Driving Notes

The Official Blog of WNZR's Afternoon Drive

Don’t Fear, Just Focus!

Joe was out on business today, so I decided to share two devotionals to kick off your week with some Monday Motivation!

First, we read “In Focus” from Patricia Raybon who shared the story from Acts 3 of the lame beggar at the temple gate called Beautiful.

Then, we focused on Adam R. Holz’s who shared “Storms of Fear”, digging into the story of Jesus and the disciples headed across the Sea of Galilee.

We also recapped MVNU’s Homecoming Weekend which was a huge success. Hundreds of alumni flooded Ariel Arena to watch the women’s basketball team defeat the #2 team in country!

Name a disadvantage of owning a pet

This question was a stumper, so we’ll bring it back next week for a chance at TWO $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup!

Today, we registered Linda from Utica and Ron from Mount Vernon for a chance to win a turkey from Smithhisler Meats!

Thanks for listening!


“Living In The Branches”

Today on the show we talked about the devotionals that we picked out from Our Daily Bread.

We also talked about how there will be no NZ Top 10 tomorrow due to the MVNU Women’s Basketball game.

We also did our weekly Bible Trivia.

We also played Tom’s Turkey gobble that enters two people for a chance to win a Turkey from Smith Hisler Meats.

Dylan’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled “Living In The Branches”. You can find the link here.

Jonathon’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled “Our Reason For Joy”. You can find the link here.

Question: Who is the mother of Samuel the prophet?

Answer: Hannah

Congratulations to Lydia of Mount Vernon for guessing the correct answer! She wins a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Here are the people who were entered for a chance to win a turkey from Smith Hisler Meats:

Clarence of Howard and Heather of Mount Vernon

The winner will be announced next Friday morning on the Morning Thing at approximately 7:30am.

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan and Jonathon

Reflections from Coach Flemming

As we approach MVNU Homecoming this weekend, we shared a Cougar Conversation with former men’s basketball coach and Athletic Director Scott Flemming (Class of 1980).

You can listen to the full chat with our own Marcy Rinehart by clicking here!

–          I was born in Saxony, Germany on November 10, 1483
–          My country was part of the Holy Roman Empire
–          I started university at the age of 17 and received my master’s degree at 22
–          My father wanted me to be a lawyer, but I was drawn to theology and philosophy
–          I was once struck by lightning while riding horseback
–          I am known as a main figure in the Protestant Reformation
–          I published my 95 Theses in 1517
–          My wife and I had six children

I am…Martin Luther. Congratulations to Rob from Fredericktown, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Today we registered Rhonda from Fredericktown and Monica from Gambier!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Tis the Season of Giving!

Artist Newsday was in full effect today and in the news? It’s Lauren Daigle and Tasha Layton!

This past weekend two-time GRAMMY Award winner and multi-platinum selling recording artist Lauren Daigle celebrated a long-awaited return to her hometown by giving $375,000 to five New Orleans organizations close to her heart. The non-profits, KidSmartNOCCAEllis Marsalis CenterRoots Music, and Young Audiences of Louisiana, all work to provide at-risk youth with resources to succeed through music/art education, food support, and literacy.

Lauren Daigle released her thoughts in a statement. “Thanks to everyone’s generosity, through The Price Fund we were able to give back to New Orleans in a way that will truly make an impact. All these organizations are doing so much for the community and it’s an honor to be able to help in any way possible. Knowing that the next generation of kids are able to find hope through these programs puts wind in my sails.”

Through its partnerships and outreach The Price Fund, established by Daigle in 2019, is designed to provide care for both children and the elderly as well as those in need. She is committed to investing her time and actively works to heal through various means, including work with at-risk youth. Through donations made from ticket sales alone, Daigle has donated over $1 million to various charities to date and continues to raise funds through merch and streaming.

Tasha Layton is getting into the Christmas spirit with her first ever Christmas record titled “This Is Christmas”. Her Husband who is a GRAMMY and Dove Award winner Keith Everette Smith will produce this ironically. This record will contain four original selections co-penned by Layton, as well as two Christmas classics. “This Is Christmas” is available now. 

“This Is Christmas” has a wide range of seasonal songs, from lighthearted merriment to reverent of worship. Some of her notable songs in this record is an anthem of praising Christ’s humble birth in a Bethlehem stable. Another song that is featured is “Oh Holy Night” and “Comfort and Joy” reminding us of Christ’s promise of peace to a hurting world.  

Here are some things that Layton said about her record. “I’ve wanted to do a Christmas record for so long,” she said. “I love this season and I think there’s never been a time our world has needed to know the Hope of Christmas more than now. For so many, the holidays can be a difficult time, but it is my prayer that through these songs listeners will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. My Husband is an incredible producer, and I personally think he pulls off Christmas music especially well,” She adds. “Keith and I loved working on this project together. The album is like a variety show, offering a little bit of everything stylistically. There are a few songs for churches to use during the holiday season, and some that are just plain fun!” 

For more information on news in Christian music, make sure to visit!

Lord, Your ways are higher
You know Your plans for me
You give purpose and a future
Even when I can’t see

This one was a stumper so we’ll bring it back next week for TWO gift cards to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon and Dylan

The intersection of pride and humility

Today’s Monday Motivation deals with the subjects of pride and humility –

Joe’s devotional is from Amy Boucher Pye and was inspired by C.S. Lewis. Read “We’re Not God” by clicking here.

Jonathon shared “Loving Correction” from Cindy Hess Kasper. Read it by clicking here.

