The Morning Thing Fave 5 – Our favorite cookout foods! Yummy…….



In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, the WNZR Staff shared their favorite cookout foods.
We are ready to fire up the grill! (Picture from

James Hubbard

Lilly Buckley

Rachel Rinehart

Eddie Dilts

Marcy Rinehart

Today is Pizza Party Day! Celebrate with The Morning Thing


It’s Pizza Party Day!

There is nothing more delicious than a large pizza with its doughy yet crisp base, and its choice variety of savory toppings, hot melted cheese and a group of friends to join in your eating experience.

Here are some ideas on how you might mark Pizza Party Day:

  • Have your own pizza party and invite all your friends to your house to make their own pizzas or at least choose their own toppings. Inexpensive and fun!
  • Visit a local pizza restaurant, ideally one where the chefs toss the pizza dough about in front of you, for an authentic Italian pizza-eating experience.
  • Spend the day meditating about great pizzas you have enjoyed in the past, maybe compiling an all-time top ten of your favourite toppings.

Buon appetito!

The Morning Thing shared some weird and wacky pizza inspired recipes.
Click HERE to see 40 different recipes that can put a new and fun twist on your pizza.

For The Morning Thing Fave 5  – the WNZR DJs shared their favorite pizza toppings.

James Hubbard

Rachel Rinehart

Joe Rinehart

Eddie Dilts

Marcy Rinehart

The Morning Thing celebrates Senior Jenna Potts!


The Morning Thing Fave 5 is special today. We have been celebrating Seniors Week all this week. We have been celebrating our 10 staff members that are graduating from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

We decided to do something special for our Fave 5 this week. We asked Morning Thing co-host, Jenna Potts to share her 5 favorite memories at WNZR.
Enjoy this trip down memory lane with memories from each of her 4 years here at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Click HERE to hear Jenna’s memory.

The Morning Thing Fave 5 – Easter Egg Hunt Memories


This week, in honor of Easter, The Morning Thing co-hosts shared their favorite Easter Egg Hunt memories.

Jenna  Potts –

Kelsey Bryte –

Dan Monnin

Marcy (and Rachel) Rinehart –

Andy Krolik

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The Morning Thing Fave 5 – Our favorite bible verses about LOVE

For The Morning Thing Fave 5 today, we shared 5 bible verses that talk about LOVE.

As we get ready for Lifeline 2017, we are focusing on what Jesus says about how we should “love one another”.

We will start with the theme verses for Lifeline 2017

 John 13:34-35
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Here are some other powerful verses:
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.:
1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Philippians 2:1-4
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit,if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Please stay connected with us during Lifeline 2017. Go to

February is Bake for Family Fun Month! Try a recipe from The Morning Thing.


February is Bake for Family Fun Month! We found some fun and yummy recipes for you to try. (Picture from

Here are some Kid Friendly Slow Cooker recipes.

Chicken Fajita (from


  • 1 pound Skinless Chicken Breasts (Cut into Chunks)
  • 1 Large Onion (Sliced)
  • 1 Large Red Pepper (Cut into Strips)
  • 1 Large Green Pepper (Cut Strips)
  • 1 Can Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Packet of Taco Seasoning


  • Put the Chicken Chunks into the bottom of the Slow Cooker and sprinkle with the Taco Seasoning.
  • Chuck everything else in and cook on low for 7 hours.
  • Get two forks and shred the Chicken.

Thanksgiving Dinner in a Crockpot (from

Prep time – 10 mins
Cook time – 4 hours
Total time – 4 hours 10 mins
Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 6
  • 4 frozen chicken breasts
  • 1-10 oz package of frozen vegetables
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 6 0z box stuffing (and water and butter to make your stuffing…see your package directions!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place frozen veggies in the bottom of crockpot.
  2. Next add your chicken breast, frozen or raw.
  3. Pour the can of Cream of Chicken soup over top the chicken next.
  4. Then make your stuffing according to package directions, place on top of the soup layer.
  5. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Click HERE for more slow cooker recipes that kids love.

Toddler Recipes you can make together.R
Click HERE for some FUN recipes that you can try with your little one.
Marshmallow Sugar Pops
Frozen Banana Marshmallow Pops
Muddy Buddies

For our Morning Thing Fave 5, the co-hosts shared their favorite recipe to make with their families.

Dan Monnin loves to make fried fish. Click HERE to hear him tell about the experience.
Click HERE to hear Kelsey Bryte tell a funny story about an oven, her 3 year old sister and a “hot” baking experience.

Andy Krolik talks about his favorite sandwich. Click HERE for his recipe of the perfect PB&J.
Jenna Potts talked about a funny story about her Mom and strawberry delight. Click HERE to hear the story.
Marcy Rinehart loves her Mom’s waffle recipe. Click HERE to hear more.

Waffles from the kitchen of Linda Street (Marcy Rinehart’s Mom)

2 cups of flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 – 1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
6 Tbsp. oil or melted butter
1 1/2 – 2 cups of milk

Mix flour, baking powder, and sugar. Set aside.
Mix eggs, butter, and milk.
Beat flour, baking powder, and sugar mixture with eggs, butter, and milk mixture until smooth (add milk until the dough is medium thick).
Pour 3 large spoonfuls into waffle iron.

Enjoy waffles.

It is National Random Acts of Kindness Day! Celebrate with The Morning Thing!



Observed on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year.  It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness.

What will YOU do today to show kindness to others?
We found a really great list of ways to show kindness to others at

Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do Every Day of the Month

Using your words
1.Smile and say hello to everyone in your path. Your smile could turn someone’s day around!
2.Compliment a stranger —what they are wearing, what they did or their great smile.
3.Tell a mom out shopping with her kids that she’s doing a great job (and that her children are adorable!). We all need to hear we’re doing a great job sometimes!
4.Thank a police officer for his or her service.
5.Go sit and talk with a friend who has been having a tough time.
6.Whenever you introduce someone, tell others something great about him or her.
7.When you receive great service, thank the person — and then tell their superior (or write an email to corporate, if fitting).
8.Acknowledge every worker you meet in the same friendly manner — from the corporate CEO to the custodian to the security guard.
9.Ask someone random how his or her day is — and listen.
10.Call a person who has made a difference in your life and tell them just that.
11.Have a conversation with the homeless person you would normally pass by.

Click HERE to see the complete list. See ideas on how do do random acts of kindness using your skills, with what you have and with a small amount of money.

This morning, we also shared some bible verses that talk about Acts of Kindness. Click HERE to see a list of 58 powerful bible verses on this topic of kindness.

We love to hear stories of Random Acts of Kindness. We shared a few this morning.
Click HERE to read about an Ohio student that spent months making 1,300 valentines for her high school classmates. AMAZING!

Click HERE to hear the amazing story of how a local softball league from Mount Vernon are reaching out to an 8 year old girl from Florida. This story is amazing! This precious girl was turned away from a Father/Daughter dance because she didn’t have a Dad. This girl will be in Mount Vernon this weekend to attend a dance with her new friends from Mount Vernon. Please take a few moments and listen to this story.

For our Morning Thing Fave 5 – each co-host shared a random act of kindness they have received.
Click HERE to hear Kelsey Bryte’s story.
Click HERE for Dan Monnin’s story.
Click HERE for Jenna Potts’ story.
Click HERE for Marcy Rinehart’s story.