A visitor pointed out a change to Salem Radio that I just incorporated into the web site.
As I wrote in the past, the revenue stream of Salem has been migrating from ad revenue on over the air stations to selling subscriptions to Townhall.com and selling books. The change is that Salem is now streaming its talk syndicated programs free 24/7 for every host. I’ve added all of them, and “featured” them for the next week to make this change more visible.
This is similar to what Glenn Beck did a couple years ago, making his show available free with the 3 hour show in a loop, so you can listen whenever you want (Time Shifting). Note this is still not podcasting, where you can listen to the program when and where you want (often with no commercials) and have the ability to skip or fast forward through things you are not interested in.
You might think radio stations would resent their syndicator (and the hosts) directing people to listen over the Internet instead of their local radio stations – in the case of Salem, most of their affiliates are Salem Owned and Operated (O&O) stations. Those independent stations carrying Salem’s programming don’t have a lot of choice in the matter.
If you’re aware of other over the air radio syndicated shows that offer free streaming, let me know and I’ll look at adding them. I’ve considered the idea in the past to drop individual stations from the directory where the syndicator streams the same show for free during the same hours (or 24×7) (ESPN comes to mind). That would greatly cut down on the testing load.