(Tampa, Florida) On Monday, April 19, 2021 at 7:30 A.M., The JOY FM (Radio Training Network) held a “family meeting” for a live sign-on at 98.1 FM Deltona/Orlando/Daytona. The Morning Cruise spent the rest of the morning welcoming new listeners and taking calls and messages to introduce The JOY FM.
The Contemporary Christian Music network is currently heard on 21 FM signals in Florida (13), Georgia (5) and Alabama (3). The move to 98.1 will connect the in-car listener experience from Jacksonville (WCRJ 88.1 FM) to the Gulf Coast as far south as North Fort Myers (WJIS 88.1 FM).
“We are excited to connect the dots, coast to coast in Florida,” said General Manager Carmen Brown. “Serving listeners in the Orlando/Deltona region will meet a growing demand we’ve seen and tracked in that area. In fact, our research showed that in 2020, the Orlando area ranked second to Tampa Bay in app downloads and digital sessions. We’re thrilled to share the neighborhood with Z88.3! We appreciate the legacy and ministry of The Z, and we believe there is plenty of room for our mission, Helping You Find JOY! For 35 years, we have brought JOY to listeners wherever we believed God was calling us. This is the next step in being faithful to the Lord and listeners.”
The JOY FM’s flagship station is 91.5 FM WCIE, Tampa Bay/Port Richey. Those call letters represent the original RTN station, launched in 1975 in Lakeland, Florida. RTN Founder and President, Jim Campbell, long considered a pioneer of Contemporary Christian Radio, still heads the not-for-profit network.