RMLC Selects Salem Head As Its Next Chairman


The non-profit corporation that represents some 10,000 commercial radio stations with respect to music licensing matters tied to such groups as ASCAP, BMI and SESAC has turned to the leader of Salem Media Group to serve as its new Chairman.

Ed Atsinger, CEO of the company that owns conservative Talk and Christian-themed radio stations in addition to a publishing arm, was elected Chairman of the Radio Music License Committee at its annual Board of Directors meeting, held last week in Nashville.

Atsinger succeeds Saga Communications CEO Ed Christian and Virginia-based broadcaster John VerStandig, who had been operating as RMLC Co-Chairs for the past year. Christian had functioned as the group’s Chairman for over a decade.

Atsinger is a former Chairman of the National Religious Broadcasters Music Licensing Committee, and recently stepped down from the role.

“Given my vested interest in seeing to it that the RMLC continues to thrive, it’s reassuring that we now pass the baton to an experienced chairman who is perfectly positioned to hit the ground running,” Christian said of Atsinger.

Atsinger added, “It’s no secret that there are multiple challenges facing the industry right now, and I am anxious to get to work with a great RMLC team that has already distinguished itself in many ways. We will continue the fight to maintain reasonable license fee levels during difficult economic times.”

In addition to the election of Atsinger, the RMLC Board of Directors elected the following individuals to fill officer positions on the group’s Executive Committee for the coming year:

  • Paul Rahmlow (Vice-Chairman)
  • Tres Williams (Secretary)
  • Gene Levin (Treasurer)
  • Ed Christian (At-Large Officer)
  • Clayton Nix (At-Large Officer)
  • John VerStandig (At-Large Officer, Litigation)
  • Paul Yates (At-Large Officer).

Newly-elected Board members include Ben Downs, Johnny Palumbo and Karen Wishart.