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Salem Radio Network
TypeRadio network
United States
OwnerSalem Media Group
Launch date2009
AvailabilityNational, through regional affiliates

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

Network information

Salem Radio Network was launched in 2009, and operates on 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-FM in Washington, D.C., 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]


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.



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.[4]

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

Network properties

Over-the-air networks

Salem Music Network

Salem Music Network is a division of SRN which operates three networks for the use of over-the-air stations. These feeds are mostly for stations in small and mid-size markets or HD Radio sub-channel use. The networks are distributed through both audio over IP and satellite.

Unlike other major radio networks, SRN's broadcast clock does not include a top-of-the-hour newscast, though four local insertion opportunities and a station identification spot are provided.

Network Format Reference
Singing News Radio (Formerly Solid Gospel) Southern Gospel Music [5]
The Word in Praise Traditional Worship Music
The Fish (Today's Christian Music) Contemporary Christian
The Answer (General Market Talk) Conservative Talk
FamilyTalk Christian Talk

= Available through terrestrial radio affiliates.
= Available exclusively via Sirius XM.

See also


  1. ^ "SRN Talk – Salem Media Group".
  2. ^ "General Market Talk Show Hosts – SRN Talk Formats – Salem Media Group".
  3. ^ "Sebastian Gorka to Launch Nationally Syndicated Radio Show with Salem Radio Network". AP NEWS. November 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Hugh Hewitt, Larry Elder in Salem Radio Network Shake-Up". The Hollywood Reporter. March 30, 2016.
  5. ^