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Easter Bunnies, and Bilbies, and Eggs! Oh My!

This Who Knew Wednesday we dive into Easter all around the world!

We shared about The Butter Lamb from Russia! Where families will take a small knob of butter and form it into the shape of a lamb!

Red Eggs are a tradition in Greece. The color red symbolizes the blood of Christ, so they only dye their eggs red!

We are use to Easter Bunnies here in the U.S. But in Australia, they have the Easter Bilby! They even make chocolate bilbies to bring awareness to the dwindling population of BIlibies.

The French take a lot of eggs on Easter and make one giant omelet! Yum!

We had two Who Am I? Trivia questions for today!

Who Am I?

I was born on this date in 1685 in Germany.

I was orphaned at 10 and lived with my oldest brother.

I am known for my skill as an organist and composer.

I was the cantor at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig for 27 years.

The liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church remembers me with a feast day on July 28.

Answer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Who Am I?

I was born on this date in 1971 in Perth, Scotland

I have dual citizenship in the UK and the US

I studied drama at the Guildhall School in London when I was 18

I played young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels

I will reprise that role in a new Disney+ series

I also starred in Moulin Rouge, Big Fish and Doctor Sleep

Answer: Ewan McGregor

Congratulations to Elizabeth from Mount Vernon and Pam from Fredericktown for guessing correctly and winning $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup!

Thank you so much for tuning into the Afternoon Drive! – Lexie & Joe

The NZ Top 10 for April 18, 2019

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

10. I Am They – Scars
9. Zach Williams – Survivor
8. Lauren Daigle – Look Up Child
7. Casting Crowns – Only Jesus
6. Elevation Worship – Resurrecting
5. Pat Barrett f/Cory Asbury – Build My Life
4. We Are Messengers – Maybe It’s OK
3. Josh Baldwin – Stand in Your Love
2. MercyMe – Best News Ever
1. for King and Country – God Only Knows (stays at #1)

New Music Friday add this week:

Chris Tomlin – Is He Worthy?

See the lyric video here CLICK TO WATCH

See the live video here CLICK TO WATCH

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Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Ash Wednesday Fast Facts

Today on the Morning Thing, we celebrated Ash Wednesday. This is the start of Lent which leads up to Easter. Click HERE for some facts and information on Ash Wednesday. As always, thanks for listening!

Easter Praise Thursday!

Today on the show, we talked about the resurrection of Jesus, what that means for us as Christians, and why this gives us hope! We started by looking at Luke 24:1-12,
Check out the scripture we read on the show today here!

“Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen!”

We then picked up in verse 13, and read through 27, where the men ran into Jesus on the road of Emmaus.

“Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”

We then read from verse 28 to 43, where we find that the disciples recognize Jesus, but only after He breaks bread in front of them again.

“Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

We finished it off reading from verse 43 to the end of the chapter, taking us all the way to the ascension of Jesus.

When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.

Our word of the day today was ‘diphthong’ [ˈdif-ˌthȯŋ]
This is a  gliding monosyllabic speech sound (as the vowel combination at the end of toy) that starts at or near the articulatory position for one vowel and moves to or toward the position of another.
In plain English, that’s two vowel sounds joined in one syllable to form one speech sound The sounds of “ou” in “out” and of “oy” in “boy” are diphthongs.

Thanks so much for listening!
Have a great day!
– Lilly

NZ Top 10 – 4/14

Goooooood afternoon! It’s a beautiful day out today and the students of MVNU are on Easter break! The countdown this week looked like this…

10. Home – Chris Tomlin (NEW)
9. I have this Hope – Tenth Avenue North
8. Magnify – We are Messengers
7. Never been a Moment – Micah Tyler (Biggest fall: -4 from last week)
6. Chain Breaker – Zach Williams
5. Testify – NEEDTOBREATHE (Biggest Rise
4. Even If – MercyMe
3. What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
2. Rise – Danny Gokey
1. Love Broke Thru – TobyMac

We went Behind the Mic with Kari Jobe, and she told us about her resurrection themed song, Forever. Listen to the song here!

The NZ Breakout Hit of the Week was from Hollyn!
Check out her new song ‘In Awe’ here!

Our NZ Back-to-Back Artist spotlight, today, fell on Casting Crowns!
Check out their songs ‘Glorious Day‘ and ‘Lifesong’!

We went back in time with our NZ Rewinds today!
Leeland took us back to 2009 with “Via Dolorosa“.
and Newsong took us way back to 1987 with “Arise my Love‘.

We also heard new music today from Passion!
Check out ‘Glorious Day’ here!

Fan Choice of the week this week was from Francesca Battestelli!
Check out ‘This is the Stuff’ here!
and check out her interview with NewReleasetoday here!

I found a beautiful Good Friday poem from Andy Stinson that I read on the air today, and if you’d like to read it, or share it, you can find it here!

Have an amazing Easter weekend and enjoy this weather!

