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Salem Media Group

American radio broadcaster and media company
Salem Media Group, Inc.
Salem Media Group.png
TypePublic
Traded as
Nasdaq: SALM (Class A)
Russell Microcap Index component
IndustryMass media
Commercial radio broadcasting
GenreRadio broadcasting, publishing, internet content provider
Founded1980s
FoundersStuart Epperson
Edward Atsinger III
Headquarters
6400 N Beltline Road
Irving, Texas
,
United States
Revenue$262.78 million (2018)
Number of employees
1,173 (2019)
Websitesalemmedia.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 values and what it describes as "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 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, making it tied with Entercom for fifth-largest radio broadcaster. FamilyTalk is a Christian-themed talk format on Sirius XM Radio Channel 131. Additionally, Salem owns conservative websites Townhall.com, RedState, Hot Air, and PJ Media, as well as Twitter aggregator Twitchy.

The company was founded by brothers-in-law Stuart Epperson and Edward G. Atsinger III and, unlike many Christian broadcasters, is a for-profit corporation. This allows it to buy stations in the commercial radio band which are often higher-powered than those of the FM non-commercial band, and to accept commercial advertising.

History

Former logo of Salem Communications.

In the early 1980s Atsinger (chief executive officer] and 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 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 assets of Eagle Publishing, including Regnery Publishing, Human Events, and RedState, as well as sister companies Eagle Financial Publications and Eagle Wellness.

On February 23, 2015, Salem Communications changed its name to Salem Media Group.

In 2015, Salem Media Group expanded their digital platform with acquisitions of several businesses and assets, including DividendYieldHunter.com, Stockinvestor.com; DividendInvestor.com, 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 ChristianConcertAlerts.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 transferred all content into DividendInvestor.com.

In March 2019, political writer Raheem Kassam and lawyer Will Chamberlain purchased Human Events from Salem Media Group for $300,000.

Radio stations and licensees

Salem's radio stations are organized into six categories:

As of 2021, Salem's radio stations and licensees (with stations arranged by state and market served) are:

