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Gobble Gobble, Drummer Boy, It’s Artist Newsday Game Time Tuesday!

This week on Artist Newsday, we talk about some silly songs and some drive-in tours!

Matthew West shares a Thanksgiving tune and music video featuring his family that you do not want to miss this holiday season! Read the full story HERE! And make sure you watch the brand new music video to his song Gobble Gobble!

for KING & COUNTRY is embarking on A Drummer Boy Drive-In: The Christmas Tour! Read all about it right HERE.

This is for the second chance

This is for the new romance

Sing it for the loved in vain

Overcame, it’s not too late

Song: Together

Artist: For King & Country with Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin.

Congratulations to Sherissa for guessing correctly and winning a five dollar gift certificate to Everlasting Cup!

Thank you so much for tuning in to The Afternoon Drive! -Lexie

NZ Top Ten 1.24.2020

Today Joe and I counted down the top-charting Christian Songs of Today!

Here is todays countdown:

10. Believer – Rhett Walker
9. Almost Home – Mercy Me
8. Yes I Will – Vertical Worship
7. Dead Man Walking – Jeremy Camp
6. The God Who stays – Matthew West
5. Rescue – Lauren Daigle
4. Holy Water – We the Kingdom
3. Nobody – Casting Crowns / Matthew West
2. Rescue story – Zach Williams
1. Burn the ships – for king & country

New Music Friday!

Click on the Picture to see the Lyric Video!

I Know – Big Daddy Weave

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Like You Love Me – Tauren Wells

MUSIC: Tauren Wells - Like You Love Me - Praiseworld Radio

In the Arms – Terrian

Terrian - In The Arms (Mp3 Download + Video Lyrics)

Today’s fan choice is: Lift you Head Weary Sinner by Crowder

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Thanks for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Joe

Lifeline 2018: Fix My Eyes

“When I sleep and when I rise, 
Help me Lord, to fix my eyes.”

Firstly, if you want to learn everything there is to know about Lifeline 2018, click here!

It’s the last Praise Thursday before Lifeline 2018!
This means, today, we dived into the theme song of Lifeline 2018, “Fix My Eyes” from For King and Country! Read on to dive into the lyrics and scripture of the song!

The first verse goes like this…
Hit rewind
Click delete
Stand face to face with the younger me
All of the mistakes
All of her heartbreak
Here’s what I’d do differently

Hitting rewind and clicking delete is something I really wish I could do – and quite often at that. Here’s what we learn about that from scripture…
Philippians 3:13 – “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”
There are so many things we wish we could hit rewind and click delete on, getting rid of that messy past, standing face-to-face with the younger us. But Philippians tells us that we should forget what is behind us.
Once we come to fix our eyes on Christ, our past fades away. No matter how dirty our past has been, Christ makes us clean and makes us new.

Christ isn’t looking at our mistakes. Christ isn’t looking at all the heartbreak.
He is calling us to stop dwelling on our past and hand that past to Him.
2nd Corinthians 5:17 also says :Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!”

The chorus goes like this…
I’d love like I’m not scared
Give when it’s not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on you

One BIGGGG part of the song is the first line of the chorus. LOVE LIKE IM NOT SCARED.

Hooooowwwwww much easier would life be if we stopped being scared? I’ll be the first one to admit how generally scared of a person I am. I’m scared of everything from spiders to escalators to driving to not being good enough, and so many things in between. I’m scared of what other people think of me. I’m scared of what they’ll think if I really loved them like I wasn’t scared. WE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. God has not given us a spirit of timidity or fear. The creator of the universe and the author of love itself has given us a spirit of power and love and a sound mind. We might be the only glimpse of Christ that someone ever sees. We need to not be afraid to love because Christ was never afraid to love us. And we get to love like we’re not scared right here through WNZR. We have the opportunity to be the light of Christ every time you turn on that radio. We are blessed to be a light in this community of Mt. Vernon and we can’t do that without you.

Okay, clearly, we could do are whole show on just one of these lines. Let alone just this one part of the chorus – but what is this over all meaning of this part. I think these things are the outcome of what happens when we fix our eyes on God or When things that we can do in order to “Fix” our eyes – meaning if that our eyes were broken, that they were fixed on something worldly. These are things that we can do to remind us who is in controls the world.

The bridge… oh yes…
The things of Earth are dimming
In the light of Your glory and grace
I’ll set my sights upon Heaven
I’m fixing my eyes on you

The verses before 2nd Corinthians 4:18 also tell us that the troubles of this world are LIGHT and MOMENTARY. When we compare the weight of our current troubles to the glory that is going to be revealed to us in heaven through Christ, the troubles really do begin to seem light and momentary.

James 4:14 literally tells us that we’re a mist.
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

Yes our lives our short and the things of this earth don’t matter once we reach Heaven, but it matters how we live the lives we’re given here on earth. God has given us our lives not to promote our own name, but to tell the world of His.
Yeah, I’m a mist. But I’m a mist with purpose and I want to tell the rest of the mists about the Lord who has given me life.

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and Hannah

Praise Thursday on the Road!

