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Salem Radio Network is a United Statesmarker-based radio network that specializes in syndicated Christian talk, music, and secular news/talk programming. It is a division of Salem Communications.

Network information

Salem operates 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 (WAVAmarker in Washington, DCmarker and WORD-FM in Pittsburghmarker), 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 transmits full-time on a commercial basis. These stations only sell advertisement time, not blocks of time like Christian Talk counterparts. 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.


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.

Christian programs

Salem's Christian talk programming is primarily aimed at Christian stations, although a few secular talk stations, such as Salem-owned KYCR in Minneapolis-St. Paulmarker, carry some of the programming.

General Market (secular) programs

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

Network properties

Satellite formats

SRN also operates a satellite format program. To this day, the division known as "Salem Music Network" operates three satellite-driven networks. These feeds are mostly for stations in small and mid-size markets, however; they could also be used on some HD Radio sub channels and/or as alternate or permanent programming on some major stations in the midst of either a format change or is having technical issues. Affiliates could operate their stations virtually unmanned, with nothing more than a computer and a satellite hookup offering major market talent that some Christian radio stations with small budgets could not afford.

Unlike ABC/Citadel Media and other major radio networks, SRN's "affiliate hour clock" does not include a newscasting option. However, holes for local spots are provided. SRN's 24-hour-music formats include:

Network Ident Format
Solid Gospel Gospel Music
The Word In Praise Traditional Worship Music
Today's Christian Music Contemporary Christian

Other network holdings

Network Ident Format Additional Notes
FamilyTalk Christian Talk Only on XM Satellite Radio

= Available through terrestrial radio affiliates.

= Available only on satellite radio.


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