About Us

A brief History of Joy Christian Radio

Joy Christian Communications, Inc. (our parent corporation) was formed on January 1, 2000 as a dream around the dining room table of our founder, Rev. Ed Smith.  Smith, a Georgia native, is married to Marie (a Mississippi native).   They are the parents of three boys, three daughters-in-love and 13 wonderful grandchildren and one God-son.  Ed is a 42+ year Christian Radio Broadcast Veteran. 

After working for multiple radio stations mostly across the Southeast, and with his dream of building a network of stations after the formation of the nonprofit corporation, the Smith’s spent a number of years buying and selling AM stations.  They were trying to build up enough capitol to purchase and own that elusive first FM station.  It finally happened in 2012, with the acquisition of an FM station in Tullahoma, TN.  88.5 in Tullahoma, TN went on the air March 21, 2012 under the banner of “Joy Christian Radio,” the same banner that had been used all along.  Shortly before then, Joy Christian Radio began streaming audio online via the website, and the first online outreach began.  From there, the rest of the AM’s were sold off or closed down, and the network finally began to move forward.  The years of AM radio were very hard years, with many pitfalls and problems, but God used all the “good, the bad and the ugly” during those crazy years to prepare the Smith’s for the ministry ahead.  

Most recently, 98.9 FM in the Eastern Pine Belt in Mississippi went on the air.  The most powerful FM station ever owned by Joy Christian Radio, this powerhouse covers a large swath from Meridian to Laurel to Bay Springs and into East Alabama.  Add to that 88.3-FM in Jasper, GA, and you have the FM station list for Joy Christian Radio.  During the past 6 years, the Online Radio Stations known as Bible Talk and Christian Classics were added to Classic Gospel, making up the the Online list of Christian Radio stations. 

Joy Christian Radio is a nonprofit, Christian Broadcasting organization with but a singular goal in mind: To reach the world with the Hope of the gospel.   Support us by clicking HERE.

We own and operate three FM Radio Stations in the Southeastern United States:
88.5-FM in Tullahoma, TN
98.3-FM in the Mississippi Pine Belt (Meridian, Laurel, Quitman)
88.3 in Jasper, GA

Online, we operate three streaming Radio Stations. These stations can be heard on this website, or via the Tune In app on your smartphone or other device.
*Classic Gospel (Traditional, Southern and Inspirational Music)
Christian Classics (Contemporary, Inspirational, Praise and Worship Music)
Bible Talk (Bible Preaching, Teaching and Talk programming)

*Classic Gospel is also heard on our FM stations.

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