The 2016 Food for the Hungry Shopping Cart Derby is this Saturday!


Marcy Rinehart of The Morning Thing had a chance to talk with the 4 media shopping cart derby teams about the 2016 Food for the Hungry drive.
These teams will cover 4 corners of Mount Vernon this Saturday, 12/10, picking up donations for Food for the Hungry.
Listen in as they share strategy, their specific routes and encourage you to give to this wonderful project.
Click HERE to hear their conversations.

The 14th annual Media Shopping Cart Derby is Saturday, December 10th and the Food For The Hungry GAMES return! Our 4 media teams will return with cart pushers from the Mount Vernon News, Time Warner Cable, WNZR and 100.9 FM and 13WMVO/93.7 the Super Q.

Our 4 teams will start from the 4 corners of Mount Vernon:

– WMVO/WQIO will have the SOUTH ROUTE, starting at the Knox County Career Center.
– The Mount Vernon News will have the WEST ROUTE, starting on Harcourt Road across    from Ross Motors.
– Time Warner Cable will have the NORTH ROUTE, starting at Dr. Price’s Vet Clinic on Mansfield Road.
– WNZR will have the EAST ROUTE, starting at Edgewood Road and working down East High Street.

All teams will meet at the Public Square in front of City Hall.

 Last year, the GAMES were a huge success, so we are bringing them back.

The teams will start at 1:06 p.m. and work to hit every house and business on their routes, picking up donations of food and dollars.

At around 2:15 p.m., our 4 shopping cart teams will compete in the Food For The Hungry GAMES in front of City Hall. The teams will compete in 3 events – details coming soon. You will definitely WANT to SEE the Food For The Hungry Games. It will be challenging. It will be fun. It will be a memory for everyone.

The WNZR team is Andy Krolik and Josh Pope! Their route is the East end of Mount Vernon. The team will be start on Edgewood Road  and travel down East High Street to Main Street and then to the Public Square. Meet them on their route and give a donation to help Food for the Hungry. Or drop off your donation at the station. Then, make sure that you are routing on Andy and Josh in the Food For The Hungry Games at 2:15 p.m.

Don’t miss the Food For The Hungry Games on Saturday, December 10th.

Check out the WNZR Team and their training for Saturday.

Do you have a Christmas tradition? The Morning Thing 12/6/16


How does your family celebrate Christmas? Do you have any traditions for the holiday?

Marcy Rinehart and her family always watches a few movies – Christmas classics. They love White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life.

Andy Krolik and his family usually go to Michigan to see family. They enjoy the snow and a big family dinner featuring Belgian food.

We found a wonderful article featuring 50 different ideas for family Christmas traditions from Try one this year for a magical holiday. Click HERE to see these FUN and memorable ideas.

Tips for a GREAT Christmas Party! The Morning Thing 12/5/16


It’s the most wonderful time of the year……unless YOU are in charge of the Christmas Party.

Don’t worry, we found some advice for the party host.
We found 5 great tips from (and it’s not just about money).
Click HERE to read the full article.

Skip the Stress

If party planning and gift buying has you frazzled, weary and stressed, then take a deep breath and remember what the Christmas season is all about. Yes, that’s a cliché. But this season of giving should help you take your focus off yourself and place it on other people. Stress brings out the worst in all of us, making for a much less joyful Christmas.

Don’t Go Overboard

Christmas parties are as varied as the people who attend them. You don’t have to throw an over-the-top black-tie event for 100 people. Invite 10 friends to your house for a casual potluck dinner. You’ll save a lot of money and reduce a lot of stress.

Ask for Help

Don’t turn down friends or family when they offer assistance. You may think you have it all covered, but you should probably think again. Do you need help with cleaning? Food? Decorations? Delegate a few tasks and your whole experience will be better.

Check the Schedule

Talk with friends and check the community calendar. If you are able, plan your party on a date that doesn’t conflict with other events. You don’t want to be the person who planned a cool party—and nobody showed up.

