Driving Notes

The Official Blog of WNZR's Afternoon Drive



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

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