July First Friday is a perfect kick-off to your holiday weekend!

Anthony McNeal, Downtown Manager, shares details about July First Friday with The Morning Thing.

Hear the complete conversation HERE.

Click HERE to see the full lineup of activities for Friday, 7/2.

Click HERE to register for WNZR’s “Shape Up, Clean Up, Drink Up, Dress Up and Soak Up” Prize Basket valued at over $300!

An MVNU graduate returns to Mount Vernon to share her new book with the community

WNZR’s Alyssa Sidle talked with MVNU graduate and author, Courtney Turcotte Bond.
Courtney shared memories from her time at MVNU and how she is juggling multiple roles. She is a wife, mother, teacher, author and small business owner.
They discussed her new book Breathtaking and the inspirational story that inspired the book.

Click HERE to hear their conversation.

Courtney will be at Paragraph’s Bookstore, 229 S. Main St. in Mount Vernon on Friday, June 4 from 5pm – 8pm to do a book signing for her novel Breathtaking.

About Courtney Turcotte Bond
Courtney Turcotte Bond proudly grew up in both Lawrence, Kansas and Dayton, Ohio. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Language Arts Education, a master’s degree in Education, and has been a high school English teacher since 2004. In addition to being a published author, she’s also a small business owner, freelance writer, poet, blogger, and public speaker. She resides in northeast Kansas with her husband and two kids.

Breathtaking SYNOPSIS
To the outside world, Cara’s life seems perfect. The only one who knows the dark secrets inside her home is her best friend and next-door neighbor, Adam. Cara’s only escape is by writing and sharing her stories with him through their facing bedroom windows late at night. Just when everything seems to get better, Cara’s world shatters, causing her to spiral into a deep depression and writer’s block. Even though Adam promises her “everything will be okay,” she knows things will never be the same. As she clutches to the fractured wounds of the past, how will Cara ever be able to love or write again?

Main Street Mount Vernon prepares for September First Friday

Bring your family to downtown Mount Vernon tonight for September First Friday. This month we honor our first responders.

WNZR’s Wesley Boston talked with Carrie Hyman, Executive Director of Main Street Mount Vernon.

She highlighted the event schedule, parking and road closures for tonight’s event.

Click HERE to hear their conversation.

Click HERE to stay up to date on all events hosted by Main Street Mount Vernon.

Click HERE for a complete list of activities for tonight’s event. Plus, you can see the description of the fabulous prize basket that WNZR is giving away tonight at September First Friday!

The Morning Thing Friday Favorites – Rachel and Marcy’s favorite Dog

Rachel and Belle

In honor of our DAWGUST Costume Parade at tonight’s August First Friday, we talked about our favorite DOG for The Morning Thing Friday Favorites. Marcy and Rachel Rinehart LOVE their dog, Belle.

Click HERE to hear Rachel and Marcy talk about Belle!

Click HERE to get YOUR DOG registered for tonight’s parade.

Click HERE to see the complete list of prizes that WNZR will give away TONIGHT in downtown Mount Vernon.

Don’t miss August First Friday – FUN, DOGS, PRIZES and MEMORIES for you and your entire family.

Main Street Mount Vernon hosts July First Friday tonight!

Downtown Mount Vernon will be busy tonight with July’s First Friday celebration.
The Morning Thing shared a conversation with Carrie Hyman, Executive Director for Main Street Mount Vernon.
Click HERE to hear the conversation.

Carrie shared details for the entertainment, kids activities, parking and the overall schedule.
For all the details go to http://wnzr.fm/july-first-friday-2019.html

August First Friday


Today on the Morning Thing we talked with Carrie Hyman, executive director of Main Street Mount Vernon about August First Friday. She talked about some of the fun activities families can do tonight as well as where to park, so you can get the most out of your night out. Click HERE to listen! As always, thanks for listening!

June First Friday is tonight in downtown Mount Vernon!

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WNZR’s Daria Swisher talked with Carrie Hyman about June First Friday. Carrie is the Executive Director of Main Street Mount Vernon.
Click HERE to hear their conversation.

