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Salem Communications (NASDAQ: SALM) is a media company operating in the United States, with 99 U.S. radio stations (pending acquisitions) that are primarily concentrated in the nation's biggest markets, including 65 stations in 23 of the top 25 markets. It specializes in religious and conservative talk radio formats. In the top 25 markets, Salem is the third largest radio station owner after Clear Channel and CBS Radio. When purchasing radio stations, the company focuses on acquiring outlets with powerful transmitters. This is the opposite of how many Christian broadcasters operate, where a common practice is to purchase large numbers of low-power translators. Salem owns slightly more AM stations than FM stations. All their stations are considered commercial radio stations. Salem was founded by Stuart Epperson and Edward Atsinger III. Salem's programming is accessible to one-third of the U.S population.[1] Unlike many Christian broadcasters, Salem is a for profit corporation. NASDAQ in Times Square, New York City. ... Not to be confused with clear channel radio stations, which are AM radio stations with certain technical parameters. ... CBS Radio Inc. ... A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ... Antenna tower of Crystal Palace transmitter, London A transmitter (sometimes abbreviated XMTR) is an electronic device which with the aid of an antenna propagates an electromagnetic signal such as radio, television, or other telecommunications. ... In broadcasting, a translator is an FM radio station or a TV station which acts as a full-duplex repeater. ... Stuart Epperson is co-founder and chairman of Salem Communications, and a member of the conservative Council for National Policy (CNP).[1] In 1984 and 1986, Epperson was the Republican nominee for the fifth Congressional district of North Carolina. ...



Salem operates mostly four strategic radio formats: Christian talk and teaching (which airs on AM in some markets and on FM in others), Contemporary Christian music (which airs on mostly FM stations), conservative News/Talk format (which airs on AM stations), and Christian Teaching (which also only airs on AM stations. A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... Christian radio is a radio format that focuses on transmitting programming with a Christian message. ... Contemporary Christian Music (or CCM) is a genre of popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. ... Talk radio is a radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ...

The Contemporary Christian Music format is full-time on most stations, but in smaller markets where Salem has a limited amount of stations it airs only part-time in morning/afternoon drive times on weekdays and afternoons on weekends. In a couple markets where Salem only has one FM station The CCM format airs on weekends with talk and teaching on weekdays. Examples include WAVA in Washington, DC and WORD in Pittsburgh. Most CCM stations though play music full-time and do not sell blocks of time to religious organizations except maybe on Sunday mornings. WAVA-FM is a radio station located at 105. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... A word is a unit of language that carries meaning and consists of one or more morphemes which are linked more or less tightly together, and has a phonetical value. ... Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, Steel Town, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges, The Burgh Motto: Benigno Numine (With the Benevolent Deity) Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded November 25, 1758 Incorporated April 22, 1794 (borough)   March 18...

The Christian Talk format is also part-time filling weekdays during the day in some markets and only in the drive times in others. This format features talk shows where listeners call in and participate in the show in a way similar to secular talk stations. The rest of the day is filled with Churches and Christian Organizations buying blocks of time ranging from a few minutes to an hour on the stations.

The Conservative Talk format is basically commercial full-time. These stations only sell the traditional ad time and not blocks of time like Christian Talk Counterparts. Some such stations may have some religious programs on Sunday mornings.

The teaching format relies on selling blocks of time to organizations full-time. These stations offere diverse religious features ranging from church services to political/religious interview features to Christian Family Life programs to even some Children's shows. A few such stations may feature Christian Music specialty shows during some weekend slots. For the most part, though, these stations are music free.

Salem also owns a few oldies stations, a country station, a sports station in the Cleveland market and a Hawaiian music station in the Honolulu market. The company's Salem Radio Network subsidiary produces several leading talk radio shows as well as a 24-hour news service that are distributed to more than 1900 radio affiliates. Salem Radio Network also operates three satellite feeds with either a contemporary Christian music, traditional Christian worship music, and gospel music for Christian radio stations with small budgets. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... Hawaiian music refers to the musical style native to the Hawaiian Islands of the United States. ... “Honolulu” redirects here. ... Contemporary Christian Music (or CCM) is a genre of popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. ... Worship music is a style of Christian music that is commonly used to denote songs that are used to worship God and set in a choral music style, usually with repeating, short, easily sung chorus parts. ... Gospel music refers to the religious music that first came out of African-American churches in the first quarter of the twentieth century or, more loosely, to both black gospel music and to the religious music composed and sung by predominately white Southern Gospel artists. ...

The company also publishes magazines and websites, notably CCM Magazine, TheFish.com, crosswalk.com, christianity.com, ChristianJobs.com, and oneplace.com. CCM Magazine is a monthly magazine published by Salem Publishing, a division of Salem Communications. ...

In 2006, Salem acquired the political site Townhall.com. Salem also develops open source broadcast software through its Salem Radio Labs group, most notably the Rivendell broadcast automation package. Townhall. ... Open source refers to projects that are open to the public and which draw on other projects that are freely available to the general public. ... In broadcast engineering, broadcast automation is the use of technology to automate broadcasting operations. ...

Political Activism

The founders of Salem Communications support various religious right causes. Epperson was recently noted in Time magazine as one of the "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America." In 2004 he cochaired Americans of Faith, a church-based get-out-the-vote campaign. Both founders have served on the Council for National Policy. They have given $100,000 to the Bush presidential reelection campaign and $780,000 to a gay marriage ban initiative in California.[2] A pocket watch, a device used to tell time Look up time in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Council for National Policy (CNP), is a conservative American educational group, membership of which is only available by invitation. ...

Syndicated Programming

Salem syndicates a number of programs in two separate streams - secular (mostly politically conservative) talk, and Christian talk. This programming is distributed, mainly to Salem-owned stations but also to non-Salem-owned stations, under the banner of the Salem Radio Network.

General Market (Secular) Programs

These are times when programs are fed live. Many stations carry delayed feeds. Some stations substitute other conservative talk programs from other syndicators. Hosts such as Michael Savage and Dennis Miller are also popular on Salem-owned stations.) William Bennett on NBCs Meet the Press William John Bennett (born July 31, 1943) is an American conservative pundit and politician. ... Mike Gallagher (born in Dayton, Ohio on April 7, 1960) is a popular conservative American radio talk show host. ... Dennis Prager (born August 2, 1948) is a conservative syndicated radio talk show host, columnist and public speaker in the United States. ... Michael Medved Michael Medved (born October 3, 1948) is an American nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show host, film critic and author. ... Hugh Hewitt (born February 22, 1956) is a conservative American radio talk show host, author, and blogger. ... Michael Savage may refer to: Michael Savage (actor) (former star of General Hospital) professional name of Ron Jacobson [1] Michael Savage (commentator), professional name of Michael Weiner, a United States broadcaster from San Francisco, CA and a published natural health writer. ... Dennis Miller (born November 3, 1953, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American comedian, political commentator, television personality, and talk radio host. ...

The satellite feed for Salem's general market programming can be heard on the Cable Radio Network, on CRN3. The Cable Radio Network, sometimes simply referred to as CRN or CRN Digital Talk, is a series of digital radio channels distributed via satellite for use on cable television outlets. ...

Christian Programs

Janet Parshall Janet Parshall is the host of the radio show Janet Parshalls America, which is broadcast on the Salem Radio Network. ... R. Albert Mohler, Jr. ... Cal Thomas is a conservative American syndicated columnist and author. ...


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