Salem Radio Network

Salem Radio Network is a United States-based radio network that specializes in syndicated Christian talk, music, and secular news/talk programming. It is a division of the Salem Media Group.

Salem Radio Network
TypeRadio network
Country
United States
AvailabilityNational, through regional affiliates
SloganProgramming That Delivers.
OwnerSalem Media Group
Official website
www.srnonline.com

Network information

Salem operates mostly four radio formats: Christian talk and teaching (transmitted on AM in some areas and on FM in others), Contemporary Christian music (transmitted mostly on FM stations), conservative News/Talk format (transmitted on AM stations), and Christian Teaching (transmitted on AM stations).

Contemporary Christian Music is transmitted full-time on most stations, but in areas where Salem has a limited number of stations it is transmitted only part-time in morning and afternoon drive times on weekdays and weekend afternoons. Where Salem only has one FM station (WAVA in Washington, DC and WORD-FM in Pittsburgh), CCM is transmitted on weekends, with talk and teaching on weekdays. Most CCM stations play music full-time and do not sell blocks of time to religious organizations except sometimes on Sunday mornings.

Christian Talk, comprising talk shows where listeners call in and participate in the show, is transmitted during weekdays in some areas, and only in drive times in others. The rest of the day is filled with blocks of time ranging from a few minutes to an hour sold to churches and Christian organizations.

Conservative Talk (branded in most markets as “The Answer” since 2014) transmits full-time on a commercial basis. These stations only sell advertisement time, not blocks of time like Christian Talk counterparts (though brokered programming may be offered on weekends as secular stations often do). Some of these stations have religious programs on Sunday mornings.

The teaching format relies on selling blocks of time to organizations full-time. These stations offer diverse religious features such as church services, political and religious interview features, Christian family life programs, and children's shows. Music (exclusively Christian) is only transmitted by a few of these stations at times during the weekend.[1]

Programming

The company's Salem Radio Network subsidiary produces several talk radio shows and a 24-hour news service that are distributed to more than 2,000 radio affiliates around the country.[2]

Daily

Weekends

William Bennett is a designated fill-in host. Bennett previously hosted Salem's morning drive-time show for a decade before retiring in March 2016.[6]

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

Network properties

Satellite formats

SRN also operates a satellite format program. The division known as "Salem Music Network" operates three satellite-driven networks. These feeds are mostly for stations in small and mid-size markets or HD Radio sub-channel use. Affiliates can operate these stations with a computer and satellite hookup.

Unlike other major radio networks, SRN's "affiliate hour clock" does not include a newscasting option. However, holes for local spots are provided. SRN's 24-hour-music formats include:

Network Format
Triangle-blue.svg Singing News Radio Southern Gospel Music
Triangle-blue.svg The Word In Praise Traditional Worship Music
Triangle-blue.svg The Fish (Today's Christian Music) Contemporary Christian
Triangle-blue.svg The Answer (General Market Talk) Conservative Talk

Other network holdings

Network Format Additional Notes
Triangle-purple.svg FamilyTalk Christian Talk Only on XM Satellite Radio

Triangle-blue.svg = Available through terrestrial radio affiliates.
Triangle-purple.svg = Available only on satellite radio.

See also

References

  1. ^ "SRN Talk - Salem Media Group". salem.cc.
  2. ^ "ChristianityToday, "Making Airwaves", 2/26/07". Retrieved 2007-10-11.
  3. ^ "General Market Talk Show Hosts - SRN Talk Formats - Salem Media Group". salem.cc.
  4. ^ "Sebastian Gorka to Launch Nationally Syndicated Radio Show with Salem Radio Network". AP NEWS. 8 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Wednesday, February 8, 2017". TALKERS.COM. 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  6. ^ "Hugh Hewitt, Larry Elder in Salem Radio Network Shake-Up".