Praise Thursday – Easter Edition

Good afternoon! We are in the home stretch of classes here at MVNU, and we’re all very excited! Today on the show, we read the story of Easter and then played songs that went along with the verses, telling the story of Easter not only through the bible, but through music as well. Check out the verses and songs below!

First, we read Mark 14:12-42, and this section deals with the Last Supper, Peter’s betrayal of Jesus and the Garden of Gethsemene.

“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:36)

After that passage, we played ‘Don’t Deserve You’ by Plumb, which reminds us that we are Peter. We are the disciples. We are not faithful, we are not loyal, and we do not deserve the love of Christ, but He gives it to us anyway.

Listen to “Don’t Deserve You’ here!

Next, we read Mark 14:43-72 which talked about Jesus’ arrest, Jesus going before the Sanhedrin, and Peter denying Jesus.

“You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death. Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.
(Mark 14:64-65)

We played the Sidewalk Prophets song “You Love me Anyway” which reminds us that we are the thorn in His crown, the sweat from His brow, Judas’ kiss, but Jesus loves us anyway. Nothing can take away the grace and love that Jesus has for us.

Listen to “You Love me Anyway’ here!

We then read Mark 15:1-41 which covered Jesus going before Pilate, Jesus being mocked by the soldiers, and the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

“It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.” (Mark 15:25-26)

After this passage of scripture, we played “At the Cross (Love Ran Red)” from Chris Tomlin, which reminds us that all of our sins are washed white in the love of Christ and His blood shed for us.

Listen to “At the Cross” here!

To finish off, we read Mark 15:42-47, which deals with the burial of Jesus, and then we read Mark 16:1-8, which brings the good news that Jesus had risen!

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” (Mark 16:6-7)

There are so many songs to play that talk about Jesus’ resurrection, and the hope that we have because He lives. So, we played a lot of those songs! Check them out below!

Remember – Passion
God’s Not Dead – Newsboys
Victor’s Crown – Darlene Zschech
Because He Lives – Matt Maher
Forever – Kari Jobe
Glorious Day – Casting Crowns

Have a great evening! God Bless!


Good Friday 2016

IMG_20160325_164701958Today we celebrate the Easter weekend – the death and resurrection of Jesus.  We’ve been playing Easter-themed songs throughout the day and today’s NZ Top 10 fit right in!

10. Jeremy Camp, Same Power
9. Danny Gokey, Tell Your Heart to Beat Again
8. Lauren Daigle, Trust in You
7. MercyMe, Flawless
6. Chris Tomlin, Good Good Father
5. Big Daddy Weave, My Story
4. Jordan Feliz, The River
3. Matthew West, Grace Wins
2. Stars Go Dim, You are Loved
1. Casting Crowns, Just Be Held

We also featured two of Michael W. Smith’s songs from his 2-CD collection, Hymns and Hymns II: Shine on Us, available at Cracker Barrel stores.  I picked these up last month after hearing Michael sing and speak at the NRB worship service in Nashville, TN. We played ‘Victory in Jesus’ and ‘The Old Rugged Cross.’ Click here for more on Michael’s hymns projects.

Also, a BIG thanks to the Ohio State Fair for allowing us to to a ‘win it before you can buy it’ ticket giveaway with Lecrae. Today’s winner was Donna of Mount Vernon – congratulations!

The Word of the Day is: Golgotha, the proper name for the place where Jesus was crucified. It is a Greek word meaning “the place of skulls.” Also called Calvary, which is Latin meaning “the skull.”

Thanks for listening and Happy Easter!


Who Knew These Easter Fun Facts?!

Today was Who Knew Wednesday on the Afternoon Drive!

Since Easter is in just a few days, we decided to share some fun facts about the holiday and how it’s celebrated.

Here are some of the facts we shared:

Our Word of the Day was pysanky, which is an intricately decorated Ukrainian Easter egg. You can read more on that here.

And make sure to head over here to find all the information on Lifeline 2016, which kicks off with our Day of Prayer and Praise in exactly one week!

Have an awesome Wednesday evening!


It’s the start of a GREAT week!

Passion_FB_MWSIt’s the start of Holy Week here on WNZR…

Last night I had the chance to watch the FOX live musical, The Passion, produced and hosted by Tyler Perry, which included the talents of Michael W. Smith (above; photo credit, FOX) and many others like Trisha Yearwood, Chris Daughtry, Shane Harper and Jencarlos Canela.  It was a creative, unique presentation of the Gospel story. Honestly, to see 2 hours of live network TV proclaiming the name of Jesus was awesome! Stay tuned for details about a possible re-run or DVD release.

Today our Mystery Monday trivia question was: The Cadbury Crème Egg was introduced in its current form in what year and with what name?

The answer was 1963, as Fry’s Crème Eggs.  The name changed to Cadbury in 1971.

Fun fact: Cadbury is introducing an Oreo flavor of Creme Egg this year!

Today’s Word of the Day is SMITHEREENS – which means small pieces or bits of something.

Thanks for listening!


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