Relay for Life will be in Downtown Mount Vernon, TOMORROW!


This morning we continued our conversation about the Knox County Realy for Life. We talked with Jody Rudder, the Director of the Knox County Relay for Life Leadership Team about the upcoming event on the public square. Jody shared the changes for 2018, how you can support Relay for Life and how to motivates others on the team.

Listen to our full conversation to learn more, HERE!

For more information on Knox County’s Relay for Life, click HERE!

To learn more about the American Cancer Society, click HERE!


June First Friday is tonight in downtown Mount Vernon!

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WNZR’s Daria Swisher talked with Carrie Hyman about June First Friday. Carrie is the Executive Director of Main Street Mount Vernon.
Click HERE to hear their conversation.

Look for Big Blue on South Main Street near the Grand Hotel down from the square! Stop by and register to win a special “Shape Up, Clean Up, Drink Up and Dress Up” prize basket featuring:

  • One 8-week kids Zumba session and One adult punch card for 8 Zumba classes from Zumba with Teresa and Lisa (Valued at $90)
  • An entire house cleaning from Carefree Cleaning Company. Amy Kessler gives you 4 hours of house cleaning! (Valued at $100)!
  • One $25 gift certificate from Happy Bean Coffee Shop
  • One $15 gift certificate for Premier Designs Jewelry with Amberly Frye

Plus WNZR goodies including an “On the Road with Big Blue” T-shirt, NIV Bible, coasters, cups, keychains, jar openers Frisbee, guitar flyswatter, magnets and more! The prize package is valued at over $230!

 First Friday events are from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Mount Vernon. Main Street Mount Vernon will kick off the year with June First Friday’s “Summer Celebration.” There will be Kids’ Entertainment and family-friendly activities on the Public Square with the Mount Vernon YMCA, Sting Soccer, MTVarts and Knox County 4-H. You won’t want to miss the petting zoo by Hobby Horse Hill or face painting by Mount Vernon’s First Church of the Nazarene!

Click HERE to see a complete list of activities.

Please click here to check out the finalized map for June First Friday.  If you have questions, please contact Carrie,  See you tonight!


Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial-Day-2018It’s Memorial Day! Today on The Morning Thing, we talked about the history behind this important holiday. We also talked with Mayor Richard Mavis about the Memorial Day Parade and how Mount Vernon is celebrating today. Click HERE for the full conversation. And we talked with a veteran, Kevin Henthorn who is Executive Director of Knox County Veterans Services. Click HERE to listen to the full conversation and HERE to learn more about Knox County Veterans Services. Click HERE to learn more about the history of Memorial Day and HERE for a list of local events celebrating Memorial Day. Thanks for listening and happy Memorial Day!

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.

It is See You at the Pole – the global day of student prayer.


This is the 26th anniversary for See You at the Pole, a student-initiated and student-led movement. This is the global day of student prayer!

This year’s theme is “WE CRY OUT” –A generation seeking Him!
The theme verses are Psalm 24:3-6:
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol
    or swear by a false god.

They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, God of Jacob.

This day of prayer is part of a week-long emphasis on prayer for young people.
The GLOBAL WEEK OF STUDENT PRAYER (Sunday, September 25 through Saturday, October 1) encourages students to find new and unique ways, places, and times to pray throughout the week. Whether you attend PUBLIC SCHOOL, PRIVATE SCHOOL, or HOME SCHOOL, gather your friends wherever and whenever and pray! The GLOBAL WEEK OF STUDENT PRAYER is dedicated to prayer and launching your on-campus Bible clubs, prayer strategies, and student ministries.

Reports from See You at the Pole from Knox County:
East Knox had 31 kids and adults praying together today. 25 at the high school, 16 at the elementary school.
Fredericktown had 50 kids and adults praying at the pole. They spent time praying together and then broke up into smaller groups for prayer time.
Mount Vernon reports around 100 kids and adults today. (85 kids and 15 adults). They spent time in praise and worship, group prayer and smaller group prayers.

*Please let us know what happened at YOUR school. Call 740-392-9090 and share the story of YOUR See You at the Pole experience.*

For the last 25 years, See You at the Pole has been about one simple act—prayer. SYATP is still about students uniting themselves in prayer before God interceding for their generation.

Click HERE to read more about the amazing history of See You at the Pole. It started in 1990 with a small group of teens from Burleson, Texas. The movement now connects millions of students around the globe!

Click HERE for reports from around the world.

Make sure to use #syatp on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram when posting pictures and memories from the 2016 See You at the Pole.

Are you ready for Sonfest 2016 at MVNU? The Morning Thing 9/23/16


Sonfest is TOMORROW (9/24) at Mount Vernon Nazarene University!
The Morning Thing has been getting you ready by giving away tickets, talking with artists and sharing memories from past Sonfests.

Today, we shared a conversation with Jason Roy, lead singer of Building 429.
Click HERE to hear Jason talk about what the band has been up to this summer. Jason also gave us insight into their newest album “Unashamed.” He also talked about their Earth Shaker Tour and how we can be praying for the band.

For our Morning Thing Fave 5 this week, the co-hosts shared their favorite memories from past Sonfests. Click HERE to hear some crazy memories from Marcy Rinehart, Jenna Potts, Kelsey Bryte, Dan Monnin and Andy Krolik.

Make sure that you stop by Big Blue tomorrow when you come to Sonfest. You could win a Sonfest Survival Kit! Click HERE for more details.

Click HERE for a lineup of Sonfest 2016. We hope to see you at MVNU tomorrow!

Today is the first day of FALL! Yeah! The Morning Thing 9/22/16


It is HERE – the first day of FALL! How will you celebrate?
We found the Ultimate Guide for the BEST Fall EVER! Check out these 75 different ideas from
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Click HERE for the full listing of this Ultimate Guide.