On the Road with Big Blue once again today for the afternoon Drive!
Today was the sale of champions at the Knox County Fair and we purchased four hogs to give away on Saturday! If you would like to register to win, you can come visit us at the fair, or you can register online at!
One registration per person, per day, and we will be drawing this on Saturday, the 29th, at 6:00pm. If we draw your name, you have 9 minutes and 9 seconds to either come to the WNZR tent at the fair, or call us at 740-392-9090.

Our For King and Country trivia question today was as follows…
Zach Williams debut song broke records, holding the number 1 spot for radio at 15 weeks, surpassing the previous record by 3 weeks. The song also received a Grammy Nomination, Billboard Music Award Nomination and a nomination at th K-Love fan Awards. What was his debut song?
the answer? Chain Breaker.
Congratulations to Jennifer from Mt. Vernon! She wins the tickets!

For Praise Thursday today, we talked about the Cross of Christ.
The beginning of the chapter comes out swinging. Incredibly convicting. They say that people don’t have evidence of a real prayer life because they don’t have a relationship with God to begin with. Check out this convicting passage from Matthew…

“21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
If you think you’re going to heaven just because you walk an aisle or prayed a prayer, you should be concerned. You need to stop and take a step back and reevaluate your life and make sure that you truly have God in it.

So, the cross of Christ is telling us to have a relationship with The One who saved us. We’re not the ones who save ourselves, but it is God alone. We need to have a relationship with Him before we can expect an exceptional prayer life.

Thanks for listening!
Hope to see you at the fair!

Ice Cream and Hot Dogs!

We’re celebrating two American favorites today on the Drive!
ICE CREAM AND HOT DOGS! (I’m a little too excited about it).

Here’s some fun facts about Ice Cream!

  • The cone didn’t appear until 1904, when a Syrian waffle maker at the St. Louis World’s Fair began rolling his pastries into horns to help an ice cream vendor who had run out of dishes.
  • The idea of the ice cream cone had been patented a year earlier, in 1903, by an Italian in New York City, but the fair popularized it.
  • Today the average American eats about 20 quarts of ice cream a year―the world’s highest per capita consumption, according to the International Dairy Foods Association.
  • Top-selling ice cream flavors are: vanilla, with 33 percent of the market, and chocolate, with 19 percent.
  • It takes 5.8 pounds of whole milk and one pound of cream to make one gallon of ice cream.
  • June is the month that the most ice cream is produced.
  • California produces the most ice cream in America.
  • Chocolate syrup is the world’s most popular ice cream topping.
  • 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time.
  • It takes about 50 licks to finish a single scoop ice cream cone.
  • The perfect temperature for scooping ice cream is between 6 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In Canada, more ice cream is sold in the winter months than in the summer.
  • Hawaiian Punch was originally an ice cream topping.
  • Among the most unusual flavors of ice cream ever manufactured are avocado, garlic, jalapeno, and pumpkin. Perhaps the weirdest of all: dill pickle ice cream, which was marketed to expectant mothers.
  • It takes 12 gallons of milk to create one gallon of ice cream.

    We gave away $5 to Troyer’s of Apple Valley today by asking this question…
    What are the names of the two original characters for Hawaiian Punch?
    Their names were Punchy and Oaf!
    Congratulations to Betsy from Mt. Vernon who correctly answered!
    Image result for punchy and oaf(Here they are, by the way, if you wanted to see what they looked like).

    Our For King and Country concert ticket artist trivia question today was a bit of a tricky, numerical one!
    We asked how many kids, including Joel and Luke, are in the Smallbone family!
    There are 7 of them!
    Joel, Luke, Libby, Rebecca, Ben, Daniel, and Josh!
    Congratulations to Troy of Mt. Vernon! She correctly guessed and won the tickets!

    Our Word of the Day is frankfurter, a noun that describes a hot dog
    noun ||  frank·furt·er \ˈfraŋk-fə(r)t-ər, -ˌfərt-\
    It’s a cured cooked sausage (as of beef or beef and pork) that may be skinless or stuffed in a casing.
    Did you know that the backyard barbecue staple is actually European? While it’s impossible to say who really “invented” the popular snack or where it came from, experts say hot dogs likely originated in Vienna, Austria, or Frankfurt, Germany.

    Thanks for listening!

For King and Game Time!

Another busy day here at the WNZR Studios, but we gave you lots of chances to win today here on the Afternoon Drive!
The Ohio State Fair is coming right around the corner, and we’re giving you the opportunity to win For King and Country Ft. Zach Williams tickets all these next two weeks by playing artist trivia!
Our Name that Tune today was ‘Messengers’ from Lecrae Ft. For King and Country!
Congratulations to Sherrisa from Howard for correctly guessing!
Our For King and Country trivia question today was “IN addition to ‘Messengers’, what else did For King and Country win a Grammy for in 2015?’
The answer was ‘Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for ‘Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong.’ Congratulations to Amber from Mt. Vernon for answering correctly and receiving the two tickets to the For King and Country tickets!
Congratulations to Aleshia from Gambier for correctly guessing our Song Poetry today!
She is yearning
For shelter and affection
That she never found at home
She is searching
For a hero to ride in,
To ride in and save the day
It was ‘Does Anybody Hear Her’ from Casting Crowns!

