CAMARILLO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/16/12 -- Salem Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: SALM), a leading U.S. radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and conservative opinion content, announced today a 6-state, 9-city "Battleground States Talkers' Tour" -- with leading Salem Radio Network talent partnering with acclaimed actor Jon Voight for nine events to be held over a narrow six-day period in the run-up to Election Day.
"Salem serves audiences in a number of the states that will determine the course for our country over the next four years," said David Santrella, president of the radio division at Salem Communications. "We are pleased to create these unique, no-charge events that encourage informed participation in the democratic process," he said.
Headlining the nine events will be Salem Radio Network's (SRN) nationally syndicated hosts Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt and Mike Gallagher. Various combinations of Salem's SRN hosts have teamed up with Jon Voight ("National Treasure," "24") for the Battleground Tour events.
"Each of our SRN hosts has been deeply engaged in this election. From sorting through the polling data to clarifying the real stakes, I am pleased that some of the brightest and the best in the business today are on the SRN team," said Greg Anderson, President of SRN, the division of Salem that syndicates talk and news to over 1,100 stations across the country. "These events will be a terrific complement to the positive impact they have been making day in, day out throughout this cycle," he continued.
The Battleground Tour will commence on October 21 in Philadelphia, continuing to Fairfax, Virginia (Oct. 22), Miami (Oct. 23), Orlando (Oct. 24), Tampa (Oct. 24), Cleveland (Oct. 25), Columbus (Oct. 26), Detroit (Oct. 26) with the tour concluding in Denver on October 27.
About Salem Communications
Salem Communications Corporation is the largest commercial U.S. radio broadcasting company that provides programming targeted at audiences interested in Christian and conservative opinion content, as measured by the number of stations and audience coverage. Upon completion of all announced transactions, the company will own and/or operate a national portfolio of 98 radio stations in 38 markets, including 61 stations in 22 of the top 25 markets. Salem also programs the Family Talk Christian-themed talk format on SiriusXM Radio, channel 131.
Salem also owns Salem Radio Network, a national radio network that syndicates talk, news and music programming to approximately 2,300 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 an Internet and a publishing 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, Christian videos at GodTube.com, a leading website providing church media at WorshipHouseMedia.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.
Evan D. Masyr