Don’t miss the Tops and Pops Concert this Friday!


WNZR’s Rachel Rinehart talked with local band directors about the upcoming Tops and Pops Concert.

Andrew Sundman, Mount Vernon High School Band Director and Megan Auhbil, Mount Vernon Middle School Band Director talked about the concert, the formation of the Knox County Jazz Orchestra and how students at Mount Vernon City Schools can get involved with the music department.  Click HERE to hear their conversation.

The concert will held this Friday, 4/28/17 at 7pm at the Middle School Commons.

Earth Day, celebrating God’s creation!

2013042208earthdaynai.28961Today on The Morning Thing we talked about Earth Day which was originally celebrated on April 22, 1970. To honor Earth Day, Jenna, Marcy and Daria dove into the biblical perspective of our earth and shared the Genesis story of creation.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.” Genesis 1:1-5

To read the full story our earth’s creation and more, check out this link, HERE!

We also looked at different ways to celebrate this day in Knox County. Did you know that Kenyon College hosts an annual celebration at the Brown Family Environment Center? Tomorrow, from 2-5 p.m. you can see a variety of live animals up close such as hawks, owls, furry mammals and snakes. You can also build bird houses, dissect owl pellets and much more. For more information visit their website, HERE!

If you are looking for ways to celebrate at home, check out this link, HERE!

We hope that you will take a few minutes to appreciate our Earth today! Take a walk, go on a bike ride, or just step outside and thank God for His amazing creation!

For our Morning Thing Fave 5 we shared our favorite recycling tips! Check out what The Morning Thing co-hosts have to share!

Andy Krolik
Dan Monnin
Jenna Potts
Kelsey Bryte
Marcy Rinehart



Today is special! It is Volunteer Recognition Day, High Five Day and Look Alike Day. How will you celebrate?


Every day is special, but today is extra special. It is Volunteer Recognition Day – a day to honor those who have dedicated large parts of their lives to helping others. How can you celebrate?  Find a way you can help someone! (picture from
Volunteer Recognition Day dates back to Ben Franklin’s days in Philadelphia. He was the creator of the very first volunteer fire department. Click HERE to read more about the history of recognizing volunteers.

Helping others is biblical! Click HERE to see 100 Bible Verses about Volunteer Work.

Click HERE for some great ideas on how to appreciate your volunteers. Start today!

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It’s also High Five Day. Since 2002, the third Thursday of April is recognized as National High Five Day—a 24-hour period for giving friends and strangers alike as many high fives as humanly possible. A few University of Virginia students invented the day, which has since evolved into a “High 5-A-Thon” that raises money each year for cancer research.
Did you know there are many different ways to give a high five? The low five, the baby five, the air five, the fist bump…..and many more. Click HERE for a complete list and description. Give someone a high five today and make them feel appreciated.

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It is also Look Alike Day! This day was created as a fun day to look like another person. Celebrate National Look Alike Day by picking someone you will see today or select a celebrity and dress up like them. Fix your hair like their’s and talk like them all day long!
(Picture of Gerod and Guy Harder at the Twinsburg Festival)

Have fun with National Look Alike Day and post your pictures on Social Media using #NationalLookALikeDay.
Click HERE to read the interesting history behind this special day.
Who do you look like? Reflect on 2 Corinthians 3:18, where Paul tells us that we “are being transformed into [the Lord’s] image.” As we seek to honor Jesus with our lives, one of our goals is to take on His image. Take a few minutes and read this devotional from Our Daily Bread, click HERE for some insight on how to look more like Jesus.

Hangout with God. He wants YOU to spend time with HIM!


Happy National Hangout Day!

Sure, hanging out with friends and family is fun, and they love hanging out with you, but there is someone out there, someone greater, stronger, and more loving wanting to spend time with you.

That is God.

God, wants you to talk to Him more than anything. He wants to be a part of your life, so give it a shot. Create or grow that friendship with Christ today. Let Him listen to you, and help you. He loves you more than anything, you are His creation, and He is our Father.

If we have God, our soul is at peace, and we know that we can take on anything life throws at us. He is an all knowing, an amazing listener, and the most loving caring Father out there.

What does He have to say to you today?

Say Hi, and tell Him you know that He’s with you, and keeping you safe today. A thank you could be all that it takes to keep that relationship growing, or even create a new one. He wants to be with you, always.

Here’s a LIST of 25 Bible Verses about Spending Time With God that will keep you motivated, and realize how much He wants to be in your life.

Building stronger relationships between parents and kids – The Morning Thing 4/18/17


Today, The Morning Thing focused on the relationship between parents and kids.

We shared some wonderful insight from Focus on the Family on how to build healthy relationships with your kids. Click HERE to read the full article.

Pray, pray, pray – don’t make this a last resort, make it part of your routine.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Get into their space.
From infancy through about age 8, kids spend a lot of time on the floor. We should be down there, too — playing games, pretending with dolls, building block forts. Fight the feeling that you’re acting stupid; crawl through those embarrassed feelings and meet your kids.

Keep it real.
As hard as it may be, recounting our missteps can help kids who are 12 and older learn from our errors. They also get to see we’re not perfect.

Enjoy family time.
A simple way to connect with your kids is eating together as a family. This is easy to do when they’re little, but as kids get older, sports and other activities compete with the family mealtime.

Do projects together.
You’ll need to think and pray about the right level of involvement for your children based on their ages and experience. Count on this: The project may take longer, and your children will not do things like you would. If you can accept these facts, you’ll discover an endearing, enjoyable time.

Be silly.
This isn’t just for small ones. Older kids like it when you act silly, too — even though you might hear, “Oh, Dad, stop it” or “This person is not my mother.”

Embarrassing children in public is not a good idea, but having fun in private keeps things light and makes you approachable. So go ahead, do the goofy dance, make funny faces, sing silly songs, talk for the dog.
We also shared 20 ingenious tricks on how to get your kids to open up about their school day. Click HERE to read the full article from

Here are 10 of the tricks:

  1. Tell me about today’s “thorn” (a not-great thing that happened) at school.
  2. Now tell me about the “rose” (the best thing that happened).
  3. Did anyone say something funny or tell a good joke?
  4. Was it a “play with your friends at recess” kind of day? Or a “chill by yourself on the swings” kind of day?
  5. You had art/music/computer today, right? What kind of project are you working on?
  6. Tell me something that you learned today that I don’t know. If you can stump me, I’ll do a goofy dance/read to you for an extra 10 minutes/watch an entire YouTube video with you (insert whatever works here).
  7. Tell me something kind that you did for someone today.
  8. Tell me something kind that someone else did for you.
  9. How many stars would you give the cafeteria food today?
  10. Did your friends get along really well today?

(Picture from Focus on the Family and Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock)

The Morning Thing Fave 5 – Easter Egg Hunt Memories


This week, in honor of Easter, The Morning Thing co-hosts shared their favorite Easter Egg Hunt memories.

Jenna  Potts –

Kelsey Bryte –

Dan Monnin

Marcy (and Rachel) Rinehart –

Andy Krolik

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Easter Traditions to start with your family!


Everyone has Easter traditions that they love, whether it be going to a Sunrise Service on Sunday, or reading the Easter story with your family. This year, we have some great ideas for new traditions your family can put into place!

Focus on the Family gives some great ideas, and also has a great magazine article, “Walk Through Holy Week: Bring the Easter Story to Life for Your Kids”

Check it out HERE

All of us here at WNZR wish you a very Happy Easter!