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Who knew Wednesday: Food For the Hungry!

Today Todd and I talked about a very important thing that is happing here in Knox County

Now in its 37th year, Food for the Hungry is an annual drive that collects food and revenue for the Knox County branches of The Salvation Army and Interchurch Social Services. These agencies, in turn, use the donations to help Knox County families with basic necessities throughout the year. 100% of all donations to Food For the Hungry stay in Knox County.  The drive culminates in an eight- hour live television, radio, and web broadcast.

Food For The Hungry began as a food and money drive on WMVO radio to benefit Interchurch Social Services and the Salvation Army in 1982. Long-time WMVO morning show host Charlie Kilkenny started the drive with the help of his wife, Carol, and businesses at the Mount Vernon Shopping Plaza (now the Kroger Plaza). Mount Vernon Cablevision joined in sponsoring the drive the next year. The drive grew into a partnership between the radio stations and other media (WNZR, Mount Vernon News) in 1995, and added Mount Vernon Nazarene University (who sponsored a basketball tournament) and the accounting services of Nelson & Nelson one year later.

Drop off location:


  • 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Floral Valley Community Center (collecting until December 31st)


  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Dollar General, Hometown Market and the Post Office* (Cash Only)
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Interchurch Office


  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. First Knox National Bank and Killbuck Savings Bank
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Hometown Market and Interchurch Office
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Danville Family Dollar* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Don Leos Market* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Danville Post Office* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31). They will also be open 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday 12/8
  • 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.  The Hang-Out* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.  The Bender* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.  McFadden’s Hot Spot Pizza* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)
  • 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.  Subway* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31)


  • 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Brinkhaven Post Office* (Cash Only, Collecting 12/1 – 12/31). They will also be open 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday 12/8


  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Interchurch Office and Fredericktown Library


  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The Village Market


  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Dollar General* (Cash only, collecting from 12/1 – 12/31)


  • 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Spearman’s Restaurant* (Cash only, collecting from 12/1 – 12/31)


  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Aldi, Kroger, Lanning’s Foods, Baker’s IGA, Rural King and Wal-Mart Supercenter
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Memorial Building

For all of the other information, you can head to any of these sites! 


Thank you so much for checking out our blog!

Hannah and Todd


Lighthouses & Legacy

Good afternoon! I hope you’re having a great day!
We’re in full on festival mode here at WNZR, so today on the show, I talked about the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival, which is right around the corner, and also, lighthouses, because today is lighthouse day!
Here we go!

Lighthouse fun facts….

  • lighthouse is a tower, building, or other type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses, and to serve as a navigational aid for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways.
  • Lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, and safe entries to harbors, and can assist in aerial navigation. Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and use of electronic navigational systems.
  • The modern era of lighthouses began at the turn of the 18th century, as lighthouse construction boomed in lockstep with levels of transatlantic commerce.
  • Winstanley’s lighthouse at the Eddystone Rocks marked the beginning in a new phase of lighthouse development.
  • The Eddystone Rocks were a major shipwreck hazard for mariners sailing through the English Channel. The first lighthouse built there was an octagonal wooden structure, anchored by 12 iron stanchions secured in the rock, and was built by Henry Winstanley from 1696 to 1698. His lighthouse was the first tower in the world to have been fully exposed to the open sea.
  • THE OLDEST EXISTING LIGHTHOUSE IN THE WORLD is considered to be La Coruna in Spain that dates from ca. 20 B.C. A Roman lighthouse is located on the Cliffs of Dover in the UK that was constructed in 40 A.D.
  • Lighthouse Keepers did not have uniforms introduced into the service until 1884.

Dan Emmett Facts…

  • Of Irish ancestry, Dan Emmett was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, then a frontier region. Growing up with little formal education, he learned popular tunes from his musical mother, and taught himself to play the fiddle.
  • At age 13, he became an apprentice printer and enlisted in the United States Army. He became an expert fifer and drummer at Newport Barracks, Newport, Kentucky, and published his own Fifer’s and Drummer’s Guide in 1862 in cooperation with George G. Bruce.
  • This year marks the 30th Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival

    Our Mystery Monday Question today was Dan Emmett related!
    In the 1850’s, Dan Emmett wrote one of the most distinctively American musical products of the 19th century, and it’s this song that he’s still known for.

