Sonfest Fave 5


Today for our Morning Thing Fave 5, we shared our favorite songs by a Sonfest artist. Click below to listen in! As always, thanks for listening!

Marcy RinehartLet it Be Love

Daria Swisher From the Day

Trevor MooreCray Button

Hunter SutyakAll I Need is You

Todd McKinleyLove Me Like You


Here They Are! It’s I Am They!


Today on the Morning Thing, we wrapped up Sonfest week by talking with Matthew Hein of I Am They! Click HERE to listen in to the conversation and HERE for more information about Sonfest 2018! I Am They takes the main stage at 4:00 tomorrow on the campus of MVNU.

Damac is coming to Sonfest 2018


WNZR’s Todd McKinley talked with rap artist, Damac about his ministry and his upcoming visit to Sonfest 2018 at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Click HERE to hear their conversation. Make sure to listen to segment 4. Damac shows us his freestyle skills.

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Wisdom Wednesday, Way Back Wednesday, and More Giveaways for Sonfest Week at WNZR!



This week is Sonfest week at WNZR, but with all the new artists reaching MVNU campus this weekend, we also celebrate some old memories for Way Back Wednesday as we talk to Jacob Olds from Family Force 5.

Jacob shares about the band’s history and inspirations, as well as a new addition to his family and how the band has continued their ministry! For the Full conversation CLICK HERE

For Wisdom Wednesday, Hunter and Trevor Shared inspirational wisdoms from several sources.

Trevor Quoted Vince Lombardi with ” Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence,” and “The Price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

Hunter shared quotes from his years in school, “if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together,” and “the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

The show was wrapped up with quotes from Abe Lincoln “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice,” and “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends”; as well as Proverbs 18:10 “the name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”

Stay connected to 90.9 FM from 6-9 am for The Morning Thing and 4-6 pm on The Afternoon Drive for your chance to win Sonfest tickets and for more uplifting and encouraging messages safe for the little ears!

A message from Marcy Rinehart, WNZR Station Manager

This message is from Marcy Rinehart, WNZR Station Manager.

The Morning Thing blog today was based on an article called “The 5 Respect Needs of Men”. This article came from the book, For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn.

I want to apologize to anyone that was offended by the nature of this article, any language used in the writing or any references made to either men or women.
I take full responsibility for the use of this material. I read this article on my own and found great insight for my own marriage of 24 years. My desire was to share this insight with other married women and men that listen to our station.

There was no intention for the article/discussion to be perceived in any negative way. It was meant to be a discussion within the context of Christlike love, which calls us to mutual and equal respect and sacrifice.

I apologize to anyone that was offended by this article.

I also want to explain that there is a plan to discuss how men can show respect for women in next Tuesday’s show. We didn’t have time today to discuss both sides because we had multiple ticket giveaways and an interview with a Sonfest artist. It was my misjudgment to not clearly communicate this plan through our social media postings.

I have always tried to be transparent and honest about our ministry at WNZR. It has been my passion for 22 years as Station Manager to find content that can inspire and encourage anyone that connects with our signal – anyone listening, reading an online post or sharing the information from behind the microphone.

If you would like to talk further about this article or any programming for WNZR, please call me directly at 740-392-9090, option #2 or email

Thanks for listening and communicating.

It’s Sonfest Week on WNZR. The Morning Thing introduces you to The Young Escape.

The Young Escape pic

This week on The Morning Thing, we are talking with the artists coming to SonFest 2018!

The Young Escape is part of the Sonfest lineup this year. This band of siblings is excited about coming to Mount Vernon. WNZR’s Wesley Boston talked with McKenna Johns from The Young Escape. Click HERE to hear their conversation.

THE YOUNG ESCAPE band is from Southern California, THE YOUNG ESCAPE (Capitol) delivers a fresh shot of EDM-infused Indie pop with the energetic live show to match. Comprised of siblings Ryan, McKenna, Kyrsten, and Luke Johns, the band’s debut singles “Good Life” and “Neverfade” are an alchemy of modern pop sheen and sophisticated edge. TYE speaks to the themes of insecurity, anxiety, and pressure facing every kid in the modern age with the hope and escape that’s found in the kinetic spirit of youth.
Click HERE to find out more about The Young Escape.

Find more details and ticket information, go to

Check out the song “Love Me Like You” featured on WNZR.

Annie is coming to the Knox County Memorial Theatre


MTVarts presents 2 productions of Annie this weekend.

Join MTVArts and First Knox National Bank as they take you to New York City with their productions of Annie Jr. and Annie Kids!
It’s the classic heartwarming story of Annie, and her attempts to escape the hard knock life of the orphanage.

The Morning Thing talked with Megan Campbell and Andrew Ruckman about their upcoming performances. Click HERE to hear our conversation with Annie and Mr. Warbucks.

Performances will be held at the Knox County Memorial Theatre. You will have the chance to see two different casts performing two adaptations of the award-winning musical.

Annie Jr is a 90 minute performance at 7:30 PM on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22 and at 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 23. Tickets are $15.

Annie Kids is a 45 minute performance, the perfect introduction to live theatre for a young audience member. Shows are 7:30 PM on Thursday, September 20 and 2:00 PM Saturday, September 22. Tickets for these performances are $10.

Tomorrow may be only a day away, but tickets for both shows are available now at the First Knox National Bank Main Office in Mount Vernon, or online at! Purchase a ticket for both shows and save $5. Just click on the Packages button of the Upcoming Events Tab.

For more information, visit

WNZR considers Annie Jr. and Annie Kids as G rated shows. However, we do recognize that some content can be considered more or less appropriate. That is why we are providing a list of content to keep you informed.

The shows include:
– Characters shoving each other and fighting
– Name calling
– Reference to a character having been in prison
– Characters drink champagne
– Annie is spanked by Miss Hannigan
– Characters say “heck” and “God”
– A character shows a knife and refers to making Annie “disappear.”
– Orphans sing about making Miss Hannigan a “Mickey Finn,” which is a drugged drink.