July 10, 2012 at 18:00 PM EDT
Mary Katharine Ham Joins HotAir.com as Editor-at-Large

WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwire) -- 07/10/12 -- Townhall.com and HotAir.com General Manager Jonathan Garthwaite announced today that renowned writer and conservative media personality Mary Katharine Ham has joined HotAir.com as Editor-at-Large.

Mary Katharine Ham -- a FoxNews contributor -- has been a mainstay in the conservative movement for several years. From 2005 through 2008 she was a columnist and the managing editor of Townhall.com where she pioneered videoblogging with her award-winning series, HamNation. She has since written for the Weekly Standard blog and served as the online editor of The Washington Examiner. She also did a tour of duty at the Heritage Foundation early in her career. Prior to signing with HotAir.com, Ham co-hosted a morning-drive talk show in Washington, DC and was a featured writer for The Daily Caller.

"We are so excited to bring Mary Katharine Ham on board. She's one of the sharpest writers in conservative political media and a tremendous talent to have at HotAir," said Garthwaite. "She joins the best conservative writing team of Allahpundit and Ed Morrissey who serve as editors of the site along with Associate Editor Erika Johnsen and Weekend Editor Jazz Shaw. Mary Katharine brings a unique perspective, investigative reporting talent, and a keen eye for hot button issues of the day."

"I am excited to be joining Ed, AllahPundit, and the rest of the crew at HotAir.com," said Mary Katharine Ham. "HotAir has been a conservative leader in news and commentary and a favorite daily read of mine for years. I'm looking forward to being part of it!"

Mary Katharine Ham will publish news analysis and commentary on HotAir.com and continue her role as a contributing editor to Townhall Magazine. She will also serve as a spokesperson for the blog on media outlets. She will begin on July 10, 2012.

"2012 is a critical year for conservatives and the combination of the HotAir.com platform and Mary Katharine's talents are a perfect match," concluded Garthwaite.

About Townhall/HotAir

Townhall and HotAir are leading online destinations for news, commentary and analysis from a conservative perspective. With over 4 million unique readers per month, HotAir is the #1 conservative blog and Townhall is the leading news, commentary, and political analysis site for conservatives. Townhall/HotAir also publishes Townhall Magazine, a monthly print magazine with subscribers across the nation, distribution to movers and shakers in Washington DC and availability on newsstands. Townhall/HotAir is owned by Salem Communications.

About Salem Communications:

Salem Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: SALM) is the largest commercial U.S. radio broadcasting company that provides programming targeted at audiences interested in Christian and family-themed radio content, as measured by the number of stations and audience coverage. Upon completion of all announced transactions, the company will own a national portfolio of 96 radio stations in 37 markets, including 58 stations in 22 of the top 25 markets. Salem also programs the Family Talk™ Christian-themed talk format on XM Radio, channel 170.

Salem owns Salem Radio Network, a national radio network that syndicates talk, news and music programming to approximately 2,000 affiliated radio stations and Salem Media Representatives, a national media advertising sales firm with offices across the country.

In addition to its radio broadcast business, Salem owns a non-broadcast media division. Salem Web Network is a provider of online Christian and conservative-themed content and streaming and includes websites such as Christian faith focused Christianity.com, Questions and Answers about Jesus Christ at Jesus.org, Christian living focused Crosswalk.com®, online Bible at BibleStudyTools.com, and Christian radio ministries online at OnePlace.com. Additionally Salem owns conservative news leader Townhall.com® and conservative political blog, HotAir.com, providing conservative commentary, news and blogging. Salem Publishing™ circulates Christian and conservative magazines such as Homecoming® The Magazine, YouthWorker Journal™, The Singing News, FaithTalk Magazine, Preaching and Townhall Magazine™. Xulon Press™ is a provider of self publishing services targeting the Christian audience.

For more information and media inquires, contact Jonathan Garthwaite at 703-294-6046.

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