10 reasons to share your testimony

WNZR kicks off Lifeline 2023 on Wednesday with a Day of Prayer and Praise.

We would love to hear from you.
Do you have a testimony to share? Do you have a prayer request? Would you like us to pray with you?

At 6am on Wednesday, we will open up our phones. Please call 740-392-9090 and be part of WNZR’s Day of Prayer and Praise. You can also click HERE to submit your testimony or requests online (and anonymously).

This morning, Marcy shared some insight on why we should share our testimonies. Check out this powerful article from Jennifer Heeren on Crosswalk.com

Click HERE to read the full article.

Here are 10 reasons to share your testimony:

  • Your story is unique (even if you don’t think so) …
  • God’s Word tells us to share our hope as a believer. …
  • People love to hear stories—both believers and unbelievers. …
  • It removes fear and gives courage. …
  • Unbelievers will have a hard time disputing what you say is your story.
  • It creates transparency within the church
  • You become a resource for others
  • You keep your initial salvation testimony alive in your mind
  • You deliver more testimonies as God continues His work in you
  • It glorifies God

Lifeline 2023 is Wednesday, 3/29 – Monday, 4/3.

God Is In This Story!

WNZR’s Meet the Staff Monday with Zach Reuss

This week’s Meet the Staff Monday on WNZR features freshman, Zach Reuss.

Zach is from Cincinnati. His major is Communication and Media (Digital Media).

Zach shares what brought him to MVNU and how he found his way to WNZR.

He shares some favorites including how he loves being part of the WNZR Video Crew. Zach also shares about his connection to WNZR through his big sister, Emma (a co-host of The Afternoon Drive).

You can also learn more about Zach with WNZR’s Rapid Fire. His favorite bible verse is Isaiah 41:10, our theme verse for Lifeline 2023!

Click HERE to enjoy the conversation!

You can hear Zach on WNZR on Wednesdays 12pm – 1pm and Fridays 1pm – 2pm.

March 2023 Spotlight on Mount Vernon with Mayor Matt Starr

Mount Vernon Mayor Matt Starr shared updates on the City with The Morning Thing on Friday, 3/24/23.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

Topics included:

  • Mount Vernon City Council’s approval for the development of Liberty Crossing on Newark Road. Mayor Starr shares his excitement for what this means for the future growth of Mount Vernon.
  • Updates on construction and street work projects
  • Important steps to take when reporting potholes throughout the city – report a pothole by calling the MV Street Department, (740) 393-9501
  • Efforts to ask the state to restore the Local Government Fund, and the City’s plans if those funds are granted back to the city
  • Investigation Update on the recent vandalism at Mound View Cemetery and the inclusive playground at Memorial Park
  • Update on the Mount Vernon Police Department,which includes some officers receiving national recognition
  • Important warning for residents involving a letter in the mail about an energy aggregation project
  • Exciting news for Hiawatha Water Park as the summer approaches
  • Goals for the month of April
  • Mayor Matt Starr gives us ways to be in prayer for him and his team as April approaches
  • Residents can stay connected to the City of Mount Vernon on their brand-new YouTube page, The City of Mount Vernon. Public city meetings will be will be livestreamed and archived on this page. Citizens can still check the City’s website and Facebook.

To stay in touch with the City, go to:

The Morning Thing Friday Favorites – a look back at Lifeline

The Morning Thing Friday Favorites – a look back at Lifeline

For our Friday Favorites this week, The Morning Thing hosts shared their favorite Lifeline themes from the past.

Ricky loved “Keep Me In the Moment” by Jeremy Camp from Lifeline 2021

Allison loved “You Keep Hope Alive” by Mandisa from Lifeline 2022

Marcy loved “The Proof of Your Love” by for King & Country from Lifeline 2013

Click HERE to hear from our hosts.

Enjoy the music and make sure to join us for Lifeline 2023, March 29 – April 3.

“God Is In This Story”!

WNZR’s Meet the Staff Monday with Morgan Mills

This week’s Meet the Staff Monday on WNZR features junior, Morgan Mills.

Morgan is from Granville. Her major is Communication and Media (Digital Media).

Morgan shares what brought her to MVNU and how she found her way to WNZR.

She shares some favorites including her favorite memory about WNZR’s annual Christmas Party!
Morgan loves music from Cain, crab Rangoon and fried rice, and the new movie Jesus Revolution.
We also learn that Morgan’s favorite bible story is the Tower of Babel.

You can also learn more about Morgan with WNZR’s Rapid Fire.

You can hear Morgan on WNZR on Mondays and Thursdays from 2pm – 3pm.

Enjoy the conversation!

MVNU Women’s Auxiliary welcomes Pam Tebow to their Spring Conference

The MVNU Women’s Auxiliary Spring Conference is back!
Pam Tebow will be the guest speaker.
WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart and Catherine Haws had the chance to talk with Pam about her family, ministry, and her role as an author and speaker.

