Salem Communications

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Salem Communications Corporation
IndustryMass media
Commercial radio broadcasting
GenreRadio broadcasting, publishing, internet content provider
FoundersStuart Epperson
Edward Atsinger III
HeadquartersThe Woodlands, Texas, United States
Key peopleStuart W. Epperson; Chairman of the Board
Edward G. Atsinger III; Chief Executive Officer
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Salem Communications Corporation
IndustryMass media
Commercial radio broadcasting
GenreRadio broadcasting, publishing, internet content provider
FoundersStuart Epperson
Edward Atsinger III
HeadquartersThe Woodlands, Texas, United States
Key peopleStuart W. Epperson; Chairman of the Board
Edward G. Atsinger III; Chief Executive Officer

Salem Communications (NASDAQ: SALM) 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.[citation needed] FamilyTalk is a Christian-themed talk format on Sirius XM Radio Channel 131. Additionally, Salem owns conservative blogs and

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, news talk, 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, In January 2014, the Company announced the acquisition of the acquisition of the assets of Eagle Publishing, including Regnery Publishing,, and, as well as sister companies Eagle Financial Publications and Eagle Wellness.[1]


Salem's licensees include:

Bison Media

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
KBIQFM102.7Contemporary Christian MusicColorado Springs
KGFTFM100.7Christian radioColorado Springs
KSKYAM660News TalkDallas/Fort Worth
KZNTAM1460News TalkColorado Springs

Caron Broadcasting, Inc

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
KFISFM104.1Contemporary Christian MusicPortland
KTIEAM590News TalkRiverside/San Bernardino
WFFHFM94.1Contemporary Christian MusicNashville
WFFIFM93.7Contemporary Christian MusicNashville
WGTK-FMFM94.5News TalkGreenville/Spartanburg
WGULAM860Christian radioTampa/St. Petersburg
WHIMAM1080Christian radioMiami
WHKWAM1220Christian radioCleveland
WKATAM1360Spanish Christian radioMiami
WLQVAM1500Christian radioDetroit
WLSSAM930News TalkSarasota/Bradenton

Common Ground Broadcasting, Inc.

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
KKMSAM980Christian radioMinneapolis/St Paul
KKNTAM960News TalkPhoenix
KPXQAM1360Christian radioPhoenix
KXXTAM1010Christian radioPhoenix
KYCRAM1570BusinessMinneapolis/St Paul
WHKAM1420News TalkCleveland
WTBNAM570Christian radioTampa/St. Petersburg

Inspiration Media of Texas, LLC

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
KLTYFM94.9Contemporary Christian MusicDallas/Fort Worth
KWRD-FMFM100.7Christian radioDallas/Fort Worth

Inspiration Media, Inc.

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
KGNWAM820Christian radioSeattle/Tacoma
KLFEAM1590News TalkSeattle/Tacoma
KNTSAM1680Spanish Christian radioSeattle/Tacoma

New Inspiration Broadcasting Co., Inc.

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
KCBQAM1170News TalkSan Diego
KDARFM98.3Christian radioOxnard/Ventura
KFAXAM1100Christian radioSan Francisco
KFIAAM710Christian radioSacramento
KFSHFM95.9Contemporary Christian MusicLos Angeles
KKFSFM103.9Contemporary Christian MusicSacramento
KKLAFM99.5Christian radioLos Angeles
KPRZAM1210Christian radioSan Diego
KRLAAM870News TalkLos Angeles
KTKZAM1380News TalkSacramento

Pennsylvania Media Associates, Inc.

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
KGBIFM100.7Contemporary Christian MusicOmaha
KOTKAM1420Spanish Christian radioOmaha
WDTKAM1400News TalkDetroit
WEZEAM590Christian radioBoston
WFILAM560Christian radioPhiladelphia
WGKAAM920News TalkAtlanta
WNTPAM990News TalkPhiladelphia
WORD-FMFM101.5Christian radioPittsburgh
WPITAM730Christian radioPittsburgh
WTLNAM950Christian radioOrlando
WWDJAM1150Spanish Christian radioBoston

Reach Satellite Network, Inc.

