Salem Media GroupAmerican radio broadcaster and media company
|Nasdaq: SALM (Class A)|
Russell Microcap Index component
Commercial radio broadcasting
|Genre||Radio broadcasting, publishing, internet content provider|
Edward Atsinger III
6400 N Beltline Road,
|Revenue||$262.78 million (2018)|
Number of employees
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.
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:
- Christian talk and teaching, which consists of programs produced and paid for by local and national ministries, with some stations branded as The Mission or The Word. These stations do not accept commercial advertising;
- Conservative talk, a variant on the News/Talk format, focused around Salem Radio Network's Talk programs (see below). Most of these stations utilize the branding names The Answer or The Patriot, and all accept commercial advertising;
- Contemporary Christian Music, an advertiser-supported format with such stations branded as The Fish;
- Spanish-language Christian talk and/or music, utilizing the branding Radio Luz;
- Business talk, with these stations collectively branded as The Wall Street Business Network;
- and a grouping of other stations not in one of those five categories.
As of 2021, Salem's radio stations and licensees (with stations arranged by state and market served) are:
|AM Stations||FM Stations||HD Stations|
|Market||Station||Current Format||Translator Station||Official licensee|
|Atlanta||WDWD-590||Christian talk and teaching||Salem Communications Holding Corporation|
|WNIV-970||Christian talk and teaching|
|WLTA-1400||Christian talk and teaching|
|WFSH-FM-104.7||Contemporary Christian Music|
|Boston||WEZE-590||Christian talk and teaching|
|WROL-950||W262CV (100.3 FM)||Salem Media of Massachusetts, LLC.|
|Columbus, Ohio||WRFD-880||W283CL (104.5 FM)||Salem Media of Ohio, Inc.|
HD2 - Contemporary Christian Music (95.9 The Fish)
|W240CX (95.9 FM) (Relays HD2)|
|Chicago||WIND-560||Conservative talk||Salem Media of Illinois, LLC.|
|WYLL-1160||Christian talk and teaching||Salem Media of Massachusetts, LLC.|
|Cleveland||WHKW-1220||W245CY (96.9 FM)||Salem Communications Holding Corporation|
|WHK-1420||Conservative talk||W273DG (102.5)|
|WFHM-FM-95.5||Contemporary Christian Music||Salem Media of Massachusetts, LLC.|
|Colorado Springs||KZNT-1460||Conservative talk||K266CK (101.1 FM)||Bison Media|
|KBIQ-102.7||Christian adult contemporary|
|KGFT-100.7||Christian talk and teaching|
|Dallas - Fort Worth||KSKY-660||Conservative talk||KGPJ-LP (92.9 FM) (Dallas)|
KRQP-LP (95.5 FM) (Arlington)
K260BP (99.9 FM) (Fort Worth)
|KTNO-620||Spanish Christian||Inspiration Media of Texas, LLC.|
|KLTY-94.9||Contemporary Christian Music|
HD2 - Spanish CCM (El Pez 102.5)
HD3 - KWRD-FM simulcast
|K273BJ (102.5 FM) (Dallas) (Relays HD2)|
|KWRD-FM-100.7||Christian talk and teaching|
|Denver - Boulder||KNUS-710||Conservative talk||Salem Media of Colorado, Inc.|
|KRKS-990||Christian talk and teaching|
|KRKS-FM-100.7||Christian talk and teaching|
|Detroit||WDTK-1400||Conservative talk||W268CN (101.5)||Salem Communications Holding Corporation|
|WLQV-1500||Christian talk and teaching||W224CC (92.7 FM)|
|Greenville, South Carolina||WGTK-FM-94.5||Conservative 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)
|Honolulu||KHNR-690||Conservative talk||K232FL (94.3 FM)||Salem Media of Hawaii, Inc.|
|KGU-760||Sports||K236CR (95.1 FM)|
|KAIM-FM-95.5||Contemporary Christian Music|
|KGU-FM-99.5||Christian talk and teaching|
|Houston - Galveston||KNTH-1070||Conservative talk||K277DE (103.3 FM)||Salem Communications Holding Corporation|
|KKHT-FM-100.7||Christian talk and teaching||Salem Media of Illinois, LLC.|
|Little Rock||KKSP-93.3||Contemporary Christian Music||Salem Communications Holding Corporation|
|KDIS-FM-99.5||Christian talk and teaching|
