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Sebastian Gorka to Launch Nationally Syndicated Radio Show with Salem Radio Network

Gorka Announcement

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Sebastian Gorka to Launch Nationally Syndicated Radio Show with Salem Radio Network

CAMARILLO, Calif. –  Salem Media Group (NASDAQ:SALM), announced today that Salem Radio Network is launching a new talk show hosted by Dr. Sebastian Gorka. The show—“America First with Sebastian Gorka”—will debut January 1, 2019 and will air daily in the 3pm to 6pm ET daypart on the SRN platform, replacing the Michael Medved show.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to have talent like Sebastian Gorka joining the Salem lineup,” said Salem Media Group’s CEO Edward Atsinger. “He’s a perfect fit. Brilliant, insightful, educated and uniquely experienced. A great addition to the best faculty in Talk Radio.”

Michael Medved commented, “I feel grateful for the more than 21 years I’ve worked with Salem Media Group, and I wish continued success to my friends and colleagues at the network. Together with my team of producers here in Seattle, we’ll be continuing our daily broadcast with no interruption, making it available to our devoted listeners in an exciting new format. We’ll also move forward with our emphasis on history programs and commentary to encourage public appreciation of the real blessings of this amazing country. Stay tuned.”

Gorka is Fox News Channel’s National Security Strategist and is a regular guest on Hannity and the FOX Business Network. He writes for “The Hill” and is the nationally bestselling author of Why We Fight: Defeating America’s Enemies—With No Apologies (Regnery) and Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War (Regnery). Gorka was an advisor to candidate Donald Trump and served on the staff of the White House in 2017 as Deputy Assistant to the President for Strategy.

“Radio has always been my first love, since I listened to talk radio late at night on a transistor radio as a child,” said Gorka. “America is finally recovering its rightful place as the shining city on a hill after 8 years of liberal self-loathing.” Gorka added, “Salem’s broadcasts are essential to that recovery and I am honored to join Salem’s team, the greatest lineup in talk radio with true patriots like Prager, Gallagher, Hewitt, Elder, and Metaxas.”

“There is a culture war going on in this country, and Dr. Gorka is uniquely qualified to take this fight to talk radio,” said Salem Radio Network Senior Vice President, Phil Boyce. “His program will deal with the hot breaking news stories of each day, and help listeners understand what to make of it.”

Gorka has a unique story. His father was imprisoned in communist Hungary, because he was a freedom fighter against Communism. He was sentenced to life in prison for his views and escaped to the United Kingdom. He escaped with a young woman whom he would later marry, and they became Gorka’s mother and father. Gorka was raised in London and was groomed on London talk radio from an early age. He obtained his doctorate in Political Science from Corvinus University in Budapest in 2010, was a fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, served as Associate Dean at National Defense University, and has also taught at Georgetown University.

“The Listener feedback we receive each time Dr. Gorka fills in for one of our Network hosts is overwhelming,” added Salem Broadcast Division President David Santrella. “I think Dr. Gorka is the right person at the right time and the Salem Radio Network is definitely the right place.”

SVARW Annual Christmas Luncheon–SOLD OUT

This event is SOLD OUT

Wednesday, December 12

Check in Starts: 11:00 AM

Maggiano’s Restaurant —Santana Row–3055 Olin Ave Suite 1000, San Jose, CA 95128

 Purchase your ticket today for SVARW’s annual Christmas Luncheon!

Our program includes:

  • Installation of SVARW Officers for 2019 officiated by Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman. Mike will also provide an update about what is happening in Santa Clara County.
  •  Featured Charity: JW House
  • Complete luncheon served family style

Cost:  Early Bird price:  $39.  After November 20th:  $45                    

[Free to Sponsors—RSVP to Lisa Seago]

 Husbands and Guests welcome!

Christmas Meeting Reservation

Make check payable to SVARW—$39 per person—$45 after 11/20/18

Mail to: Lisa Seago, 13578 Wendy Lane, Saratoga, CA  95070

Or click here to purchase online using your credit card.

Supervisor WassermanSanta Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman

We are delighted that Supervisor Wasserman will be joining us to both officiate at the swearing in of SVARW Executive Officers for 2019 and to provide a brief overview of what is happening in Santa Clara County.  Mike is a long-time friend and member of SVARW along with his wife Kim and it is great to welcome him back to join us for our Christmas Celebration.

About JW House

JWHouseLogoOur mission at JW House is to keep families together during medical crisis by offering a welcoming home close to the hospital and providing a caring and compassionate environment that inspires hope.  We welcome families and individuals from 9 local area hospitals into our family for rest and self-care during the day or overnight while their loved one is in the hospital. Celebrating our 10 year anniversary in 2018, we have served over 15,000 guests, provided over 16,000 nights of lodging, welcomed 67,000 day use visits (where caregivers can take a shower, do laundry, get a warm meal), served 54,000 meals through our Dinner is Served program.

No family should be separated when they need each other the most. At JW House, we face the challenges of serious illness together as a family and as a community.

About our Luncheon

 If you joined us last year, you recall the wonderful feast we enjoyed at Maggiano’s!  This year we were able to secure and even larger room to accommodate our group.

 Menu for Luncheon —Served Family Style

With freshly baked Ciabatta Rolls

First Course:  Salad and two appetizers

 Second Course:  Three entrees

Dessert:: Two desserts

Coffee, Hot or Iced Tea, Soft Drinks

No host bar available

Purchase your tickets today!!

Click here.

 

AB 2943 is Dead for This Legislative Session!!!!!!!!!!