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
WBOZFM104.9Contemporary Christian MusicNashville

Salem Media Group, LLC

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
WFHMFM95.5Contemporary Christian MusicCleveland
WFIAAM900Christian radioLouisville
WHKZAM1440Christian radioYoungstown/Warren
WROLAM950Christian radioBoston
WWTCAM1280News TalkMinneapolis/St Paul
WYLLAM1160Christian radioChicago

Salem Media of Colorado, Inc.

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
KBJDAM1650Spanish Christian radioDenver/Boulder
KNUSAM710News TalkDenver/Boulder
KRKSAM990Christian radioDenver/Boulder
KRKS-FMFM94.7Christian radioDenver/Boulder

Salem Media of Hawaii, Inc.

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
KAIMFM95.5Contemporary Christian MusicHonolulu
KGU-FMFM99.5Christian radioHonolulu
KHCMAM880Korean ChristianHonolulu
KHNRAM690News TalkHonolulu

Salem Media of Illinois, LLC

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
KCROAM660Christian radioOmaha
KKHTFM100.7Christian radioHouston
WINDAM560News TalkChicago
WORLAM660News TalkOrlando

Salem Media of Kentucky, Inc.

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
WFIA-FMFM94.7Christian radioLouisville
WGTKAM970News TalkLouisville

Salem Media of New York, LLC

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
WMCAAM570Christian radioNew York
WNYMAM970News TalkNew York

Salem Media of Ohio, Inc.

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
WRFDAM880Christian radioColumbus

Salem Media of Oregon, Inc.

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
KPDQAM800Christian radioPortland
KPDQ-FMFM93.9Christian radioPortland
KRYPFM93.1Regional MexicanPortland

Salem Media of Texas, Inc.

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
KSLRAM630Christian radioSan Antonio

Salem Media of Virginia, Inc.

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
WAVAAM780Christian radioWashington D.C.
WAVA-FMFM105.1Christian radioWashington D.C.
WRCWAM1250News TalkWashington D.C.
WWRCAM1260News TalkWashington D.C.

SCA -Palo Alto, LLC

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
KDOWAM1220BusinessSan Francisco

South Texas Broadcasting, Inc.

Call LettersAM/FMFrequencyFormatMarket
KDIS-FMFM99.5Christian radioLittle Rock
KLUPAM930News TalkSan Antonio
KNTHAM1070News TalkHouston/Galveston
KRDYAM1160San Antonio
WFSHFM104.7Contemporary Christian MusicAtlanta
WLTAAM1400Christian radioAtlanta
WNIVAM970Christian radioAtlanta
WTWDAM910Christian radioTampa/St. Petersburg

Salem Radio Network[edit]

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 2,400 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.

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

Salem Web Network[edit]

Main article: Salem Web Network

Salem Web Network (SWN) started in 1999 with the website SWN consists of 11 national sites, including,, GodVine, and Godtube. More than 100 radio station websites are part of Salem Web Network's platform which reaches more than 7 million users every month.[citation needed]

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 including Homecoming from Bill and Gloria Gaither, FaithTalk, Youth Worker Journal, Preaching and Singing News Magazine.

Salem Eagle[edit]

In 2014 Salem acquired Eagle Publishing, whose assets include Regnery Publishing, Eagle Financial Publications, Eagle Wellness, and the websites Human Events and RedState.

Xulon Press[edit]

Xulon Press is a self-publishing digital publisher of books targeting a Christian audience.[2] 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.

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".[3] 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.[4]


  1. ^ "SALM acquisition of". 
  2. ^ Xulon About Page
  3. ^ "Stuart Epperson - The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America". Time (magazine). February 7, 2005. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "A Higher Frequency". Mother Jones. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 

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