Sunday Night Joy
Joe & Janet Ramirez
In November 2015, Joe and Janet marked 30 years hosting Sunday Night Joy, KYCC's gospel music program.
Janet was born and raised in Stockton, while Joe’s family moved to Stockton from Southern California in 1972. They met at First Pentecostal Church (now Christian Life Center) and married in 1974. They have four children: Stephanie, Joey Jr., Christina and Nicholas, and 17 grandchildren, to whom they devote most of their free time.
Joe and Janet still attend CLC faithfully and are both members of the choir. Janet also serves in the Christian Life Center Mass Choir, both in promotions as well as a choir member.
Joe’s favorite song is “More Than Enough” by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, while Janet’s is “All the Angels” by the Hawkins Seminar Mass Choir. Joe’s favorite artist is Daryl Coley, while Janet favors Lady Tramaine Hawkins. They share a love for Mexican food, but Joe admits he can be easily bribed with a pepperoni pizza.
The Ramirez’s have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of hosting Sunday Night Joy. Says Joe, “We have had the privilege of meeting many of the artists that we feature on our program. We have also had the opportunity to interview two gospel legends, Andrae Crouch and Edwin & Walter Hawkins. But even with all that, the greatest privilege we have enjoyed is the opportunity to spend four hours with our precious listeners each Sunday evening. We truly love them and appreciate them for allowing us to join them for all these years.”
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Joe and Janet received the “Announcer of the Year Award” from Dr. Edwin Hawkins & Bishop Walter Hawkins in June 2008.
Joe and Janet were both inducted into the “Broadcasters Hall of Fame” in November 2009 in Akron, Ohio.
Joe and Janet are the first husband/wife team to both receive the “GMWA Gospel Announcers Guild Crystal Mic Media Award” for Announcer of the Year–Joe in 1991 and Janet in 2011.
Joe and Janet were presented with a commendation for “25 Years of Service to Citizens of Stockton” from Mayor Ann Johnston and Stockton City Council on April 2, 2011.
Joe and Janet received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Central Valley Chapter of Edwin & Walter Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar on November 21, 2015.
Joe and Janet received the NAACP award for “Outstanding Community Service in Religious Affairs” on March 12, 2016.