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

Are you ready for Memorial Day?

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The Morning Thing is helping you get ready for the Memorial Day Weekend.

There are many wonderful activities going on this weekend for you and your family.

The 43rd annual Sertoma Ice Cream Festival in Utica kicks off Saturday 5/27 and continues through Memorial Day.

The annual parade starts on Saturday morning at 11 in the village of Utica. The parade will form at the Utica High School located at the intersection of Church and Jefferson Streets and travel throughout the downtown streets of Utica.

Sunday, there will be a car show, displaying over 450 classic cars. Other activities include pony rides, an ice cream eating contest, and a balloon toss.

The festival will be held on Ohio 13 one mile south of Utica, on the grounds of the Energy Cooperative and Velvet Ice Cream Company.

The times for the Festival will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Look for the Big Blue Crew at the Utica Ice Cream Festival on Saturday for the parade. We will be throwing out candy! We will also take our Big Blue crew to the festival from
2-5pm. Come see us in the parking lot of Ye Olde Mill. Sign up to win a gift certificate for Velvet Ice Cream or Ye Olde Mill!

Click here to see a map for the parade.

Click here for the complete festival schedule.

Many Memorial Day celebrations are planned
There are several Memorial Day ceremonies for communities throughout Knox County scheduled for Monday.

In Mount Vernon, there will be a parade starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday starting on East High Street. The parade is followed by a dedication ceremony on the steps of the Memorial Building at 11:30 a.m. and an open house until 2:00 p.m.
Click HERE to hear our conversation with Kevin Henthorne, Executive Director of the Knox County Veterans Service Office. Kevin shared details of Monday’s special service in Mount Vernon.

Click HERE to see the changed route for the Mount Vernon parade.

There will also be a special re-dedication and open house for the renovated Memorial Building in downtown Mount Vernon. You can enjoy tours, theater programs and FREE refreshments from 11:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m. Click HERE to hear a conversation with Sara Lynn Kerr, Executive Director of the new and improved Knox County Memorial Building.

Centerburg will have a parade at 10:30 Monday morning, starting at the post office. Services at Eastview Cemetery will begin at 11:00.

In Fredericktown, events begin at 9:30 Monday morning at the east side of the square. The flag will be raised at 9:45, followed by the playing of the National Anthem. The parade will begin at 10:00 moving to Forest Cemetery.

Danville’s Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the square, heading to Memorial Park. Millwood Church of Christ pastor Dave Jones will be speaking at the park.

We also shared some yummy recipes from for your Memorial Day picnics and gatherings.

Sensational Sirloin Kabobs

Steve’s Bodacious Barbecue Ribs

Cola Beans

Classic Macaroni Salad

Happy Memorial Day Weekend from WNZR!


It’s Brothers Day! Celebrate with The Morning Thing.

Street siblings

Picture of the “Street siblings” – Marcy (Street) Rinehart, Becky (Street) Perdue, Carina (Street) Deal, Gregg Street and Eric Street

Brother’s Day celebrates the family – specifically, brothers. Celebrated on the 24th of May, it’s a great day to let your brother know how much he means to you.

Even though he may sometimes drive you crazy, your world wouldn’t be the same without him. Who would you take on your adventures? Who would be a part of some of your most treasured memories? Who would fiercely protect you and your secrets?

How to Celebrate Brother’s Day (from

This is simple – it’s time to get in touch with your brother or brothers and spend some time with them!

Have a few brothers? Get together for dinner, or go catch a film together. Just the one brother? Give him a call and catch up, or pay each other a visit. Or maybe just irritate him a bit by texting him lots of GIFs, whichever you feel like.

If it’s been a long time since you have seen your brother, perhaps it’s time to get back in touch. This is the perfect day to do so. There could be lots of things that you’ve missed!

Make sure you use the hashtag #brothersday when you talk about today on social media, and maybe you can share some of the stories you have about your brother growing up just to embarrass him!

Danielle Crisafulli came up with a list of 11 pros of having a brother. Click HERE to see her complete list.
Here are a few of our favorites:
* You don’t have to wait to use the bathroom in the morning to get ready since boys take less time.
* Brothers are always protective over their sisters.
* Brothers teach you to not be so sensitive.
* They are always there for you.

Marcy Rinehart has 2 brothers – Gregg (5 years older) and Eric (7 years younger).
She has SO many stories.
Click HERE to hear Marcy talk about her brothers.

Eddie Dilts is a brother to his sister, Carolyn. Click HERE to hear him talk about being a brother and how his Uncle has impacted their lives.

Joe Rinehart is 1 of 3 Rinehart boys. He shared some fun stories about his brothers Jim and Jeff. Click HERE to hear Joe’s stories.

Celebrate #BrothersDay today as you show love to your wonderful sibiling/s!

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

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 Chocolate Chip Day! How will you celebrate?


Is there anything that makes life better than chocolate? How about portable chocolate?

Today is Chocolate Chip Day – a day to celebrate this easy to transport around, versatile treat! Did you know that the chocolate chip was invented by an accident in the kitchen?