Involve the Guests

How can your guests participate before the party? “Dirty Santa” or “White Elephant” parties are always popular. Other ideas: the most creative holiday garb, ugliest sweater, or guess-the-recipe contests. Give your guests something they can look forward to.

Remember, it’s fine to create fun Christmas memories by hosting a great party. But, as always, use some common sense. Christmas only comes once a year, so enjoy the season while it’s here. shares a step-by-step process to plan your party. The say to be sure you plan every last detail before the party begins so you can enjoy your holiday gathering along with your guests. Click HERE to follow the timeline and plan a Christmas party that impresses your guests without all the stress.

Here are some highlights:
Click HERE to read the entire article.

1 month before (or a few weeks before)

  • Set Your Budget
  • Make a Guest List
  • Pick a Date
  • Choose a Theme
  • Customize & Send Party Invitations\
  • Choose a Venue
  • Plan the Menu
  • Recruit Help

1 Week Before the Party

  • Clean the House
  • Double Check Servingwear
  • Make Playlist
  • Follow Up on RSVPs

1 Day Before the party

  • Decorate
  • Make Food Ahead of Time
  • Pick Up the House

Day of the Party

  • Prepare and Plate Food

Ideally, if you’ve followed this timeline, the day of your party will be a breeze. All you will need to do is prepare and plate your food and drinks before guests start arriving.

The most important thing to remember in planning your holiday gathering is that the ultimate goal is to spend time with your guests and enjoy yourself. Follow these tips for planning for your Christmas party, and you will be well on your way to hosting a great Christmas party!

10 ways that you can share Christmas love with others this year. The Morning Thing 12/2/16


We have all heard the saying, “it is better to give than to receive”. Have we put this idea into practice in our own life? Let’s use this Christmas to reach out to others and share the love of Christ.

We found 10 ways to share Christmas love from
Check out the list! Click HERE to read the full article.

1. Ho-Ho-Ho, Surprise!

Let your children choose one of these easy gifts for kids to make and then secretly surprise someone by leaving the gift at their doorstep. Or, take the gifts with you and give to people you encounter during the day – the worker at the dry cleaners, the cashier in the drive-through, or the librarian.

2. Give and Get.

This giving and receiving printable is great because your kids get to first focus on giving to others, and then they get to think about what they would like themselves. The giving options includes gifts of services, gifts to make, and gifts to buy.

3. Operation Christmas Child

I love this one for kids and grownups! Our team at iMOM and Family First did this last year, and we are doing it again this season because it was such a great giving to others outreach for us. All you do is fill a shoebox with items for needy children. Then, you drop off your filled box to a location in your area, and it will reach a child in need. You will need to get started on this idea a little early as the drop-off week is November 16 – November 23.

4. Prayer Jar.

Cut slips of paper big enough for you and your children to write the names of those you know who need prayer. Put the slips in a jar and pull out three or four each day. Pray for them and also use one of the other ideas on this list to share Christmas love with that person.

5. Help the Helpless.

Your children will learn the most about true giving when they give to those who can’t easily give back. Prepare goodie bags for the elderly, the homeless, or for families staying with their children at local hospitals. Include holiday items like sweets, but also practical items like travel-sized toothpaste, mints, and mouthwash.

6. Secret Sweet Attack!

Buy or bake some goodies, get some candy canes or other holiday treats and secretly leave them for your neighbors, the dry cleaner, or the librarian.

7. Drive-Through Dash.

Load your kids in the car and head for a fast food drive-through. After you pay for your own order, tell the cashier you’d like to pay for the orders of the two cars behind you. Next, drive just far enough away where you can’t be seen, but you can still watch the reaction of the people you’ve surprised.

8. Tag it!

Whatever goodies or gifts you decide to hand out as you’re giving to others this year, tag them with love! Our “Christmas Love For You” gift tags makes it easy.

9. Hot Chocolate on a Cold Day.

Buy some disposable coffee cups with lids, a multi-cup carrier, and make some hot chocolate. Deliver it to folks working outside or to anyone else who needs to feel the warmth of the season.

