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Industry News Bits 11-8-18

Salem Media Group announced today that Salem Radio Network is launching a new talk show hosted by Dr. Sebastian Gorka. The show—“America First with Sebastian Gorka”—will debut January 1, 2019 and will air daily in the 3pm to 6pm ET daypart on the SRN platform, replacing the Michael Medved show.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to have talent like Sebastian Gorka joining the Salem lineup,” said Salem Media Group’s CEO Edward Atsinger. “He’s a perfect fit. Brilliant, insightful, educated and uniquely experienced. A great addition to the best faculty in Talk Radio.”

Michael Medved commented, “I feel grateful for the more than 21 years I’ve worked with Salem Media Group, and I wish continued success to my friends and colleagues at the network. Together with my team of producers here in Seattle, we’ll be continuing our daily broadcast with no interruption, making it available to our devoted listeners in an exciting new format. We’ll also move forward with our emphasis on history programs and commentary to encourage public appreciation of the real blessings of this amazing country. Stay tuned.”

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Salem broadcast revenue is up $47.8 million for the third quarter. That includes $1.2 million of political revenue. For the first nine months of the year, Salem has written $3 million in political revenue, an increase of 28% from 2014, the last big mid-term election year.

Including digital, broadcast, and publishing, Salem’s net revenue was flat at $65 million. For the fourth quarter, the company is projecting total revenue to be between flat and a decrease of 2% from fourth quarter 2017 total revenue of $67.2 million.

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