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City Bradenton, Florida
Broadcast area Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
Branding "The JOY FM"
Slogan "Helping You Find JOY"
Frequency 88.1 FM
First air date 1986
Format Christian AC
Christmas music (Nov.-Dec.)
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 121 meters
Class C1
Owner Radio Training Network
Webcast Listen Live
Website http://florida.thejoyfm.com/index.php

WJIS 88.1 FM, known on air as The JOY FM, is a family friendly station[1] with strong Christian influences[1] (calling its programming Christian AC) serving North, Central and Southwest Florida including the Sarasota/Bradenton & Tampa Bay area and is owned by the Radio Training Network.


During most of 2013, WJIS was also simulcasted on 91.7 WFTI-FM in St. Petersburg; that station would cease operations in fall 2013, to allow for upgrades of adjacent channel WCIE and co-channel WJFH.[2]

The Radio Training Network also has The Joy FM-branded stations in Dothan, Alabama (WIZB) and Atlanta, Georgia (WVFJ-FM), though these stations do not repeat WJIS.

HD radio[edit]

WCIE and WJIS broadcasts in the HD Radio format. On HD2, the station has The JOY FM Praise, a channel that features exclusively Christian praise songs. On HD3, the station has Lightforce Radio, a progressive youth music channel. Both can be listened to online or via The JOY FM phone app.


In addition to the full-powered stations, The Joy FM is relayed by an additional four low-powered translators:

Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
W254AI 98.7 Auburndale, Florida 250 D FCC
W291AG 106.1 Highland City, Florida 250 D FCC
W208AR 89.5 Lake Placid, Florida 10 D FCC
W242AK 96.3 Lakeland, Florida 250 D FCC

Two of its translators are leased out to Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) to rebroadcast their stations:


  1. ^ a b The JOY FM 100% Guarantee page
  2. ^ FCC CDSB Application Search for WFTI-FM. Accessed March 5, 2014
  3. ^ Query the FCC's FM station database for W290BJ
  4. ^ Tampa Bay Times: "WFLA-AM to begin simulcasting on 105.9 FM, raising competition in Tampa Bay area FM talk", May 31, 2012.

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Coordinates: 27°07′55″N 82°23′38″W / 27.132°N 82.394°W / 27.132; -82.394