Camp Sychar Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

WNZR had the opportunity to speak with Matt Brookes, the President of Camp Sychar. This is an exciting time for Camp Sychar, as they are celebrating their 105th anniversary! The celebrations were delayed due to COVID, but everyone at Camp Sychar is excited for this historic milestone and everything that God has done through their ministry in the last 150 years.

To hear our entire conversation with Matt and learn about what is happening at Camp Sychar, click HERE. He will explain how you can get involved this summer and experience the history of the camp first hand. For more information about Camp Sychar, check out their website.

WNZR is Excited to be a Part of Christmas in July 2021!

On the Road with Big Blue will be making another stop this weekend. The WNZR crew will be in Fredericktown this Saturday, July 24 for the annual Christmas in July. This was one of the many events we missed last year and it is extra special this year because we originally did not think that we could make it due to conflicts with the Knox County Fair. Fortunately, everything worked out and we are excited to join Fredericktown on Saturday for this great event!

To learn more about what is happening at Christmas in July, we talked with Bill Van Nostrand about it. Bill shared lots of great information about what activities will be going on, what deals people can find at local businesses, and how money raised during the event will be used. You can hear the entire conversation with Bill HERE.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Fredericktown this Saturday from 10 to noon at Christmas in July! Be sure to check regularly to see where Big Blue will be next!

An Update From the OSU Extension Office on the Ramser 4H Activity Center

WNZR had the opportunity to speak with Andrea Rees of the OSU Extension Office of Knox County about the recent ribbon cutting ceremony for the Ramser 4H Activity Center. She shared the story of how the Center came about and what it will be used for now that it is officially open. To listen to the entire conversation, click HERE.

It’s a busy time for the Extension Office as the Knox County Fair draws near. To stay up to date with everything they are doing, be sure to visit their website. And, of course, keep listening to WNZR for our Fair Coverage and your chance to win one of our great prize baskets!

Would you like to get more done with less stress?

Today, The Morning Thing shared some wonderful advice from the PositivityBlog.

Click HERE to read the full article – How to Get More Done with (a Lot) Less Stress: 12 Daily Habits!

1. Prepare your day the evening before.

2. Be 5-10 minutes early for appointments.

3. Work on just one thing at a time.

4. Work in a cone of silence.

5. During your day regularly ask yourself questions for simplicity and focus.

6. Let your lunch time be a time of relaxing.

7. Spend 80% of your time focusing on a solution.

8. Ask for help.

9. Just check your email once a day.

10. Write shorter emails.

11. Consciously set and maintain firm boundaries between your work and personal time.

12. Be smart about the 3 fundamentals of energy.

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
Albert Einstein

“Think simple” as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.”
Frank Lloyd Wright

The Morning Thing loves musicals

Today for our Friday Favorites, we honored the MTVArts production of “The Sound of Music”.
The WNZR Staff shared about their favorite musicals.

Marcy Rinehart

Kelsi Brake

Wesley Boston

Jonathon Langdon

You still have time to see the amazing local production of The Sound of Music. Click HERE for ticket information.

We salute MTVArts and their cast and crew for this production. Break a leg!

The Morning Thing Talks with the Cast and Crew of “The Sound of Music”

WNZR is always excited to connect you with the arts in Knox County. One of our long-time partners in this effort has been local theatre production company MTVArts. This summer, MTVArts is bringing the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music to Mount Vernon. Based on the true story of the Van Trapp Family, The Sound of Music tells the story of a young governess who brings music and joy back to a broken family. It also contains some of Broadway’s most famous musical numbers, such as Do Re Mi, My Favorite Things, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, and the titular song.

Alyssa Sidle of the Morning Thing had the opportunity to talk with many of the cast and crew members involved in this production. You can listen to these conversations and learn all about this incredible story HERE. For more information about show dates and times for The Sound of Music, as well as what else MTVArts is working on, check out their website.

Combating Summer Boredom

“I’m Boooored!”

Those two words, especially when drawn out in a whining groan, can drive any parent insane after only one use. When it’s repeated the plummet to insanity happens even faster. Kids can get bored easily, even more so now with all the constant media stimulation that leads to shortened attention spans. However, boredom is not inherently bad. It is an opportunity for kids to learn to think creatively, use their imaginations, and take initiative in coming up with something to do. For parents, the challenge is to encourage these skills in kids rather than keep their schedules so busy that they never have time to stop and think for themselves.

If your kids are feeling the summer doldrums as we approach the middle of their break from school, the Morning Thing is here to help. We found a list of multiple options that you can use both to provide your kids with fun, engaging activities or to help them come up with options themselves. You can find the whole list HERE.

The great thing about this list is that it not only helps kids to be creative and imaginative, every item on there is also guaranteed to make a memory for your family. So don’t let boredom get the best of you and your family this summer. Get out there and make some memories!

Celebrate National Macaroni Day with a new recipe!

It is National Macaroni Day! The Morning Thing found 75 ways you can use elbow macaroni!

Check out these yummy recipes from

Click HERE for the recipes.

We hope this link can help you answer that dreaded question….What’s for dinner tonight?

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