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.

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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

July First Friday is TONIGHT in downtown Mount Vernon!

Experience Mount Vernon presents July First Friday on 7/1 in downtown Mount Vernon.

Wesley Boston of The Morning Thing talked with Downtown Manager, Anthony McNeal about this event.

Anthony shares details about tonight’s schedule, the fun family activities going on throughout downtown, special giveaways and where to find the best parking.
He also gives a sneak peek to August and September First Fridays and more events to come on the Experience Mount Vernon calendar.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation!

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WNZR congratulates the 2021 Volunteers of the Year

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart had the chance to talk with Mount Vernon’s 2021 Volunteers of the Year!

Click HERE to hear the conversation and get to know more about these incredible people.

Congratulations to:

Trina Trainor – Co-Director and Board Secretary of the Mount Vernon Music & Arts Festival, Ariel Foundation Park volunteer and a foster Mom for more than 15 bulldogs through Buckeye Bulldog Rescue Group

LJ Harry – Police Chaplain since 2018, Director of Celebrate Recovery at Apostolic Church and Apostolic Food Pantry

Michael Percy – Chair of the Board of Zoning Appeals, President of the Foundation Park Conservancy, Board Member and Executive Committee member of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce

WNZR congratulates these amazing individuals and thanks them for their service to our community.

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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