Chairman of the Board
Mr. Epperson has been Chairman of the Board of the Company since its inception. He is also a Director of Salem Communications Holding Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. Mr. Epperson has been engaged in the ownership and operation of radio stations since 1961 and currently serves as a Director and President of Roanoke-Vinton Radio Incorporated; as President of Sonsinger Management, Inc.; as a Partner of Sonsinger Properties, Sonsinger Broadcasting Company of Houston, L.P. and Salem Broadcasting Company; and as a member of East Bay Broadcasting, LLC. Mr. Epperson has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Religious Broadcasters for a number of years and was re-elected to a three (3) year term on that Board in February 2016. Mr. Epperson is married to Nancy A. Epperson, who is Mr. Atsinger’s sister. Additionally, Mr. Epperson is the father of Stuart W. Epperson Jr. (Director) and uncle of Edward C. Atsinger (Director).
Edward G. Atsinger III
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Atsinger has been Chief Executive Officer, a Director of the Company and a Director of each of the Company’s subsidiaries since their inception. He was President of Salem from its inception through June 2007. He has been engaged in the ownership and operation of radio stations since 1969 and currently serves as a Partner of Salem Broadcasting Company, Sonsinger Properties, Sonsinger Broadcasting Company of Houston, L.P.; as a member of East Bay Broadcasting, LLC, Atsinger Aviation, LLC, Sun Air Jets, LLC, Allyson Aviation, LLC, Greenbelt Property Management; and as President of Sonsinger Management, Inc. Mr. Atsinger has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Religious Broadcasters for a number of years and was re-elected to a three (3) year term on that Board in February 2016. He was also a member of the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Board from 2008 through 2014. Mr. Atsinger has been a member of the Board of Directors of Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, California since 1999. Mr. Atsinger is the brother-in-law of Mr. Epperson. Additionally, Mr. Atsinger is the father of Edward C. Atsinger (Director) and uncle of Stuart W. Epperson Jr. (Director).
Richard A. Riddle
Mr. Riddle has been a Director of the Company since September 1997. Mr. Riddle is an independent businessman specializing in providing financial assistance and consulting to individuals and manufacturing companies. He was President and majority stockholder of I.L. Walker Company from 1988 to 1997 when that company was sold. He also was Chief Operating Officer and a major stockholder of Richter Manufacturing Corp. from 1970 to 1987. In October 2010, Mr. Riddle joined the Board of Directors of Truth for Life, a non-profit organization that is a customer of the Company. Additionally, in 2010, Mr. Riddle joined the Board of Directors of Know the Truth, a non-profit organization that is also a customer of the Company.
Mr. Halvorson has been Dean of Trinity Law School since 2016. Additionally, Mr. Halvorson has been an Attorney at the Law Office of Eric H. Halvorson since 2010 and focuses his practice on business law and estate planning. Mr. Halvorson is also of counsel to Stowell, Zeilenga, Ruth, Vaughn, and Treiger LLP, a boutique business law firm in Westlake Village. Mr. Halvorson was an Adjunct Professor at the Pepperdine University School of Law for the 2006-2007, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2013-2014 academic years. He was an Executive in Residence at Pepperdine University Seaver College of Letters, Arts and Sciences from 2000-2003 and from 2005-2007. Mr. Halvorson was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company from 2007-2008, Chief Operating Officer of the Company from 1996-2000 and Executive Vice President of the Company from 1991-2000. From 1991-1999 and 1985-1988, Mr. Halvorson also served as General Counsel to the Company. Mr. Halvorson was the managing partner of the law firm of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.-Green Bay from 1988 until 1991. From 1985 to 1988, he was Vice President and General Counsel of the Company. From 1976 until 1985, he was an associate and then a partner of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.-Milwaukee. Mr. Halvorson was a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1971 to 1973. Mr. Halvorson was previously a member of the board of directors of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. from 2003-2016 and Pharmacyclics, Inc. from 2011-2015. Mr. Halvorson is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Spanish Hills, LLC and Spanish Hills Country Club. Mr. Halvorson was previously a Director of the Company from 1988-2008.
Heather W. Grizzle
Heather W. Grizzle is a founding partner of Causeway Strategies, a boutique consulting firm that helps individuals, organizations and corporations to communicate, connect and advance their objectives more effectively. Her background includes work in the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives, as well corporate communications in New York and charity sector communications in London. She graduated cum laude with high honors in Economics from Harvard University, where she was Co-President of the Institute of Politics. Ms. Grizzle is Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Stewardship and a member of the Boards of Innovations for Poverty Action, Alpha USA, KidsMatter, and Charity Vest.