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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Santrella Adds Network Duties at Salem


Back in October Salem announced Network President Greg Anderson would retire at the end of the year, and now the company is restructuring its broadcast division in light of the change:  As of January 1, Salem will be consolidating its network and radio divisions, with Radio Division President Dave Santrella (pictured) adding network duties with the new title of president of broadcast media. He'll be overseeing the Salem Radio Network, the SMR/VMR rep firm, and a variety of digital assets. Phil Boyce, meanwhile, will move up to SVP for Salem Radio Network and spoken word formats.

Salem Chairman/CEO Ed Atsinger said, "Our network and radio divisions overlap in so many ways. A management consolidation should produce greater efficiencies and productivity.  This is a case where the whole will be equal to more than the sum of its parts. Five years ago Dave was promoted to president of the radio division. In that capacity he has brought creative leadership  to the division, absorbing new outlets and improving productivity and efficiency while recognizing that the media future is all about convergence of platforms.  Consolidating our radio and network divisions is the logical next step in that convergence strategy, and Dave is perfectly positioned to lead this consolidated division."

Phil Boyce, who's been serving as VP and director of spoken word formats, moves up to SVP for Salem Radio Network and spoken word formats. He'll oversee all programming and revenue for Salem's News and News/Talk networks, including network talk hosts, The Janet Mefford Show, and SRN News. He'll also continue to oversee Salem's New York operations and to serve as a consultant for national ministries.

Atsinger says, "There is no one in America more qualified to bring value to the Salem Radio Network than Phil Boyce. Anyone familiar with his background and resume will immediately agree.  I am confident that under the leadership of Dave and Phil, our network assets will move to new heights, building on the solid foundation made by Greg Anderson, who built the network over a 23-year period."

In other radio-division changes at Salem, Allen Power and Linnae Young move into SVP posts, overseeing other operational VPs and department managers in various areas of Salem's business. Terry Fahey moves up to operational VP, overseeing most Salem stations west of Phoenix, while other operational VPs including Brian Taylor, John Peroyea, David Ruleman, and Mike Moran pick up additional statio responsibilities.

On the network side, Mike Reed and Mike Miller are being promoted to SVP posts. Reed will take on added responsibilities in the Dallas office's network operations and Miller expanding his role in the network's music space.

Santrella says, "So many times companies seem to think the smartest people in the business are at other companies. It's inspiring to see that Salem recognizes the talent we already have on board as evidenced through these promotions."

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