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Who am I?

Who Knew?

It was Who Knew Wednesday on the show today.

We also talked about how Friends debuted on this day in 1944, the Women’s Volleyball team playing Taylor University, and we also talked about how this week is national prayer and praise.

We prayed over the air.

We also had our weekly Who Am I? segment.

Here is the description of this person.

I was born on this day in 1958

I have three children Amos, Matteo, and Virginia

I am Italian

I studied law at the University of Pisa

I am also a singer

The answer is: Andrea Bocelli

Congratulations to Ron Butcher of Mount Vernon for winning a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup for guessing the correct answer.

Thanks for Listening!

-Joe and Dylan

Can Ohio claim the banana split?

August 25th is Banana Split Day, but Ohio’s claim to starting this dessert trend is a battle with its neighbor to the east:

In Michael Turback’s Banana Split Book, he shares:

The origin of the banana split is controversial, but most historians believe it was first created in 1904 by an optometrist in Latrobe, Pennsylvania named David “Doc” Strickler. The sundae he concocted originally cost 10 cents, twice the price of other sundaes, and caught on with students of nearby Saint Vincent College.

Wilmington, Ohio, also claims an early connection dating to 1907 when Ernest “Doc” Hazard created a dessert in hopes of attracting students from Wilmington College to his shop during the slow days of winter. The dessert he came up with was the banana split: three scoops of ice cream served between the two halves of a split banana, topped with chocolate, strawberry and pineapple sauces, whipped cream, maraschino cherries and nuts.

Most historians believe the evidence for Strickler’s 1904 debut is more convincing, and, in 2004, the National Ice Cream Retailers Association certified the city of Latrobe as the birthplace of the banana split. Both towns hold an annual festival in honor of the dessert. Wilmington’s is usually the second weekend in June.

-I was born today in 1968 in Glens Falls, New York
-My mom was a restaurant manager and sparked my love for cooking
-I started teaching 30 minute meals as a class, then was invited to host a segment for a local TV station
-I signed with Food Network in 2001
-I’ve been a spokesperson for Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and have my own line of dog food
Who Am I?
I am Rachael Ray! Congratulations to Bonnie from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Summer’s fading…(insert sad face)

Today we spent time talking through the end of summer, including a recap of this year’s Mount Vernon Music and Arts Festival, this Sunday’s Praisestock event and the start of school.

You can check out the MVMAF scrapbook here on Facebook. WNZR’s scrapbook is here.

Praisestock starts Sunday morning at 10 with a community worship service – including five churches who will hold Sunday services there. Those churches are Grace Community, Owl Creek Baptist, The Salvation Army, Set Free Ministries and Vineyard Church. The love offering will benefit Food For The Hungry.

Noon to 6pm features local bands, performers and worship teams. There will be food from local vendors, kids’ activities and more. Click here to check out the Praisestock website!

– I was born on August 18, 1936 in Santa Monica, California
– I started college at Colorado but lost my scholarship
– I wandered a bit before landing in New York to study art and acting
– My first major TV role was on the Twilight Zone
– My first major stage credit was Barefoot in the Park
– Some roles of mine included The Sundance Kid, Hubbell Gardiner and Johnny Hooker
– I’ve won two Academy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom
– I made my directing debut in 1980 with Ordinary People

I am…Robert Redford! Congratulations to Bob from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

The Dog Star?

August First Friday is just around the corner and we are excited to be hosting the main event for this month – the “Dog Days of Summer” Dog Parade! First Friday will run from 6-9pm, but registration for the dog parade is on-site only in Downtown Mount Vernon from 6:30-7:15.

We have all heard the phrase “Dog Days of Summer”, but what does that actually MEAN?

Sure, this time of year is typically the hottest it gets, but that is not the origin of the phrase. This saying is actually derived from astrology and this time of year celebrates when Sirius – known as the “Dog Star” rises to its most noticeable point. So next time you are out stargazing, keep an eye out for the Sirius star because it’ll only be prominent until roughly August 11th.

You can read Scott Smith’s article that we referred to during the show here!

Who Am I?

  • I was born on this date in 1901 in New Orleans
  • I moved to Chicago to start my music career as a trumpet player in the late 20s
  • I eventually became one of the pioneers of scat singing and formed a big band named after myself in the 40s
  • Some of my biggest hits include “What a Wonderful World” and “Mack the Knife”
  • I died of a heart attack in 1971 at the age of 69

I am… Louis Armstrong!

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

Thanks for listening!


Shark Awareness Day

Today, we dove into the oceans of the world to discuss the importance of sharks in our society!

While the media has portrayed these creatures as “menaces” or “beasts”, sharks are a key factor to keeping their environment in tact. Think of the food chain. Sharks eat something else that eats something else, and population control is a real issue in the ocean.

The hunting of sharks are the main reason for such a significant drop in population. Skin, meat, and fins are all profitable parts that are taken away from sharks for our own personal gain. Shark support groups use Shark Awareness Day, every year on this date, to protect and preserve the integrity and importance of these creatures that sit atop the food chain.

Who Am I?

–          I was born this day in 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska
–          My birth name was Leslie King, but I legally changed my name to my stepfather’s name in 1935
–          I was raised mostly in Grand Rapids, Michigan and played college football at the University of Michigan
–          I served in the Navy during World War II
–          I am the only Eagle Scout to end up in the White House
–          I served in the US House for 24 years
–          I was nominated, but never elected, to the Vice-Presidency and the Presidency
–          I died in 2006 and am buried in Grand Rapids

I am…the 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford.

