The station first aired on 15 March 1982, when it was opened by George Howard, the then chairman of the BBC. It launched from Broadcasting House, just off Rouge Bouillon in St Helier, and moved to its present premises in Parade Road in March 1994.
Roger Bara, a long-standing breakfast show presenter, retired in 2012.
The majority of the station's programming is produced and broadcast from St Helier. During off-peak hours, BBC Radio Jersey also carries regional programming for the South West and West regions, produced from sister stations BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Bristol.
As with all BBC Local Radio stations, it also airs the networked weekday evening shows, originating from BBC Radio Leeds and produced independently by Wire Free Productions.
BBC Radio Jersey also simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live overnight and on Saturday evenings for Sports Report. It also airs on weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons on medium wave.
On Sunday afternoons, the station airs a weekly tri-lingual news review programme, Voices, in the Jèrriais, Portuguese and Polish languages.