Personalities

Read about your favourite JOY Radio personalities

Everyone at JOY considers what we do to be a ministry; not a job or a chore. This singleness of purpose establishes us as we respond to the call of God on our lives. We love what we do and we depend upon Him for His guidance as we prepare the programming heard over JOY. May it convey God's love and purpose for your life.

James Kurtis

James Kurtis

The Drive
Weekdays 5:30 - 7:30am

James Kurtis hosts 'The Drive' every weekday morning from our JOY studios located in the GTA, playing today's best Christian music for Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe area! Get up for work and arrive with 'The Drive'! James has the latest on traffic and weather, along with timely news updates with News Director, Bob Sheppard. In addition to hosting 'The Drive', James is also our Music Director, staying on top of the latest CCM and Gospel charts, supporting Canadian artists, and continuing to be active within the music community of our great country! This Humber College Radio Broadcasting grad also co-hosts the 'Between The Grooves' podcast from Faith Strong Today, also airing every Monday at 3:00pm on JOY Radio.

Davina Japaul

Davina Japaul

The Rush & Gospel Praise
Weekdays 4:30 - 6pm
Sunday 5 - 8pm

Davina hosts 'The Rush' each weekday, providing uplifting music and important information updates for commuters across the GTA. She also lights up the airwaves with her unique and sensitive approach to Gospel music and the many listeners in the GTA who make Sunday's from 5:00pm-8:00pm their time to tune in and be uplifted. You can also catch her video web series called 'Snapshot' on our YouTube or Facebook pages, as she sits down with authors, artists and infulencers to discuss their ministry. Davina loves the music and the message it imparts as well as the Word which inspires it.

Junior Smith

Junior Smith

Reflections & Island Style
Weekdays 8pm - 10pm
Saturday 8pm - 12am

Junior was born in Jamaica and brings his program 'Reflections' to JOY, similar to a show he hosted on LOVE FM. Junior also presents devotional and inspirational moments to complement the music. His weekly Friday feature called "ISLAND STYLE" was so popular, we asked Junior to bring some Island sunshine to our weekends! Every Saturday night, you'll hear the best music from the Caribbean on '#IslandStyle' from 8pm to midnight, and follow along with other listeners using the hash tag with the show's name! You'll be engaged by his friendly, soothing voice as Junior plays his favourite music for us.

Ann Mainse

Ann Mainse

Sincerely Yours
Monday - Friday 10:00am & 12:15pm

One of Canada's best-known Christian broadcasters, writers and speakers, Ann joins JOY Radio with a daily devotional program entitled 'Sincerely Yours' - a journey through the Bible with you! Ann and her husband Ron recently took over the leadership role at Heart to Heart Family Ministries, where they live out their passion and vision for supporting marriage and family in Canada. Writing regularly for digital media company Faith Strong Today, Ann now hosts her own daily podcast which also airs weekdays on JOY Radio beginning Monday September 12th! Subscribe to the podcast and hear 'Sincerely Yours' at www.faithstrongtoday.com/sincerelyyours.

Moira Brown

Moira Brown

Hugs From Heaven
Monday - Friday 8:58am, 4:26pm & 9:30pm

Moira grew up in Peterborough and at age of 17 became involved in local AM and FM radio. She later moved into TV, producing and hosting The Moira Hunt Show daily on CKVR in Barrie. Through the influence of an interview guest, Moira came to know Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Saviour! Many years later she was invited to join '100 Huntley Street' in the fall of 1988. In 2014 Moira was named one of Canada's top one hundred Christian women leaders and authored her first book, 'Hugs From Heaven'. Now with Faith Strong Today, her daily vignette 'Hugs From Heaven' also airs on JOY Radio! Catch up with past episodes at www.faithstrongtoday.com/hugsfromheaven.

Chris Brooks

Chris Brooks

Equipped with Chris Brooks
Weekdays 1:00pm

Chris Brooks is the senior pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also serves as campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics at Oxford. Join Chris every weekday for this interactive LIVE program, as he empowers believers to live an impactful Christian life in a rapidly changing culture on 'Equipped with Chris Brooks', heard only in the GTA on JOY Radio!

Melinda Estabrooks

Melinda Estabrooks

Your Story with Melinda
Monday 9:30am

Melinda's (www.melindaestabrooks.com) career spans over 15 years of broadcasting and motivational speaking. She has worked at 'Listen Up TV' (now 'Context with Lorna Dueck') and in 2006 became co-host on '100 Huntley Street's' womens show, 'Full Circle'. Now, representing Faith Strong Today, she brings her weekly program 'Your Story with Melinda' to JOY Radio! Each week, Melinda encourages you to experience the personal stories of faith from those who live their lives with hope, grace, joy, and of course...love. Catch up with past episodes through our JOYcast and at Faith Strong Today.

