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WNZR Celebrates 35 Years of Ministry
September 28th, 2021 WNZR
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — WNZR 90.9 FM, a broadcast ministry of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, is preparing to celebrate its 35th anniversary.
WNZR began broadcasting in fall of 1986. In the past 35 years, the station has seen many forms of growth, including a digital studio upgrade in 2004, the purchase of a station vehicle in 2009, and a power increase in 2010. Most recently, WNZR set a record with its annual fundraiser, Lifeline, which brought in over $83,000 in 2021.
“We are so thankful to our WNZR listeners and supporters as we celebrate 35 years,” said Director of Broadcasting Joe Rinehart. “We are blessed to have the ability to keep WNZR active, vibrant and available as a key learning platform for our MVNU students. God gets all the glory!”
To celebrate the 35th anniversary on Oct. 1, 2021, WNZR will be hosting a day of prayer and praise. From 6 a.m. through 4 p.m., the WNZR staff will be sharing prayer requests and praises on air. Listeners are encouraged to share their prayer requests and praise reports by visiting www.wnzr.fm and clicking on the Prayer Request banner.
In addition, WNZR is requesting stories of how the station’s ministry has impacted Knox County over the last 35 years. Anyone with a story of how God has used the ministry of WNZR to impact his or her life can submit a 15-second audio recording using the “Open Mic” feature of the WNZR app. The WNZR app can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store. Anyone who submits audio for WNZR’s anniversary will receive the special WNZR Anniversary T-Shirt and be entered into a drawing for one of five overnight stays at the Mount Vernon Grand Hotel. The deadline to submit audio and be eligible for the drawing and T-shirt is 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30.
"It is such a blessing to celebrate this 35th anniversary with our faithful listeners and donors,” said WNZR Station Manager Marcy Rinehart. “Their support has enabled us to serve this community for over three decades with continual growth in our outreach endeavors. We look forward to new and exciting opportunities to be a lifeline to families, especially with the growth in technology. WNZR can now be found on your radio, cell phone, TV, computer, or any device that has access to the internet. We can't wait to see where God will lead us in the future."
WNZR broadcasts contemporary Christian music, family-oriented programs, sports, news and weather 24 hours a day. For more information on the station’s ministry, visit www.wnzr.fm, or call WNZR at 740-392-9090.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education both in-seat and online to more than 2,100 students from 42 states and nine foreign countries
Here at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, the staff and faculty work around the clock to make the campus as inclusive and accepting as possible. Tavarus Taylor, the new director if Intercultural Life at MVNU, is looking to continue to improve the campus inclusivity as much as possible.
Intercultural Life is an organization here on campus that allows partnerships between people to put on events and provide activities that celebrate diversity and inclusion. Some events include “I Have a Dream” partnership with campus ministries, the Black Student Union, and more. All of these peeked Taylors interest in the year 2020.
MVNU Welcomes Tavaris Taylor
October 5, 2020 I Grant Stelzer
Breakfast and Bible Study
March 17, 2021 Mike Basko
Last semester, Mount Vernon First Church of the Nazarene began hosting a college service every Sunday. The worship team is made up of MVNU students who are using their musical talent to glorify God. This semester, the church added another event for students: Breakfast and Bible Study. This Bible study takes place before the college service every week and invites students to engage in conversation over the Word of God. A delicious homemade breakfast is also provided for attendees so that students are not only fed spiritually but also physically.
MVNU student Ben Smith was appointed by the lead pastor of First Naz to lead the study. He said that the purpose of it is, “really to connect college-age kids to the Word of God.” He wants to see the students build relationships and disciple each other through the study. His eventual goal is to spread discipleship throughout the community, and it all starts with the students interacting with each other.
Zane Risser, the student ministry director for freshmen, is another leading member of Breakfast and Bible Study. He is excited to see the new study blossoming at his home church. He said, “The purpose really is to connect, but really the big purpose is to dig into the Word, see how it applies, and let God use us to minister to others.” Risser’s goal for the Bible study is to get people saved and discipled and then have those believers disciple others, because he believes that will cause a spiritual revival on campus.
