Contemporary 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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk