Coordinates: 33°5′10.4″N 84°46′9.7″W / 33.086222°N 84.769361°W / 33.086222; -84.769361
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Currently silent
Broadcast areaMid-Western Georgia
Frequency93.3 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding93.3 & 102.1 The JOY FM
FormatContemporary Christian
SubchannelsHD2: Contemporary worship music
HD3: Christian hip hop
OwnerRadio Training Network
First air date
1967; 57 years ago (1967)
Former call signs
  • WFDR-FM (1967–1981)
  • WQCK (1981–1983)
Call sign meaning
"Victory For Jesus"
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID53679
ERP38,000 watts
57,000 watts (CP)
HAAT491 meters (1,611 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
33°5′10.4″N 84°46′9.7″W / 33.086222°N 84.769361°W / 33.086222; -84.769361
Translator(s)See § Translators
Repeater(s)See § Repeaters
Public license information
WebcastListen live

WVFJ-FM (93.3 MHz, "The JOY FM") is a non-commercial radio station licensed to Greenville, Georgia, and serving West-Central Georgia, including portions of Metro Atlanta and the Columbus-Auburn-Opelika area. It is owned by the Radio Training Network with studios and offices in Tyrone. WVFJ broadcasts a Contemporary Christian radio format. It is currently silent after a tornado destroyed its tower in Greenville, off Forest Road.[2] The station is constructing a new tower and continues to broadcast on line and on a network of rebroadcasters and FM translators.

WVFJ-FM is a Class C0 station. It had an effective radiated power (ERP) of 38,000 watts. The tower had a height above average terrain (HAAT) of 491 meters (1,611 ft).[3] That may change with the new tower.


WFDR-FM and WQCK[edit]

The station's original call sign was WFDR-FM, signing on the air in 1967; 57 years ago (1967).[4] It was the sister station to WFDR AM 1370 in Manchester. The call sign was a reference to former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had his Little White House vacation home in nearby Warm Springs, Georgia.

On the last day of October 1981, the station changed its call sign to WQCK. Two years later, it adopted its current call letters of WVFJ-FM on July 7, 1983.

Christian radio[edit]

On February 13, 1981, Atlanta businessman Bill Watkins and his wife Joyce founded Provident Broadcasting Company in order to create a radio ministry for the benefit of Christians and others seeking spiritual inspiration. WVFJ, which began using the moniker "The JOY FM", was their first station. It operated as a commercial radio station, selling advertising to support its operations. In 1998, it moved its radio studios from the small community of Manchester into Atlanta radio market as Metro Atlanta's first Contemporary Christian station. The transmitter was moved closer to Atlanta to Greenville.

Provident Broadcasting Company was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Watkins Associated Industries, Incorporated. The group's stated mission was to provide wholesome family programming filled with joy, hope, and encouragement.

In March 2011, WVFJ became officially owned by Radio Training Network. One of the changes under new ownership was that after 30 years, WVFJ became a non-commercial, listener-supported station instead of selling advertising. In May, WVFJ added 11,000 watts to its effective radiated power.

WVFJ-FM is in a three-way competition for the Christian Contemporary audience in the Atlanta market. Listeners can also choose 104.7 WFSH-FM, a commercial station known as "The Fish," owned by the Salem Media Group. And the Tennessee-based Educational Media Foundation owns 106.7 WAKL, part of the non-commercial K-Love network.[5]

Tower collapse[edit]

On January 12, 2023, WVFJ's transmitter tower was destroyed by a tornado.[6] A series of tornados in Georgia and Alabama resulted in seven fatalities and caused millions of dollars in damage.

The station is in the process of restoring the tower and getting back on the air.[7] While the tower is reconstructed, programming continues to be heard on line and on a series of rebroadcasters and FM translators in Georgia and Alabama.

Translator network[edit]

The station is retransmitted on W270AS 101.9 in Carrollton to the northwest and W231AO 94.1 in Columbus, all located southwest of Atlanta in Western Georgia. It is also listed as the primary station for multiple other translator applications filed by Edgewater Broadcasting in 2003, in what was called the "Great Translator Invasion".[1]

All of its translators are in Western Georgia and Eastern Alabama. Two translators rebroadcast WVFJ's HD Radio digital subchannels, one airing Contemporary worship music and one airing Christian hip hop.


Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID Class ERP
(m (ft))
Transmitter coordinates
WWWD[8] 102.1 FM Bolingbroke, Georgia 86172 A 4,500 115 m (377 ft) 32°54′30.5″N 83°46′36.7″W / 32.908472°N 83.776861°W / 32.908472; -83.776861 (WWWD)
WLKQ-HD2 102.3-2 FM (HD) Buford, Georgia 36350 A 4,200 119 m (390 ft) 34°7′16.4″N 83°58′34.7″W / 34.121222°N 83.976306°W / 34.121222; -83.976306 (WLKQ-HD2)
WCON-HD2 99.3-2 FM (HD) Cornelia, Georgia 25814 C1 100,000 246 m (807 ft) 34°31′24.4″N 83°40′45.6″W / 34.523444°N 83.679333°W / 34.523444; -83.679333 (WCON-HD2)


Contemporary Christian music[edit]

Call sign Frequency City of license FID ERP (W) HAAT Class FCC info Notes
W271CF 102.1 FM Phenix City, Alabama 151095 210 117 m (384 ft) D LMS Relays WVFJ-FM
W262AL 100.3 FM Gainesville, Georgia 151815 105 128 m (420 ft) D LMS Relays WCON-HD2
W223CQ 92.5 FM Lawrenceville, Georgia 67214 250 60 m (197 ft) D LMS Relays WLKQ-HD2

Christian worship music[edit]

Broadcast translator for WVFJ-HD2
Call sign Frequency City of license FID ERP (W) HAAT Class FCC info
W270AS 101.9 FM Carrollton, Georgia 150826 10 177.1 m (581 ft) D LMS

Christian hip hop[edit]

Broadcast translator for WVFJ-HD3
Call sign Frequency City of license FID ERP (W) HAAT Class FCC info
W292GF 106.3 FM Morrow, Georgia 153974 5 133.6 m (438 ft) D LMS

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Notable DJ[edit]


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WVFJ-FM". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ RadioInsight.com "WVFJ Tower Destroyed by Tornado" Jan. 12, 2023. Retrieved Feb. 6, 2024
  3. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WVFJ
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page C-53. Retrieved Feb. 6, 2024.
  5. ^ InsideRadio.com "Three-Way Format Battle in Atlanta in Christian Radio" Oct. 14, 2019. Retrieved Feb. 6, 2024
  6. ^ "WVFJ-FM Tower Destroyed By Tornado - RadioInsight". January 13, 2023. Retrieved January 13, 2023.
  7. ^ YouTube.com "Georgia Tower Update" Oct. 2023. Retrieved Feb. 6, 2024
  8. ^ "JOY Comes to Macon |".

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