10. Share the Love.

Share the love and the story of Christmas with your children’s friends with our adorable Christmas Story printable. Let your children cut them out and put them and the story printable in a bag. Finish with our “Christmas Love for You” gift tagsand add some cookies or candy canes too.

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December MVNU Presidential Update with Dr. Henry Spaulding


On the first Friday of every month, we talk with Dr. Henry Spaulding about Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
He gives us an update on what is happening on campus.
Click HERE to hear the conversation with Morning Thing co-host Andy Krolik.
Dr. Spaulding gives us an update on his recent re-election, the busy MVNU calendar for December and how the Spaulding family will celebrate Christmas.

The Fredericktown Christmas Walk is FUN for You and your family!


The Fredericktown Christmas Walk is this Saturday from 3-7pm. This will be a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

Marcy Rinehart of The Morning Thing talked with Cecilia McClelland about the 2016 Fredericktown Christmas Walk. There are SO many fun activities for families. The best part is that all proceeds benefit the Knox County Food for the Hungry drive.

Click HERE to hear their conversation.

Join WNZR in downtown Fredericktown this Saturday, December 3rd for the 16th Annual Fredericktown Christmas Walk. The Christmas Walk is on a NEW day and time – Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Come experience the spirit of what Christmas is all about!

 The Walk Committee invites everyone to attend and mark the beginning of the Christmas season, while supporting local charities that provide food and financial services to area residents. All activities will support Food for the Hungry! All donations will help the work of Interchurch Social Services and the Salvation Army and all donations will stay in Fredericktown!

 There is SO much to do and SO much to see:

  • Ice Sculpture Demonstrations
  • Central Ohio Draft Horse Association Wagon Rides around the Christmas light display at Sockman Park
  • Crafts, Food and Specialty Vendors will be at the Presbyterian Church (located behind the Gazebo)
  • Fredericktown Firefighters Association is excited to be selling beautiful poinsettias at the Masonic Lodge
  • Santa’s Toy Shop, Hot Food and Beverages at the Masonic Lodge next door to the Village Office
  • Crafts for Kids and the WNZR Photo Booth at the Baptist Church
  • Pictures with Santa at First Knox National Bank
  • Visit the Historical Society
  • Sophia’s Petting Zoo
  • Live Musical Groups traveling up and down Main Street, plus performances at the Gazebo
  • Mary Elder will be playing her harp in the Presbyterian parlor at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. There will also be poetry programs to accompany the harpist.
  • The annual Food For The Hungry Charity Auction at 3 p.m. in the Senior Citizen Building
  • You can also purchase a collectable ornament at the Presbyterian Church. Our ornament this year will honor the Fredericktown FFA, designed by local artisans, Jim and Scarlett Crane. The FFA jacket, worn nationally, was adopted in 1933 and designed by Fredericktown’s own: Gus Litner.
  • Look for Big Blue in front of the Village Office

 Don’t miss this FUN event for families on Saturday, December 3rd from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Fredericktown.

 Stop by to register to win a great family prize basket!

 The “Clean Up, Dress Up and Batter Up” prize basket includes:

  • An entire house cleaning from Carefree Cleaning Company. Amy Kessler gives you 4 hours of house cleaning! (Valued at $100)!
  • TWO – 1 month individual batting cage memberships at SportPro Physical Therapy and Baseball/Softball Clinic (located at 7084 Newark Road in Mount Vernon). This one month batting cage membership entitles an individual to unlimited tokens during business hours for an entire month. You can use one membership for you AND bless someone else with a wonderful gift. (Valued at $78)
  • $25 gift certificate for Premier Designs Jewelry with Amberly Frye
  • Plus WNZR goodies including chip clips, hand fans, cups, Frisbees, guitar flyswatters and more!

The prize package is valued at over $200.00!

 The winner will be drawn at 6:30 p.m.

 Celebrate Christmas this Saturday with WNZR in Fredericktown!