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WNZR's Lifeline 2014 Coming Soon

LeadercastMarch 5-10, 2014

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - WNZR 90.9 FM, a broadcast ministry of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, is preparing for Lifeline 2014. This annual fundraising effort is an opportunity for listeners to pledge their support to WNZR.

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This year's goal is $60,000, and the theme is "Live with Abandon." The theme verses for Lifeline 2014 are Hebrews 12:1-2. Over these last few months, the WNZR staff has been moved and challenged by the song Live with Abandon by the band Newsboys. The lyrics ask us to place every part of our heart in His hands and make our lives count.

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"As a radio ministry, we seek to encourage listeners towards a deeper relationship with Christ using the music we play as well as programs we air," said Marcy Rinehart, WNZR Station Manager and co-host of The Morning Thing. "As followers of Christ, we also are renewing our commitment to abandon what may hinder a deeper relationship with Jesus."

Lifeline 2014 will start on Wednesday, March 5, and run through Saturday, March 8, with a wrap-up day on Monday, March 10. "Our desire for WNZR's broadcast ministry is to extend a vision that began 27 years ago," said Joe Rinehart, MVNU's director of Broadcasting and co-host of WNZR's Afternoon Drive. "We hope to broadcast an uplifting message that encourages listeners and their families on a daily basis. Your gift allows us to continue that effort. Your partnership is also an investment in our students to develop their broadcasting skills while discovering passion and purpose in their lives."

"It has been a real blessing to be part of WNZR," said Zach Roys, a Senior Video/Radio Broadcasting major from Gahanna, OH and WNZR's Production Director. "As a student, you have a direct impact on the community with projects like Care Net Pregnancy Services and Food for the Hungry of Knox County. Being part of WNZR also provides the mentorship to guide us toward a path of success."

Chris Runion, Senior Video/Radio Broadcasting and Sport Management major from Charleston, WV remarked on the power of Lifeline. "It truly is a miracle to see the donations pour in during Lifeline every year. During my time at WNZR, the economy has not always been the best, but WNZR has persevered and flourished during that time. While our goal is to strive and reach out to our community, it couldn't be done without the gracious gifts and prayers from our listeners."

Wednesday, March 5, is WNZR's annual "Day of Prayer and Praise." From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the staff will focus on how God has provided for WNZR over the past 27 years. Listeners are encouraged to call the station throughout the day to share personal testimonies, prayer requests and praise reports.

Fundraising for Lifeline 2014 begins on March 6, continues through March 8, and will emphasize WNZR's growth through listener support. Lifeline 2014 appreciation gifts will be given for donations at designated levels. Everyone making a donation will receive a Lifeline 2014 refrigerator magnet. Donors giving $10 per month will receive a WNZR Drawstring Backpack. The official Lifeline 2014 T-shirt, featuring the Live with Abandon theme, will be given for gifts of $25 per month. A WNZR Full Zip Fleece Jacket will be given for donations of $50 per month. Many challenges and special events will be held during Lifeline 2013:

  • The Lifeline Challenge encourages families to support WNZR's ministry and asks for a monthly donation of $25 over the next 12 months
  • The Lifeline Choice Challenge is scheduled for Thursday, March 6, from 4-7 p.m. Domino's Pizza, Pirate's Cove, and Southside Diner have joined the station to offer gift certificates to donors
  • Matching Challenge Day is Friday, March 7. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., listeners will have a chance to have their pledge money doubled
  • The PTLIF (Praise the Lord it's Friday) Party will be held on Friday, March 7, at 8p.m. at MVNU's Dining Commons in the Hyson Campus Center. This event will include food (hot dogs and nachos), prizes and the premiere of the new VeggieTales video "Veggies in Space - the Fennel Frontier." Tickets for the PTLIF Party are $4 per person and are available at the Gospel Supply Shop or at the door on March 7. All proceeds from this event support Lifeline 2014. Seating is limited with only 300 tickets available
  • Lifeline On The Road is Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Lifeline crew is going on the road to reach out to the community! Three teams are ready to volunteer their help for a community service project. Nominations for projects are being taken now at or by phone (740) 392-9090.
  • More details on these challenges and events can be found on the station's website,

    WNZR 90.9 FM is celebrating 27 years as Knox County's hometown Christian radio station. WNZR broadcasts contemporary Christian music, family-oriented programs, sports, news and weather 24 hours a day. All who wish to support Lifeline 2014 or who would like more information, please visit, or call WNZR at (740) 392-9090 during the March 5-10 fundraiser..

    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, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 29 states and 12 countries/U.S. territories.

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