Salem Media Group

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."[2] 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 CBS Radio for fifth-largest radio broadcaster.[2] FamilyTalk is a Christian-themed talk format on Sirius XM Radio Channel 131. Additionally, Salem owns conservative websites, RedState, Hot Air, and PJ Media, as well as Twitter aggregator Twitchy.

Salem Media Group, Inc.
Traded asNASDAQ: SALM (Class A)
Russell Microcap Index component
IndustryMass media
Commercial radio broadcasting
GenreRadio broadcasting, publishing, internet content provider
FoundersStuart Epperson
Edward Atsinger III
4880 Santa Rosa Road
Camarillo, California
Revenue$262.78 million (2018)[1]
Number of employees
1,173 (2019)

The company was founded by 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.


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"),[3] news talk (branded as "The Answer"), Spanish-language Christian content and most recently, business programming.[4]

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 assets of Eagle Publishing, including Regnery Publishing, Human Events, and RedState, as well as sister companies Eagle Financial Publications and Eagle Wellness.[5]

On February 23, 2015, Salem Communications changed its name to Salem Media Group.[6][7]

In 2015, Salem Media Group expanded their digital platform with acquisitions of several businesses and assets, including,[8];[9],[10] 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, and; as well as Mike Turner's line of investment products, including;[11] the Retirement Watch newsletter and website,;[12] 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 and transferred all content into[13]

In March 2019, political writer Raheem Kassam and lawyer Will Chamberlain purchased Human Events from Salem Media Group for $300,000.[14]

Radio stations and licensees

Salem's radio stations are organized into six categories: Christian Talk, News Talk (shown as Conservative Talk on their website), Contemporary Christian Music, Spanish Language, Business Talk, and a grouping of other stations not in one of those five categories.

Salem's radio stations and licensees include:[15]

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

Inspiration Media, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KGNW AM 820 Christian radio Seattle/Tacoma
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

Salem Communications Holding Corporation

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
WBZW AM 1520 Business Orlando
WDTK 1400 News Talk Detroit
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
WORL 950 News Talk Orlando
KDXE FM 101.1 Conservative Talk Little Rock
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
WDWD 590 Christian radio Atlanta
WFSH-FM FM 104.7 Contemporary Christian Music
WLTA AM 1400 Christian radio
WNIV 970
WTLN 990 Orlando
WTWD 910 Tampa/St. Petersburg
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
WHKW 1220 Cleveland
WKAT 1450 Spanish Variety Miami
WLQV 1500 Christian radio Detroit
WLSS 930 News Talk Sarasota/Bradenton
WLTE FM 95.9 Classic hits Greenville/Spartanburg
WRTH FM 103.3 Classic hits Greenville/Spartanburg
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
KTNO AM 620 Spanish Christian Dallas/Fort Worth
KLTY FM 94.9 Contemporary Christian Music
KWRD-FM FM 100.7 Christian radio

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
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
KNUS 710 News Talk
KRKS 990 Christian radio

Salem Media of Hawaii, Inc.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KAIM-FM FM 95.5 Contemporary Christian Music Honolulu
KGU AM 760 Classic country
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
KKHT-FM FM 100.7 Christian radio Houston
WIND AM 560 News Talk Chicago

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
KPAM 860
KPDQ 800 Christian radio
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

SCA -Palo Alto, LLC.

Call Letters AM/FM Frequency Format Market
KDOW AM 1220 Business San Francisco

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 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.[16]
  • 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.[17]

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.[18]

Salem Author Services

Under the umbrella of Salem Author Service are Xulon Press, Mill City Press and the websites,, and

Xulon Press is a self-publishing digital publisher of books targeting a Christian audience.[19] 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.[20]

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;; and

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".[21] 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.[22]


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