SOURCE: Salem Communications Corporation

Salem Communications Corporation

June 12, 2013 10:32 ET

L.A. Radio Veteran Frank Sontag Named as New Afternoon Talk Host for 99.5 KKLA-FM, Los Angeles

CAMARILLO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 12, 2013) - 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, announced today that following a nationwide search, Frank Sontag has been selected as new afternoon drive talk host for Los Angeles Christian Teaching and Talk station 99.5 KKLA-FM. "The Frank Sontag Show" airs weekdays from 4:00 - 6:30pm.

Frank succeeds long time host Frank Pastore who passed away late last year from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in November 2012.

"We are excited about having Frank Sontag join our line-up in the critical afternoon drive position," says KKLA Program Director Chuck Tyler. "Frank is a true veteran of Los Angeles radio having worked at [former ABC Station] KLOS-FM for 27 years."

Frank worked as news director, disc jockey and was part of the popular Mark and Brian Program.  During this time Frank also hosted his own talk radio show for 21 years The Impact Program on KLOS. This top-rated talk show covered a wide variety of topics including spirituality, philosophy, personal development and current events.

Frank's life took an abrupt change when he was involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident. That began a search for truth that ultimately led to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Since his conversion he has been diligently studying the Scriptures, law, apologetics and public policy and is currently studying Christian Theology and Apologetics at Biola University.

"Frank believes his calling is to share God's love and truth through media and we believe his coming to KKLA is a perfect fit for the next season of KKLA's ministry in Southern California," says Terry Fahy, KKLA Vice President and General Manager.

"I am both honored and humbled to be named as the new afternoon host on 99.5 KKLA Los Angeles," noted Sontag. "This is a new season for KKLA and for me and it is my hope that together we can make a difference in our community as we proclaim His love and truth."

The Frank Sontag Show airs weekdays from 4 pm - 6:30 pm.

Frank is married to wife Erin, and has an adult daughter and a young son.

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.

Contact Information

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    Chuck Tyler
    KKLA Program Director
    (818) 956-5552
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