AM StationsFM StationsHD Stations
MarketStationCurrent FormatTranslator StationOfficial licensee
AtlantaWDWD-590Christian talk and teachingSalem Communications Holding Corporation
WGKA-920Conservative talk
WNIV-970Christian talk and teaching
WLTA-1400Christian talk and teaching
(simulcasts WNIV)
WFSH-FM-104.7Contemporary Christian Music
BostonWEZE-590Christian talk and teaching
WROL-950W262CV (100.3 FM)Salem Media of Massachusetts, LLC.
Columbus, OhioWRFD-880W283CL (104.5 FM)Salem Media of Ohio, Inc.
WTOH-98.9Conservative talk
HD2 - Contemporary Christian Music (95.9 The Fish)
W240CX (95.9 FM) (Relays HD2)
ChicagoWIND-560Conservative talkSalem Media of Illinois, LLC.
WYLL-1160Christian talk and teachingSalem Media of Massachusetts, LLC.
ClevelandWHKW-1220W245CY (96.9 FM)Salem Communications Holding Corporation
WHK-1420Conservative talkW273DG (102.5)
WFHM-FM-95.5Contemporary Christian MusicSalem Media of Massachusetts, LLC.
Colorado SpringsKZNT-1460Conservative talkK266CK (101.1 FM)Bison Media
KBIQ-102.7Christian adult contemporary
KGFT-100.7Christian talk and teaching
Dallas - Fort WorthKSKY-660Conservative talkKGPJ-LP (92.9 FM) (Dallas)
KRQP-LP (95.5 FM) (Arlington)
K260BP (99.9 FM) (Fort Worth)
KTNO-620Spanish ChristianInspiration Media of Texas, LLC.
KLTY-94.9Contemporary Christian Music
HD2 - Spanish CCM (El Pez 102.5)
HD3 - KWRD-FM simulcast
K273BJ (102.5 FM) (Dallas) (Relays HD2)
KWRD-FM-100.7Christian talk and teaching
Denver - BoulderKNUS-710Conservative talkSalem Media of Colorado, Inc.
KRKS-990Christian talk and teaching
KBJD-1650Spanish Christian
KRKS-FM-100.7Christian talk and teaching
DetroitWDTK-1400Conservative talkW268CN (101.5)Salem Communications Holding Corporation
WLQV-1500Christian talk and teachingW224CC (92.7 FM)
Greenville, South CarolinaWGTK-FM-94.5Conservative talk
HD2 - Regional Mexican (Poder 102.9)
HD3 - Gospel music (Rejoice 96.9)
W275BJ (102.9 FM) (Relays HD2)
W245CH (96.9 FM) Travelers Rest (Relays HD3)
WLTE-95.9Classic Hits
(simulcasts WRTH)
WRTH-103.3Classic Hits
HonoluluKHNR-690Conservative talkK232FL (94.3 FM)Salem Media of Hawaii, Inc.
KGU-760SportsK236CR (95.1 FM)
KHCM-880Chinese
KAIM-FM-95.5Contemporary Christian Music
KHCM-FM-97.5Country
KGU-FM-99.5Christian talk and teaching
KKOL-FM-107.9Classic Hits
Houston - GalvestonKNTH-1070Conservative talkK277DE (103.3 FM)Salem Communications Holding Corporation
KKHT-FM-100.7Christian talk and teachingSalem Media of Illinois, LLC.
Little RockKKSP-93.3Contemporary Christian MusicSalem Communications Holding Corporation
KDIS-FM-99.5Christian talk and teaching
KDXE-101.1Conservative talk
LouisvilleWFIA-900Christian talk and teachingW297BV (107.3 FM)Salem Media of Massachusetts, LLC.
(sale pending to Word Media Group)
WGTK-970Conservative talkSalem Communications Holding Corporation
(sale pending to Word Media Group)
WFIA-FM-94.7Christian talk and teaching
Los AngelesKRLA-870Conservative talkNew Inspiration Broadcasting Co., Inc.
KFSH-FM-95.9Contemporary Christian Music
KKLA-FM-99.5Christian talk and teaching
Miami - Fort LauderdaleWKAT-1450Spanish Christian RadioW270CV (101.9 FM)Salem Communications Holding Corporation
Minneapolis - Saint PaulKKMS-980Christian talk and teaching
KYCR-1440Business talk
KDIZ-1570Conservative talk
WWTC-1280K298CO (107.5 FM) (Golden Valley)Salem Media of Massachusetts, LLC.
NashvilleWBOZ-104.9Contemporary Christian MusicReach Satellite Network, Inc.
WFFH-94.1Salem Communications Holding Corporation
WFFI-93.7
New York CityWMCA-570Christian talk and teachingW272DX (102.3 FM)Salem Media of New York, LLC.
WNYM-970Conservative talk
Orlando - Daytona BeachWORL-950W235CR (94.9 FM)Salem Communications Holding Corporation
WTLN-990Christian talk and teachingW268CT (101.5 FM)
Oxnard - VenturaKDAR-98.3KDAR-FM1 (98.3 FM) (Santa Barbara)New Inspiration Broadcasting Co., Inc.
PhiladelphiaWFIL-560Salem Communications Holding Corporation
WNTP-990Conservative talk
PhoenixKKNT-960
KXXT-1010Christian talk and teaching
KPXQ-1360
PittsburghWPIT-730Christian talk and teaching (Days)
Contemporary Christian music (Nights)
W243BW (96.5 FM)
WPGP-1250Conservative talkW223CS (92.5 FM)
WORD-FM-101.5Christian talk and teaching
Portland, OregonKPDQ-800K292HH (106.3 FM)Salem Media of Oregon, Inc.
KPAM-860Conservative talk
KDZR-1640Regional Mexican
KFIS-104.1Contemporary Christian MusicSalem Communications Holding Corporation
KRYP-93.1Regional MexicanSalem Media of Oregon, Inc.
KPDQ-FM-93.9Christian talk and teaching
Riverside - San BernardinoKTIE-590Conservative talkSalem Communications Holding Corporation
SacramentoKFIA-710Christian talk and teachingK289CT (105.7 FM)New Inspiration Broadcasting Co., Inc.
KTKZ-1380Conservative talk
KKFS-103.9Contemporary Christian Music
KSAC-FM-105.5Business talkSalem Communications Holding Corporation
San AntonioKLUP-930Conservative talk
KSLR-630Christian talk and teachingSalem Media of Texas, Inc.
San DiegoKCBQ-1170Conservative talkK241CT (96.1 FM) (Oceanside)New Inspiration Broadcasting Co., Inc.
KPRZ-1210Christian talk and teachingK291CR (106.1 FM) (Encinitas)
San Francisco - OaklandKTRB-860Conservative talkK257BE (99.3 FM) (Los Gatos)
KFAX-1100Christian talk and teaching
KDOW-1220Business talkK237GZ (95.3 FM)SCA-Palo Alto, LLC.
Sarasota - BradentonWLSS-930Conservative talkW229BR (93.7 FM) (Bayshore Gardens)Salem Communications Holding Corporation
Seattle - TacomaKGNW-820Christian talk and teachingInspiration Media, Inc.
KLFE-1590Conservative Talk
KNTS-1680Regional Mexican
Tampa - St. PetersburgWTBN-570Christian talk and teachingW262CP (100.3 FM) (Bayonet Point)Salem Communications Holding Corporation
WGUL-860Conservative talkW229DJ (93.7 FM) (Dunedin)
WTWD-910Christian talk and teaching
(simulcasts WTBN)
W271CY (102.1 FM) (Lakeland)
Washington, D.C.WWRC-570Conservative talk
WRCW-1250Conservative talk (simulcasts WWRC)W244EB (96.7 FM) (Burke)
WAVA-780Christian talk and teaching
WAVA-FM-100.7Christian talk and teaching
HD2 - WAVA-AM Simulcast
HD3 - WWRC/WRCW simulcast

Salem Radio Network

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 2,700 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.

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

Salem Publishing

Salem's flagship publication, CCM Magazine, was in the Christian music industry for more than 25 years. Salem no longer prints CCM Magazine, but it still exists in an online-only format. Other magazine publications include Singing News Magazine, which discusses happenings involving the Southern gospel community.

Salem Author Services

Under the umbrella of Salem Author Service are 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. 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.

Salem Español Online

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

The founders of Salem Communications supports 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.

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Salem Media Group, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (view authors).


Date of last edit: 2021-09-04T02:39:16.000Z