of the Day is fais-dodo (fey doe-DOE), a noun that is Louisiana cajun slang for a country dance party.

Thanks for listening!

NZ Top 10 and First Friday!


Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. Ryan Stevenson – The Gospel (first week in the countdown)
9. Matthew West – Broken Things
8. Hillsong Worship – What a Beautiful Name
7. Mandisa – Unfinished
6. Citizen Way – Bulletproof
5. Elevation Worship – O Come To The Altar
4. Chris Tomlin – Home
3. Zach Williams – Old Church Choir
2. Casting Crowns – Oh, My Soul
1. MercyMe – Even If (18th week at #1)

New songs this week:
Love and the Outcome – If I Don’t Have You (story behind the song here)
J.J. Weeks Band – Count Them All (see the performance video here)

love outcomejj weeks

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Obedience Vs Rebellion

Hebrews 10:22 New International Version (NIV)

22 “let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”

Sometimes we hide behind prayer – we hope it will cover for disobedience in other areas.  God may tell us to do things, but we keep “praying about it,” with no steps of action.

A lifestyle of obedience, while not a condition that earns salvation, is a major key to answered prayers.  We need to be serious about what God says and strive to be obedient.

Luke 6:46-48

46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.”

The logic couldn’t be more clear in John 14:15 – “if you love me, you will keep my commands.”

We’re not perfect, but how can we argue with that statement?  To not follow him with faith and submission while claiming total allegiance, is the same as saying our love for Him is a cup of lukewarm coffee, at best.

Prayers generated by a rebellious heart are contradictory to one another.  In Joshua 7, when Joshua was trying to understand the defeat at Ai, 10 The Lord said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? 11 Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep.”

The better course of action, God said, was to go find the source of the problem, remove it from the camp and then the relationship would be restored.  Instead of hiding behind prayer, pray while being obedient.

God instructed several of the prophets to stop praying for Israel or the wayward generation – we read these in Jeremiah 7:16-17, Ezekiel 20:31 and Isaiah 1:19-20.

Obedience matters.  Not in a legalistic way, but we must remember that life as a Christ-follower should never be an attempt at doing as little as necessary.  A person truly in Christ is always moving in a direction of greater obedience to Him.

I John 3: 3 and 7

3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Prayer offers you the ongoing incentive to keep pursuing it!  Wanting to be close to God is worth it.  Hebrews 11:25, 5 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.”

Look at the things you’re praying for. Are they happening?  Are they clearly marked by God’s blessing?  If not, it might not mean your life is out of phase with God’s word, but you might want to “check in” just to see. We need to seek to identify any hold of resistance or rebellion in our lives.

“Father, I pray you would forgive me for my past disobedience and rebellion.  Things I’ve never really confessed or done the hard work of forsaking. Wash me clean and turn my heart toward obeying You quickly. Today I’m going to obey Jesus Christ. I’m going to quit resisting Him and arguing with Him and rationalizing with Him and hiding behind prayer. I’m going to obey. Lord, help me obey.”

Our word of the day was Soi-disant
adjective ||  swah-dee-ZAHNG

Soi-disant, which in French means literally “saying oneself,” is one of hundreds of French terms that entered English in the 18th century, during the period known as the Enlightenment. Even as political antipathies between France and England were being played out on battlefields in Europe and America, English speakers were peppering their speech and writing with French. Soi-disant first began appearing in English texts in the mid-18th century as a disparaging term for someone who styles or fancies himself or herself in some role. Crêpevis-à-visétiquette, and sang-froid are a few of the other French terms that became naturalized in English at that time.

Thanks for listening!

Who Know Wednesday!


Today on the the Afternoon drive Lilly and I shared some who knew facts on the upcoming Color for a Cause 5K walk and Run this Saturday and had some laughs about slinky’s on slinky day today!

All the information we shared on TAC (Teen advisory Council) Color Run/Walk HERE


We also shared some fun facts on slinky’s! If you would like more information click HERE

Our trivia question today was  “What year was the slinky invented?”

Congrats to Sarah from Mount Vernon who correctly guessed the answer to our trivia question, the answers being 1943! Sarah won a $5 gift card to Troyers of Apple Valley.

Our Word of the day today was…..

 lineament  [lin-ee-uh-muh nt]
Often, lineamentsa feature or detail of a face,body, or figure, considered with respect to its outline or contour: His fine lineaments made him the very image of his father. 

Game Time Tuesday!


Today on the Afternoon Drive we gave you two chances to win a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley with Song Poetry and Name that Tune!

Our “Song Poetry” lyrics for today were:

“Trading punches with the heart of darkness
Going to blows with your fear incarnate
Never gone until it’s stripped away
A part of you has gotta die today

From the song “Hard Love” – By NEEDTOBREATHE Ft. Lauren Daigle

Congrats to Bethany and Matthew from Glenmont who correctly guessed these lyrics and won a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

We had a stumper for Name That Tune!  So it comes back next week…

We also shared ways that you can give to the relief effort for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Here are the links where you can donate:

Samaritans Purse

Convoy of Hope

Somebody Cares

Salvation Army

Joe shared some uplifting news about thing going on here at WNZR and I shared my devotional from “Jesus Always” by Sarah Young. Here is a link to some info on Sarah Young devotional :

Our word of the day was “incarnate”

[adjective in-KAHR-nit, verb in-KAHR-neyt]

1.)  embodied in flesh; given a bodily, especially a human, form:

2.) personified or typified, as a quality or idea:

3.) flesh-colored or crimson.
Verb (used with object)incarnated, incarnating.
4.) to put into or represent in a concrete form, as an idea:

The building incarnates the architect’s latest theories.
5.) to be the embodiment or type of:
Her latest book incarnates the literature of our day.
6.) to embody in flesh; invest with a bodily, especially a human, form:

a man who incarnated wisdom and compassion.

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Afternoon Drive today!  – Hannah Radke



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