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Who Knew? Ohio State Fair edition!

Today, Todd and I focused on some interesting features of the 2018 Ohio State Fair.

We started with Smokey Bear – one of my childhood favorites who still has a presence in the natural resources area.  Read more about it by clicking here.

Todd then talked about the Antiques and Collectibles barn – full of all kinds of neat cards, sports stuff, jewelry and comic books.  Read more by clicking here.

We then moved on to the movie-themed Butter Cow exhibit, featuring A Christmas Story. See more by clicking here.


Finally, Todd shared about what he saw in Cardinal Hall – trains, cakes, pies and crafts! Find out about overall attractions by clicking here.

Check out Lilly’s scrapbook from the Ohio State Fair here including pics from the Casting Crowns concert!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Ohio State Fair Mystery Monday!

We would like to congratulate our 4 adult prize basket winners from the Knox County Fair!

Hog #1 – Sarah Row of Mount Vernon won a 222 pound hog from Meredith Overholt from Fredericktown.  The purchase price was $3.75 a pound giving a total price of $832.50.  Meredith is a part of Country Critters 4-H Club. WNZR purchased this hog with Kokosing Inc.

Hog #2 – Theresa Cobb of Mount Vernon won a 236 pound hog from Natalie Caudill from Centerburg.  The purchase price was $3.00 a pound giving a total price of $708.  Natalie belongs to the Centerburg FFA. WNZR purchased this hog with A+ Autobrokers.

Hog #3 – Grace Pozderac of Mount Vernon won a 262 pound hog from Jeremiah McKinley from Fredericktown.  The purchase price was $3.00 a pound giving a total price of $786.  4-H Club is Green Valley Giants. (WNZR purchased this hog with Kokosing Inc.)

Hog #4 – Rebecca Comerford of of Fredericktown won a 223 pound hog from Riley Farrell from Newark. The purchase price was $3.00 a pound giving a total price of $669.  Riley is a member of the Lighthouse 4H Club. (WNZR purchased this hog with A+ Autobrokers.)

We’d like to give a big thank you to all the 4-H kids, and our sponsors who made this prize basket possible!

Today is raspberry cake day, and oh my goodness, I would like to take this moment to formally thank my old high school friend’s mom, Mrs. Ritz. She made the most delicious raspberry, white chocolate layer cake for our Fine Arts Gala every year, and it is still, hands down, the best cake I’ve ever had.

Here are some fun raspberry facts for you…

  • Raspberries are a type of fruit known as an aggregate fruit. Aggregate fruits have flowers with multiple ovaries and each ovary produces druplets around a core formed by the flower. Each druplet could actually be considered a separate fruit.
  • There are over 200 different known species of raspberries but only 2 species are grown on a large scale.
  • Raspberries contain more vitamin C than oranges, are super high in fibre, low in calories and supply you with a good dose of folic acid. In addition to that, they are high in potassium, vitamin A and calcium.
  • Scotland is an unlikely raspberry haven. It’s famous for its raspberry growing. In the late 1950s, raspberries were brought down from Scotland to London on a steam train known as the Raspberry Special.


Thanks for listening!

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!



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

Game Time Tuesday – 8/11

Today was Game Time Tuesday and we had a special prize this week.

We played Song Poetry for your chance to win a free chicken barbecue dinner from Kiwanis at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival this Saturday.

We used the lyrics:

     Don’t think you need to settle for a substitute
     When I’m the only love that changes you
     Open your heart
     It’s time that we start again

Tomi from Mt. Vernon called in and correctly guessed that those lyrics belonged to Hawk Nelson’s song Drops In The Ocean.

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Our Word of the Day was ulterior, an adjective meaning kept hidden in order to get a particular result. You can read more on that here.

Also, to the left, you will see the lovely picture of Joe eating a donut bar at the Ohio State Fair that we talked about during the show.

Have a terrific Tuesday!


Game Time Tuesday – 8/4

Today was Game Time Tuesday on the Afternoon Drive.

We played song poetry with these lyrics:

Could it possibly be
That we simply can’t believe
That this unconditional
Kind of love would be enough

Josiah from Sunbury called in and correctly guessed that those lyrics belonged to MercyMe’s song Flawless.

Joe talked about the Chris Tomlin concert at the Ohio State fair that he and some of our staff got to attend. You can see all the pictures from that by clicking here.

We also told you that our Big Blue Crew will be on the road at August First Friday, the Hartford Fair, and the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival. You can find out all the information on those events over here.

Our word of the day was luminaria, a noun that is a traditional Mexican Christmas lantern. You can read more on that here.

Have a terrific Tuesday evening!


Mystery Monday – Fairs, Food, and Chris Tomlin

Today was the first day almost back to normal for the Afternoon Drive.

We were On The Road at the Knox County Fair all last week and you can see all the pictures and videos from that over here on our Facebook page.

It was also Mystery Monday, and since Joe Rinehart was On The Road with Big Blue and the rest of our crew at the Ohio State Fair in preparation for the Chris Tomlin concert, I decided to have an Ohio State fair themed Mystery Monday question.

I asked what the most popular fair food is at the Ohio State Fair and, after receiving around 30 guesses from corn dogs to saltwater taffy, I finally got a call from Rosana from Butler correctly guessing deep fried buckeyes.

Our Word of the Day was leitmotif, a noun meaning a dominant recurring theme. You can read more on that here.

Have a great week!


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