Salem Communications to Acquire WLTN-AM & WHIM-AM in Orlando, Florida; Announcement Creates Three-Station Cluster in Growth Market

CAMARILLO, Calif.--()--Oct. 21, 2005--Salem Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:SALM), the leading radio broadcaster focused on Christian and family-themed programming, today announced that it will acquire WTLN (950 AM) and WHIM (1520 AM), which serve the greater Orlando, Fla. market, from Alton Rainbow Corporation and TM2, Inc., for approximately $10 million. The transaction is subject to required regulatory approvals and other closing conditions and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2006. Last month, Salem announced that it would acquire Orlando station WORL (660 AM), which will be programmed in its successful News Talk format.

Edward G. Atsinger III, president and CEO of Salem Communications, commented, "These are two heritage stations that have been in the Christian teaching and talk format for many years. The Moffits are respected broadcasters who have provided a platform in Orlando to some of the best national ministries and speakers, a tradition we plan to continue. This transaction strengthens Salem's position in one of the nation's top markets allowing us to broadcast two of our three strategic formats in Orlando."

Headquartered in Camarillo, Calif., Salem is the leading U.S. radio broadcaster focused on Christian and family-themed programming. Upon the close of all announced transactions, the company will own 105 radio stations, including 66 stations in 24 of the top 25 markets. In addition to its radio properties, Salem owns Salem Radio Network(R), which syndicates talk, news and music programming to approximately 1,900 affiliates; Salem Radio Representatives(TM), a national radio advertising sales force; Salem Web Network(TM), a leading Internet provider of Christian content and online streaming; and Salem Publishing(TM), a leading publisher of Christian-themed magazines. Additional information about Salem may be accessed at the company's website, www.salem.cc.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements used in this press release that relate to future plans, events, financial results, prospects or performance are forward-looking statements as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to the ability of Salem to close and integrate announced transactions, market acceptance of Salem's radio station formats, competition from new technologies, adverse economic conditions, and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in Salem's reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Salem undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, changed circumstances or unanticipated events.

Contacts

Salem Communications Corporation
Denise Davis, 805-384-4508
DeniseD@salem.cc

Contacts

Salem Communications Corporation
Denise Davis, 805-384-4508
DeniseD@salem.cc