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Salem is a company that specializes in christian and conservative opinion themed programming. They own about 100 AM and FM radio stations in the Top 75 markets. Their stations are commercial stations. Their main format on about half their stations (AM in most cases FM in a few) is Christian Talk/Teaching. That format has a few hours a day of local call in religious talk where commercials pay for the show. The rest of the time though is sold as blocks to various ministries like "In Touch", "Focus On The Family", "Family news In Focus", "Freedom Under Fire", "Back To The Bible", and many more. In markets where Salem has no Contemporary Christian Music stations some of these stations in such markets also play Contemporary Christian music on the weekends. The ministries that air pay for their airtime so the stations take no donations.
- Most of Salem's FM stations have contemporary Christian music formats playing Christian music with an adult top 40 sound and approach. Some of these stations are named "The Fish". These stations offer almost no teaching features. They primarily play music and are sponsored by commercials like any other radio station.
- Salem also has a bunch of AM radio stations that run only blocks of programming similar to what the talk and teaching stations. These stations may also run local shows as well as local church programming.
- The most recent format is syndicated Conservative Talk programming. These stations are AM stations and they run shows like The Mike Gallagher Show, Jerry Doyle, Bill Bennett, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Savage Nation with Mike Savage, Mike Reagan, and others. These stations are all on AM and except for Sunday mornings they run no religious programming.
Salem in Feb 2007 Christianity Today
Salem in radio made front cover spot of the Feb 2007 Christianity Today. CyberAnth 05:19, 2 February 2007 (UTC) What is meant by the phrase, "Christian and conservative"? Salem's real position and goals are better understood if this is made more clear. Is it Christian plus conservative values (each term being non-overlapping, as in Chritianity plus politically conservative)? Or is it "conservative Christianity (as in orthodox Christian beliefs)? I would like a more clear distinction between "Christianity plus conservative" and "conservative Christianity".
Just today, I've created a template that lists Salem Communications-owned radio stations. Since it's BETA testing, the template's only listing the stations in Texas, but if anyone is willing to build from there, go to Template:Salem Communications.
Here's what it looks like now:
The full template is now completed.
Removal of bias in Company Information
The first two paragraphs of "Company Information" were edited and rewritten to remove a biased tone against the company, its practices and conservative Christianity.
It originally said that Salem was "very secretive" about not publicly posting its physical address and phone numbers on its websites. The physical address of Salem's corporate offices are publicly available on Google Maps (see reference in article) and the company's practice of using the internet as a primary means of contact is not unusual, especially for a media company with a large investment in websites, blogs and online radio stations.
Also, the paragraph describing Salem's radio subsidiaries and licensees was written in a way that suggested the company owns its radio stations clandestinely, through sham companies and fake licensees. It is not clandestine or deceptive, but actually a standard practice in the broadcast industry. In the United States, large media companies hold FCC licenses for individual radio and TV stations through different subsidiaries and divisions, and often retain the legal name of licensee registered with the FCC after a station is acquired from another company. Gray Television, a broadcaster based in Atlanta, Georgia, and CBS Corporation of New York City both own several TV stations with different individual licensees. Wikipedia's own articles for Gray Television and CBS's stations instantly confirm this practice.
Salem's conservative political activism, especially the open support of the Republican party by its top executives, and the format of its talk stations are understandably and inevitably criticized by liberals and non-Christians, but such criticism appeared to bias the content of this section, hence its cleanup. Rich Rodriguez, West Covina, CA, USA 220.127.116.11 (talk) 20:22, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
- I disagree with your assessment that the comments you rewrote and removed were based on an "anti-Christian bias" but I do agree they were some what antagonistic or at least deceptive and your changes make the article more balanced and applicable as encyclopedic content. 18.104.22.168 (talk) 21:28, 31 January 2010 (UTC)