There’s a new man in power at Salem Media Group who has the ultimate say-so of what will transpire at its Broadcast Media division.

The appointment of Allen Power is just one change, however, as part a realignment of the publicly traded company’s AM and FM radio station unit.

These changes will commence at the beginning of 2023.

Power, presently a Sr. VP in Atlanta for Salem, will assume the role as President/Broadcast Media.

Commenting on the appointment, Salem CEO David Santrella said, “Allen Power and I have worked and collaborated closely for 18 of my 21 years with Salem. His keen operational experience combined with his strong hand of leadership provide a perfect combination to build a better future for the broadcast division.”

Allen Power
Allen Power

Power commented, “My years with Salem have been the most rewarding of my career so far. Our dual focus on doing well while doing good provides a culture unique in media. I’m grateful for the leadership of our founders Edward Atsinger and Stuart Epperson, and grateful to Dave Santrella and David Evans for the opportunity to play this role as our company continues to grow as a multimedia platform.”

Power joined Salem in 2000 after spending two years as General Manager of WESC & WTPT in Greenville-Spartanburg for the company then-known as Clear Channel Communications.

He spent a decade at the two stations, under owners Broadcasting Company of the Carolinas; Benchmark Communications; and Capstar prior to Clear Channel in various ascending roles. He started at WESC in 1985 as a Production Manager and air personality. From 1979-1980, while still in high school, he was an air personality at Top 40 WFBC in Greenville-Spartanburg.

In other leadership advancements, Linnae Young is being promoted to EVP/Operations and Revenue Development from SVP/Operations. It is a newly expanded role, in which she will work across Salem’s broadcast and digital platform to grow the company’s 360-degree approach for our marketing and ministry partners.

Santrella said, “Linnae has been my go-to person every time we’ve had an opportunity to sell multiple marketing elements from several divisions to new clients. Her work in our industry on Salem’s behalf with many clients made this an easy decision for me. Linnae brings out the very best from those she works with, and I look forward to seeing her touch across the entire division.”

Additionally, Salem RVP and Chicago General Manager Jeff Reisman is being promoted to SVP/Operations. This means Reisman will oversee the radio markets on the eastern side of the country.

Santrella said, “Allen and I have worked closely with Jeff for many years. His track record in Chicago speaks for itself. He was the first building block to what is now Salem Surround, our digital marketing agency.” Power added, “Jeff sets the bar for Salem with some of the most profitable and well attended events for our company and has taken that attitude to the markets he’s been overseeing. I look forward to seeing that same success expanded across the entire eastern super region.”

Regarding these promotions Santrella commented, “I would point out that these three promotions are all from within our Salem team which is further proof that Salem appreciates and believes in our employees and rewards hard work and success.”


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