Tonight is September First Friday! Get ready for some FUN!

WNZR is honored to partner with Experience Mount Vernon for some amazing community events.

Tonight is September First Friday – an amazing night of fun for everyone!

Experience Mount Vernon Downtown Manager, Anthony McNeal talked with The Morning Thing about this wonderful event and how your visit to downtown greatly impacts our city!

Click HERE to hear the conversation.

Anthony shared:

  • Thoughts about August First Friday
  • The theme for September First Friday – Back to School Night
  • Highlights of a full schedule of activities including: MTVarts performances including flash mobs, Johnny Appleseed Apple Challenge, Cruise-In, Jersey (a Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band), The Activity Zone, Touch a Truck, and more!
  • Food options at September First Friday
  • Parking options, including where handicap parking is located. He shares about the bike valet option if people choose to bike to downtown.
  • Anthony thanks the sponsors for September First Friday.
  • Preview of the next upcoming events for Experience Mount Vernon including the Johnny Appleseed Apple Festival which will take place on October 7. He also shares some dates for holiday events: Saturday, November 26 will be the lighting ceremony 5:30pm – 6pm, then pictures with Santa at the MV Grand Hotel. Sunday, 11/27 at 2pm they will host the holiday season parade. The Festival of Lights date will be announced soon.

Stay connected with Experience Mount Vernon online at or on Facebook at

WNZR presents the September MVNU Presidential Update

The Morning Thing brings you the MVNU Presidential Update on the first Friday of each month. We talk with MVNU President, Dr. Henry Spaulding about what is happening on campus.

Click HERE to hear the conversation.

This month, Dr. Spaulding shares about these topics:

  • His thoughts on entering the first month of Fall Semester.
  • His favorite memory from the Summer of 2022
  • MVNU’s enrollment for the 2022-2023 Academic Year
  • His highest priorities for this first month of the school year
  • Top goals for MVNU for the fall semester
  • Recent changes with 2 groups on campus: the Senior Leadership Team and the CLT (Campus Leadership Team). He shares a highlight of these changes and told us how they will impact the campus.
  • Update on the Strategic Investment Initiatives that MVNU has been working on all summer
  • MVNU’s calendar for September
  • Special messages for our freshmen and transfer students, upperclassmen, faculty and staff.
  • How we can pray for MVNU throughout the month of September
  • How we can pray for him and his family this month.

To stay up to date on MVNU, go to

MVNU is headed to September First Friday

MVNU is a proud sponsor of the September First Friday event. The theme this month is “Back to School” Night! You can find MVNU’s tables and activities in the Community Corner section.
The community corner will be located on West Gambier Street near South Main Plaza. Stop by and have fun at each table!

We talked with representatives from the MVNU Departments that will be participating at First Friday. Click HERE to hear the conversations.

They each shared details about their program, the role they have at MVNU, and their goals for the 2022-2023 academic year. They also gave us highlights of the fun activities coming to September First Friday.
You can learn more about the academic programs at MVNU at –

Thanks to these faculty members for talking with WNZR:

Dr. Jessica Grubaugh, Associate Dean for the Jetter School of Professional Studies and the Education Department Chair for GPS

Dr. Florence Lim-Hardjono, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Carrie Beal, Professor of Biology and Chair of Biology and Physical Sciences

Warren Neal, Adjunct School of Nursing & Health Science

Dr. Rachel Young, Chair of Social Work, GPS Coordination, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Field Education Director

Dr. Jose Oommen, Chair of the Engineering Program

Activities To Get You And Your Children Excited For The School Year

School is starting in Knox County, and we want to help you celebrate and get ready to go back to school! We shared some fun activities from that will help the whole family get excited about the new school year.

Here are links to some of the resources we shared today:

Back to School Party Ideas for a Family Celebration

Back to School Treasure Hunt for Kids

Role Swap Back to School Game

Back-to-School Games

Our Best Back-to-School Organization Tips

Lunchbox Notes

Back to School Home Organization Ideas

2022-2023 Printable Calendars for Kids

Screen Time Tracker

GREAT Back-to-School ideas and activities for your family

It is Back-to-School Week on The Morning Thing. We found some wonderful ideas and activities for your family from

Click HERE to find organization tips and ideas on how to celebrate this new year and new beginning!

Here are some of the tips we shared today.

Back to School Home Organization Ideas

Back to School Feast

Back to School Party Ideas for a Family Celebration

Role Swap Back to School Game

Back-to-School Games

Back To School Q&A

This time of year is full of transition for families with children heading back to school. Asking the right questions to your kids can help you understand their goals, worries, and excitement for the upcoming school year. shares a list of questions that you can ask your kids to get some good conversation going.

Gearing Up For Back To School

For many students in Knox County, it’s back to school week! We’ll be sharing tips for kids and parents to make this week easy for you. Today we shared 5 back to school lessons that you can teach your children that will not only help them get ready for school, but also help them create good habits for life.

Click HERE for the article from iMom.

We’ll be sharing many more hints and tips this week on the show to help you get ready.

September 2021 MVNU Presidential Update with Dr. Henry Spaulding

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart talked with MVNU President, Dr. Henry Spaulding for our September MVNU Presidential Update.
Dr. Spaulding shares updates on the new school year, MVNU’s approach to COVID-19, his goals for the upcoming school year, and construction updates. Dr. Spaulding also shared special messages for students, faculty, and staff.

Click HERE to hear their conversation.

MVNU made a change to the COVID policy at 6pm on 9/2/21.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University moved to an indoor mask mandate as of 6:00 last night.
MVNU says it implemented the protocol as they examined positivity rates, the number of students in quarantine, the severely contagious nature of the Delta variant, and the high infection rates at other colleges. MVNU hopes to slow the spread of the virus, limit the number of students placed in quarantine, and keep students in the classroom and on campus for the entire semester.
Face coverings will be required in all indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

September First Friday is tonight! WNZR talks with MV Downtown Manager, Anthony McNeal

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart talked with Anthony McNeal, Mount Vernon Downtown Manager about this month’s First Friday event.

The theme is “Back to School”. Anthony shared details about tonight’s activities, music performances, food choices, parking options and the news of a special presentation happening at 6pm.

Click HERE to hear their conversation.

Mount Vernon will honor three residents as 2021 Volunteers of the Year at the final First Friday of the year tonight. They are LJ Harry, Michael Percy and Trina Trainor.

LJ Harry has been a police chaplain since the inception of the Mount Vernon Association of Police Chaplains in 2018. Michael Percy is chair of the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals and serves as president of the Foundation Park Conservancy. Trina Trainor has been involved with the Mount Vernon Music & Arts Festival, where she serves as co-director and board secretary.

The city will honor this year’s volunteers at 6:00 tonight during a ceremony on the stage near the South Main Plaza’s Dog Fountain.

Tonight’s event features food, street vendors, live music by Black Gravy, Side Effects, and a performance by MTVarts. The city will close traffic a block north of Public Square, around the Square and on South Main Street down to the Ohio Avenue starting at 4:30 today.

For more information about Main Street Mount Vernon and to stay up to date on their future events, go to

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