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Former New York Governor David Paterson Joins Air Staff at AM 970 The Answer

July 19, 2013 - Camarillo, CA

Salem Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: SALM), a leading U.S. radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and conservative opinion content, and its News Talk station in New York AM 970 The Answer announced today that former New York Governor David Paterson has joined the air staff and is now co-hosting the 5pm to 7pm time slot with Curtis Sliwa. Curtis will continue to host the morning show solo, from 6am to 9am.

Paterson, who hosted the afternoon drive program on WOR until the end of last year, has always been a fan of talkradio, and was delighted to have the chance to get back on the air in New York and New Jersey. "I am ecstatic at the prospect of returning to talk radio at AM 970 The Answer and co-hosting with one of the living legends in the business, Curtis Sliwa," said Paterson. "Working with Curtis, as opposed to being a solo host, gives me a wider birth to air my opinions and strike up an interesting back and forth with an outspoken and articulate critic on everything."

Paterson was a member of the state legislature in Albany representing the New York City area, then became Lt. Governor and later Governor upon the resignation of former governor Elliott Spitzer. He served as the 55th governor of New York from 2008 to 2010.

AM 970 The Answer Vice President and General Manager, Jerry Crowley who first hired Paterson when he was GM of WOR, said "there was no more beloved or recognizable figure in talkradio than the Gov. It's amazing how fast he became skilled behind the microphone. He created quite a buzz when he first started reading commercials and our clients simply loved it. He was a big part of our success."

The new show, named "Curtis and the Gov" has been on the air for over a month and has made its mark with the weekly live shows from the Statler Grill in the Hotel Pennsylvania, where most of the candidates for Mayor of New York have stopped by for live interviews. This show will continue to focus on local politics and issues important to residents of New York and New Jersey.

About Salem Communications

Salem Communications Corporation is the largest commercial U.S. radio broadcasting company that provides programming targeted at audiences interested in Christian and conservative opinion content, as measured by the number of stations and audience coverage. Upon completion of all announced transactions, the company will own and/or operate a national portfolio of 99 radio stations in 38 markets, including 61 stations in 22 of the top 25 markets. Salem also programs the Family Talk™ Christian-themed talk format on SiriusXM Radio, channel 131. Additionally the company operates

Salem also owns Salem Radio Network, a national radio network that syndicates talk, news and music programming to approximately 2,400 affiliated radio stations and Salem Media Representatives, a national media advertising sales firm with offices across the country.

In addition to its radio broadcast business, Salem owns an Internet and a publishing division. Salem Web Network is a provider of online Christian and conservative-themed content and streaming and includes websites such as Christian faith focused, Questions and Answers about Jesus Christ at, Christian living focused®, online Bible at, Christian videos at, a leading website providing church media at and Christian radio ministries online at Additionally Salem owns conservative news leader™ and conservative political blog, providing conservative commentary, news and blogging. Salem Publishing™ circulates Christian and conservative magazines such as Homecoming® The Magazine, YouthWorker Journal™, The Singing News, FaithTalk Magazine, Preaching and Townhall Magazine™. Xulon Press™ is a provider of self-publishing services targeting the Christian audience.

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