AB 2943 Announcement from Capitol Resource

August 31st is the last day of the legislative session in California, and Assemblyman Low just announced that he has pulled AB 2943.

Read:California legislator shelves bill to ban paid ‘gay conversion therapy’ for adults

This means that he will not bring this to a vote on the Floor today, which was the last opportunity for bills to be voted on this legislative cycle. So this bill will not and cannot go to the Governor to be signed into law this year. If a bill is not voted on by midnight tonight, it is dead.

We want to thank Assemblyman Low for considering the repercussions of this bill and making the decision to pull it. We believe that we can have disagreements on policy and even life decisions, yet do so in a respectful manner, and that is what we have aimed to do throughout this process.

We would also like to thank all of the citizens who have taken time to write, call, and visit your legislators. Your action made an impact. Thank you for the trips you’ve made to the capitol, for the work you’ve done to educate your friends, family, and fellow church members. We strive to keep you up-to-date on issues that will affect your religious freedom, parental rights, free speech, etc., and in turn, we are grateful when you take the time to voice your opinion to stand for your rights and the rights of others.

Under AB 2943 all types of counseling, including talk therapy, group sessions, and even journaling, would have been outlawed if it helps a person address unwanted same-sex attractions or gender identity questions.

Conferences and retreats, such as a marriage conference or church men’s retreat, that help individuals or couples with these issues would have been subject to the law. A variety of services offered by a religious school or college could have also trigger the law, including counseling services, classes, and even school policies that require students to change their sexual behavior as a condition of enrolling in the school.

We opposed AB 2943 because it attacks conscience rights on two fronts: adults seeking to resolve unwanted feelings of sexuality and gender, and counselors, experts, authors and even religious leaders trying to help.

We are grateful that this bill which threatened religious liberty and free speech has been pulled. It is our commitment to you that we will remain vigilant, keeping you up-to-date on important legislation affecting you, your family, your faith, and your community. 

Lobby and Latte Report from June 22nd Visit to Senator Beall’s office

Watch the video!

Lobbying at Senator Beall's Campbell Office
Lobbying at Senator Beall’s Campbell Office

We are trilled that 27 SVARW members and friends showed up at 10:00 AM prepared to walk into Senator Beall’s district office in Campbell.  We gathered outside the building, introduced ourselves and paused for a moment of prayer.

We entered the office and filled the available standing space probably startling an intern and a representative that were quietly working in their offices.  They quickly explained that Senator Beall was at a coffee somewhere else in San Jose and didn’t have time in his schedule to see us….this was not a surprise.

We continued to press in presenting the file of information printed out from The Capitol Resource website to the representative for Beall to read.   It was clear that we were not about to turnaround and walk out and continued to inquire on how we could ensure that Senator Beall got our message.  The representative produced a tablet where we could sign our names in opposition to AB 2943.

Coffee after Lobbying!!!
Coffee after Lobbying!!!

Finally determining that we were not about to leave without having our concerns voiced, the representative pulled the chief of staff out of her office to speak with us.  We were respectful, but everyone who had something to say had an opportunity.  The chief of staff assured us that Senator Beall would read what we had handed over and the representative promised to forward information about the status of the bill.  Later in the day she did send an email which is posted below.

Those that had time, met down the block at Peet’s coffee in the Pruneyard and really had a great time exchanging ideas!!  We should definitely consider this local lobby effort again…the liberals in Sacramento churn out so much garbage legislation that we will have many opportunities.

Here is the email from Beall’s representative:

Hi Jan,

Thank you for coming in today –

AB 2943 has been moved by the author, so no need for the group to go up to Sacramento as it won’t be voted on Monday. We do not know when until further notice by the author, and I was told it could be until after summer recess, which would be after August 6th. Please contact Assemblymember Low’s office for further updates at (916) 319-2028. I will work with his staff to get more information for you and be in touch.

Have a great weekend.

Best,

Yvonne Chao

District Representative

Senator Jim Beall—SD 15

2105 S. Bascom Ave, Suite 154

Campbell, CA 95008

(408) 558-1295

 

 

 

Campbell District Office

2105 S. Bascom Avenue Suite 154
Campbell, CA  95008
Phone: (408) 558-1295

More about AB 2943

Banned from Amazon: You Don’t Have to Be Gay: Hope and Freedom for Males Struggling with Homosexuality, Jeff Konrad

 Leviticus 18:22 “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.”  This verse along with several others like it could outlaw sale of the Bible, Torah, or Quran in California.

 AB2943, authored by local Assemblyman Evan Low, is wending its way through the state legislature right now. This bill, titled “Unlawful business practices: sexual orientation change efforts”, would outlaw the sale of resources, conferences, or paid counseling for anyone with unwanted same-sex desires or gender identity confusion. AB2943 has already passed the Assembly 50-18, and will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.

This is clearly censorship. It would be illegal for Amazon to sell books aimed at helping those with same-sex struggles. Proponents of the bill claim outlawing the sale of the Bible is a far stretch, but the debate is raging.

In 2012, SB1172 outlawed healthcare professional from counseling minors on sexual orientation. This latest bill would outlaw sought-after sexual orientation counseling, and even books or media on the subject, for anyone of any age. If you agree this is a step too far, here are actions you can take:

Call to Action:

  1. Contact your State Senator

Call, write, email or, better yet, show up at their district office – you can find them here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

Join us for Lobby and Latte on Friday June 22nd at 10:00 AM at Senator Jim Beall’s office

Campbell District Office

2105 S. Bascom Avenue Suite 154
Campbell, CA  95008
Phone: (408) 558-1295