Click HERE to hear the entire conversation.

Pam talks about how God opened doors to share her story of choosing life for her famous son, Tim.
She also talks about her latest book, Hope for Women’s Heart, and the special message she has to share with women.

Conference Schedule:
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Registration
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Day 1 Conference
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Day 2 Conference

Register at www.mvnu.edu/womensaux

WNZR’s Meet the Staff Monday with Kai Mays

This week’s Meet the Staff Monday on WNZR features freshman, Kai Mays.

Kai is from Delaware, Ohio. His major is Communication and Media (Digital Media).

Kai shares what brought him to MVNU and how he found his way to WNZR.

He shares some favorites including a memory of going to Niagara Falls as a member of the MVNU Soccer Team. He also shares about his favorite foods, holiday, and how he is a big car enthusiast.

You can also learn more about Kai with WNZR’s Rapid Fire.

Click HERE to enjoy the conversation!

You can hear Kai Mays on WNZR on Thursday from 7pm – 9pm.

Knox County Developmental Disabilities celebrates March with awards and special events

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart talked with Brittany Coon, Public Outreach Coordinator with Knox County Developmental Disabilities.
Click HERE to hear the entire conversation.

March is Developmental Disabilities Month. Brittany shared some facts and history about this special month. She also shared about the special events happening with Knox County Developmental Disabilities this month.

They have a fun partnership event with Knox County Special Olympics and a local Cub Scout troop on March 23rd!  They are going to work together to put on a basketball skills competition in Bladensburg!

Every year, Knox County DD hosts a coloring and essay contest for all the children in public schools across Knox County.  This year they had 1,132 participants from 111 different classrooms, representing 12 different elementary schools in Knox County.  The winners will be announced soon and will be on display around the county at the following locations:

  • MVNU Education Department
  • Park National Bank- Fredericktown Branch
  • Park National Bank- Centerburg Branch
  • Park National Bank- Danville
  • Killbuck Savings Bank- Danville
  • Knox Board of DD

Brittany also shared details about the Developmental Disabilities Month Luncheon that happened on Wednesday, 3/8.

  • A children’s book called “We Move Together” by Kelly Fritsch, and Anne McGuire was introduced, and 15 copies were put up for bid in a live auction.  It is a bold and colorful exploration of all the ways that people navigate through the spaces around them and a celebration of the relationships we build along the way. 
  • They introduced a Coffee Cart that is just starting out here in Knox County.  It will be run by people with disabilities so they can learn job skills to hopefully help them get a job in the community one day.
  • A few essay submissions from the coloring and essay contest were shared. 
  • They had a Panel of different community members tell us about how they are working to make Knox County as inclusive as they can.
    • Chief Scott Mast and Brad Porter from the Fredericktown Community Fire District
    • Noelle Jordan from the Brown Family Environmental Center
    • Bill Hanna, the Vice President of Ver-Mac
    • Jocelyn Gilardi, a local advocate that works with the Mayor of Mount Vernon on the strategic planning steering committee

Individual Spotlight Award – This Award recognizes a person with a developmental disability who has overcome adversity to achieve or go beyond their goal. This year they are excited to give out two Individual Spotlight Awards.

  • The first winner is Diane Adkins.  She is a kind, warm and funny person who works hard.  She has been working at McDonald’s for 22 years in the dish area where she washes and puts away all kitchenware that comes her way.  She takes her work very seriously and enjoys laughing and joking with her co-workers. 
  • Our Second Individual Spotlight Award winner is Brad Porter.  He is known to be a great ambassador, a kind soul, and a bright spot in everyone’s day.  He has worked at Pioneer Food Services at MVNU since September 2009 dutifully washing dishes, cleaning the cafeteria, and bringing a bit of joy to everyone he meets.  He loves to be around town in the village of Fredericktown, talking to anyone who will enjoy his company. He loves going to the Homestead Restaurant and during his many visits there, he struck up a great relationship with Chief Scott Mast of the Fredericktown Community Fire District. During one of their meals together, Mast thought that he would love for Brad to be a part of the Fire Family, so he arranged for Brad to become an Honorary Firefighter for the village. Since swearing in, Brad has participated in meetings, training, helped wash the trucks and has been a community ambassador for the firehouse.

Community Partner Winner – This Award recognizes an individual, family member, staff person, volunteer or organization that has worked diligently to create partnerships and alliances within Knox County. This organization helps with creating an inclusive culture and environment for everyone to live, work and grow. 

  • The Community Partner Award for 2023 goes to HopeNow Furniture Bank of Knox County.  They have supported many individuals we support in being able to furnish their homes.  They have prioritized people supported by us, so they have the needed items in a timely manner.  The volunteers are compassionate, they take time to walk people through their warehouse and allow them the opportunity to choose their own items.  Knox County is fortunate to have HopeNow Furniture Bank as a wonderful resource in our community. 

