4/2/13: Salem unveils ChristianRadio.com portal to showcase its radio content online

Paul Maloney
April 2, 2013 - 12:40pm

Religious media company Salem Communications has launched its ChristianRadio.com website as a portal to streams of its more than 60 Christian/conservative music and talk broadcast properties. The new portal also includes on-demand programming from Christian ministries as well as several live streaming Spanish-language Christian talk stations.

While Salem radio streams will still be available elsewhere (e.g. iHeartRadio), ChristianRadio.com will exclusively showcase Salem properties.

In addition to its extensive broadcast holdings, the Salem Web Network provides online Christian and conservative-themed websites, content, and streaming. Seventeen percent of Salem's Q4 revenue came from its online businesses; 15% across all of 2012.

"ChristianRadio.com is a joint effort of Salem's radio and new media divisions. Together we have built a content aggregator that gives our listeners, ministries and advertisers digital content delivery within an environment that is consistent with their values and ours," said Salem Radio Division President, Dave Santrella.

Paul Maloney
April 2, 2013 - 12:40pm

Yesterday (in this article) we alluded to RIAA financial statements that revealed streaming revenue from sources like Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube (known as "access models") amounted to $1.0328 billion in 2012, accounting for 15% of total industry revenue.

$462 million, or about 45% of the digital total, came from non-interactive digital services operating under statutory licenses (Internet, satellite, and cable radio) via SoundExchange.

Physical retail sales (CDs/vinyl) amounted to about $2.584 billion, down 18.5% in a year. Downloads amounted to $3.02 billion.

See the RIAA revenue summary sheet here.

Paul Maloney
April 2, 2013 - 12:40pm

If you haven't yet booked your flight and hotel for Las Vegas for our RAIN Summit West event on Sunday, Bottom Line Publications has three nice tips to help you find last-minute travel deals.

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Read this column from Bottom Line here, and we'll see you in Vegas!