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At Salem Media, an Orderly Transition

Santrella succeeds Atsinger as CEO

David Santrella

Edward G. Atsinger III has transitioned from CEO to executive chairman of the board of directors at Salem Media Group, a move that was announced in late December.

David Santrella becomes CEO, promoted from president of broadcast media. David Evans moves up from president of digital media and publishing to COO.

Chairman Stuart W. Epperson has resigned, and Stuart W. Epperson Jr. joins the board.

“These changes reflect the board’s ongoing succession planning and are designed to provide leadership continuity as the company continues to execute its strategic initiatives,” the organization stated.

Edward G. Atsinger III

Salem said Atsinger “will continue to be engaged full-time and focus more of his attention on macro strategy and planning, M&A, external relationships, government affairs and leadership development.”

“Since founding Salem in 1974, Mr. Atsinger, along with his brother-in-law Mr. Epperson, has grown the company from a single radio station into America’s leading multimedia company specializing in Christian and conservative content,” it stated. “He has been a driving force in Salem’s mission to serve the company’s audiences nationwide with content that is unavailable through mainstream media channels.”

[Read the full statement.]