For uplifting news today… Getting sports tickets are a big deal, but it’s even cooler if it’s tickets to your favorite team given to you by your dad after a long days work. Read the story of Colt and his Cubs tickets here!
Here’s a story about a man named Joshua who gives free haircuts! Check out his website here!

Our word of the day today…
bona fide
adjective ||  bo·na fide \ˈbō-nə-ˌfīd, ˈbä-; ˌbō-nə-ˈfī-dē, -ˈfī-də\

  1. law :  made in good faith without fraud or deceit bona fide offer to buy a farm

  2. 2:  made with earnest intent :  sincere bona fide proposal

  3. 3:  neither specious nor counterfeit :  genuine has become a bona fide celebrity

    Thanks for listening!



NZ Top 10 5/26

It’s been a great week, and there’s no better way to end it than with the NZ Top 10!
Let’s get right to the countdown, shall we?

10. Chain Breaker – Zach Williams
9. Unfinished – Mandisa
8. Rise – Danny Gokey
7.  Never Been a Moment – Micah Tyler
5. I Have this Hope – Tenth Avenue North
4. Home – Chris Tomlin
3. Love Broke Thru – TobyMac
2. What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
1. Even If – MercyMe

Our Behind the Mic feature this week was chosen courtesy of you via a Twitter poll!
The response was immense, so thank you for your participation!
So the Behind the Mic feature this week was from For King and Country!
Check out ‘The Proof of Your Love’ here, and check out their interview with New Release Today here!

Check out our Breakout Hit of the Week, Bulletproof, from Citizen Way here!

Check out our Back to Back Artist, Natalie Grant!
Listen to her songs ‘Be One‘ and ‘Closer to Your Heart

Our rewinds took us back to 2000 this week!
Check out Ginny Owens’ song ‘If You Want me To‘ and

Our New Music Friday feature came to us courtesy of Third Day!
Check out ‘Revival’ here!

Our Fan Choice of the Week goes out to Alliya of Mt. Vernon!
Check out Alliya’s favorite song ‘Alone’ by Hollyn here!


Thanks for listening!
Have a great weekend!

Game Time Tuesday!

Good Tuesday afternoon!
The Ohio State Fair has released the performing artists for the 2017 fair!
This year For King and County will be there, and Zach Williams will be there also! If you’d like more information about the fair and these concerts, click here!

Uplifting Tuesday today had it’s roots at the end of WWII.
“An Auschwitz survivor and the Scottish commando who saved her celebrated their 71st Valentine’s Day together this week. John Mackay, 96, helped liberate a number of prisoners from the concentration camp—including Hungarian Jew Edith Steiner, now 92. The two met at a village dance to celebrate the prisoners’ liberation and have been together ever since. They married in 1946 and eventually settled in Dundee, Scotland—where, this year, the couple rang in Feb. 14 at a party in their senior citizens’ home. “It’s lovely to have such a real example of true love with us,” said one staff member.”

We also had another Uplifting Tuesday story, and this one was cookie related!
“After a Girl Scout selling cookies was robbed at gunpoint, California cops reached into their own pockets to make things right. Harshita Phardwaj, 12, and her mom were running a cookie stand outside a Union City supermarket when a man threatened them with a gun and stole all their cash. Local police are still looking for the culprit, but decided to help Phardwaj’s fundraising drive by buying all of her remaining cartons of Samoas, Thin Mints, and other Girl Scout Cookies — donating $1,000 in total. “We did what we could to make it loving, compassionate, and healing,” says Officer Lisa Gratez.”

Our lyrics for song poetry today were:
“Then like a hero who takes the stage when
We’re on the edge of our seats saying it’s too late”
This song is MercyMe’s ‘Flawless’!

And our Name That Tune today was Mighty to Save from Laura Story!

Congrats to Darcy of Howard who guessed our Song Poetry correctly, and to Landis of Belleville who won our ‘Name that Tune’ today!
They will both be receiving a $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Our word of the day today is ‘Cabotage‘ (noun *  KAB-uh-tahzh)
This means “trade or transport in coastal waters or airspace or between two points within a country.” To learn more about this word, check it out here!

Thanks for listening!
Have a great rest of your day!
– Lilly

NZ Top 10 + New Music – 7/8/16

Here’s this week’s NZ Top 10:

10: Diamonds – Hawk Nelson

9: Just Be Held – Casting Crowns

8: You Are Loved – Stars Go Dim

7: Christ In Me – Jeremy Camp

6: Breathe – Jonny Diaz

5: Move – TobyMac

4: Eye of The Storm – Ryan Stevenson

3: Tell Your Heart To Beat Again – Danny Gokey

2: Trust In You – Lauren Daigle

1: God Is On The Move – 7eventh Time Down


NEW MUSIC ADDS (click each to hear it)

Priceless – For King & Country

Thy Will – Hillary Scott & the Scott Family


Today’s Word of the Day was lout (LOUT), a noun meaning an awkward brutish person. You can read more on that here.

Have a great weekend!


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