Salem Communications

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Salem Communications Corporation
Type Public
Traded as NASDAQSALM
Industry Mass media
Commercial radio broadcasting
Genre Radio broadcasting, publishing, internet content provider
Headquarters The Woodlands, Texas, United States
Key people Stuart W. Epperson; Chairman of the Board
Edward G. Atsinger III; Chief Executive Officer
Website Salem.cc

Salem Communications (NASDAQ: SALM) is an American radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher based in Camarillo, California, targeting audiences interested in Christian and family-themed content and conservative values. In addition to its radio properties, the company owns Salem Radio Network, which syndicates talk, news and music programing to approximately 2,400 affiliates; Salem Radio Representatives, a radio advertising company; Salem Web Network, an Internet provider of Christian content and online streaming with over 100 Christian content and conservative opinion websites; and Salem Publishing, a publisher of Christian themed magazines. Salem owns 99 radio stations in 38 markets, including 60 stations in the top 25 markets and 29 in the top 10.[citation needed] FamilyTalk is a Christian-themed talk format on Sirius XM Radio Channel 131. Additionally, Salem owns conservative blogs Townhall.com and Hotair.com.

The company was founded by Stuart Epperson and Edward Atsinger III and, unlike many Christian broadcasters, is a for-profit corporation. Also unlike their non-profit counterparts, Salem stations transmit high-powered signals in commercial radio bands.

History[edit]

Ed Atsinger (Chief Executive Officer) and Stu Epperson (Chairman of the Board) combined their radio assets to create Salem Communications. Beginning with stations in North Carolina and California, Atsinger and Epperson purchased station properties in Boston, San Antonio, New York, San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles and other markets, converting them to Christian talk stations. In the 1990s, they expanded formats to include contemporary Christian music, news talk, Spanish-language Christian content and most recently[when?], business programming.

Many of Salem's stations are licensed to subsidiaries, organized by geographical area and media cluster as the company has acquired new stations and their previous licensees.

Salem Communications Corp acquired Twitter curation site, Twitchy.com. In January 2014, the Company announced the acquisition of the acquisition of the assets of Eagle Publishing, including Regnery Publishing, HumanEvents.com, and Redstate.com, as well as sister companies Eagle Financial Publications and Eagle Wellness.[1]

Licensees[edit]

Salem's licensees include:

Bison Media

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KBIQ FM 102.7 Contemporary Christian Music Colorado Springs
KGFT FM 100.7 Christian radio Colorado Springs
KSKY AM 660 News Talk Dallas/Fort Worth
KZNT AM 1460 News Talk Colorado Springs

Caron Broadcasting, Inc

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KFIS FM 104.1 Contemporary Christian Music Portland
KSAC FM 105.5 Business Sacramento
KTIE AM 590 News Talk Riverside/San Bernardino
WFFH FM 94.1 Contemporary Christian Music Nashville
WFFI FM 93.7 Contemporary Christian Music Nashville
WGTK-FM FM 94.5 News Talk Greenville/Spartanburg
WGUL AM 860 Christian radio Tampa/St. Petersburg
WHIM AM 1080 Christian radio Miami
WHKW AM 1220 Christian radio Cleveland
WKAT AM 1360 Spanish Christian radio Miami
WLQV AM 1500 Christian radio Detroit
WLSS AM 930 News Talk Sarasota/Bradenton
WZAB AM 880 Business Miami

Common Ground Broadcasting, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KKMS AM 980 Christian radio Minneapolis/St Paul
KKNT AM 960 News Talk Phoenix
KPXQ AM 1360 Christian radio Phoenix
KYCR AM 1570 Business Minneapolis/St Paul
WHK AM 1420 News Talk Cleveland
WTBN AM 570 Christian radio Tampa/St. Petersburg

Inspiration Media of Texas, LLC

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KLTY FM 94.9 Contemporary Christian Music Dallas/Fort Worth
KWRD-FM FM 100.7 Christian radio Dallas/Fort Worth

Inspiration Media, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KGNW AM 820 Christian radio Seattle/Tacoma
KKOL AM 1300 Business Seattle/Tacoma
KLFE AM 1590 News Talk Seattle/Tacoma
KNTS AM 1680 Spanish Christian radio Seattle/Tacoma

New Inspiration Broadcasting Co., Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KCBQ AM 1170 News Talk San Diego
KDAR FM 98.3 Christian radio Oxnard/Ventura
KFAX AM 1100 Christian radio San Francisco
KFIA AM 710 Christian radio Sacramento
KFSH FM 95.9 Contemporary Christian Music Los Angeles
KKFS FM 103.9 Contemporary Christian Music Sacramento
KKLA FM 99.5 Christian radio Los Angeles
KPRZ AM 1210 Christian radio San Diego
KRLA AM 870 News Talk Los Angeles
KTKZ AM 1380 News Talk Sacramento

Pennsylvania Media Associates, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KGBI FM 100.7 Contemporary Christian Music Omaha
KOTK AM 1420 Spanish Christian radio Omaha
WBZW AM 1520 Business Orlando
WDTK AM 1400 News Talk Detroit
WEZE AM 590 Christian radio Boston
WFIL AM 560 Christian radio Philadelphia
WGKA AM 920 News Talk Atlanta
WNTP AM 990 News Talk Philadelphia
WORD-FM FM 101.5 Christian radio Pittsburgh
WPIT AM 730 Christian radio Pittsburgh
WTLN AM 950 Christian radio Orlando
WWDJ AM 1150 Spanish Christian radio Boston

Reach Satellite Network, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
WBOZ FM 104.9 Contemporary Christian Music Nashville

