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Lauren Daigle & TOBYMAC news on Artist Newsday Game Time Tuesday!

Lexie shares some exciting news for this Artist Newsday Game Time Tuesday!

Awakening Events announced today the return of the annual TOBYMAC Hits Deep Tour. Read all about it HERE

Multi-platinum selling artist Lauren Daigle is closing out an already record-breaking year with an American Music Award nomination. Read the rest of the story HERE

You’re not threatened by the war. You’re not shaken by the storm

I know You’re in control

Even in our suffering. Even when it can’t be seen

I know You’re in Control

Song: Look Up Child

Artist: Lauren Daigle

Thank you for tuning into the Afternoon Drive!


NZ Top 10 for 5/8/20

Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. Matthew West – The God Who Stays
9. Cochren & Co. – One Day
8. Matt Maher f/Elle Limebear – Alive and Breathing
7. Elevation Worship – See A Victory
6. We The Kingdom – Holy Water
5. MercyMe – Almost Home
4. Micah Tyler – AMEN
3. Michael W. Smith f/Vanessa Campagna – Waymaker
2. Big Daddy Weave – I Know
1. Cory Asbury – The Father’s House (2nd week at #1)

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY – click the pictures to see video links!
TobyMac – See The Light

Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes – The Blessing

The Blessing, Stay At Home version – click here!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

NZ Top 10 Count Down!

Here is our Count down!
10. Raise A Hallelujah – Bethel Music
9. Burn the Ships – for King & Country
8. Let it Rain(is there Anybody) – Crowder/ Mandisa
7. God’s not Done with you – Tauren Wells
6. Yes I Will – Vertical Worship
5. Rescue Story – Zach Williams
4. Dead Man Walking – Jeremy Camp
3. You Got This – Love & the Outcome
2. Rescue – Lauren Daigle
1. Nobody – Third Day
New Music:
Love & the Outcome – You Got this:  (Click on the picture for the lyric video!)
HERE is TodyMac’s about his son passing.
If you want to see all the winners for Clegray appreciation month click HERE! 
Thanks for checking out our blog!
– Hannah and Joe

NZ Top 10 – 4/28

There’s no better way to kick off the summer than with the NZ Top 10, so let’s get to it!

This one’s for Josh, Justin, Jenna, Jess, Faith, Bethany, Cameron, Jacob, Aubrey, and Emily.

10. Home – Chris Tomlin
9. Magnify – We are Messengers
8. Chain Breaker – Zach Williams (BIGGEST FALL. DOWN 2).
7. Never Been a Moment – Micah Tyler
6. I Have this Hope – Tenth Avenue North (BIGGEST RISE. UP 2).
5. Rise – Danny Gokey
3. What a Beautiful Name – Hillson Worship
2. Even If – MercyMe
1. Love Broke Thru – TobyMac (5th week at #1, 10th week in the countdown).

We went ‘Behind the Mic’ with Natalie Grant today, where we talked with her about her song ‘Be One’. Read her interview about ‘Be One’ with NewReleaseToday here!
And listen to the song here!

Our Breakout Hit of the Week was from Elevation Worship.
Check out ‘O Come to the Altar’ here!

Our NZ Rewind took us back to this week in 2005!
Check out Steven Curtis Chapman’s ‘More of You’ here,

The NZ Back-to-Back Artist Spotlight fell on TobyMac!
Check out his website here!
Listen to his songs ‘Burn for You‘, and ‘One World‘!

This week, our NZ Fan Choice of the week was in honor of our Senior Graphic Designer, Bethany Waal. Her favorite song is “Just be Held” from Casting Crowns.
“When it feels like your world is falling apart, it’s actually falling into place.”
Listen to the song here!

We’ll see you on Monday for our first show of the summer!
Thanks for listening!

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!

Game Time Tuesday from The Knox County Fair!

Frog at the Fair

That Picture is of a Frog we found at our tent today at the Knox County Fair.  Cute little guy stuck around for around 2 hours.

On Today’s show it was Game Time Tuesday so we played Song Poetry.  Our song was TobyMac with Move (Keep Walking) and our winner was Danielle from Gambier.  We also gave away tickets to Lecrae’s performance at the Ohio State Fair, congratulations to Cindy from Belleville who won those.

Our word of the day is Pidgin a noun which means a simplified speech used for communication between people with different languages.