Breakfast and Bible Study is bringing students together to discuss God’s Word. Regarding the heart behind beginning this study, Risser added, “Everything we're doing is for the Lord. I pray that that's our intention.” All MVNU students are welcome to enjoy “Every Sunday, 10:15, breakfast, people, and good old scripture,” stated Risser, at Mount Vernon First Church of the Nazarene.
RDs and RAs: The unsung heroes of residence life
Taking care of students and managing dorm life is not an easy task, even without a global pandemic taking place. Resident Directors (RDs) and Resident Assistants (RAs) have many duties to keep residence life running smoothly for students living on campus. These duties have only increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has raged over the course of the past year. The virus has provided an extra challenge for the staff and has added another level of concern regarding student safety. RAs and RDs must make sure that the new virus protocols are implemented and adhered to by the students, while also following all of the protocols themselves in order to set a good example.
February 15, 2021 I Mike Basko
The MVNU community recently enjoyed the Latino experience. There was mariachi music, TacoMania food truck, and salsa dancing lessons. MVNU student Daniel Carpenter, double majoring in accounting and theater, gave his take on it. “Oh it was fun. I wish more of the student body was open to dancing with a mariachi band. I tried to get some people dancing. But otherwise, it’s been very cool. They’ve got the food and then the mariachi band was great. I’ve actually heard them before, just recently like this same group, like, two weeks ago at a buddy’s sister’s Keen Sierra.”
Another positive to this event is that this event met MVNU standards of diversity which is, “Mount Vernon Nazarene University respects and significantly benefits from diversity of students, staff, and faculty. The University endeavors to model a diverse community of individuals who seek what is best for each other consistent with its mission, vision, and values. Diversity is expressed through racial, ethnic, age, ability, geographic, gender, cultural, and socioeconomic differences among the campus community. MVNU takes seriously its responsibility to offer educational and professional opportunities equitably to all qualified persons it can reasonably accommodate. The University, through its curriculum, programs, and services, seeks to provide understanding and supportive interaction among diverse population groups, respecting individuals’ personal values and ideals.”
In addition to the mariachi band, there were posters from different countries like Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, Brazil, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Columbia, and Uruguay. Overall, it was a festive night in the grove.
September 26, 2021 Ben Alexander
MVNU Holds Latino Festival in The Grove
You might be thinking, why is this happening? Is it normally in the MVNU Chapel? According to Tracy Waal, Vice President of Student Life, this decision was made based on COVID numbers across campus. “Last week we experienced a COVID positivity rate that was almost 10 times greater than last year’s average. Moving outside was a safe way to protect this important part of our mission while preventing an event that could contribute to further spread of COVID,” said Waal.
According to Campus Pastor Stephanie Lobdell, MVNU President Henry Spaulding suggested the idea to move it outside. “But when President Spaulding suggested we do it outside, I felt kind of a sure of creativity, like hey, we can make something, take something that’s frustrating and turn it into good. We’re going to make it fun, make it an event, and make something that’s memorable. So I’m looking forward to it.”
How would this affect the worship music? Mark Owen, leader of worship at MVNU, was asked how he was going to set up for outdoor chapel. “Outdoor services require more effort to pull off. Setting up sound and/or video equipment would be the primary logistical challenge, and of course the weather can be unpredictable.” Luckily for MVNU that the weather has been pretty nice for both of the chapel days.
There is another problem (or not according to who you talk to) of outdoor chapel. Joe Rinehart Director of Broadcasting and Communications Professor at MVNU was asked about streaming outdoor chapel. “I believe Dr. Spaulding and Pastor Stephanie’s intention is to try something that is intentionally formative and an active form of worship, so there will be no video streaming.” Rinehart added that he supported outdoor chapel to address COVID concerns, such as distancing and masking.
Junior Jackson Moody shared his thoughts on outdoor chapel. “Yeah, I think it’s a really interesting change, and I’m really excited to see how it goes. I think that we have a really beautiful campus to have outside activities in, and so I’m really excited to see what a chapel service is going to look like when done outside.”
September 19, 2021 Ben Alexander
Outdoor Chapel Brings a New Experience to MVNU