Salem Communications and AOL Team Up to Offer Online Christian Radio

( [email protected] ) Oct 06, 2004 05:02 PM EDT

Salem Communications, the leading radio broadcaster focused on religious and family themes programming, and America Online, the world's leading interactive services company, have announced a joint agreement to offer WMCA-AM (570) to AOL members through the AOL Radio Network, and for fans on the web. Live now, WMCA-AM is the first and only Christian Talk and Teaching radio station available on the AOL Radio Network. This exclusive relationship also provides visitors direct access to with a direct link to the audio stream.

"We are delighted to join with AOL to offer their members real time streaming of a Christian Talk and Teaching via the innovative AOL Radio Network," said Dave Armstrong, Vice President and General Manager of WMCA-AM. "WMCA-AM has served the New York radio market for more than 15 years, and for almost five years we have offered via on-demand listening for most ministries programs heard on WMCA-AM. We are pleased to now offer listeners anywhere, anytime full access to the New York's Inspiring Talk through this online stream."

"We are always looking for ways to appeal to the diverse interests of our members," said Evan Harrison, Vice President and General Manager of AOL Music and the AOL Radio Network. "This partnership rounds out our offering, providing our audience of millions across the country the chance to enjoy New York's WMCA, one of the more popular 24-hour Christian Talk and Teaching radio stations."

A leading online radio network with more than 6 million unique visitors per month, the AOL Radio Network has over 200 stations of music, news, sports and talk. The network includes 175 AOL-programmed stations, which feature AOL Music's popular programming such as [email protected], intimate in-studio recordings; AOL Music LIVE, weekly concert series; First Listens, worldwide debuts of the most eagerly anticipated songs, before they are available anywhere else; All Artist stations and Celebrity DJ stations. The network also offers third party streams from the most respected names in broadcasting; as well as, contextual information and integrated commerce.

About Salem Communications Corporation

Salem Communications Corporation, headquartered in Camarillo, California, is the leading U.S. radio broadcaster focused on religious and family themes programming. Upon the close of all announced acquisitions, the company will own 100 radio stations, including 62 stations in 23 of the top 25 markets mainly comprised of three primary formats: Christian Talk & Teaching; News/Talk; and Contemporary Christian Music. In addition to its radio properties, Salem owns Salem Radio Network, which syndicates talk, news and music programming to over 1,600 affiliated radio stations; Salem Radio Representatives, a national sales force; Salem Web Network, the leading Internet provider of Christian content and online streaming including successful Internet sites and; and Salem Publishing, a leading publisher of Christian themed magazines.

About America Online, Inc.

America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. Based in Dulles, Virginia. AOL is the world's leader in interactive services, web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce services.