|City of license||Buffalo, New York|
|Broadcast area||Buffalo, New York|
|Branding||The New 96.1 Joy FM|
|Slogan||Today's Lite Hits|
|Frequency||96.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1966|
|Callsign meaning||W JoY E|
|Former callsigns||WBNY-FM (1965-1979)|
(Townsquare Media of Buffalo, Inc.)
WJYE is an FM radio station licensed to and broadcasting from Buffalo, New York on 96.1 FM, which has a light adult contemporary format. The station is owned by Townsquare Media and has studios based in the Rand Building downtown; the station's transmitter is located on the roof of the same building.
The station signed on as WBNY-FM in 1966 as a sister station to an AM station on 1400 which also held the WBNY calls (unrelated to today's WBNY, a college radio station at 91.3 FM); it adopted their current call letters of WJYE on February 1, 1979. The station's format throughout its history has rarely ranged from light music; it adopted its current AC format in 1988 after years as a beautiful music/easy listening station and only converting as the latter formats severely declined in stature. The station has used the branding "Joy-FM" for years, though with some breaks in between where other branding was used. It also carries a Christmas music format from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Day, though the format often starts weeks before Thanksgiving.
WJYE has served as the Buffalo home for the syndicated Delilah since the spring of 2000; since the 2009 conversion of Toronto's CHBM-FM from AC to adult hits, it also serves as the Toronto affiliate for the show when the station's signal is available in the Greater Toronto Area. The station began to stream over the Internet in November 2006.
Starting in 2007, the station transitioned from its previous soft rock format to a more adult contemporary sound. In recent times, the station has added limited rhythmic songs to their playlist that would be appropriate for their format, but they are mainly rare on the WJYE playlist. It is one of three AC stations in the Buffalo radio market, one being WTSS, along with CHRE-FM in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, though those two are more Hot AC.
- WJYE official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WJYE
- Radio-Locator information on WJYE
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WJYE