By Kelly Legg

Tampa’s “One Day” project powered up less than one year after announcing a plan to increase the radio station, 91.5 FM, to a full-power signal covering metro Tampa. The JOY FM powered up and took reports from listeners throughout Tampa Bay and beyond.

From a signal that covered less than 600,000 listeners on the fringes of Tampa to a full-market signal covering 3.5 million, The JOY FM’s completed One Day project launched at 7:12 a.m. on Friday, November 22. Announced in November, 2012 as a one-day effort to raise one million dollars from listeners, the fully-funded project essentially re-launched The JOY FM in Tampa at 91.5 FM. After the power-up, The Morning Cruise took calls from listeners all over the new listening area. In addition to metro Tampa, reports of strong in-car listening came in from as far away as Citrus and Lee counties, a 120 mile radius.

Program Director, Carmen Brown, remarked on the significance of the power-up, “Now we have one strong signal all across Tampa. For years listeners have struggled to find The JOY FM (translators) at several locations, but thanks to God’s making a way where there seemed to be no way, the message of hope The JOY FM shares will be loud and clear to thousands of families in the heart of Tampa Bay.”

The JOY FM is a network of non-commercial, listener-supported contemporary Christian music stations serving Southwest, Central and North Florida since 1986 and Atlanta since 2011. It is owned by Radio Training Network and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Visit for more information.


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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.