    What is the name of the song?
    The answer is ‘Dixie’!

    Congratulations to Sandi of Mt. Vernon!

    You can find more information and the complete Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival schedule at their website, here!

Thanks for listening!

NZ Top 10 7/28

Even though we were on the road, we’re still bringing you the top 10!
Here’s the countdown!

10. I Wanna go Back – Davis Dunn
9. O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship
8. I Have this Hope – Tenth Avenue North
7. Love Broke Thru – TobyMac
6. Bulletproof – Citizen Way
5. What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
4. Unfinished – Mandisa
3. Oh My Soul – Casting Crowns
2. Home – Chris Tomlin
1. Even If – MercyMe

For our Behind the Mic feature this week, we talked with Jeremy Camp!
Here’s his song ‘He Knows‘ and here’s the story behind it!

New Music Friday brought us some awesome new songs!
Check out ‘Your Love Defends Me‘ from Matt Maher,
and ‘Point to You‘ from We are Messengers.

Our NZ Back to Back Artist Spotlight fell on DC Talk this week!
Check out their songs ‘My Will‘ and ‘In the Light‘.

Our NZ Rewinds took us back to 2001 this week!
Check out ‘Adore‘ from Jaci Velazquez, and
Come, Now is the Time to Worship‘ from Phillips, Craig, and Dean.

Thanks for listening!

Game Time at the Fair!

It’s On the Road with Big Blue here on the Afternoon Drive!
We still had all sorts of things to give away tonight!

Our song poetry prompt today was…
“It’s easy to sing
When there’s nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I’m held to the flame
Like I am right now”

That’s “Even If’ from MercyMe!
Congratulations to our winner, Andrew of Big Prairie!

Our For King and Country ticket trivia today was simply this…
Who did Joel Smallbone marry in 2013?
The answer was Moriah Peters!
Congrats to Lori of Mt. Vernon! She correctly answered and won the tickets!

Our  Name that Tune this week was ‘O Come to the Alter’ from Elevation Worship!
Congratulations to Rachel from Mt. Vernon for winning today!

Thanks for listening and we hope to see you at the Knox County Fair!

United Way Friday!

IMG_1110.JPGPhoto of Lisa Schott, Julie Miller, Kelly Brenneman and Katie Peterson on the set of “Good Morning Knox County.”

This morning we had the opportunity to attend the United Way of Knox County‘s kickoff breakfast for their 2016 campaign! If you missed the program, “Good Morning Knox County,” head over to and click the “On Demand” tab.

Their goal this year is to raise $1 million dollars by January of 2017. They are 26% of the way there with $260,549. We talked with the team about the campaign and how you can get involved! To hear from Executive Director Kelly Brenneman, Resource Development Coordinator Katie Peterson, Campaign Chair Julie Miller and Board Chair Lisa Schott, click HERE!

This week’s NZ Top 10:

10- Casting Crowns, One Step Away
9- Aaron Shust, Ever Be
8- Lauren Daigle, Trust in You
7- 7eventh Time Down, God is on the Move
6- For King & Country, Priceless
5- Jonny Diaz, Breathe
4- Jeremy Camp, Christ in Me
3- Hillary Scott & the Scott Family, Thy Will
2- Mercy Me, Dear Younger Me
1- Ryan Stevenson f/GabeReal, Eye of the Storm

Today’s Word of the Day is overweening, an adjective meaning exceedingly overconfident or proud. So…stay humble this weekend…and thanks for listening!


Who Knew About These Free Summer Activities In Knox County?!

centerburgToday was Who Knew Wednesday on the Afternoon Drive, and we highlighted a lot of fun summer activities for you and your family to enjoy in Knox County, and everything on our list just so happened to be FREE!

Here’s the list of everything we talked about (click on each for more information):


You can click here to see a complete calendar of events happening in Knox County.

Our Word of the Day was onomatopoeia (on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh), a noun meaning the formation of a word, as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent. Head over here to read more on that.

Have an awesome Wednesday evening!


