WJYS, virtual channel 62 (UHF digital channel 21), is an independent television station serving Chicago, Illinois, United States that is licensed to Hammond, Indiana. It is one of two commercial television stations in Chicago that are licensed on the Indiana side of the market (alongside MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station WPWR-TV, channel 50, in Gary). Owned by Millenial Telecommunications, Inc., WJYS maintains studio facilities on South Oak Park Avenue in Tinley Park, Illinois, and its transmitter is located atop the Willis Tower.
The station first signed on the air on March 2, 1991. It originally operated as a 24-hour-a-day home shopping station. In 1994, WJYS became more of a general entertainment station, picking up a number of syndicated programs. These shows included Laverne & Shirley, The Rifleman, The Odd Couple, Little House on the Prairie, Gunsmoke, Highway to Heaven and Matlock, along with older movies and anime programming, plus the Hoosier Lottery game show Hoosier Millionaire. By 1997, channel 62 was running infomercials and religious programming most of the day and by 2000, most of the entertainment shows were gone from the station. Today, WJYS offers both religious and secular paid programming.
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