Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Related Party Transactions

Related Party Transactions
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2021
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related Party Transactions
Our Board has adopted a written policy for review, approval and monitoring of transactions between Salem and its related parties. The policy applies to any transaction or series of transactions in which Salem is a participant, the amount involved exceeds $120,000 and a Related Party (as defined in Item 404(a) of SEC Regulation
has a direct or indirect material interest, excluding, among other things, compensation arrangements with respect to employment and Board membership.

Related Parties includes our directors, executive officers, nominees to become a director, any person beneficially owning more than 5% of any class of our stock, immediate family members of any of the foregoing, and any entity in which any of the foregoing persons is employed or is a general partner or principal or in which the person has a 10% or greater beneficial ownership interest.
Under the Policy, related party transactions must be reported to our general counsel and be reviewed and approved or ratified by the Board in accordance with the terms of the Policy, prior to the effectiveness or consummation of the transaction, whenever practicable. The Board will review all relevant information available about the potential related party transaction and may, in its sole discretion, impose such conditions as it deems appropriate on Salem or the Related Party in connection with the approval of the related party transaction. We also poll our directors and executive officers on an
basis with respect to related party transactions and their service as an officer or director of other entities. Any director involved in a related party transaction that is being reviewed or approved must recuse himself or herself from participation in any related deliberation or decision.

Other than compensation arrangements for our directors and executive officers, the following is a summary of transactions for the years ended December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 to which we have been a party in which the amount involved exceeds $120,000 annually and in which any of our then directors, executive officers or holders of more than 5% of any class of our stock at the time of such transaction, or any members of their immediate family, or is a general partner or principal or in which the person has a 10% or greater beneficial ownership interest, had or will have a direct or indirect material interest.
Leases with Principal Stockholders
A trust controlled by the Executive Chairman of the company, Edward G. Atsinger III, owns real estate on which assets of one radio station are located. Salem has entered into a lease agreement with this trust. Rental expense related to this lease included in operating expense for each of the year’s ending December 31, 2021, and 2020 amounted
to $0.2 
million. Mr. Ted Atsinger, son of the Executive Chairman is the beneficiary and/or successor trustee.
Land and buildings occupied by various Salem radio stations are leased from entities owned by the company’s Executive Chairman and its Chairman Emeritus. Rental expense under these leases included in operating expense for each of the years ending December 31, 2021, and 2020
was $1.6 million and $1.5 million, respectively.
Know the Truth – Mr. Riddle
Know the Truth is a
organization that is a customer of Salem Media Group, Inc. During 2021 and 2020 the company billed Know the Truth approximately $0.4 million and $0.6 million for airtime on its stations. The company had receivable balances of $0.8 million and $1.0 million at December 31, 2021
and 2020, respectively. Mr. Riddle, a director of the company, joined the Know the Truth board in 2010 and remains a member of this board.
Split-Dollar Life Insurance
Salem maintained split-dollar life insurance policies for its Chairman Emeritus and Executive Chairman since 1997. Since 2003, the company has been the owner of the split-dollar life insurance policies and was entitled to recover all of the premiums paid on the policies. The premiums
were $0.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. The policies were surrendered during 2020 with net proceeds of $2.4 million paid to the company. The company paid $0.3 million of the proceeds to the Chairman
and $0.3 million
of the proceeds to the Executive Chairman in exchange for surrendering the policies.
Transportation Services Supplied by Sun Air Jets
From time to time, the company rents aircraft from a company owned by Edward G. Atsinger III, Executive Chairman and director of Salem. As approved by the independent members of the company’s board of directors, the company rents these aircraft on an hourly basis for general corporate needs. Total rental expense for these aircraft for the years ended December 31, 2021, and 2020 was
approximately $26,000 and $298,000, respectively. At December 31, 2020, $100,000 of the $298,000 paid to Sun Air Jets during 2020 was applied as an advance to secure future flights at discounted rates of which $26,000 was utilized during 2021.