Joy Christian Communications, Inc. was formed just after the turn of the century in early 2000. It was the culmination of a lifelong dream and passion to build a Christian Radio Network of stations whose mission was to make a difference for Christ in these days in which we live. This passion comes from a sincere desire to educate, edify and equip the Body of Christ to live victorious lives that effectually change our world as we all work to bring the lost to the feet of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Realizing that the world of technology is changing around us, we desire to utilize the Internet and any other medium those doors are open and available to further the Gospel of Christ. We believe that God has raised up this ministry organization “for such a time as this.”
Known locally and nationally as “Joy Christian Radio,” a single radio station was leased in Mississippi. After a couple of attempts that didn’t work out, Joy finally acquired its first radio station that was owned by the non-profit corporation in Centre, Alabama. Now known as WLYG, this radio station is still owned and operated by Joy Christian Radio. Unlike other radio stations across the country, Joy Christian Radio has never been a business, but a ministry. God has always blessed our sincere and passionate pledge to put ministry first. He has always met our financial needs through various methods. From the many people whom God has led to support us both prayerfully and financially to the purchase and resale of “dead” radio stations after a lot of work and upgrades were done, and a lot of “blood, sweat and tears” from our founding family. The Reverend Ed Smith, his wife Marie and two of their sons have given sacrificially to see this ministry get off the ground and be built into the organization it is today.
One of the most important goals from the very inception of this ministry was to own a Non Commercial Educational FM radio station so that we could take full advantage of the NCE rules governing operations of the stations in the plan we believe that God has ordained us to follow. That vision took a full decade to accomplish, and was finally realized in March, 2012 when God blessed us with WLYJ in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Currently, Joy Christian Radio owns and operates the following radio stations:
WLYJ-FM 88.5 in Tullahoma, Tennessee (our “flagship” station” and headquarters location).
WZTQ-AM 1560, Centre, Alabama.
WLYY-AM 1400, Copperhill, TN / Blue Ridge, GA
WLYG-FM 88.3, Jasper, GA
And, here on our website.
Our main format is known as a “Classic Gospel” format. It features Southern and Traditional Gospel Music with the perfect blend of light Inspirational and Praise music. IRNUSA Radio News is heard at the top of every hour. Short features with a plethora of news and Christian worldview commentaries sprinkle the music with “information you and your family can trust.”
Our motto is “Inspirational Music and Information that you and your family can trust.” The slogan for Joy Christian Radio is “Good Medicine for Your Heart.”
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or on Ed Smith’s page at
Tune in often to Joy Christian Radio and be blessed! Remember, you are loved with an everlasting love. And, we love you, too!