CAMARILLO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/14/13 -- 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 beginning Monday, March 25, former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh will join the line-up of AM 560 The Answer in Chicago, hosting a show each weekday from 7-9pm.
"There are few politicians in Illinois or anywhere in the country that garner as much attention as Joe Walsh," said Jeff Reisman, General Manager of AM 560 The Answer. "Joe is an outspoken defender of freedom, and because of his firsthand experience in Congress, he brings a unique perspective to the national conversation as our country searches for answers during these challenging times."
"People kept asking me what my next step was going to be after I left office in January," said Joe Walsh. "We're at a crucial point in this country, and I'm excited to take the debate right to listeners throughout Chicagoland via the airwaves. The radio program will be a great platform to help grow a freedom movement which is already gaining momentum right here in Illinois. I intend to do with this program what I did as a U.S. Congressman -- speak plainly, speak directly, not worry about political correctness, and engage in respectful, engaging debate with all viewpoints. This is just too important of a time for all of us to do anything less."
Walsh was elected to Congress in 2010 to represent Illinois' Eight Congressional District and quickly became a leading voice in the Tea Party movement. He served in Congress until this past January. He was born and raised in North Barrington. He graduated from the University of Iowa and holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Prior to his Congressional term, Walsh worked with such organizations as Jobs for Youth, The Heartland Institute, The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation, The Milton and Rose Friedman Foundation, and the American Education Reform Council. He has also taught American Government and American History at the Hebrew Theological College and at Oakton Community College.
He received the highest possible ratings on freedom and limited government from The Club for Growth, Freedom Works, and Heritage Action. He lives in McHenry, Illinois, with his wife Helene. Between them, they have five children.
AM 560 WIND is owned and operated by Salem Communications Corporation.
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 2,400 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.