|City of license||Buffalo, New York|
|Broadcast area||Buffalo, New York|
|Branding||The New 96.1 Joy FM|
|Slogan||Today's Hits and Yesterday's Favorites|
96.1 HD-2 for Smooth Jazz
|First air date||1966|
|Callsign meaning||W JoY E|
(Townsquare Media of Buffalo, Inc.)
WJYE signed on in 1966 (As WBNY-FM). It currently is owned by Townsquare Media. The station runs an adult contemporary format and has had variations of this format since 1988, having previously been a beautiful music/easy listening station. It is branded as "The New 96.1 JOY-FM, Today's Lite Hits" (the JY in WJYE stands for the word "joy"), though WJYE had originally abandoned that branding in 1995.
WJYE is the Buffalo area home of the Delilah program.
Starting in 2007, the station transitioned from its previous soft rock format to a more adult contemporary sound. In recent times, the station played more rhythmic songs like Single Ladies by Beyoncé, but rhythmic songs are still rare on WJYE's playlist. It is one of three AC stations in the Buffalo radio market, one being WTSS-FM and the other being CHRE-FM in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Those two stations lean in more of a hot adult contemporary direction.
WJYE switches its format to 100% Christmas music about two weeks before Thanksgiving lasting through New Year's Day.
WJYE began streaming its programming on the Internet in November 2006.
WJYE's radio personalities include:
- Alexis Williams, Weekdays, 10AM-3PM, Sundays, 1-7PM, "The Midday Show with Alexis"
- Brian Russel, Weekdays, 3-7PM, Saturdays, 6PM-12am, "The Afternoon Show with Brian Russel"
- Delilah Rene, Weekdays and Sundays, 7PM-12AM, Delilah After Dark
- Lance Diamond, Saturday evenings.
The station's Program Director is Joe Bonacci.
On August 29, 2012, longtime WJYE operations manager and morning show host Joe Chille left the station after 34 years.
- WJYE official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WJYE
- Radio-Locator information on WJYE
- Query Arbitron's FM station database for WJYE