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Mystery Monday: Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day and today Todd and I are sharing by talking about some endangered species plants and animals!

Here is the Earth Day website!

Here is the page about Earth Day 2019! This one has all the info about the animals and plants we shared with you!


The Afternoons Drive's - Todays mystery question

Questions: There are over 300,000 flowering plant species in the world, what percentage of these plans are and dependent on insect pollination? (within 5%)

Answer: 90%

Congratulations to Karen from Mount Vernon who won a $5 Gift Card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Thank you so much for checking out our blog!

-Hannah and Todd


Who Knew Wednesday: Love Your Pet Day

Today and Lilly talked about Pets! We shared some stories about our pets and along with some fun facts about our favorite furry friends and gave you a chance a $5 Gift Card to Troyer’s of Apple Vally!

Here is the link to the history of Love your pet day! 

Some fun facts:

1. The nose pad of each cat has ridges in a unique pattern, not unlike a person’s fingerprints.

2. pet owners in the United States spent $60.28 billion on their furry friends in 2015.

3. Nearly 80 million U.S. households have a pet, and 42 percent of those households have more than one 4. One survey found that 81 percent of cat owners let their felines sleep on the bed, compared to 73 percent of dog owners.

5. The Basenji, an African wolf dog, does not bark in a normal way but may yodel or scream when excited!

6. Cats have 32 muscles in each ear.

Who Knew Trivia Question!

Q: What is the technical term for a pack of kittens?

A: A pack of kittens is called a kindle.

Congratulation to Herb from Mount Vernon who correctly guessed our trivia question and won a $5 Gift Card to Troyers of Apple Vally!

the who knew food corner

Cherry Pie Day!!

Here is the link to the Cherry Pie recipe we shared!


Here are the pictures of our pets that we promised!






Sammy and Sully

Mystery Monday: How to face your fears!

Today on the Afternoon Drive, Lily and I had a very informative show on fear and how to face the fears that you have. We also had a great mystery question for your chance to win the $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

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Name an animal that would be very quiet if you kept it as a pet.


  1. Snake -28
  2. Fish- 26
  3. Cat -17
  4. Lizard- 12
  5. Worm -5
  6. Tarantula and Bat with 3

Congratulations to Christina from Butler who guessed the top two answers and won that $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!! Thanks for listening to us, Christina!

We also talked about Fear, what it is and how to beat it!

Here is the article that we shared from about The Psychology of Fear! 

Here is the article that we shared from about Process of facing fear!

Thanks for listing to the Afternoon Drive, you rock!

-Hannah and Lilly

Who Knew Wednesday

Today Todd and I talked about a somewhat mysterious Christmas Carol, The 12 days of Christmas!

Here is what we talked about:

What are the 12 days of Christmas?

The 12 days of Christmas is the period that in Christian theology marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25  and runs through January 6. The four weeks preceding Christmas are collectively known as Advent, which begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on December 24.

The history of the carol is somewhat murky. The earliest known version first appeared in a 1780 children’s book called Mirth With-out Mischief.  Some historians think the song could be French in origin, but most agree it was designed as a “memory and forfeits” game, in which singers tested their recall of the lyrics and had to award their opponents a “forfeit” — a kiss or a favor of some kind — if they made a mistake.

Many variations of the lyrics have existed at different points. Some mention “bears a-baiting” or “ships a-sailing”; some name the singer’s mother as the gift giver instead of their true love. Early versions list four “colly” birds, an archaic term meaning black as coal (blackbirds, in other words). And some people theorize that the five gold rings actually refer to the markings of a ring-necked pheasant, which would align with the bird motif of the early verses.

In any case, the song most of us are familiar with today comes from an English composer named Frederic Austin; in 1909, he set the melody and lyrics (including changing “colly” to “calling”) and added as his own flourish the drawn-out cadence of “five go-old rings.”

The song is not a coded primer on Christianity

A popular theory that’s made the internet rounds is that the lyrics to “The 12 Days of Christmas” are coded references to Christianity; it posits that the song was written to help Christians learn and pass on the tenets of their faith while avoiding persecution. Under that theory, the various gifts break down as follows, as the myth-debunking website Snopes explained:

2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments

3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues

4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists

5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch,” which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.

6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation

7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments

8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes

9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit

10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments

11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles

12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed

The partridge in the pear tree, naturally, represents Jesus Christ.

If you want some more information on the 12 days of Christmas, like how much it would cost to buy all of these items, click HERE. 

We played the WNZR Christmas gift exchange and had two lucky people pick a present from under our tree! Click HERE if you want to know more.

Here was today’s Trivia question:

Question: What Christmas decoration was originally made from strands of silver?

Answer: Tinsel
Congratulations to John from Utica who guessed right and won a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!
Thanks for checking out our blog!
-Hannah and Todd

Mystery Monday: Mystery Question!