Drew Brown

Drew Brown

Between The Grooves
Monday 3:30pm

Drew is a Juno nominated singer-songwriter, worship leader and a social justice advocate passionate about leveraging the arts for spiritual and social change. Every week, join Drew and James Kurtis on 'Between The Grooves' as together they explore the world of music and faith, and everything in between. Part of the Faith Strong Today team, you can hear past programs on their website, both on-demand and via podcast! Or check out Drew's personal site at www.drewbrownmusic.com

Donna Carter

Donna Carter

Grow On The Go
Tuesday 9:30am & 3:30pm

Donna and her husband Randy are the co-founders of Straight Talk Ministries, a non-profit organization committed to helping people find faith and apply it to everyday life. They live in Calgary, a thriving city in the shadow of the Canadian Rockies with their two young adult daughters and a newly acquired son-in-law. 'Grow On The Go', co-hosted with her daughter Kevann, is devoted to helping people live purposefully! In her spare hours, she loves to read, paint, and love on her rescue puppy, Levi. Visit Faith Strong Today to hear past programs on their website, both on-demand and via podcast!

Johnny Rocket & Hollie Taylor

Johnny Rocket & Hollie Taylor

Why Me Project
Wednesday 9:30am & 3:30pm

Hosts of ‘The Morning Spin’ on Edmonton’s Shine-FM, Johnny and Hollie now bring their 'Why Me Project' podcast to JOY Radio through Faith Strong Today! Johnny’s parents just knew he would have a future in media. So at the age of 19, he graduated broadcasting school and ventured into the radio business. For the past decade, Hollie has worked in the Christian radio and music industries, launching her own promotions company called Ten16 Entertainment committed to artists in the Canadian Christian music industry. Every week Johnny and Hollie interview athletes, authors, musicians, or someone you'd least expect, hearing about their own "Why Me" moments.

Diane and Michael Clemons

Diane & Michael Clemons

The Sweet Spot
Thursday 9:30am & 3:30pm

Diane Lee Clemons has music embedded in her soul, gracing the stage of major events across North America, including concerts, empowerment conferences, music awards, sporting events, and charity galas. Husband Michael "Pinball" Clemons is one of Toronto's most popular athletes, a member of the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL and later the team's Head Coach, President and CEO! Together the couple have redefined the meaning of community involvement and in 2007, launched Pinball Clemons Foundation. Listen to 'The Sweet Spot' on JOY, and watch past video episodes at www.faithstrongtoday.com.

Joy Kids

Virginia and Dale

JoyKids
Saturday 8 - 10am

From the very beginning of JOY Radio Virginia and Dale have hosted the most popular Christian kids show in the country. Great music, stories, lessons and more are in store for the younger listeners who love to tune in to their very own program. A mom and dad with their own children, they also have their own ministry (AIM Productions) which caters to the young set throughout the GTA.

Drew Marshall

Drew Marshall

The Drew Marshall Show
Saturday 1 - 5pm

With years of pastoring, counseling, public speaking and writing to his credit, Drew (www.drewmarshall.ca) is a natural, hosting the most listened to Christian talk show in the country. Drew delves into areas that many Christians just don't talk about but should. Always balanced but unafraid to ask the tough questions, Drew's humour and wit is disarming enough to get to the heart of an interview or a story.

DJ g2G

Paul Fernando

Keeping It Real
Saturday 7 - 8pm

Born in the Philippines, Paul and his family came to Canada when he was 4. Growing up in Mississauga, Paul was drawn to the music business and as a DJ achieved the kind of success he could only dream of but God had other plans and this young man turned away from secular satisfaction. He then found that his passion for soul filled dance and house music could be used for the Kingdom. Now Paul is known as DJ g2G (glory2GOD) mixing music for a new generation drawn to the message of salvation. Listen for it Saturday nights only on JOY.

Bill Craig

Bill Craig

Sunday Praise
Sunday 4 - 5pm

Being lead to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (born-again) through Christian radio, Bill began sharing Christ to show people how beautiful and life-giving He is. In 2001 Bill called JOY about a book and our Program Director, Don Millar, asked Bill to come and see him. After a 5 minute interview and previous prayer by Don, 'Sunday Praise' was born. Lifting up Jesus on Sunday afternoons is a pleasure for Bill; and his prayer is that it will be an encouragement to you!

Don Millar

Don Millar

Program Director

Don has over 45 years experience in radio and television and established Canada's first Christian radio station in 1995 (CJOS) while a student at Briercrest Bible College/Seminary (www.Briercrest.ca) in Caronport, SK. With a career of broadcasting to many wonderful communities across Canada, Don loves the challenges of programming a radio station as a ministry to over 6 million across the GTA! Don is a respected and valued broadcaster in our great country, proclaiming the truth of God's word and His redeeming grace. Although he's no longer on-air each day, Don continues to lead our team as our Director of Operations and Progrram Director, but will still contribute to our programming through interviews and other specials.

Matt Caine

Matt Caine

Joy Top 20
Saturday 5:00pm

Matt represents three generations of broadcasting for the Caine family, presenting the biggest Christian hits in the GTA every week on the 'Joy Top 20' countdown. With thousands of listeners interacting over the years, various Canadian and United States based artists joining the program (including Lauren Daigle, Marika, Duncan Phillips, Melina Dulluku, Leina), and massive social media reach, the 'Joy Top 20' quickly established itself as Canada's leading Christian music countdown! Matt has also developed and is President of Faith Strong Today, our digital Christian media ministry partners. You can hear Matt's artist interviews via our JOYcast, and listen the 'Joy Top 20' on-demand using our 'My Joy Radio' app!