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Salem Media Co-Founder Stuart W. Epperson Sr. Dies at 86

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Salem Media Co-Founder Stuart W. Epperson Sr. Dies at 86

By Movieguide® Contributor

Salem Media co-founder and long-time Christian, conservative broadcaster Stuart W. Epperson Sr. recently died at 86.  

“Stu’s contributions to the field of Christian broadcasting cannot be overstated. He touched countless lives with his unwavering commitment to Christian communications excellence and using the airwaves to advance the truth. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and to the Salem Media family at this time,” NRB President and CEO Troy A. Miller said. 

Ed Atsinger, Salem Media Group Executive Chairman, said, “Stuart will be greatly missed by many. I will miss him, but I take comfort in realizing that he is already receiving his reward for a life well-lived. A life that personifies the words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7-8: ‘I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.’”  

Epperson co-founded Salem Communications with his brother-in-law Edward Atsinger in 1986. Now called Salem Media Group, the conservative media conglomerate operates various radio stations, publishing houses and digital platforms across the United States. 

Before his death, Epperson served as the Chairman of the Board of Salem Media Group and actively promoted conservative, Christian values through the group’s various media outlets. 

NRB added, “In addition to his broadcasting endeavors, Epperson dedicated his time to charitable and humanitarian pursuits through the work of the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, Salem Pregnancy Care Center, the Christian Association of Youth Mentoring, and various other ministries.” 

Epperson is survived by his wife, Nancy, daughters Kristy, Karen and Kathy, and son Stuart Jr. Epperson is also survived by 21 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, with one more on the way, and his sister, Mary Lee King.