Mount Vernon Mayor Matt Starr joins WNZR for the September Spotlight on MV

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart talked with Mount Vernon Mayor, Matt Starr in their monthly “Spotlight on Mount Vernon”.
Mayor Starr shared numerous updates on the city:
– Community Development Block Grant distribution for infrastructure projects
– Construction updates on the following projects: Mount Vernon Avenue bridge, bike trail underpass on South Main St., Eastmore and Dogwood water lines, North Main and Chestnut Street intersection, water lines in the North End of the city, traffic signal conflict monitoring and street sweeping.
– Development of Shellmar Park
– Development of the city’s strategic plan
– and the importance of voting in the upcoming election.

Click HERE to hear Marcy’s conversation Mayor Starr.

Stay connected with the Mayor’s Office at
Or on Facebook and Twitter – search for The City of Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Or call 740-393-9517

The Morning Thing celebrates World Dream Day for their Friday Favorites!

World Dream Day has been established for the purpose of encouraging individuals, communities, businesses, schools, and families to take some time to concentrate on their dreams and make an effort to turn them into a reality.
Today, to celebrate World Dream Day, The Morning Thing Co-Hosts share their biggest dreams.

Marcy Rinehart

Hunter Sutyak

Wesley Boston

It does not matter where you come from, where you live, or how much money you have, one thing that we all have in common is dreams! We all have aspirations and goals for a better tomorrow. The trouble is that there are a lot of hurdles and barriers that stand in the way when it comes to making our dreams a reality.  

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Harriet Tubman

Learn about Dream Day, Click HERE

Today is the first day of FALL! Celebrate with The Morning Thing!

Today, 9/22/2020, is the first official day of Fall.
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The autumnal equinox—also called the September or fall equinox—is the astronomical start of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere and of the spring season in the Southern Hemisphere.

Click HERE for some scientific facts about fall. You can impress your family members and co-workers.

Click HERE for some FUN facts about fall. (These facts are not so “scientific”, but you can still impress your friends and family members.)

Here are some FUN things you can do this Fall. Enjoy the new season.

It is World Gratitude Day! What are you thankful for?

Today (9/21), The Morning Thing celebrated World Gratitude Day.

World Gratitude Day has been designed to bring the whole world together in a day that is all about being thankful. World Gratitude Day joins organizations, nationals, and individuals in sharing their gratitude in a number of different ways. (from

This global celebration dates back to 1965. Click HERE to read more about the history of this special day.

The Morning Thing Co-hosts shared what they are thankful for today:

Marcy Rinehart

Hunter Sutyak

Wesley Boston

How can you celebrate World Gratitude Day?
Here are some ideas:
– Reflect on the many amazing things we have in our lives.
– Simply be thankful for the fact that you have woken up and experienced a brand new day.
– If you have a pet, your loyal pet is definitely worthy of your gratitude.
– You can also be thankful for the beautiful nature, which provides us with sunsets and many other blessings.
– Be thankful for our health.
– Be grateful for your job, which gives you a purpose, feeds your children, and pays the bills.
– Be thankful for the roof that is over your head. Some people don’t have a home to live in, and so this is something you should always be grateful for. 
– Start a gratitude journal. Make sure you write down all of the things that you are thankful for. This is the sort of activity that all ages can get involved with. In fact, we think it is a great thing for children to do because it helps them to appreciate the things they have in life. 
– Have a meal together and enjoy some family time.
– Create a gratitude jar whereby you can put in thankful statements throughout the year. You can then read through them on World Gratitude Day.
– Take the time to help those that are less fortunate than us. You can offer a donation or you can donate your time instead.

We also shared some powerful bible verses on thankfulness. Click HERE to see the complete list.

Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

2 Corinthians 4:15
“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”

Philippians 4:6-7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

1 Chronicles 16:34
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Psalm 107:1
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”

(picture from The Royal Butler)

What is your BEST Moment Ever? Celebrate today with The Morning Thing!

Today for our Friday Favorites, we did something special. We shared our BEST Moment Ever!

Listen in as we share memories and blessings. Life is GOOD! God is GOOD!

We asked some of our WNZR Staff Members to join us. Click on each name to hear our best moments ever. We hope you are encouraged and inspired to share your blessings too.