|Louisville||WFIA-900||Christian talk and teaching||W297BV (107.3 FM)||Salem Media of Massachusetts, LLC.|
(sale pending to Word Media Group)
|WGTK-970||Conservative talk||Salem Communications Holding Corporation|
(sale pending to Word Media Group)
|WFIA-FM-94.7||Christian talk and teaching|
|Los Angeles||KRLA-870||Conservative talk||New Inspiration Broadcasting Co., Inc.|
|KFSH-FM-95.9||Contemporary Christian Music|
|KKLA-FM-99.5||Christian talk and teaching|
|Miami - Fort Lauderdale||WKAT-1450||Spanish Christian Radio||W270CV (101.9 FM)||Salem Communications Holding Corporation|
|Minneapolis - Saint Paul||KKMS-980||Christian talk and teaching|
|WWTC-1280||K298CO (107.5 FM) (Golden Valley)||Salem Media of Massachusetts, LLC.|
|Nashville||WBOZ-104.9||Contemporary Christian Music||Reach Satellite Network, Inc.|
|WFFH-94.1||Salem Communications Holding Corporation|
|New York City||WMCA-570||Christian talk and teaching||W272DX (102.3 FM)||Salem Media of New York, LLC.|
|Orlando - Daytona Beach||WORL-950||W235CR (94.9 FM)||Salem Communications Holding Corporation|
|WTLN-990||Christian talk and teaching||W268CT (101.5 FM)|
|Oxnard - Ventura||KDAR-98.3||KDAR-FM1 (98.3 FM) (Santa Barbara)||New Inspiration Broadcasting Co., Inc.|
|Philadelphia||WFIL-560||Salem Communications Holding Corporation|
|KXXT-1010||Christian talk and teaching|
|Pittsburgh||WPIT-730||Christian talk and teaching (Days)|
Contemporary Christian music (Nights)
|W243BW (96.5 FM)|
|WPGP-1250||Conservative talk||W223CS (92.5 FM)|
|WORD-FM-101.5||Christian talk and teaching|
|Portland, Oregon||KPDQ-800||K292HH (106.3 FM)||Salem Media of Oregon, Inc.|
|KFIS-104.1||Contemporary Christian Music||Salem Communications Holding Corporation|
|KRYP-93.1||Regional Mexican||Salem Media of Oregon, Inc.|
|KPDQ-FM-93.9||Christian talk and teaching|
|Riverside - San Bernardino||KTIE-590||Conservative talk||Salem Communications Holding Corporation|
|Sacramento||KFIA-710||Christian talk and teaching||K289CT (105.7 FM)||New Inspiration Broadcasting Co., Inc.|
|KKFS-103.9||Contemporary Christian Music|
|KSAC-FM-105.5||Business talk||Salem Communications Holding Corporation|
|San Antonio||KLUP-930||Conservative talk|
|KSLR-630||Christian talk and teaching||Salem Media of Texas, Inc.|
|San Diego||KCBQ-1170||Conservative talk||K241CT (96.1 FM) (Oceanside)||New Inspiration Broadcasting Co., Inc.|
|KPRZ-1210||Christian talk and teaching||K291CR (106.1 FM) (Encinitas)|
|San Francisco - Oakland||KTRB-860||Conservative talk||K257BE (99.3 FM) (Los Gatos)|
|KFAX-1100||Christian talk and teaching|
|KDOW-1220||Business talk||K237GZ (95.3 FM)||SCA-Palo Alto, LLC.|
|Sarasota - Bradenton||WLSS-930||Conservative talk||W229BR (93.7 FM) (Bayshore Gardens)||Salem Communications Holding Corporation|
|Seattle - Tacoma||KGNW-820||Christian talk and teaching||Inspiration Media, Inc.|
|Tampa - St. Petersburg||WTBN-570||Christian talk and teaching||W262CP (100.3 FM) (Bayonet Point)||Salem Communications Holding Corporation|
|WGUL-860||Conservative talk||W229DJ (93.7 FM) (Dunedin)|
|WTWD-910||Christian talk and teaching|
|W271CY (102.1 FM) (Lakeland)|
|Washington, D.C.||WWRC-570||Conservative talk|
|WRCW-1250||Conservative talk (simulcasts WWRC)||W244EB (96.7 FM) (Burke)|
|WAVA-780||Christian talk and teaching|
|WAVA-FM-100.7||Christian talk and teaching|
HD2 - WAVA-AM Simulcast
HD3 - WWRC/WRCW simulcast
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.
- SRN Talk produces general market News/Talk shows featuring nationally syndicated hosts Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Sebastian Gorka, Larry Elder, and Dan Profit. 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.
- The 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'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.
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.
Date of last edit: 2021-09-04T02:39:16.000Z