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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Trivia, Who Knew?

This week for Who Knew Wednesday, Joe & Lexie talk about everything Valentine’s Day!

Check out these cute Conversation Hearts! The words on these little treats changes every year! Necco chooses a theme every year!

We also played Who Am I?:

I was born on Valentine’s Day, 1934, in Dale, Indiana, the youngest of 10 children.

I started singing at local grocery stores when I was 12.

I starred in Broadway in the 1954 musical, Fanny, playing the title character, for 888 performances.

My most famous role was on TV, playing a mom named Carol, with three daughters and three stepsons. Robert Reed was my co-star, playing my husband, Mike.

I also was a frequent guest on the Hollywood Squares and in 2010, at the age of
76, I competed in Dancing with the Stars.

Who am I?
Florence Henderson!

Congratulations to Mike of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing and winning a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

We also gave away prizes for WNZR’s Spread The Love Contest!

Congratulations to Maude of Mount Vernon, She won a Mary Kay Satin Body Set during our Spread The Love contest!

Also congratulations to Rhonda of Fredericktown for winning in our Spread The Love Contest and getting a $10 gift card to Gospel Christian Life Shop

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

Fun facts about Valentine’s Day

  • About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That’s the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
  • Women purchase 85% of all valentines.
  • In order of popularity, Valentine’s Day cards are given to teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
  • Parents receive 1 out of every 5 valentines.
  • About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
  • Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are the biggest holidays for giving flowers.
  • Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine’s Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.
  • 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
  • Men buy most of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers given on Valentine’s Day.
  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
  • The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.
  • Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.
  • Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an “Improvement in Telegraphy”, on Valentine’s Day, 1876.
  • Amongst the earliest Valentine’s Day gifts were candies. The most common were chocolates in heart shaped boxes.c

AS PROMISED, here are the “clean” Winter Olympics-themed Valentine’s love lines you can try out on your significant other (my daughter would call these ‘Dad’ jokes):

  • Are you an ice skater? You’ve got a great figure.
  • I’m no curler, but I think I could sweep you off your feet!
  • Hey, are you a skiing event, ‘cause I would travel cross-country for you!
  • My gold medal might be shiny, but it looks like a dull penny compared to that sparkle in your eyes.
  • Your legs must be tired because you’ve been speed skating through my mind all night.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Valentine’s Mystery Monday


Valentine was used as a way to describe what type of early Christian?  That was our mystery question for today, and Abigail from Gambier called in and correctly told us that it was term used to describe martyrs.  She won a 5$ gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

And speaking of Martyr, it was our word of the day today, it is a noun that means a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion.

Also if you want to check out any of the information we shared on the history of Valentine’s Day, click HERE.

Valentines Who Knew Wednesday

Okay, we have a secret for you.  Are you ready? Valentines Day is this Sunday! Don’t worry you have plenty of time to get your sweetie a special something! With all this hullabaloo does it make you wonder why? Why doe we celebrate this day, what do other people do, when did it all start? Jess and I were thinking the same thing!

Today on the Afternoon Drive we shared facts all about Valentines day! We also shared some funny stories about our past Valentines Days.  In case you missed some of this you can find it all below!  Also check out our word of the day!

  1. The most popular theory about Valentine’s Day origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailer’s daughter signing it “from your Valentine”.

2. In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.

3. Based on retail statistics, about 3 per cent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.

4. About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year

5. Or you could pop over to Finland where Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friend’s day”. It’s more about remembering your buddies than your loved ones.

6. Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.

7. Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future spouse.

8. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”

9. In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.

10. Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800’s.

11. More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.

12. 73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.

13. Over $1 bill ion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S.

14. Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines day gifts

15. Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.

16. 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.

17. Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.

Word of the Day
1.  a very noisy and confused situation

Have a fantastic Wednesday,


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Game Time Tuesday – 1/26

Today was Game Time Tuesday on the Afternoon Drive!

First, we told you all about WNZR’s Annual Valentine’s Banquet. You can find all the information for that over here.

We played song poetry with the lyrics You can give the blind their sight / And You can bring the dead to life / You can be the hope my soul’s been seekin’. Sydney from Howard called in and correctly guessed that those lyrics belong to Francesca Battistelli’s song Write Your Story.

We also gave listeners a chance to win tickets to see the Black Cyclone this weekend at the Memorial Theatre.  Find out more here.

Thanks for listening!


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