About JOY Radio

JOY Radio has both local and national church programs and over 70 hours of LIVE music & talk shows. The only Canadian Christian voice in the GTA, with locally weighted newscasts and traffic reports that keep you informed throughout the day.

contour map


The History

JOY Radio wasn't always JOY. From the mid 90's Christian programming was heard over CJMR 1320, sharing the frequency with ethnic programming. However, amid an increased demand for more from listeners and ministries, it became evident that there was a great need for a full time Christian radio station.

Prayers were answered when company President, Michael Caine, was successful in an application to the CRTC to gain the 740 AM frequency and to create a new full time Christian station on AM 1250. JOY 1250 (CJYE) was born February 5, 2001 - you can listen to the debut broadcast featuring Michael Caine and Oakville Mayor Anne Mulvale by clicking right here.

"Hometown Christian Radio for the GTA" - JOY is uniquely Canadian, serving the local Church with programming which reflects the lives of Canadian Christians and takes seriously its role as a ministry broadcasting God's word in music and message.

The Music

When it comes to music, it's all Christian all the time - different styles for different tastes! From Contemporary Christian Music and Worship (Love & The Outcome, tobyMac, MercyMe, Kari Jobe, Matt Maher, Danny Gokey, Jeremy Camp, Brooke Nicholls, Matthew West, The Color, Francesca Battistelli, Chris Tomlin, Dan Bremnes, for King & Country), along with exciting new artists (Lauren Daigle, Jamie Grace, Jordan Feliz, Blanca, Zach Williams, Hollyn, Micah Tyler), the music and the message we present represents Toronto and can't be found anywhere else on the dial! Listen for The Drive with James Kurtis each weekday morning, and The Rush with Davina Japaul every afternoon! Davina and James have a daily feature at 8am and 5pm, and also provide regular traffic, weather and news updates during your busy commute.

JOY also brings you the best Gospel, Praise & Worship and Inspirational Music in the city! From Monday to Friday catch Reflections at 8pm hosted by Junior Smith. Then don't miss Gospel Praise with Davina Japaul every Sunday from 5-8pm, a weekly tradition on Hometown Christian Radio for the GTA. Sunday Afternoons offer Southern Gospel (Gold City,The Hoppers) with The Gospel Greats hosted by Paul Heil, followed by Traditional Praise (Steve Green, Gaither Vocal Band) music on Great Hymns of the Faith with John Fraser and Sunday Praise with Bill Craig.

There is always something for everyone, and all of it inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

The Message

Some of the very best Christian leaders, preachers and teachers can be heard daily. Chuck Swindoll, Charles Stanley, John Neufeld, John MacArthur, Michael Youssef, Gideon Levytam, Jim Daly, David Jeremiah, Mart De Haan, Elisa Morgan, Chris Brooks, Perry F. Rockwood, Adrian Rogers, J. Vernon McGee, Robbie Symons, Janet Parshall and Dennis Rainey are just some of the notable hosts on JOY Radio.

Plus, participate during LIVE phone-in programs such as Equipped Radio with Chris Brooks by calling (877) 548-3675 Monday to Friday between 1-2pm. Or In The Market with Janet Parshall by calling (877) 548-3675 Monday to Friday between 5-7pm, then listen to the program aired weeknights at 10pm on JOY. And Bible Answers Live with Doug Batchelor is an interactive call-in program live every Sunday night at 10pm.