The Mount Vernon News supports Food For The Hungry

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart talked with Corby Wise, Advertising Manager for The Mount Vernon News. They talked about the commitment that the News staff has to this project and the many ways they will support FFTH. The Mount Vernon News is a Legacy Partner of Knox County’s Food For The Hungry Drive.

Click HERE to listen to their conversation.

Click HERE to follow The Mount Vernon News and their coverage of Food For The Hungry.

Click HERE to stay updated on the 2018 Food For The Hungry Drive.


Dr. Henry Spaulding shares an MVNU Presidential Update with WNZR

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The Morning Thing shared the November MVNU Presidential Update today (11/2).
MVNU President, Dr. Henry Spaulding talked about the 50th Anniversary, Homecoming activities and future projects. He also shared advice for students, faculty and staff as we wrap up fall semester.

Click HERE to listen to Dr. Spaulding’s conversation with WNZR’s Daria Swisher.

Click HERE for all the details on MVNU’s 50th Anniversary Homecoming.

Mount Vernon Police Chaplaincy

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Today on the Morning Thing, we had a chance to talk with LJ Harry and Andy Burns about the new Mount Vernon Association of Police Chaplains. LJ is the chief chaplain from Apostolic Christian Church and Andy is the police liaison and patrol sargent from the Mount Vernon Police Department. Click HERE to hear about the amazing ways God is moving in our community and HERE for more information. As always, thanks for listening!

Kicking off The Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival

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Today on the Morning Thing, we talked with several committee members for the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival. Click HERE to hear Marty Bell talk about Knox Idol! Click HERE for information on the cheer competition! Click HERE for general info with executive director Pat Crow and HERE for an overview of the youth showcase! As always, thanks for listening!

August First Friday


Today on the Morning Thing we talked with Carrie Hyman, executive director of Main Street Mount Vernon about August First Friday. She talked about some of the fun activities families can do tonight as well as where to park, so you can get the most out of your night out. Click HERE to listen! As always, thanks for listening!

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.

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