External links

KKNT

KKNT (960 AM, "960 The Patriot") is a radio station broadcasting a talk radio format. KKNT is licensed to Phoenix, Arizona, United States, and broadcasts at 5000 watts. The station is owned by Salem Communications Holding Corporation, a subsidiary of the Salem Media Group.Most of the programs heard weekdays on KKNT are nationally syndicated hosts from the Salem Radio Network: Dennis Prager, Sebastian Gorka, Mike Gallagher, Hugh Hewitt and Larry Elder. KKNT also airs Mark Levin from Westwood One and a local show with host Seth Leibsohn. Weekends include programs on money, health, finances, the outdoors, firearms and brokered programming.

KLUP

KLUP (930AM The Answer) (930 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Terrell Hills, Texas, and serving the San Antonio metropolitan area. It is owned by Salem Media Group and airs a conservative talk radio format. Studios and offices are located at 9601 McAllister Freeway in San Antonio. The two-tower transmitter is off Lockway Street, near Loop 410, also in San Antonio. KLUP is powered at 5,000 watts by day. But at night, to avoid interfering with other stations on AM 930, it reduces power to 1,000 watts and uses a directional antenna.

KLUP is one of two talk radio stations owned by Salem in the San Antonio radio market. KLUP's schedule is mostly syndicated talk shows from the Salem Radio Network, while Freedom 1160, KRDY airs conservative talk shows from several sources, including Fox News Radio, Westwood One and the Salem Radio Network. KLUP hosts include Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Sebastian Gorka (America First), Larry Elder, Joe Walsh, Michael Medved and Matt Bruce (The Captain's America - Third Watch). Weekends feature shows on money, health, travel, guns and gardening. Some weekend hours are paid brokered programming Together, 930AM The Answer and Freedom 1160 are branded as San Antonio's One-Two Punch for Conservative Talk.

KPAE

KPAE (91.5 MHz) is a radio station broadcasting a Christian radio format. Licensed to Erwinville, Louisiana, United States. The station is currently owned by Port Allen Educational Broadcasting Foundation and features programming from Salem Radio Network.Programming is simulcast with co-owned 89.7 WPAE, an FM station in Centreville, Mississippi.

KRDY

KRDY (Freedom 1160) (1160 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station in San Antonio, Texas. The station is owned by Salem Media Group. The studios are located at 9601 McAllister Freeway. The transmitter is off Braun Road, near Loop 1604, in San Antonio.KRDY is one of two talk radio stations owned by Salem in the Greater San Antonio radio market. 930AM The Answer, KLUP's schedule is mostly syndicated conservative talk shows from the Salem Radio Network, while Freedom 1160, KRDY airs conservative talk shows from several sources, including Fox News Radio, Westwood One and the Salem Radio Network. Freedom 1160 hosts include Brian Kilmeade, Todd Starnes, Chris Plante, Ben Shapiro, Mark Levin and Tom Shillue. Together, Freedom 1160 and 930AM The Answer are branded as San Antonio's One-Two Punch for Conservative Talk.

KTKZ

KTKZ (1380 AM, "The Answer") is a conservative talk radio station based in Sacramento, California, United States. It is one of four Sacramento-area radio stations owned by the Salem Media Group. It operates at 5,000 watts with separate daytime and nighttime transmitter sites.

Most of the programs heard weekdays on KTKZ are nationally syndicated hosts from the Salem Radio Network: Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Mike Gallagher, Hugh Hewitt and Bill Bennett. KTKZ also carries Lars Larson from Compass Media Networks and John Gibson from the Fox News Talk service. KTKZ features local host Phil Cowan weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Weekends feature programs on law, aging, finance and Brokered programming.

On May 15, 2013, KTKZ was re-branded as "AM 1380 The Answer".

KTRB

KTRB (860 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station in San Francisco, California. The station has a talk radio format, airing programming from the Salem Radio Network, using the slogan "860 AM The Answer." KTRB is owned by East Bay Broadcasting, LLC.

The station features nationally syndicated programming, including Salem hosts Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Larry Elder and Steve Deace. Salem Media Group uses "The Answer" as a brand for most of its talk stations.

KVRP (AM)

KVRP (1400 AM) is a commercial radio station located in Stamford, Texas, broadcasting to the northern sections of the Abilene, Texas, area. KVRP airs a Christian contemporary music format branded as "The River". The programming is syndicated by Salem Radio Network.