For more information about the Knox County Fair check out or website and for the full schedule for the Knox County Fair head to their website

Who Knew About SCOUTFEST?!

Today was Who Knew Wednesday on the Afternoon Drive, and we told you all about SCOUTFEST.

SCOUTFEST is the largest scouting event in Knox County. The last SCOUTFEST was held in 2013 at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds, and this year it will be held at Ariel-Foundation Park May 13-15.

Some of the exciting activities planned for the Scouts include RC Boating, Sporting Arrows, Crafts, raspberry pi, robotics, bb Guns, Archery, fishing, cub-mobile races, blast car races, helicopter, Kokosing Heavy Equipment, primitive camping display, civil war encampment, mars rover, inflatable obstacle course, astronomy, the wilds, SPI, Shearers Equipment, rope making, ODNR, COSI, Deerassic Park, and much more!

The public is invited to come watch the action. The formal opening event will take place at 8:30 am on Saturday the 14th, near the Schnormeier Event Center. From 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM the activities and events are open.

Prepaid scouts will be wearing orange event t-shirts. Other youth who would like to participate may join Scouting at the event. The joining fee is $16.00 and any youth joining at the event will be allowed to participate at no additional charge. Interested youth should bring a parent to the Clock house when you arrive at the park to sign-up.

For more information, you can contact Ed Mulholland at 740-891-8922.

Our Troyer’s trivia question for the day was “How many boy scouts are there in the entire world?”. There’s a rough estimate of anywhere from 25-40 million scouts, but the World Scout Bureau says that estimate is closer to about 28 millions, but they are not entirely sure based on the census policies in some countries. Our winner was Christy from Mount Vernon, who picks up a $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Our Word of the Day was palooka (puh-LOO-kuh), a noun that means an unskilled or incompetent boxer. You can read more on that here.

We also told you about the Jesus Freak Cruise, dc Talk’s 16 year reunion that will be taking place next summer. You can find all the information about that over here. And let us know in the comments if you think this is a cool idea, or if they should have done something that was a little more accessible for the average fan.

Have an awesome Wednesday evening!



Your praise will EVER BE…

Aaron Ever Be

Today we brought you two new songs as part of the NZ Top 10:

Aaron Shust’s cover of the Bethel Music song ‘Ever Be’…read Aaron’s devotional about the song here and see the lyric video here.

TobyMac’s ‘Move (Keep Walkin)’…see the video here!

This week’s countdown follows:
10. Lauren Daigle ‘Trust in You’
9. Natalie Grant ‘Be One’
8. Jeremy Camp ‘Same Power’
7. Mercy Me ‘Flawless’
6. Chris Tomlin ‘Good Good Father’
5. Stars Go Dim ‘You Are Loved’
4. Matthew West ‘Grace Wins’
3. Big Daddy Weave ‘My Story’
2. Jordan Feliz ‘The River’
1. Casting Crowns ‘Just Be Held’

Our word of the day is: FACTOTUM (fack-TOE-tum)…this is a noun meaning an employee who does all kinds of work. Like a ‘jack of all trades.’

Thanks for listening!



NZ Top 10 {2/5}

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Today on the show we announced this weeks NZ Top 10! We also announced the Valentines Banquet ticket sales have extended and the time are listed below! Don’t forget to check out the Word of the Day and try to use in your vocabulary some time this weekend!

10. Good Good Father/ Chris Tomlin
9. There is Power/ Lincoln Brewster
8. Feel It/ TobyMac ft Mr. Talkbox
7. You are Loved/ Stars Go Dim
6. Grace Wins/ Mathew West
5. Same Power/ Jeremy Camp
4. Flawless/ MercyMe
3. My Story/ Big Daddy Weave
2. The River/ Jordan Feliz
1. Just Be Held/ Casting Crowns


**The ticket sales deadline has been EXTENDED to Monday at 8am**
To buy the tickets come to the WNZR studio at the times indicated below.  We are located on the second floor of Founders Hall on the Mount Vernon Nazarene University campus.

Friday hours – 4-6pm and 7-8pm
Saturday hours – 9:30am – 1pm and 3pm – 8pm
Sunday hours – 9am – Noon
Monday hours – 6am – 8am


Word of the Day
1. of no real value; trifling; worthless.

Have a fantastic weekend,




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