Who Knew Wednesday – Fall Activities, Dove Awards, & TobyMac Tickets

Today was Who Knew Wednesday on the Afternoon Drive, and I talked all about fall activities in Knox County that your family can enjoy.

I gave you all the information on two events happening this Saturday, October 17th – the Marshall Family Fall Festival and the Fall Harvest Festival (click each for details).

I also told you about Light The Night for Jesus, which will take place Thursday, October 29th. You can find all the info on that here, and head over here for a complete calendar of activities happening in Knox County.

Click here to see the complete list of winners from the 2015 Dove Awards, which took place last night.

Today’s Word of the Day was obloquy, a noun meaning strong public criticism. You can read more on that here.

And don’t forget to enter our Feel It, Film It contest for your chance to win two tickets to see TobyMac, Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, and Hollyn in concert Sunday, October 25th. Head over here for the complete set of details and rules.

Have an awesome Wednesday evening!


NZ Top 10 + New Music – July 24th

Here’s this week’s NZ Top 10:

10: Building 429 – Impossible

9: Blanca – Who I Am

8: Danny Gokey – More Than You Think I Am


6: Matt Maher – Because He Lives

5: Hawk Nelson – Drops In The Ocean

4: Third Day ft. All Sons & Daughters – Soul On Fire

3: For King & Country – Shoulders

2: MercyMe – Flawless

1: Francesca Battistelli – Holy Spirit

Our Word of the Day was homage, a noun meaning respect or a tribute. You can read more on that here.

And don’t forget to head over here to check out all the information on the Knox County Fair that is happening all next week.

Have a great weekend!


Who Knew There Were So Many Summer Events?!

On today’s Afternoon Drive, we talked all about the different events and activities happening in Knox County this summer.

We tried to keep everything in chronological order, so grab your calendar and check out all the dates and events down below!

The first event we talked about was one that starts today and goes through Saturday, June 20th – The Danville/Howard Turkey Festival! This year, the festival is introducing GIGANTIC inflatables! Plus, there will be lots of live entertainment, the Little Miss and Mr. Turkey pageant, a live auction, and lots of different food vendors. Plus, we’ll be there with Big Blue all four days of the festival, giving away lots of awesome stuff. You can get more information at the official festival website by clicking here, or you can click here to find out more on our WNZR prize baskets that you can enter to win.

The next event we covered was Centerburg Heart of Ohio USA Days. This festival takes place June 24th-27th, and is packed full of fun stuff, including a parade, the Lucky Ducky Race, the Little Miss Liberty and Little Uncle Sammy pageant, an autographed guitar auction, and tons of live entertainment, including a Beatles tribute band. And, they’ll end the festival with fireworks on Saturday night! For more information on that festival, you can head over here.

Also happening that same weekend is the 56th National WACO Club Reunion. This will take place June 25th-28th and for more information on that, you can head over here.

We also talked A LOT about July 4th weekend, because there are a ton of activities you won’t want to miss. On Friday, July 3rd is Mount Vernon’s June First Friday, which will take place from 6:00pm-9:00pm. That same night is the WNZR Fireworks Viewing Party, which will start at 8:00pm on the back of MVNU’s campus off of Cougar Drive. Then, on Saturday, July 4th is the Ariel-Foundation Park Grand Opening Celebration from 1:00pm-10:00pm. You can find out all the details on that over here. Also on Saturday is Fredericktown’s 4th of July Celebration from 9:00am-11:00pm at Fredericktown Community Park.

Another event you won’t want to miss is MTVArts presentation of Mary Poppins. This will take place July 10th-19th at Memorial Theatre in Mount Vernon and you can get all the details for that by clicking here.

Then, July 25th – August 1st, you’ll want to visit the Knox County Fair. This another event packed full of awesome entertainment and fun for the whole family. You can find out more over here.

On Friday, August 7th, you can check out Mount Vernon’s August First Friday from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

And lastly, you can check out the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival. This festival will take place in Mount Vernon August 13th-16th. You can find out more at the official festival website by clicking here.

Also, head over to the Knox County Convention and Visitor Bureau’s website, which you can find by clicking here, for the complete calendar of events happening in Knox County this summer.

Have a great Wednesday evening and make sure to come visit our Big Blue Crew on the road at the Danville/Howard Turkey Festival!


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