The station is an affiliate of the Dallas Cowboys radio network.

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 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, tied with CBS Radio 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, and Hot Air, as well as Twitter aggregator Twitchy.

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 pursue a strategy of buying stations in the commercial radio band which are often higher-powered than those of the FM non-commercial band, and accept commercial advertising.

Townhall

Townhall is an American politically conservative website, print magazine and radio news service. Previously published by the Heritage Foundation, it is now owned and operated by Salem Communications. The website features more than 80 columns (both syndicated and exclusive) by a variety of writers and commentators, who often appear as guest commentators on the Fox News Channel. The website also publishes news articles from the Associated Press.

Townhall also provides five minute radio newscasts around the clock, detailing national and world news items. These newscasts air at the beginning of each hour on many Salem-owned radio stations and on Salem Radio Network affiliates, as well as on Sirius XM Patriot Channel 125.

WBHY (AM)

WBHY (840 AM, "Christian 840") is a radio station broadcasting a Christian radio format. Licensed to Mobile, Alabama, United States, the station serves the greater Mobile area. The station is currently owned by Goforth Media, Inc. and features programming from the Salem Radio Network.The station was assigned the WBHY call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on December 23, 1984.

WCGB

WCGB (1060 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Religious format as part of The Rock Radio Network. Licensed to Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, it serves the Puerto Rico area. The station is currently owned by Calvary Evangelistic Mission, Inc. and features programming from Salem Radio Network.

WDRU

WDRU (1030 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Christian radio format. Licensed to Creedmoor, North Carolina, United States, the station serves the Raleigh, North Carolina area. The station is owned by Truth Broadcasting Corporation and features programming from Salem Radio Network.WDRU broadcasts Wake Forest Demon Deacons sports programming, beginning with the 2012 football season. Its parent company, Truth Broadcasting, reached a deal with WEGO in Winston-Salem and WKEW in Greensboro to provide coverage along the I-40 corridor, which had been covered by WZTK before flipping to Spanish programming.

WFAM

WFAM (1050 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Christian radio format. Licensed to Augusta, Georgia, United States, the station is currently owned by Wilkins Communications Network and features programming from Salem Radio Network.

WIFA (AM)

WIFA (1240 AM, "Faith 1240 AM") is a radio station broadcasting a Contemporary Christian music format. Licensed to serve Knoxville, Tennessee, United States, the station serves the Knoxville area. The station is currently owned by Progressive Media, Inc. and features programming from Salem Radio Network.

WJJT

WJJT (1540 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Gospel music format. Licensed to Jellico, Tennessee, United States, the station is currently owned by Southeast Broadcast Corporation and features programming from Salem Radio Network. The call sign of the Chicago radio station playing in the background at the end of 1980's "Somewhere in Time", starring Christopher Reeve, was WJJT.

WLBB

WLBB (1330 AM, "Newstalk 1330") is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Carrollton, Georgia, United States, it serves the Carrollton area. The station is currently owned by Gradick Communications and licensed to WYAI, Inc. WLBB features programming from Salem Radio Network.

The station is an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves radio network, and the current flagship radio station for Clark Howard.

WNGN (FM)

WNGN (91.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Contemporary Christian format. Licensed to Argyle, New York, United States, the station serves the Saratoga area. The station is owned by Northeast Gospel Broadcasting Inc and features programming from the Salem Radio Network.

WQRM

WQRM (850 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Christian radio format. Licensed to Duluth, Minnesota, United States, the station is an owned and operated affiliate of VCY America. The station previously held the call sign WWJC, under self ownership and featured programming from Salem Radio Network. The then-WWJC originally signed on at 1270 kHz with 5 kW in 1963 and moved to its current 850 kHz frequency and raised power to 10 kW in 1970.In 2016, WQRM was granted a license to increase daytime power to 50,000 watts, with critical hours service of 14,000 watts.

WVNE

WVNE (760 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Christian radio format. Licensed to Leicester, Massachusetts, United States, the station serves the Worcester area. The station is owned by Blount Masscom, Inc. and features programming from the Salem Radio Network. The station's programming is also heard on translator station W268CQ (101.5 FM).

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