Marcy Rinehart

Hunter Sutyak

Wesley Boston

Alyssa Sidle

Lexie Merritt

Angelica White

MacKenzie Holder

How is your brain doing today?

Today (9/16/20), The Morning Thing talked about brain health.
It is important to give your brain a workout and keep it healthy.

Whether you’re looking to sharpen your mind, boost your mental performance, or preserve your memory as you age, these tips can help.

Click HERE for the full article and in depth details on each tip from

Tip 1: Give your brain a workout

Tip 2: Don’t skip the physical exercise

Tip 3: Get your Zs

Tip 4: Make time for friends

Tip 5: Keep stress in check

Tip 6: Have a laugh

Tip 7: Eat a brain-boosting diet

Tip 8: Identify and treat health problems

Tip 9: Take practical steps to support learning and memory

(picture from johnhain from Pixabay)

It’s the United Way of Knox County Campaign Kickoff Week!

The United Way of Knox County does incredible work in our community. They are involved with 17 local partner agencies, working together to serve the people of our county. It is once again time for their annual Campaign, though things are going to look a little different as a result of COVID-19.

We had the opportunity to speak with Kelly Brenneman about how the United Way of Knox County has updated their campaign for this unprecedented year. You can hear the entire conversation HERE.

For more information on the United Way of Knox County and their Campaign Kick Off, visit their WEBSITE.

Ray Greene remembers 9/11

Ray Greene was an RF Engineer and an Interference Mitigation Specialist. Ray is a 9/11 survivor with an amazing story. Listen in as Ray shares how God worked miraculously for him and his team to do a “microwave shot” to provide communication capabilities to the rescue workers at Ground Zero.
Ray’s story of faith, perseverance and miracles will inspire you on this 19th Anniversary of the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history.

Click HERE to hear the audio of Ray’s story and testimony.

Click on the YouTube link to see Ray’s full story.

Please continue to pray for Ray and his family as he battles cancer.

WNZR was honored to share Ray’s story. Thanks to Todd McKinley for hosting this interview and handling the video work.
Thanks to his wife, Carolyn Greene for reaching out to us!

Don’t miss an ENCORE presentation of the Promise Keepers 2020 Virtual Event

WNZR’s Wesley Boston talked with Ken Harrison, CEO of Promise Keepers. Promise Keepers is providing an encore presentation of the 2020 Virtual Event. Listen in as Ken shares how the success of the original event lead his team to create this encore presentation.
Click HERE to hear their conversation.

On July 31st and August 1st, one million men from across 84 countries and all 50 U.S. states attended the Free Virtual Promise Keepers event— more the 12 times the number of men that would have been able to attend the live event had it been held at the AT&T stadium.

As a result, Promise Keepers will be hosting an Encore showing on Friday, September 11th. The Encore will include the best of the two-day event into 5 power-packed hours, as well as adding translation into 20 languages, allowing even more men to hear this critical message. 

Don’t miss your chance to experience the Promise Keepers 2020 Global Digital Experience! Register at
This is a FREE Event! 

Speakers include: Tony Evans, Mark Batterson, Miles McPherson, John Gray, Bob Goff, Steve Arterburn, Jonathan Evans, Jimmy Evans, Greg Stier, David and Jason Benham, James Robison, David Barton, Bishop Joseph Garlington, Luis and Andrew Palau, Chad Hennings and Steve Berger!
Worship provided by: Michael W. Smith, Danny Gokey and Phil Wickham

Strengthening Your Immune System

2020 has been more focused on health than any other recent year. There has been lots of focus on how to prevent the spread of a global pandemic, but what about the everyday sickness? Even in normal years it can be easy to come down with something minor more than once throughout the Fall and Winter.

We decided to help with that. Today on the show we shared nine ways to strengthen your immune system.

  1. Get enough sleep
  2. Eat more whole plant foods
  3. Eat more healthy fats
  4. Eat more fermented foods or take a probiotic supplement
  5. Limit added sugars
  6. Engage in moderate exercise
  7. Stay hydrated
  8. Manage your stress levels
  9. Supplement wisely

You can check out the full article and get additional information HERE. Stay healthy!

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