Name something you feel before you buy it.
1- Food (79 votes)
2- Clothes (11)
3- Blanket (2)
T3- Pet (2)
T3- Pillow (2)

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

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

NZ Top 10 for 11/5/21

Praise the Lord it’s Friday! Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. Elevation Worship – Rattle
9. for King and Country – Relate
8. Tauren Wells f/Rascal Flatts – Until Grace
7. Maverick City Music – Promises
6. Jeremy Camp – When You Speal
5. Casting Crowns – Scars in Heaven
4. Tasha Layton – Look What You’ve Done
3. Anne Wilson – My Jesus
2. Matthew West – What If?
1. Phil Wickham – House of the Lord (4th week at #1)

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY – new songs added to the WNZR playlist today include:

Francesca Battistelli – God is Good

Lyric video:

Stars Go Dim – Yes He Does

Lyric video:

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Zoe

He’s By Your Side

Today, Dylan and I shared our favorite worship music while also sharing devotionals for Praise Thursday!

Dylan shared his devotional from Leslie Koh called Plans Disrupted. Read it here!

Jonathon’s devotional comes from Jennifer Benson Schuldt and is called “A Divine Duet”.

Who were the first two disciples to be called by Jesus?

Answer: Andrew and Peter

Congratulations to Linda of Utica for correctly guessing our Bible Trivia and winning a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon and Dylan

Those overused phrases…

Today is cliche day, where we either celebrate, or complain about, those overused phrases at home, in the workplace or on the field!

I shared some of the overused business cliches, inspired by this article from TechRepublic.

  1. It’s a win-win situation – If you say this, no one has won anything.
  2. Think outside the box – This uncreative saying means you’re already stuck inside said box.
  3. In today’s world – It means now. Say now.
  4. Push the envelope – There is no special envelope to push. I swear

What about sports cliches?

  1. He just caught a body – this happens when a player dunks on another player
  2. GOAT – an acronym standing for ‘Greatest of All Time’
  3. A win is a win – you say this when you overcome errors and turnovers to win a game
  4. Next man up – recently been ingrained in society by notably tough coaches, who expect players to come off the bench and perform when someone gets injured
  5. He just took him to school – This happens when an older player makes a play that a younger player hasn’t seen yet.

Since it’s Sandwich Day, we also shared our all-time best sandwiches.

Joe: Redneck Reuben Sandwich from Barnes BBQ Express in Savannah, Georgia…plenty of sliced beef brisket piled high, topped with swiss cheese, cole slaw, and a kickin’, BBQ ranch sauce on grilled Texas toast.

Dylan: Peanut Butter Banana Burger from River City Café in North Myrtle Beach, SC.
Topped with creamy peanut butter, banana, and mayo.

–          I was born today, November 3rd, 1918 in Van Meter, Iowa
–          I played American Legion baseball and started pitching at age 15
–          My catcher in Iowa was Nile Kinnick, who won the 1939 Heisman Trophy
–          I joined the Cleveland Indians at age 17
–          I pitched from 1936 to 1941, then joined the Navy for World War II aboard the USS Alabama
–          I resumed my career from 1945 and played 10 more years, winning 266 games with 44 shutouts
–          I was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962

I am, Bob Feller – congratulations to Julia from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Into The Mystery

Today on the show, we shared some artist news.

We also reflected on the Champions of Character Game that brought over 2,000 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders of Mount Vernon City Schools to Ariel Arena.

Jonathon’s artist news story was about We The Kingdom:

Fresh off winning Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at this year’s Dove Awards, We The Kingdom has teamed up with Dante Bowe to release a special version of the group’s chart-topping single — “God So Loved (Live),” available now. “About a month ago, we shared the live video of ‘God So Loved’ with Dante Bowe from the Worship Together Conference,” says Ed Cash. “It was such a special experience that we decided to release the audio everywhere you listen to music. It has brought us great joy getting to play this song across the country this year, and we are deeply grateful to Dante for joining us on this new version! We pray that you feel encouraged and pursued by your Heavenly Father as you listen!” Written by We The Kingdom and featured on their award-winning debut album, ‘Holy Water,’ the studio version of “God So Loved” served as the group’s second No. 1 single on the Billboard Christian Airplay chart. It was also nominated for Worship Recorded Song of the Year at this year’s Dove Awards.

Dylan’s artist news story was about NEEDTOBREATHE:

NEEDTOBREATHE is coming out with a documentary called “Into The Mystery”. This was also an album that NEEDTOBREATHE released during the summer of 2021. This documentary is going to be released in over 500 movie theaters nationwide tomorrow. This is a peak behind the curtain of what the band does during recording. This documentary is about how during the COVID-19 pandemic the band went to a historic house-turned-recording studio in remote Tennessee to work on new music. Over a three week period, the band lived at the house and made a album about the turbulent moments that were happening during that time. The documentary is about how they were dealing with fear and isolation just like everyone else. Here is what the band had to say in their own words, “We’re big fans of music documentaries where you get to actually watch the artist creating in the space where the record is made.” “Getting to see an idea stretch and grow into a finished song is really inspiring, but we’ve never really let our fans see behind the curtain. Now people will get to pull up a chair and become a part of the process as we create our eighth studio album in an old house in the hills of Tennessee.” The documentary will be in select theaters in Ohio. The closest theater the documentary will be showed at is at the Cinemark 14 Mansfield in Ontario, OH.

You can check out both of these articles using this link.

The God who made the winters and the summers
The One who put the stars all in their place
The only One who stands above all others
He knows me by name

The answer: God Who Listens by Chris Tomlin

This week’s trivia was a stumper, so we’ll bring it back next week for a chance to win TWO $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan and Jonathon

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