History of Chocolate Chip Day

It all started at a little place you may recognize the name of, the Toll House Inn. Located in Whitman, Massachusetts, it just happens to be the home of that most favorite of cookies, the chocolate chip cookie. Ruth Graves Wakefield had originally planned on making a chocolate cookie, and decided to do so by throwing in chunks of a chocolate bar into it. In a happy accident, it turned out that the chocolate did not melt and mix with the rest of the cookie, but maintained its shape, filling the cookie with delicious little chocolate bits.

Thus was born the chocolate chip cookie, and the Toll House Cookie Company! From that day forward there have been new forms of chocolate chip added, white chocolate chip, mint chocolate, milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, even dark chocolate! All of these varieties being added to delicious new recipes to create fantastic new treats for you to enjoy!

But it didn’t immediately go from chocolate bar to chocolate chip, there was a little innovation that happened in between first. Based off of the success of the cookies she made, Nestle agreed to add Ms. Wakefield’s recipe to their wrapper. What did they pay her for this honor? A lifetime supply of chocolate! Sounds like an awesome deal to us too! Nestle (and at least one other company) went on to include a chopping tool to help prepare the bars for use in cookies. That is, right up until 1941 when they started selling them as ‘chocolate chips’ or ‘chocolate morsels’.

How To Celebrate Chocolate Chip Day

Well, the first thing to do is remember that Chocolate Chip Day isn’t just about cookies, it’s about all the things you can include chocolate chips in! Pancakes, muffins, pudding, ice cream, granola bars, pies, these are just a few of the wonderful creations you can add them to. We’ll be honest though, our favorite way to enjoy chocolate chips? By the handful out of the bag.

Here are some recipes that we shared this morning:
Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Acorn Treats

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Graduation Caps

Click HERE for more recipes using chocolate chips. Enjoy!

Get off the couch and get outside – a health tip from Reader’s Digest and The Morning Thing


Do you know America’s #1 anti-activity? It is sitting disease. It’s the top reason more and more of us are overweight. Our increasingly housebound, car-bound, office-bound, computer-bound lifestyle claims at least 22 hours out of most adults’ days in the United States.

Here is some math from Reader’s Digest: Add 1 hour for meals, 1 hour commuting, 8 hours on the job (or working in the home), 3 hours for TV, 1 hour for evening computer and phone time, 1 hour for waking-up and going-to-bed routines, and 7 hours for snoozing. That’s 22 hours in which you have minimal physical activity going on!

Here are some tips on how to get off the couch and get outside to improve our health.
Click HERE for the full article from Reader’s Digest.

1. Put on outdoor clothes the moment you come home from work. For most of us, work clothes are indoor clothes — you wouldn’t want to garden or play in a tie or skirt or dress shoes. Make it a ritual: arrive home, immediately switch into a T-shirt and shorts, and start the second part of your day afresh.

2. Keep essential gear by the door. Outdoor shoes, sunglasses, a brimmed hat, sunscreen, and bug repellent all are essential summertime outdoor gear. Have them all ready in the same place by your back door.

3. Match eating time with outdoor time. Lunch took 20 minutes? Then walk for 20 minutes outdoors immediately after eating. Dinner took 30 minutes? Balance it with 30 minutes outside. Make every meal a two-part affair: eating time and then outdoor time.

4. Garden in small batches. Most of us save up gardening chores for the weekend. The result: several hours of hard work, the last few not very fun. Instead, garden in 30-minute spurts all week long. This will get you outdoors more frequently, and you’ll never get bored or tired because of the brevity of the task. Best of all, come Saturday, your yard and garden will need only a little work, leaving you more time for fun!

5. Use weekday evenings more effectively. In the same vein, why shop, clean, and cook so much on the weekends? Do your essential weekly errands from 8 to 9 p.m. weekdays, and clear the way for weekend fun. You’ll find that stores are much emptier weekday evenings, making shopping that much less stressful.

6. Take more nature walks. If you’ve embraced walking as part of your weight-loss regimen, terrific! Now take it up a notch — put on trail-walking shoes, go to a regional park (the more rugged the better) with a friend or loved one, and take a wilderness hike. Bring water and a granola bar, and wander for a few hours of natural, soul-lifting exercise.

7. Assemble a toy box. What do you love doing outdoors? Whether it’s hitting wiffle golf balls, practicing your fishing fly casting, doing watercolor paintings, shooting basketballs, playing badminton, tossing tennis balls or a Frisbee with your dog, weeding the flower beds or exercising with a hula hoop, have your gear in a waterproof bin near your backdoor, ready for instant usage.

8. Schedule like crazy. Life’s dirty little secret: The most common Saturday conversation in America goes like this:
‘Whadayouwannado today?’
‘I don’t know — whada YOUwannado?’
Well, throw out that script. Picnics, hikes, bike rides, arboretum visits don’t just happen spontaneously; you need to plan them. During the week, be as specific in your planning as possible for your upcoming weekend. Don’t just suggest a nature walk for Sunday afternoon. Pick a time and place, and make a firm plan.