A Delaware-based Christian radio ministry began broadcasting on WNJH, 105.5 FM, covering much of Southern New Jersey, on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 8:00 AM.
Formerly WAIV-FM, the station was purchased by The Bridge of Hope, Inc., a Christian media group already serving Delaware, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. Known as The Bridge, the non-profit, community-supported radio station plays contemporary Christian music with local news, weather, events and information.
WNJH, which stands for New Jersey’s Hope, features 24/7 music programming with artists including Lauren Daigle, Chris Tomlin, MercyMe, Casting Crowns and many others. Meteorologist Pat Pagano, who has been accurately forecasting weather for New Jersey for over three decades, is also part of the team.
The Bridge promotes Christian concerts in the area, and other events, as part of their mission to “connect people to Jesus and each other, and strengthen their lives.”
Bill Sammons, station manager, says expansion of The Bridge into New Jersey is a natural evolution for the ministry. “We’ve been serving Cape May and coastal New Jersey with our original FM signal in Delaware for just over 10 years. The purchase of 105.5 FM will now give our New Jersey listeners a much better signal and gives us the opportunity to reach hundreds of thousands of potential new listeners.”
The Bridge is looking to partner with New Jersey churches, ministries and non-profits. They offer a free online calendar of events and share those listings on the radio. The Bridge organizes an annual project called Hands & Feet, which is a day of service where listeners volunteer at non-profit organizations, and the station plans to have at least one New Jersey location this fall.
One of The Bridge’s benchmark initiatives is The Drive Thru Connection, and New Jersey residents will soon experience this program. The radio station asks listeners to pay for the car behind them in the drive thru on the first Friday of every month, and the results are incredible.
The Bridge launched at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, March 16th. You can listen at 105.5 FM in South New Jersey. The Bridge is heard around the world through online streaming, The Bridge mobile app, and on smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Play. Listeners tune in to three FM signals in Delaware and Maryland. The Bridge can be found online at WeAreTheBridge.org