Stuart Epperson, the co-founder of Salem Communications (now Salem Media Group), passed away at the age of 86. In 1986, he, along with his brother-in-law, Edward Atsinger, established Salem Communications, a company that played a significant role in advancing Christian and politically conservative News Talk formatted radio stations and media assets across the nation. Mr. Epperson held a prominent position in the world of Christian radio, serving as a former board member of the National Religious Broadcasters Association. His contributions were recognized in 2005 when Time Magazine named him one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America.
Beyond his achievements in media, Stuart Epperson was deeply committed to promoting Judeo-Christian values through public policy. He actively engaged with conservative organizations dedicated to preserving these principles in our culture. Notably, he was a member and former president of the Council for National Policy (“CNP”), a prominent conservative association.
Stuart’s dedication to public service extended to the political arena as well. He sought to make an impact in North Carolina by becoming the Republican nominee for the fifth Congressional district in both 1984 and 1986.
Throughout his life, Stuart Epperson played a vital role in shaping Christian broadcasting, conservative activism, and public policy initiatives, leaving a lasting legacy that impacted many.
Salem Media Group Executive Chairman Ed Atsinger commented: “Stuart will be greatly missed by many. I will miss him, but I take comfort in realizing that he is already receiving his reward for a life well-lived. A life that personifies the words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7-8: ‘I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. Now there Is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.’”
Please remember the Epperson family, friends and all at Salem Media in your thoughts and prayers.