CAMARILLO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/01/12 -- 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 that it is adding another NewsTalk radio station to its stable of talk stations around the country beginning Thursday, November 1st. 98.9 FM The Answer is now born in Columbus, Ohio -- the 34th largest market in the United States, with the LMA of WJKR-FM. The new talker will be the 25th NewsTalk radio station owned by Salem.
"Salem has enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the Columbus community. We're excited to deepen our connection in this market with our acquisition of a strong FM signal where listeners can be informed by our faculty of nationally syndicated hosts," said Dave Santrella, President of Salem's Radio division.
"I can't think of a better time to launch a NewsTalk station than right now, in Ohio the biggest of all battleground states," said Tom Heyl, General Manager for Columbus. "Columbus is ready for a contemporary NewsTalk radio station relevant to today's culture."
"This will be the 5th 'Answer' station we have launched at Salem, along with New York, Los Angeles, Riverside and Dallas," said Phil Boyce Salem's VP/Director, Spoken Word Format. "Salem continues to be a leader in the NewsTalk format, and this new station will be the first FM NewsTalk station in the company fold. The Answer imaging voiced by legendary Lonnie Perkins will sound great coming out of an FM speaker."
The station will feature the Salem staple lineup of Bill Bennett's Morning In America 6-9am, Mike Gallagher 9am to Noon, Dennis Prager Noon to 3pm, Michael Medved 3pm to 6pm, Hugh Hewitt 6 to 9pm, Dial Global's Dennis Miller 9pm to midnight with Compass Media's Lars Larson Midnight to 3am.
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 99 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