LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Television has the Emmy’s. Film has the Oscars. For Christian broadcasters, recognition of success is the highly prized National Religious Broadcasters annual awards. For 2006, NRB has named KKLA 99.5 FM local favorite, the Frank Pastore Show, as ‘Radio Talk Show of the Year.’ Since January 2004, this former professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds with graduate degrees in both theology and political science has been engaging Los Angeles listeners “at the intersection of faith and reason” with candid talk that grapples with news and burning issues of the day.
Pastore, the big-league skeptic who found faith at the cross, also found an eager audience for his straight-talking style with Los Angeles drive-time listeners who tune into the KKLA 99.5 FM program from 4-7 p.m. on weekdays. According to Arbitron, ratings for The Pastore Show are up almost 60% in the last year among Los Angeles and Orange County area listeners.
The Salem-owned Christian teaching and talk station KKLA features Frank Pastore, along with some of the nation’s most respected Bible teachers and ministry experts who offer support for life’s toughest challenges and issues confronting popular culture.
“Frank Pastore is the quintessential Salem talk show host, but he’s also the best, as evidenced by this industry recognition,” said Joe Davis, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Salem Communications. “He’s a great combination of intelligence, life experience, and heart. He’s equally comfortable with theology and sports, but he knows what’s most important, and that’s what he communicates to his listeners with charm and with grace.”
The NRB is an association of Christian communicators that fosters electronic media access for the Gospel; promotes standards of excellence, integrity and accountability; and provides networking and fellowship opportunities for its members. The award will be presented at the 2007 NRB convention in Orlando, Fla., in February.
Pastore and his family are residents of Upland, California.
The Los Angeles cluster of stations, which includes KKLA 99.5 FM, News Talk 870 AM KRLA and The Fish® 95.9 FM, are owned and operated by Salem Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:SALM), a leading U.S. radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, magazine and book publisher focused on Christian and family-themed content and conservative values. In addition to its radio properties, Salem owns Salem Radio Network(R), which syndicates talk, news and music programming to approximately 2,000 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. Upon the close of all announced transactions, the company will own 97 radio stations, including 61 stations in 23 of the top 25 markets. Additional information about Salem may be accessed at the company's website, www.salem.cc.