Congratulations to Maude from Mount Vernon on correctly guessing this week’s trivia and earning a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

-Joe and Jonathon

Walk With Your Work!

Today is Who Knew Wednesday, and it’s also National Social Media Day!

Remember Friendster and MySpace? These two services completely changed the way we communicate with friends, family, and even random strangers when you think about it. The founding of some of the largest social media platforms came much later: Facebook in 2004, Twitter in 2006, Instagram in 2010, and even programs like Facebook Messenger and Snapchat in 2011.

In fact, what you’re reading right now IS social media! Through the internet, we are blessed to have easy access to whatever we may be curious about! So to celebrate, text that old friend from high school that you’ve never had time to reach out to, and tell them “Happy Social Media Day!”

The Knox Chamber of Commerce has announced the Knox Workplace Team Walking Challenge. A perfect opportunity for businesses around the area to get out of the office and get active!

The event runs from September 5th through October 2nd, so you have plenty of time to get your team together and compete for the countywide competition.

Today is the last day of June, and that means July First Friday is just around the corner!

This month is all about “Honoring Our Hometown Heroes” and kicking off July 4th weekend!

The event will begin at 6pm on July 2nd and run through 9pm.

Who am I?

  • I was born in Baltimore on this date in 1985, making this my 36th birthday.
  • I was thrown into the fire at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney at just 15 years old.
  • Despite not earning a medal in those games, I would accumulate 23 golds, the most by one athlete in Olympic history
  • In 2008, I won the most gold medals in a single Olympics with 8, and broke world records in 7 events
  • I am now happily retired and married with three sons

I am…Michael Phelps!

Congratulations to Monica from Mount Vernon for winning this week’s $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup with her correct answer!

Thanks for listening!


They make it happen, so we don’t have to!

Thank you to all of our PUBLIC SERVANTS on this day designated by the United Nations to honor them.

To engage in public service is, in general, to work to improve our fundamental human rights, such as access to water, homes, and medical treatment. Those who work with Volunteer Fire Departments and Ambulance Corps are involved in providing services like these, and aiding the security of our homes and ourselves every day. Without them, our cities and towns wouldn’t be nearly as safe, and there’d be no-one to respond when danger calls.

You may be surprised how many people you know that are involved in the public service industry. Do you know a mail carrier? How about a librarian? A trash collector? Did anyone you know serve in the military or work in education? All of these are types of public service, and without them, we wouldn’t live in the world of safety and security we do today.

How can you celebrate Public Service Day??

One way is to head to your local utility providers, city or county agencies, or local fire departments, and send them an email or a social media post, and deliver a hearty thank you to the people who work there and provide you with the services you need. Thank them for restoring power after a nasty storm, or checking to ensure that you have no gas leaks after an earthquake.

Today we also heard a little bit about the Centerburg Heart of Ohio USA Days Festival, starting tomorrow.

Click here for the full conversations on The Morning Thing blog!

  • I was born today in 1929 in Maces Spring, Virginia
  • I was born into a musical family and started performing when I was 10
  • I sang with my family, as a solo artist, and with my famous husband
  • He proposed to me during a live performance in 1968 in London
  • I also acted in Gunsmoke, and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
  • I won 5 Grammy Awards
  • I died in May 2003

Who Am I? I’m June Carter Cash. Congratulations to Faith from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

Live Music & A Golfer for Who Am I!

Today for Who Knew Wednesday we shared about concerts for some of your favorite WNZR artists. To learn more about upcoming concerts (both live and virtual) click HERE.

PGA Tour Golfer Phil Mickelson was our Who Am I feature for today. He was born on June 16th, 1970. Happy Birthday Phil and good luck in the US Open this weekend!

Congratulations to Karen of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing Phil Mickelson in our game today, she won a $5 gift card from Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!
– Alyssa

A book, a duck, and a PTPer!

Today’s Who Knew focuses on two significant June 9th events…

1- the release of the Book of Common Prayer in 1549

2- the debut (and birthday) of Donald Duck in 1934

The Book of Common Prayer originated from the Church of England as part of the English Reformation after the break with Rome. BOC was the first prayer book to include the complete forms of service for daily and Sunday worship in English.

Read more about its history from Britannica by clicking here.

Click this link for the online version

Donald Duck first appeared in a 1934 film called The Wise Little Hen, a retelling of the original little red hen story. The exasperated, sometimes angry Donald we came to know and love didn’t really show up until later that August in this first movie with Mickey Mouse, Orphan’s Benefit. Since then he has gone on to appear in video games, episodes of cartoons, and stands out as the Disney character who has appeared in the most films to date.

Read more about Donald Duck here! (from D23)

  • I was born today in 1939 in New Jersey
  • I am a graduate of Seton Hall University
  • I coached my high school alma mater to two state championships
  • I took my first head coaching job at the University of Detroit
  • I also coached the Detroit Pistons for just over a year before being fired in November 1979
  • I started at ESPN in December 1979 and haven’t left since
  • I’ve called over 1,000 college basketball games
  • I’m in the Italian American sports hall of fame

Who Am I? Dick Vitale!

Congratulations to Bonnie from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

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