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J93.3 becomes The Joy FM Dec. 1 with new morning show

Morning cruiseContemporary Christian station J93.3 becomes The Joy FM on Thursday, Dec. 1.

The music format remains the same, but the station will attach itself to a national syndicated format which includes a syndicated morning show called The Morning Cruise.

Jerry Williams, who has been manning mornings  solo in recent months since Sheila Richards passed, will take over the afternoons from 3 to 7 p.m. Shannon Steele, who comes from EMI Christian Music Group, joins Williams for the new live show.

Thirty years ago, Atlanta businessman Bill Watkins and his wife Joyce created Provident Broadcasting Company and later purchased WVFJ-FM, the station which is now J-93.3. The station went on the air as a Christian music station in May of 1982. On March 1, 2011, Radio Training Network, a not-for-profit organization, purchased J93.3 from the Watkins Family.  RTN was founded by Jim and Ruth Campbell in 1989.

J93.3 has since gone non-commercial, which means it is supported by listener support and underwriting instead of ads.

The station is currently playing all Christmas music, like B98.5 and 104.7/The Fish.

The Joy FM format has been around for more than 25 years and J93.3 actually used it for a time in the 1990s.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

16 comments Add your comment

Barnabas

November 29th, 2011
10:52 am

Of the local Christian music, J93.3 probably plays the best variety. However, if they are tweaking their music in anyway, I hope they have a playlist more like the nationally syndicated Air 1.

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Air1Atlanta

November 29th, 2011
12:23 pm

I agree Barnabas, but I don’t think JOY is like Air1 – more boring Adult Contemporary, not the Pop/Rock CHR of Air1. I wish Air1 was in Atlanta!

Barnabas

November 29th, 2011
1:16 pm

“I wish Air1 was in Atlanta!”

Amen.

Wayne stuck in AL

November 29th, 2011
3:02 pm

Ned Flanders approves.

bob

November 29th, 2011
3:34 pm

I love the Joy FM. I am from Atlanta, but I loved listening online to the Joy FM out of Florida. It’s what J933 needed to get back to where they use to be. There stands is Jesus first and prayer on the air. Great for Atlanta.

Hershel Goldstein

November 29th, 2011
4:22 pm

We need a Jewish station in Atlanta!!! Mazel 93.3!!!!!

Phred

November 29th, 2011
5:20 pm

Wasn’t J93.3 called Joy FM back in the late 90’s? I seem to remember that.

Fred

November 29th, 2011
8:09 pm

What’s wrong with the Fish? I don’t listen to Jesus radio, but my wife and daughter do. I met Kevin of the Kevin and Taylor show (which i don’t listen to) at the Fox during the play Wicked. He seemed like a nice guy.

SHARON

November 30th, 2011
9:17 am

The listeners in Atlanta are going to LOVE the Morning Cruise!!! I sometimes have to hurry from my car to my work computer in the mornings because they are in the middle of something I want to hear. Dave, Bill and Carmen are funny, serious and are very knowledgeable about the Bible. BTW, if Carmen really gets to laughing, she snorts, which causes more laughter. ENJOY YOUR NEW JOY FM!

JOY FM Bill

November 30th, 2011
9:26 am

Hershel… love the comment. We’re Gentiles, though, so we’d have to be The Goy FM.

Lynn Whittaker

November 30th, 2011
11:02 am

You will love The Morning Cruise!! They are so much fun and very inspirational!! Prayers and Blessings to Dave,Bill & Carmen. Love you guys, I listen every morning on my way to work. :)

Hershel Goldstein

November 30th, 2011
12:24 pm

Goy FM!! Love it!!! You should have a Jewish hour of music on Sunday afternoons. The Sunday Simcha!!! Art Raymond had this in NYC back in the 70s and 80s on WEVD. I would make a great DJ!! OY VEY!!

Loring

November 30th, 2011
11:04 pm

I am a long time listener of the JoyFM and consider the Morning Cruise folks like family! They are the real deal. Committed to the Lord and any community they are associated with, committed to missions, and VERY very funny. I have laughed and cried with them for years. Welcome to our little family!

Loring

November 30th, 2011
11:07 pm

OH! And I LOVE the music. NOT elevator music at all. Not all hip hop and screaming, but we like some Toby Mac. They do throw in some worship, but after all, isn’t that what it’s all about anyway?

LongTimeListener

December 7th, 2011
8:46 am

Have to comment on the new Joy FM. The new morning show is terrible! It’s too much like every other morning show out there! Before December 1, my morning alarm would go off with music playing or pleasant conversation, but now we wake up to NEWS STORIES! This morning? Someone was shot and another was hit by a bus. Wow. Then a stream of local commercials. What happened? What are they thinking? When you consider that most of us are very vulnerable upon waking and are listening to the uplifting station to be uplifted, it doesn’t make sense to pipe that in our ears first thing. For someplace claiming to be bringing the JOY to everyone, they will probably lose this listener. How depressing. I might as well set my alarm to the hideous default beep with which it came. It would be a better “good morning.”