Salem Media Group

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Salem Media Group, Inc.
Public
Traded as NASDAQSALM
Industry Mass media
Commercial radio broadcasting
Genre Radio broadcasting, publishing, internet content provider
Founders Stuart Epperson
Edward Atsinger III
Headquarters 4880 Santa Rosa Road
Camarillo, California
, United States
Key people
Stuart W. Epperson; Chairman of the Board
Edward G. Atsinger III; Chief Executive Officer
Dave Santrella; President – Broadcast Media
David Evans; President – New Media
Evan D. Masyr; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Chris Henderson; Senior Vice President, Legal and Human Resources, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Website salemmedia.com

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 what it describes as "family-themed content and conservative values."[1] 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 Media 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 117 radio stations in 38 markets, including 60 stations in the top 25 markets and 29 in the top 10, tied with CBS Radio for fifth-largest radio broadcaster.[1] FamilyTalk is a Christian-themed talk format on Sirius XM Radio Channel 131. Additionally, Salem owns conservative websites Townhall.com, RedState, and Hot Air, as well as Twitter aggregator Twitchy.

The company was founded by Stuart Epperson and Edward G. 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]

Former logo of Salem Communications.

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"),[2] news talk (branded as "The Answer"), Spanish-language Christian content and most recently[when?], business programming.[3]

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 assets of Eagle Publishing, including Regnery Publishing, HumanEvents.com, and Redstate.com, as well as sister companies Eagle Financial Publications and Eagle Wellness.[4]

On February 23, 2015, Salem Communications changed its name to Salem Media Group.[5][6]

In 2015, Salem Media Group expanded their digital platform with acquisitions of several businesses and assets, including DividendYieldHunter.com[7]; Stockinvestor.com;[8] DividendInvestor.com;[9] a Spanish Bible mobile app, along with its related website and Facebook properties; the DailyBible mobile app; the Daily Bible Devotion mobile app; and also Bryan Perry's Newsletters.

In 2016, Salem Media Group continued to expand by acquiring the websites ChrisitanConcertAlerts.com, Historyonthenet.com and Authentichistory.com; as well as Mike Turner's line of investment products, including TurnerTrends.com; the Retirement Watch newsletter and website, Retirementwatch.com; and the King James Bible mobile application. Salem Media Group also acquired Mill City Press from Hillcrest Publishing Group, Inc.

In July 2017, Salem Media Group merged DividendYieldHunter.com and transfered all content into DividendInvestor.com.[10]

Radio stations and licensees[edit]

Salem's radio stations and licensees include:[11]

Bison Media

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KBIQ FM 102.7 Contemporary Christian Music Colorado Springs
KGFT 100.7 Christian radio
KSKY AM 660 News Talk Dallas/Fort Worth
KZNT 1460 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 93.7
WGTK-FM 94.5 News Talk Greenville/Spartanburg
WGUL AM 860 Christian radio Tampa/St. Petersburg
WHIM 1080 Miami
WHKW 1220 Cleveland
WKAT 1360 Spanish Christian radio Miami
WLQV 1500 Christian radio Detroit
WLSS 930 News Talk Sarasota/Bradenton
WLTE FM 95.9 Classic hits Greenville/Spartanburg
WOCN AM 1450 Spanish Variety Miami
WRTH FM 103.3 Classic hits Greenville/Spartanburg
WSDZ AM 1260 News Talk Belleville/St. Louis
WZAB 880 Business Miami

Common Ground Broadcasting, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KDIZ AM 1570 Health Talk Minneapolis/St Paul
KKMS 980 Christian radio
KKNT 960 News Talk Phoenix
KPXQ 1360 Christian radio
KXXT 1010
KYCR 1440 Business Minneapolis/St Paul
WHK 1420 News Talk Cleveland
WTBN 570 Christian radio Tampa/St. Petersburg

Inspiration Media of Texas, LLC.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KEXB AM 620 Business Dallas/Fort Worth
KLTY FM 94.9 Contemporary Christian Music
KTNO AM 1440 Spanish Christian
KWRD-FM FM 100.7 Christian radio

Inspiration Media, Inc.

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

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 San Francisco
KFIA 710 Sacramento
KFSH-FM FM 95.9 Contemporary Christian Music Los Angeles
KKFS 103.9 Sacramento
KKLA-FM 99.5 Christian radio Los Angeles
KPRZ AM 1210 San Diego
KRLA 870 News Talk Los Angeles
KTKZ 1380 Sacramento
KTRB 860 San Francisco

Pennsylvania Media Associates, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KGBI-FM FM 100.7 Contemporary Christian Music Omaha
KOTK AM 1420 News-Talk
WBIX 1260 Business news Boston
WBZW 1520 Business Orlando
WDTK 1400 News Talk Detroit
WDYZ 990 La Nueva (Spanish Christian radio) Orlando
WEZE 590 Christian radio Boston
WFIL 560 Philadelphia
WGKA 920 News Talk Atlanta
WNTP 990 Philadelphia
WORD-FM FM 101.5 Christian radio Pittsburgh
WPGP AM 1250 News Talk
WPIT 730 Christian radio
WTLN 950 Orlando
WWDJ 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 of Massachusetts, LLC.