Today, Malisa and I (and a guest appearance from our very own –  Westley Boston) gave away some tickets,

If your dog ran away, name something you’d be surprised he took with him…

1. The Cat (23)

2. Leash/collar (17)

3. Food/Bowl (16)

4. His Bone (9)

5. Clothes/shoe (6)

6. Bed/pillow (6)

7. Favorite Toy (4)

8. Wallet/Money (4)

Today is Cat Day!

Congratulations to Marie from Mount Vernon who won that $5 gift card to Troyers of Apple!

Here is the History of Cat Day!

  • Cat Day was first created by Colleen Paige, a strong animal welfare advocate, to bring attention to the plight of the domestic cat.
  • Shortly after its inception, Cat Day was adopted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (ASPCA) an organization also centered on getting people to adopt pets. They work hard to bring attention to the number of animals that have to be rescued each year, and the growing problem and possible solutions to feral cat colonies.

Facts about cats

  •  Cats are the most popular pet in the United States: There are 88 million pet cats and 74 million dogs. That being said, only 11.5% of people consider themselves “cat people.”
  • Each cat’s nose is ridged with a unique pattern, just like a human fingerprint. A cat rubs against people to mark its territory, but cats lick themselves to get your scent off.
  • Cats sweat through their paws and also have scent glands in their paws. They use kneading and scratching in order to mark their territory.
  • Cats can spend as much as half of their waking life grooming themselves, and they actually sleep around 70 percent of their lives away. In comparison, humans sleep around 30 percent of the time

There was a cat that served as the mayor Talkeetna, Alaska from July of 1997 till he passed away in July of 2017. (20 years)

  • Stubbs was more of a tourist attraction than anything. Stubbs was flooded with cards and letters, and drawing 30 to 40 tourists each day who hoped to meet “the mayor”. Stubbs’s position was honorary, as the town is only a historic district.
  • In 1997, Lauri Stec, manager of Nagley’s General Store, found Stubbs in a box full of kittens in her parking lot. The owners were giving the kittens away, and Stec picked her kitten. She chose the name “Stubbs” because he did not have a tail.
  • Stubbs was elected after a write-in campaign by voters who opposed the human candidates, but National Public Radio pointed out that this could not have happened because “the tiny town has no real mayor, so there was no election.” The town went with it anyhow, and Stubbs served as Mayor of Talkeetna for 20 years.
  • Here he is, in all of his glory!  Stubbs served Talkeetna for 20 years.

A Cat with His Masters.

  • There’s a cat that has a master’s degree! His name is Colby Nolan, and his name was used in an investigation into bogus degree-granting practices at Trinity Southern University and several other universities in 2004.
  • There’s actually a whole Wikipedia page about animals with fraudulent degrees. Check that out here along with more about Colby Nolan.

We also gave away tickets to the “I Still Believe”, a documentary that is showing tomorrow night in Mansfield! Congratulations to Darcy from Mount Vernon who clicked here for more information!

Because it’s cat day, here are some pictures of the Afternoon Drive crews cats!!

Malisa’s kitty’s 

This is Scooby-Doo!

This is Comfort (Yes, like Comfort Inn)


Hannah’s felines 

This was Princess Snowflake (A.K.A Snow)

This is Uncle Sam (A.K.A)

This is Sully (A.K.A Sully)

Joe’s Mom’s fat Siamese – but she’s a beauty! Her name is Skippy!

Thanks so much for listening to the Afternoon Drive!

Hannah Radke

Pet Day Who Knew!

36.5% of US households own a dog, 30.4% own cats, 3.1% own birds and 1.5% own horses. Starting a blog with a statistic like that must mean it’s pet day!


  • 94% of pet owners say their animal pal makes them smile more than once a day.
  • Pet owners in the United States spent $60.28 billion on their furry friends in 2015.
  • Nearly 80 million U.S. households have a pet, and 42 percent of those households have more than one.
  • 81 percent of cat owners let their cats sleep on the bed.
  • 73 percent of dog owners let their dogs sleep on the bed.
  • Forty-five percent of pet owners say they occasionally (or frequently) buy presents for their animals.
  • 90% of pet owners say they consider their pet a member of the family.

Dogs and cats are the most common household animals, so of course, we have some fun facts about our furry friends.

  • Dalmatians are born without spots!  They are born with plain white coats with their first spots appearing after they are 1week old.
  • Nine percent of dog owners will have a birthday party for their pet.
  • Every dog has a unique nose print with no two alike.
  • Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.
  • Cats have no collarbone, which is one reason they are so flexible.
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs have about ten!
  • Cats don’t typically meow at each other—that’s a communication tool reserved for their humans.
  • A cat’s tongue is scratchy because it’s lined with papillae—tiny elevated backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place.


Ever ask yourself what the most popular pet names are?
For dogs…
Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, and Jack are the 5 most popular male dog names.
Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Luna, and Lola are the 5 most popular female dog names.

And for cats?
Nala, Luna, Bella, Daisy and Abby are the top 5 female cat names.
Simba, Tiger, Milo, Bear and Oreo are the top 5 male cat names.


