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Who Knew Wednesday

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

Outdoor music returns to MVNU

Today’s Who Knew focused on Sonfest 2021, returning to Mount Vernon Nazarene University this Saturday from noon until 9:30pm.

Find out more by clicking this link to

Today’s SONFEST TRIVIA was song poetry:

I get this feeling in my spirit when I’m low
I hear it calling like a compass to my soul
Saying, child, come on back now
You’ve been gone too long
Let me lead you back where you belong…

The song was ‘Next to Me,’ by Jordan Feliz – congratulations to Jenn of Newark – she guessed correctly and wins 2 tickets to Saturday’s concert!

*I was born on this day in 1857
*I succeeded Theodore Roosevelt
*I took office in 1909
*I was born in Ohio
*I died on March 8th, 1930 of cardiovascular disease

I am former U.S. President William Howard Taft – congratulations to Lyle from Howard who wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup

Thanks for listening!

Dylan and Joe

On the Road again!

We’re back ‘On The Road with Big Blue’ at the 2021 Fredericktown Tomato Show!

Listen all week for updates 4-9pm and we’ll also see you at the Parade on Saturday afternoon.

I was born today in 1157
I was engaged at just 9 years old, but never had any children
My brother John negotiated to keep me imprisoned
I tried to depose my own father more than once
I ruled during the Third Crusade
I spent less than 6 months in England and didn’t speak English even though I was an English King

I am KING RICHARD THE LIONHEART – Congratulations to Dan from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Q: What GMA Dove Award did Jordan Feliz win in 2016?
A: New Artist of the Year

Congratulations to Pam from Fredericktown, who wins a pair of tickets to this year’s Sonfest!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Catherine has a book!

Our own Catherine Haws was with us today to talk about her book, “I Did NOT Choose this Adventure,” and her book signing this Friday night at Paragraphs downtown. Click here to hear our conversation with her today!

I was born today in 1957 in Havana, Cuba
My family fled to the US in 1959 during the Cuban Revolution
I became a US citizen in 1974
I met my future husband in 1975 at a church music rehearsal
Together we formed the Miami Sound Machine and had hits like ‘Conga’ and ‘Words Get in the Way’
I did the Super Bowl Halftime show in 1992
I’ve won three Grammy Awards
I am singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan! Congratulations to Nannette from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

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

Active week and weekend!

Today’s Who Knew focused on the Hartford Independent Fair and the Mount Vernon Music and Arts Festival.

Wesley and the Big Blue Crew were live in Croton, and we’ll be live in downtown Mount Vernon Friday through Sunday.

For more on the Hartford Fair, click here.

For more on MVMAF, click here.

I was born on this date in 1983 in Melbourne, Australia. 
I started my acting career in my home country, playing Kim Hyde in the soap opera Home and Away 
After a successful 3 seasons there, I moved to Hollywood acting where I played a minor role in J.J Abrams’ 2009 remake of Star Trek. 
My performance as Captain Kirk’s dad led to my casting in 7 Marvel movies from 2011-2019 as Thor. 
I have also starred in other movies such as “Vacation”, “Ghostbusters”, and “Men in Black: International”. 
I am happily married and continuing my acting career into my 38th year of life. 

I am… Chris Hemsworth! Congratulations to Laura from Mount Vernon, 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!


Right around the corner…

The Knox County Fair starts on Sunday – today we heard from Andrea Rees from the OSU Extension 4H office in Knox County about the Ramser 4H Activity Center. Find the conversation by clicking here!

Also find out more about our fair content and contests by clicking here!

  • I was born today in 1899 in Rock Park, IL
  • My first job was as a reporter for The Kansas City Star
  • I was an ambulance driver in World War I, and returned home after being seriously wounded
  • My debut novel was published in 1926
  • I covered the Spanish Civil War and parts of World War II as a journalist
  • My residences included Key West, Cuba and Idaho
  • I was the 1954 winner of the Nobel Prize for literature

I am…Ernest Hemingway. Congratulations to Mark from Utica, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card from Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

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