Salem Media Group, LLC

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
WFHM FM 95.5 Contemporary Christian Music Cleveland
WFIA AM 900 Christian radio Louisville
WHKZ AM 1440 Christian radio Youngstown/Warren
WROL AM 950 Christian radio Boston
WWTC AM 1280 News Talk Minneapolis/St Paul
WYLL AM 1160 Christian radio Chicago

Salem Media of Colorado, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KBJD AM 1650 Spanish Christian radio Denver/Boulder
KNUS AM 710 News Talk Denver/Boulder
KRKS AM 990 Christian radio Denver/Boulder
KRKS-FM FM 94.7 Christian radio Denver/Boulder

Salem Media of Hawaii, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KAIM FM 95.5 Contemporary Christian Music Honolulu
KGU AM 760 Business Honolulu
KGU-FM FM 99.5 Christian radio Honolulu
KHCM AM 880 Korean Christian Honolulu
KHCM-FM FM 97.5 Country Honolulu
KHNR AM 690 News Talk Honolulu
KKOL-FM FM 107.9 Oldies Honolulu

Salem Media of Illinois, LLC

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KCRO AM 660 Christian radio Omaha
KKHT FM 100.7 Christian radio Houston
WIND AM 560 News Talk Chicago
WORL AM 660 News Talk Orlando

Salem Media of Kentucky, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
WFIA-FM FM 94.7 Christian radio Louisville
WGTK AM 970 News Talk Louisville

Salem Media of New York, LLC

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
WMCA AM 570 Christian radio New York
WNYM AM 970 News Talk New York

Salem Media of Ohio, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
WRFD AM 880 Christian radio Columbus

Salem Media of Oregon, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KPDQ AM 800 Christian radio Portland
KPDQ-FM FM 93.9 Christian radio Portland
KRYP FM 93.1 Regional Mexican Portland

Salem Media of Texas, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KSLR AM 630 Christian radio San Antonio

Salem Media of Virginia, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
WAVA AM 780 Christian radio Washington D.C.
WAVA-FM FM 105.1 Christian radio Washington D.C.
WKDL AM 1250 News Talk Washington D.C.
WWRC AM 1260 News Talk Washington D.C.

SCA -Palo Alto, LLC

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KDOW AM 1220 Business San Francisco

South Texas Broadcasting, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KDIS-FM FM 99.5 Christian radio Little Rock
KLUP AM 930 News Talk San Antonio
KNTH AM 1070 News Talk Houston/Galveston
KRDY AM 1160 San Antonio
KTEK AM 1110 Business Houston/Galveston
WAFS AM 1190 Business Atlanta
WFSH FM 104.7 Contemporary Christian Music Atlanta
WLTA AM 1400 Christian radio Atlanta
WNIV AM 970 Christian radio Atlanta
WTWD AM 910 Christian radio Tampa/St. Petersburg

Salem Radio Network[edit]

Main article: Salem Radio Network

Salem Radio Network is a satellite radio network serving general market News/Talk stations and Christian-formatted stations through affiliate partnerships serving more than 2,400 radio stations. The five major divisions are SRN Talk, SRN News, Salem Music Network, Salem Media Reps and Vista Media Reps and SRN Satellite Services.

  • SRN Talk produces general market News/Talk shows featuring nationally syndicated hosts Mike Gallagher, Bill Bennett, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt. It also produces Christian market programming featuring The Janet Mefferd Show, TodaysChristianMusic.com, CCMmagazine.com, Southerngospel.com, Youthworker.com, Preaching.com, Familyfiction.com and Christiancollegelink.com.
  • SRN News is a news source for conservative and Christian radio serving over 1,100 affiliates.
  • Salem Music Network has three satellite offerings – Contemporary Christian, Praise and Southern Gospel.
  • Salem Media Reps specializes in Christian, family-themed and conservative media, radio, online, print and mobile.
  • SRN Satellite Services provides satellite distribution and production services to over 70 organizations and ministries.

The satellite feed for Salem's general market programming can be heard on the CRN Digital Talk Radio Networks, on CRN3.

Salem Web Network[edit]

Main article: Salem Web Network

Salem Web Network (SWN) started in 1999 with the website OnePlace.com. SWN consists of 11 national sites, including Crosswalk.com, BibleStudyTools.com, GodVine, and Godtube. More than 100 radio station websites are part of Salem Web Network's platform which reaches more than 7 million users every month.[citation needed]

Salem Publishing[edit]

Salem's flagship publication, CCM Magazine, was in the Christian music industry for more than 25 years. Salem no longer prints CCM Magazine. Other magazine publications including Homecoming from Bill and Gloria Gaither, FaithTalk, Youth Worker Journal, Preaching and Singing News Magazine.

Xulon Press[edit]

Xulon Press is a self-publishing digital publisher of books targeting a Christian audience.[2] They use print on demand technologies that store books electronically and print them only as they are ordered. Xulon was founded by Christian author and publisher Tom Freiling and was acquired by Salem in 2006.

Political activities[edit]

The founders of Salem Communications support various religious causes. In 2005 Epperson was reported in Time magazine as one of the "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America".[3] In 2004 he co-chaired "Americans of Faith", a religiously-based Republican electoral campaign. Both founders have served on the Council for National Policy. They gave $100,000 to the Bush presidential reelection campaign and $780,000 to the 2000 "California Defense of Marriage Act" (Proposition 22) ballot measure.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SALM acquisition of Twitchy.com". 
  2. ^ Xulon About Page
  3. ^ "Stuart Epperson - The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America". Time (magazine). February 7, 2005. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "A Higher Frequency". Mother Jones. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 

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