Employer of the Year – This Award recognizes a community employer who employs people with a developmental disability. This employer always goes above and beyond the expectation to help the employee not only be successful in the workplace but thrive.

  • Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries is open, inclusive, and creative.  They have been a very supportive employer of people with disabilities.  The management team has gone through some changes but has never failed to provide exceptional support for all the people they employ.  They cultivate an environment of learning and growth, open communication, safety, security, and they embody their mission of employing and supporting people with disabilities.  They have nurtured individuals through job changes and process improvements while inspiring them to work together to achieve both individual and team-focused goals.

Dedication Award – This Award recognizes a person, direct care staff, or group of people who are extraordinary in giving their time to help others who have a developmental disability. They are selfless leaders and are always working towards promoting independence and making positive changes. The recipients of this award will showcase a passion for making advances in individual’s lives.  This year they have two winners for this category.

  • The first winner is Cherish Bell.  She has been a staple at New Hope Industries for 16 years.  She has been a direct support professional, habilitation specialist, and is now the HPC Coordinator.  She and her staff worked tirelessly during COVID to ensure everyone’s needs were met.  She is a good leader and advocate for her staff and continues to serve as a good resource for all New Hope Industries employees.  She attends meetings for individuals, sits on the MVDC Citizens Advisory Council and NHI’s Safety Council.  Cherish Bell is always willing to lend a hand to others even when her plate is full, and she does this without any hesitation.  Congratulations Cherish Bell!
  • The Second Dedication Award winner is Tassi Rine from A Step-Up Caregiver Homes.  She sits on the Knox County Task Force for Older Adults and assists with the Farmers Markets.  She includes the people she supports in ensuring the tokens are sanitized, bagged, labeled and are ready to be handed out at the next farmer’s market.  These markets help over 70 older adults in Knox County have access to healthy foods.  In addition to helping the Farmer’s Market thrive, she also is an asset to ensuring the Farm is a successful day program for adults with disabilities.  She is an amazing advocate for those she supports and gives them great, real-life advice on how to handle things.  Tassi spends a lot of time behind the scenes to ensure the people she supports are successful, that the greenhouse is well taken care of and the animals at the farm are healthy.  Tassi Rine with A Step-Up Caregiver Homes is our second Dedication Award winner.

Local Hero Award – The Local Hero Award recognizes someone from the community whose basic nature is to give without expecting anything in return. This person is a visionary; they promote healthy ideas, offer support and guidance to create improvements in the lives of people with developmental disabilities. 

  • The Local Hero Award Winner for 2023 is the Fredericktown Community Fire District Station 410.  They have helped Brad Porter, an adult in our program fulfil his dream of becoming a firefighter.   This past summer they held a special swearing-in ceremony for him to be sworn in as an honorary firefighter.  He has his own uniform, locker, has participated in all the training sessions and parties and has become an integral part of their programming.  The Fredericktown Community Fire District Station 410 is doing wonderful things for the village of Fredericktown and Brad Porter.  Congratulations to the Fredericktown Community Fire District Station 410.

Brittany also shared the main goals for 2023 for her team at Knox County Developmental Disabilities:

  • They are working on putting together an online education series for families that focuses on topics like school, employment, transitioning to adulthood – that kind of thing
  • They are working on learning about different opportunities for youth leadership to establish realistic avenues for youth with disabilities to fully participate in those options
  • They would like to create more sensory inclusive opportunities right here in Knox County like at the movies, SPI Spot, the YMCA, and maybe even at our local festivals
  • They are developing a local Ohio SIBS to increase support offered to siblings of children with disabilities.
  • They are working with MVNU to develop some programming for those with disabilities to participate academically and socially in a college experience. 
  • There is a 2023 Plan that you can access at their website www.knoxdd.com

The office is open Monday through Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm. You can reach them at 740-397-4656
Their website is www.knoxdd.com

MTVarts presents Seussical JR. 3/10 – 3/12 at the Knox Memorial Theater.

WNZR was honored to chat with several cast members about their experience in this fantastic show.
The actors talked about their characters and how they prepared to play these roles. They talked about the amazing process of costumes and makeup and the transformation that happens with each of their characters. They also shared their favorite songs and memories.

Click HERE to enjoy our conversations with:

Kale Oswalt – Horton the Elephant

Isabella Oster – Gertrude McFuzz

Evelynn Brandenburg – Mayzie Le Bird

Zach Cramer – Wickersham Brother

Izzy Cook – Bird Girl

Serra Barrett – Director

Click HERE to buy tickets.

Click HERE to see the full cast list. What an amazing group of talented young performers!


  • Friday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 12, 2 p.m.


$20 Main floor

$15 Balcony

$3 discount for children 10 and under

Buy the 2023 Season and save $2 on every Seussical Jr ticket.

All patrons including small children must have an assigned seat.

For more details about the show, Click HERE

Seussical JR. Synopsis

“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

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