New Directions Shelter of Knox County

16195631_1890658311177422_8147601804422870840_n-e1485520713424-657x330New Directions Domestic Abuse Shelter and Rape Crisis Center serves all survivors of domestic, intimate partner, and sexual violence in Knox County, Ohio. New Directions also strives to prevent the abuse of women, men, and children by joining with the community to build safe, respectful, and loving relationships. All New Directions services are provided free of charge.

New Directions is an amazing outreach here in Knox county, and WNZR’s Trevor Moore had the opportunity to talk with Lori Jones-Perkins, the Director at New Directions.

Lori talks about her involvement in the organization, their annual fundraiser, how people can financially support New Directions, and some of their goals/needs for 2018.

You can listen to their whole conversation here!
Learn more about New Directions here!


Same Kind of Different as Me


“International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.”

That’s the synopsis for the Paramount-Pureflix movie “Same Kind of Different as Me”. WNZR’s own Daria Swisher had the chance to talk with the movie’s producer Stephen Johnson.

Stephen talks about how he found the story for the movie, the casting process for a movie like this, and the message he wants people to walk away with.

You can listen to their whole conversation here!
Learn more about the movie here!
Watch the trailer for “Same Kind of Different as Me” here!

2018 MVNU Women’s Auxiliary

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MVNU has the amazing opportunity to host the Women’s Auxiliary Retreat again on campus this year! We would like to welcome Jennifer Shaw, an award-winning speaker, author, singer, and songwriter.

Warm. Real. Funny. Intelligent. Engaging. These are some of the words people use to describe Jennifer Shaw. But her favorite? “Christ-follower, absolutely,” she said. With a love for people and a heart to serve God, Jennifer wants nothing more than to point people toward the One who has changed everything in her own life.

WNZR’s own Marcy Rinehart had the opportunity to talk with Jennifer about her life and the upcoming Women’s Auxiliary Retreat!

Jennifer talks about all the different roles she plays and how she ‘juggles’ them all as well as talking about her music, her book “Typical” and her family. She also talks about the message that God has placed on her heart for women and the topic for this years Women’s Auxiliary Retreat.

You can listen to the whole conversation here!
Learn more about the Women’s Auxiliary Retreat here!
Find out more about Jennifer Shaw here!


It’s not all about me?


Do you have children? Do you worry about the selfish nature of kids today? Well don’t worry because today we shared some tips from for teaching you kid that it is not all about them.  Here are some of the tips we especially likes

Self-absorption eventually saturates everyone around you.

If you have a “me-first” attitude, chances are your children will as well. Instead of immediately going for the easy chair after work, ask your wife if there is something you can do for her before unwinding. When your children see you putting others first, they’ll follow suit

Discuss the value of hard work.

When your children admire someone in the limelight, take time to talk about how much work goes into developing a talent or skill. It can be as simple as, “You know, it takes years of hard work to be able to sing like that.” Or a question, “Do you think it’s more important to be famous than it is to do the best you can with the gifts you’ve been given?” This will help your children begin to recognize the value of hard work versus cheap fame.

Praise your children.

Be careful not to honor shortcuts, cheating, or success that comes at the expense of others. While we applaud our children’s accomplishments, we shouldn’t do so insincerely or indiscriminately. If your child hits a dribbler to the shortstop, praise him for running hard to first base even though he was called out. But don’t make him out to be Babe Ruth unless he really does knock it out of the park.

For the full lest of tips, check out!

Deodorant and Smoothies?


That sounds like an appetizing combination I’m sure, but don’t worry we are not making a smoothie out of something you put into your arm pit.  Today we shared some crazy ways you can use deodorant that are not just putting it under your arms.  There tips in her about where else you can apply it and other ways you can use deodorant to your advantage.  If you would like to check out the full list of tips click HERE.

We also shared some pre-made smoothie recipes, stuff you can just freeze in a bag to make into a smoothie later.  Check out the info graphic below for tips on how to make a delicious morning treat!


Get Caught Reading: Tips To Start A Habit of Reading


Today on The Morning Thing we also talked about how to cultivate a lifetime habit of reading, especially in a world where it easy to get distracted by other forms of media.

For the full article and all the tips, click HERE.

It’s National Coffee Day! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!


What a glorious day – National Coffee Day! This is a day to celebrate the drink that wakes us up in the morning, gives us a pick-up for our late afternoon meetings and is perfect as an after-dinner drink. gives us the inside scoop for a good cup of coffee.
According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor.
When determining the body of a coffee, the bean, the roast, and the brew are all factors. The bean affects the texture of the coffee, whether its silky, creamy, thick or thin on the tongue and throat. However, the darker the roast and how it is brewed will alter the feel of a coffee’s body, too. The region a coffee is grown determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.
Click HERE to read more about “good coffee”.

It is “National” Coffee Day, but do you know the coffee etiquette in other countries? Check out this list from

Don’t throw out your coffee grounds. You can us them! Abigail Albino is a caffeine-driven writer and artist on hyperdrive. Her so-called obsession with coffee is an understatement.
She shared 5 ways to use your used coffee grounds with

(1)    Plant Fertilizer

(2)    Exfoliant/Body Scrub
(3)    Deodorizer
(4)    Grilling Meat
(5)    Coffee Painting

Click HERE to find more information on each of these 5 ideas.

Please join The Morning Thing crew at WNZR’s 30th Anniversary Party on Saturday 10/1. We will be at Hunter Hall in downtown Mount Vernon from 6-8pm. And…GREAT NEWS, Happy Bean is giving 20% off ALL drinks during our party. YES! I would like a Venti Iced Skiny Hazelnut Macchiato with sugar-free syrup, extra shot, light ice, no whip.