Here’s what you need…

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 salmon portions SKIN ON
    (1 oz per every 10 pounds your dog weighs) plus any amount you would like
  • 1 squash
  • 1 head of broccoli (with stem)
  • 3 potatoes (any kind)2 carrots

For the dog portion…

  • Cut broccoli stem, peel carrots and cut squash. Keep the peelings as this is for your dog. Mix together and steam in rice cooker or bake in oven.
  • Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil on your potatoes and place them in the oven.
  • Pan fry salmon in 1 table spoon olive oil with skin on. Start with skin side down on the pan at a medium temp. After flipping, pull off crisp salmon skin off both pieces of salmon and place in dog bowl.
  • Once everything is finished cooking mix all together in dog bowl. Chop to small bitesize for ease and a cleaner floor!

For the human portion…

  • Cut broccoli, carrots, squash and steam in rice cooker.
  • Slice potato chips with a slicer.  If you only have a knife, make french fries instead. Trying to cut thin potato chips by hand is not easy.
  • Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil on your potatoes and place them in the oven.
  • Pan fry salmon in 1 table spoon olive oil with skin on. Start with skin side down on the pan at a medium temp. After flipping pull off crisp salmon skin off both pieces of salmon and place in dog bowl.




Here’s me with my goofy pupper, Tula
And below, my first dog, Pokey!




Here’s the Rinehart family Yorkie, Belle.









This one to the left is my friend Megan’s cat, named Charlie.

This one here to the right is another one of Megan’s cats, Buttercup.






This cutie here is Mariah Kick’s (WNZR Graphic and Web Designer) dog, Oscar.







This sweetheart here is one of Lexie Merritt’s  (On-Air DJ) many animals, her dog, Ringo!






Lexie also has a cat. Meet Shmonster!





This little cutie is Abbi Brown’s (On-Air DJ) doberman puppy, Riggs.




The handsome guy on the right completes the Brown’s Doberman duo, Blue.







This is Jaxon Yoder (WNZR Staff member) with his adorable Boxer dog, Star.






This is Daisy Lu, she’s Danielle Zoellner’s (On-Air DJ) little baby!







This is Cierra Strawser’s (On-Air DJ) cute pride and joy, a Great Dane by the name of Daisy.

One from when she was a baby, and one from a little more recently.



This is one of Hannah Radke’s (Afternoon Drive Co-Host) cute little cats, Uncle Sam (or Sammy for short).





This is Abby Fairless’s (WNZR Promotions Director) little puppy, Lexie!






Thanks for listening!!! Please enjoy our pictures of our pets!
-Lilly and Joe

Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Game-Time Tuesday – Round Two!

Today Joe and I played three games! Song Poetry, Name that Tune and the Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt!

Congrats to David from Fredericktown and Kassandra from Gambier for being our caller number five’s – they were both entered to win a Turkey. If you want to know more about the Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt click HERE!

Congratulations are also in order to Clorisa and Marcia both from Mount Vernon! They correctly guessed these answers below to our Song Poetry and Name that Tune! They both won $5 gift cards to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Our song poetry lyrics from the song “Wonder” by Hillsong United were :

“I see the world in life
Bursting in living color
I see the world your way
And I’m walking in the light ”

Our Name that Tune song for today was “Revelation Song” By Phillips, Craig and Dean!

Joe also shared an uplifting (and funny)  news story about a ten-year-old boy who got bored, found some car keys and……click HERE to read the full story.

I shared an uplifting Devo from Sarah Young’s “Jesus Always” devotional today! If you want to know more about Sarah Young click HERE.

Thanks so much for listening to the Afternoon Drive!
– Hannah

Fingerprints of God: Animals

Good afternoon! Today we wrapped up our five-week series on the Fingerprints of God, and today we talked about how we see the fingerprints of God in the creation and existence of animals!

We started in Genesis, with chapter 1, verses 26 through 28…
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

We dove into the Psalms a little bit today too, and there is just some incredible encouragement to be found in Psalm 36:5-7. It reads…
“5 Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”

Here’s an excerpt from Job 12, where Job is being made a laughing stock, but he tells us that the animals are still pointing to the existance of God, and Job stood firm and praised God through all the trials and tribulations that he experienced. 

“I have become a laughingstock to my friends,
    though I called on God and he answered—
    a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!
Those who are at ease have contempt for misfortune
    as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.
The tents of marauders are undisturbed,
    and those who provoke God are secure—
    those God has in his hand.[a]

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
    or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
    that the hand of the Lord has done this?
10 In his hand is the life of every creature
    and the breath of all mankind.
11 Does not the ear test words
    as the tongue tastes food?
12 Is not wisdom found among the aged?
    Does not long life bring understanding?

Our word of the day today was animal related, and it was diurnal‘! (Adj, [dahy-ur-nl]
In the animal world, this word means active by day, as certain birds and insects’
To see the rest of the definitions, check out’s definition here!

I left you today with the encouragement of Matthew 10:29-31…
“29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[a] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

As always, thanks for listening, and have a great day!

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