|Hammond, Indiana/Chicago, Illinois
|City of license||Hammond, Indiana|
|Channels||Digital: 36 (UHF)
Virtual: 62 (PSIP)
|Owner||Oxford Media Group|
|First air date||March 2, 1991|
|Call letters' meaning||W Jesus Your Savior or
We're Joyfully Your Station
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
62 (UHF, 1991–2009)
|Transmitter power||145 kW (digital)|
|Height||510 m (digital)|
WJYS, virtual channel 62 (UHF digital channel 36), is an independent television station serving Chicago, Illinois, United States that is licensed to Hammond, Indiana. The station is owned by Oxford Media Group. WJYS maintains studios located in Tinley Park, Illinois, and its transmitter is located atop the Willis Tower in the Chicago Loop. The station can also be seen on RCN channel 10, WOW! channel 13, Comcast Xfinity channel 17 in the suburbs (channel varies by location), 18 in Chicago and AT&T U-verse channel 62.
The station first signed on the air on March 2, 1991, it originally operated as a 24-hour-a-day home shopping channel. In the early 1990s, WEHS (channel 60, then-owned by the Home Shopping Network, now UniMás owned-and-operated station WXFT-DT) tried to buy WJYS. However, FCC regulations at the time did not permit duopolies, and the sale never went through. In January 1995, WGBO (channel 66) was sold without programming to Univision, which flipped that station to a Spanish-language format. Most of WGBO's stronger shows would move over to former Univision affiliate WCIU-TV (channel 26), which would also switch to a general entertainment format. WJYS, at the same time also attempted to compete as a general market station, picking up barter syndicated programs. These shows included Laverne & Shirley, The Odd Couple, Little House on the Prairie, Gunsmoke, Highway to Heaven and Matlock, along with older movies and anime programming. By 1997, WJYS was running infomercials and religious programming most of the day and by 2000, most of the entertainment shows were gone from the station. Today, the station offers both religious and secular paid programming, as well as some entertainment programs.
Unlike the analog transmitter once located in Tinley Park, WJYS-DT has a transmitter atop the Willis Tower on channel 36, allowing for greater signal coverage. The WJYS signal during the analog television era reached approximately 7.5 million people in the Chicago metropolitan area, expanding to nearly 10 million households across Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan following the June 2009 digital television transition as its digital transmitter facilities on Willis Tower replicated the coverage area of the major broadcast stations in the market.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|62.1||480i||4:3||WJYS-DT||Main WJYS programming|
|62.3||WJYS-2||PRISM (partial simulcast of 62.1)|
WJYS' digital signal is multiplexed and the station leases its digital subchannels to other networks. Channel 62.2/36.2 is leased to First United Inc. who owns WEDE-CA, a low-power station in the Chicago market. WEDE-CA currently airs a 24-hour independent network called My Christian TV, which is also carried on Comcast Xfinity digital channel 386.
Channel 62.3/36.3 is labeled PRISM and carries the same programming as 62.1 on a two-hour delay with a small, increasing schedule of multicultural programs in Spanish, Chinese, and Polish including TV Polnews, and programming from Sonlife Broadcasting Network.
WJYS shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 62, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 36. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 62, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
The station's schedule primarily features religious programming, along with paid programming (including long-form direct response and turnkey automobile dealer programs, programs advertising local businesses and other infomercials). WJYS carries some locally-produced programming, some of which (such as JBTV) that have a hard time getting distribution, can pay to air for on-air promotion in order to gain a potential viewer base.
- Polar Plot linked to the FCC database for WJYS.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WJYS
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WJYS
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WJYS-TV