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

Salem Media of Colorado, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KBJD AM 1650 Spanish Christian radio Denver/Boulder
KDMT 1690 Business
KNUS 710 News Talk
KRKS 990 Christian radio
KRKS-FM FM 94.7

Salem Media of Hawaii, Inc.

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

Salem Media of Illinois, LLC.

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

Salem Media of New York, LLC.

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

Salem Media of Ohio, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
WRFD AM 880 Christian radio Columbus
WTOH FM 98.9 Conservative talk

Salem Media of Oregon, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KDZR AM 1640 Conservative talk Portland
KPDQ 800 Christian radio
KPDQ-FM FM 93.9
KRYP 93.1 Regional Mexican

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
WRCW AM 1250 News Talk
WWRC 1260

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
KKSP 93.3 Contemporary Christian
KLUP AM 930 News Talk San Antonio
KNTH 1070 Houston/Galveston
KRDY 1160 Spanish Christian radio San Antonio
KTEK 1110 Business Houston/Galveston
WAFS 1190 Atlanta
WDWD 590 Christian radio
WFSH-FM FM 104.7 Contemporary Christian Music
WLCC AM 760 Contemporary Christian Tampa/St. Petersburg
WLTA 1400 Christian radio Atlanta
WNIV 970
WTWD 910 Tampa/St. Petersburg
WWMI 1380 Business

Salem Radio Network[edit]

Salem Radio Network is a satellite radio network serving general market News/Talk stations and Christian-formatted stations through affiliate partnerships serving more than 2,700 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, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, and Joe Walsh. It also produces Christian market programming featuring The Eric Metaxas Show.
  • SRN News is a news source for conservative and Christian radio serving over 2,000 affiliates[12].
  • 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.[13]

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 include Singing News Magazine.[14]

Salem Eagle[edit]

In 2014 Salem acquired Eagle Publishing. Eagle Publishing is the parent company of Regnery Publishing, Eagle Financial Publications, Eagle Wellness, and the websites Human Events and RedState.

In 2015 Eagle Publishing acquired the websites Dividendinvestor.com and Stockinvestor.com.

In 2016 Eagle Publishing acquired Mike Turner's line of investment products, including TurnerTrends.com[15], as well as Bob Carlson's Retirement Watch newsletter and websites[16].

As of November 2017, Eagle Financial Publications publishes investor advice and financial newsletters by[17]:

Salem Author Services[edit]

Under the umbrella of Salem Author Services, we have Xulon Press, Mill City Press and the websites Bookprinting.com, Bookediting.com, Publishgreen.com and Libertyhill.com.

Xulon Press is a self-publishing digital publisher of books targeting a Christian audience.[18] 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.[19]

Salem Español Online[edit]

Salem owns a collection of Spanish language sites that provide a variety of Christian and family-friendly resources online. A few of those sites are CristoTarjetas.com; ElsitioCristiano.com; BibliaVida.com and LuzMundial.com.

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".[20] 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.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b About Salem – Salem.com
  2. ^ Salem's CCM format – Salem.cc
  3. ^ Salem history – Salem.cc
  4. ^ "SALM acquisition of Twitchy.com". 
  5. ^ Salem rebrands to Salem Media Group – Radio Ink Magazine
  6. ^ "Salem Communications Corporation renamed to Salem Media Group". Radioandmusic.com. 23 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Salem Media Group Announces Acquisition of DividendYieldHunter.com". Cision PR Newswire. November 2, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  8. ^ Our Businesses/ Stockinvestor.com – Salem.cc
  9. ^ Salem Media Group Announces Acquisition of DividendInvestor.com – Street Insider
  10. ^ "Welcome Dividend Yield Hunter Readers". Dividend Investor. July 11, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  11. ^ Salem station list – Salem Media Group
  12. ^ "SRN - About Us". November 14, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  13. ^ Salem Radio Network – Salem.cc
  14. ^ Salem Publishing – Salem.cc
  15. ^ "Salem Media Group Announces Acquisition of Mike Turner's Line of Investment Products". Cision PR Newswire. October 27, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Salem Media Group Announces Acquisition of Bob Carlson's Retirement Watch Newsletter". Cision PR Newswire. April 4, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g "Stock Investor". Stock Investor. November 14, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  18. ^ Xulon Press – Salem.cc
  19. ^ Xulon Press acquisition – Salem.cc
  20. ^ "Stuart Epperson – The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America". Time. February 7, 2005. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  21. ^ "A Higher Frequency". Mother Jones. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 

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