About

THE JUNCTION CENTER

The Junction Center is a beautiful 28 acre facility that serves as home to WJTL. Construction was recently completed on WJTL’s new Performing Arts Hall which opened on April 3, 2017.

The hall is a flexible multi-use space allowing for concerts, theatrical, banquets, seminars, movies, and exhibits etc.  It allows for wide range of smaller to medium size events that were not practical before.  Bigger concerts will continue to be held at other venues like the Giant Center in Hershey etc.  A moveable back wall means that the hall can be scaled down so that even the smallest shows have a great atmosphere.  The hall is wired directly to the studios allowing for live radio and internet broadcasts.

WJTL made a decision a long time ago not to pursue becoming a network in order to super-serve the local communities of Lancaster, York, Harrisburg etc.  This enables us to support and promote many local churches and non-profits in their efforts.  The station also plays a much wider play list than most and even encourages and promotes many new and regional artists.  We think that this is very important!

Featuring a fresh contemporary design that utilizes many natural and reclaimed materials the venue feels warm and inviting.  In keeping with that aesthetic, our close neighbors and friends, Clair Bros Audio have built a one-of-a-kind sound system carved from beautiful Flame Maple and fitted with bespoke copper grills.  It sounds awesome!

A full forty foot wide theatrical stage has a state-of-the-art lighting system designed by Stray Lights.  Running the length of the building is mezzanine featuring a great vibe and view.  Also on the Mezzanine is a lounge that features snacks and drinks plus a place to hang out before and after shows.

“Christ. Community. Music.” is the motto for the radio station which also serves as the vision for The Junction Center.  It is our prayer that this property will serve as a blessing to many and serve as an important venue to present faith based and family friendly events.

GREAT LOCATION

Centrally located to Lancaster, York and Harrisburg, the site is only two miles from Rt. 283 near the Roots Farmers Market in East Petersburg, PA.

THE MILLEN ROOM

Located in the main studio area of WJTL, this 980 square foot café features a small stage plus tables and seating for approximately 50 people.  A warming kitchen and serving area make it the perfect venue for small events.  This is where the “Live From The Junction Center” radio broadcasts take place.   It also features a video projector system and a high quality sound system.

JUNCTION CENTER FIELD (14 acres)

The Penn Legacy / Hempfield Soccer club uses and professionally maintains these fields for the benefit of their non-profit youth soccer program.  Occasionally these fields are available to other organizations based on availability, weather and other factors.

HISTORY OF WJTL AND THE JUNCTION CENTER

WJTL began in 1984 in the upper level of a small chicken house. There was a crucial moment six years later when the station was close to being sold by its out of state owners to a secular radio network. Employees immediately recruited a like-minded organization called Creative Ministries, Inc. to buy the station and save the Christian music format. Since Creative Ministries was already dedicated to Christian concert outreach; it was a match made in heaven to partner with this Christian music station! In 1995, WJTL finally moved from the chicken house to an office condo, and built a new tower in Ironville, PA. This tripled the broadcast area to reach more than one million potential listeners.

In 2011, WJTL- Creative Ministries, Inc. purchased a foreclosed property that featured a high quality building situated on 28 commercially zoned acres. The discounted price was 72% less than the original cost. What was intended to be a truck shop is now known as The Junction Center, the broadcast home of WJTL.

The transformation of this space from a property built for a trucking company into a community events and performing arts center was done in three phases. Phase 1 (2011) developed the WJTL studio, offices, and a 50-seat café with a small stage called The Millen Room. Phase 2 (2013) introduced parking lots, a sewer system, and a large tent for outdoor events. Phase 3 (2016) transformed the existing garage into a multipurpose Performing Arts Center, the Robert M. Landis Memorial Hall, where the Grand Opening was held on April 3, 2017. The end product is a place for ministry to take place all year round, with a focus on: Christ. Community. Music.

Landis Hall is a multifunctional facility for community events. The repurposed space is contemporary and industrial, which makes it a fresh and unique venue for concerts, banquets, recitals, theater, and much more. It has already opened the door to many new ministry opportunities. Thanks to the generous gifts of our donors, local organizations have an affordable, high-quality option for their ministry events complete with sound, lights, video, and other amenities. Originally named for its location on Junction Road, The Junction Center has grown into its title as a place of joining together. The goal is to connect people with each other and their Creator. We hope you’ll join us too!