Look for Big Blue on South Main Street near the Grand Hotel down from the square! Stop by and register to win a special “Shape Up, Clean Up, Drink Up and Dress Up” prize basket featuring:

  • One 8-week kids Zumba session and One adult punch card for 8 Zumba classes from Zumba with Teresa and Lisa (Valued at $90)
  • An entire house cleaning from Carefree Cleaning Company. Amy Kessler gives you 4 hours of house cleaning! (Valued at $100)!
  • One $25 gift certificate from Happy Bean Coffee Shop
  • One $15 gift certificate for Premier Designs Jewelry with Amberly Frye

Plus WNZR goodies including an “On the Road with Big Blue” T-shirt, NIV Bible, coasters, cups, keychains, jar openers Frisbee, guitar flyswatter, magnets and more! The prize package is valued at over $230!

 First Friday events are from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Mount Vernon. Main Street Mount Vernon will kick off the year with June First Friday’s “Summer Celebration.” There will be Kids’ Entertainment and family-friendly activities on the Public Square with the Mount Vernon YMCA, Sting Soccer, MTVarts and Knox County 4-H. You won’t want to miss the petting zoo by Hobby Horse Hill or face painting by Mount Vernon’s First Church of the Nazarene!

Click HERE to see a complete list of activities.

Please click here to check out the finalized map for June First Friday.  If you have questions, please contact Carrie, director@mainstreetmountvernon.com.  See you tonight!


The Morning Thing Fave 5 (or 4) :-) Our favorite things about First Friday!

August First Friday is tonight in downtown Mount Vernon. For our Morning Thing Fave 5, we decided to share our favorite things about this fun event for families.
This week is actually a Fave 4 (we are missing Eddie Dilts and James Hubbard). 🙂





Jenna Potts






Lilly Buckley







Rachel Rinehart




Marcy in studio





Marcy Rinehart



Join WNZR in downtown Mount Vernon Tonight for August First Friday!
Look for Big Blue near the public square.

Stop by and register to win a special “Clean Up, Dress Up and Checkup” prize basket for the family featuring:

  • An entire house cleaning from Carefree Cleaning Company. Amy Kessler gives you 4 hours of house cleaning! (Valued at $100)
  • A certificate for 1 individual comprehensive eye exam with Amazing Eyes Family Vision! (Valued at $135)
  • Two $15 gift certificates for Premier Designs Jewelry with Amberly Frye (one for you and one for a friend)
  • Plus WNZR goodies including chip clips, hand fans, cups, Frisbees, guitar flyswatters and more! The prize package is valued at over $265!

 First Friday events are from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Mount Vernon. The family-friendly activities include magician Jimmy Burcham, corn hole, a classic car cruise-in and music from Project Round Table on the public square stage.

Other activities include:

  • TaVaci Select Performers followed by the Uncorrections will provide music at the South Stage – MVNU’s Buchwald Plaza Gazebo.
  • A presentation for the winner of the local Guns vs. Hoses Blood Drive for the American Red Cross. This competition is between our local police and fire departments.
  • The American Red Cross will host a bloodmobile at City Hall.
  • A Hidden in Plain Sight event with KSAAT (Knox Substance Abuse Action Team) will take place at the Elks Lodge.
  • “Outside” – an exhibition by the Creative Art of Women (CAW) will be at MVNU’s Schnormeier Gallery. In this exhibition, CAW explores the external forces and exterior surfaces that make up the world- whether structural, anatomical, or metaphysical. Each artist wrestled with the theme of “OUTSIDE” through her own lens resulting in a diverse view of what makes up the world outside ourselves.
  • Show dates continue through 8/16.
  • Food vendors on the square

It is family fun at Mount Vernon’s First Friday presented by Main Street Mount Vernon – an Ohio Main Street program.

Traffic will be closed one block north of the Public Square, around the Square and on South Main Street down to Ohio Avenue starting at 4:30 p.m. (on Friday 8/4). (Gambier Street will remain open). Rain location for the band is the CA & C Depot at 501 South Main Street. If you have questions, please contact Becky Glass, Executive Director, at 740-393-1481. More details about First Friday can be found at www.mainstreetmountvernon.com.

The mission of Main Street Mount Vernon is to create and enhance the economic, historic and social development of the central business district and downtown Mount Vernon. First Fridays are held the first Friday of each month May through October.

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