Salem Media Group
|Traded as||NASDAQ: SALM|
Commercial radio broadcasting
|Genre||Radio broadcasting, publishing, internet content provider|
Edward Atsinger III
|Headquarters||4880 Santa Rosa Road
Camarillo, California, United States
|Stuart W. Epperson; Chairman of the Board
Edward G. Atsinger III; Chief Executive Officer
Salem Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SALM; formerly Salem Communications Corporation) 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. 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.
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 (with most stations under this format branded as "The Fish"), news talk (branded as "The Answer"), 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.
Salem's licensees include:
|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
|KFIS||FM||104.1||Contemporary Christian Music||Portland|
|KTIE||AM||590||News Talk||Riverside/San Bernardino|
|WFFH||FM||94.1||Contemporary Christian Music||Nashville|
|WFFI||FM||93.7||Contemporary Christian Music||Nashville|
|WGUL||AM||860||Christian radio||Tampa/St. Petersburg|
|WKAT||AM||1360||Spanish Christian radio||Miami|
|WSDZ||AM||1260||Children's radio||Belleville/St. Louis (Pending acquisition from Radio Disney Group; not yet consummated)|
Common Ground Broadcasting, Inc.
|KDIZ||AM||1440||Children's radio||Minneapolis/St Paul (Pending acquisition from RD Minneapolis Assets; not yet consummated)|
|KKMS||AM||980||Christian radio||Minneapolis/St Paul|
|WTBN||AM||570||Christian radio||Tampa/St. Petersburg|
Inspiration Media of Texas, LLC
|KLTY||FM||94.9||Contemporary Christian Music||Dallas/Fort Worth|
|KTNO||AM||1440||Spanish Christian||Dallas/Fort Worth|
|KWRD-FM||FM||100.7||Christian radio||Dallas/Fort Worth|
Inspiration Media, Inc.
|KNTS||AM||1680||Spanish Christian radio||Seattle/Tacoma|
New Inspiration Broadcasting Co., Inc.
|KCBQ||AM||1170||News Talk||San Diego|
|KFAX||AM||1100||Christian radio||San Francisco|
|KFSH-FM||FM||95.9||Contemporary Christian Music||Los Angeles|
|KKFS||FM||103.9||Contemporary Christian Music||Sacramento|
|KKLA-FM||FM||99.5||Christian radio||Los Angeles|
|KPRZ||AM||1210||Christian radio||San Diego|
|KRLA||AM||870||News Talk||Los Angeles|
Pennsylvania Media Associates, Inc.
|KGBI-FM||FM||100.7||Contemporary Christian Music||Omaha|
|KOTK||AM||1420||Spanish Christian radio||Omaha|
|WDYZ||AM||990||La Nueva (Spanish Christian radio)||Orlando|
|WWDJ||AM||1150||Spanish Christian radio||Boston|
Reach Satellite Network, Inc.
|WBOZ||FM||104.9||Contemporary Christian Music||Nashville|
Salem Media Group, LLC
|WFHM-FM||FM||95.5||Contemporary Christian Music||Cleveland|
|WWTC||AM||1280||News Talk||Minneapolis/St Paul|
Salem Media of Colorado, Inc.
|KBJD||AM||1650||Spanish Christian radio||Denver/Boulder|
|KDDZ||AM||1690||Children's radio||Arvada/Denver/Boulder (Pending acquisition from Radio Disney Group; not yet consummated)|
Salem Media of Hawaii, Inc.
|KAIM-FM||FM||95.5||Contemporary Christian Music||Honolulu|
Salem Media of Illinois, LLC
Salem Media of Kentucky, Inc.
Salem Media of New York, LLC
|WMCA||AM||570||Christian radio||New York|
|WNYM||AM||970||News Talk||New York|
Salem Media of Ohio, Inc.
Salem Media of Oregon, Inc.
|KDZR||AM||1640||Children's radio||Lake Oswego, Oregon (Pending acquisition from Radio Disney Group; not yet consummated)|
Salem Media of Texas, Inc.
|KSLR||AM||630||Christian radio||San Antonio|
Salem Media of Virginia, Inc.
|WAVA||AM||780||Christian radio||Washington D.C.|
|WAVA-FM||FM||105.1||Christian radio||Washington D.C.|
|WRCW||AM||1250||News Talk||Washington D.C.|
|WWRC||AM||1260||News Talk||Washington D.C.|
SCA -Palo Alto, LLC
South Texas Broadcasting, Inc.
|KDIS-FM||FM||99.5||Christian radio||Little Rock|
|KKSP||FM||93.3||Contemporary Christian||Little Rock|
|KLUP||AM||930||News Talk||San Antonio|
|KRDY||AM||1160||Spanish Christian radio||San Antonio|
|WFSH-FM||FM||104.7||Contemporary Christian Music||Atlanta|
|WLCC||AM||760||Contemporary Christian||Tampa Bay|
|WTWD||AM||910||Christian radio||Tampa/St. Petersburg|
|WWMI||AM||1380||Children's radio||Tampa (Pending acquisition from Radio Disney Group; not yet consummated)|
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 Eric Metaxas 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.
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 is a self-publishing digital publisher of books targeting a Christian audience. 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.
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". 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.
- Asbout Salem – Salem.com
- Salem's CCM format – Salem.cc
- Salem history – Salem.cc
- "SALM acquisition of Twitchy.com".
- Salem rebrands to Salem Media Group – Radio Ink Magazine
- Salem Communications Corporation renamed to Salem Media Group – RadioandMusic.com
- Salem station list – Salem Media Group
- Salem Radio Network – Salem.cc
- Salem Publishing – Salem.cc
- Xulon About Page
- "Stuart Epperson – The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America". Time (magazine). February 7, 2005. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
- "A Higher Frequency". Mother Jones. Retrieved December 10, 2011.