David Santrella

David Santrella

Chief Executive Officer
Salem Media Group

In 2022 Dave became Chief Executive Officer of Salem Media Group.

In his native Chicago, Dave worked for NBC's WMAQ and then for CBS's WBBM. In 2001, Dave joined Salem to manage the Chicago market. He progressed steadily within Salem becoming VP/GM in his region and Ops VP. In 2010 he became President of Radio, and in 2015 President of Broadcast Media.

Due to his depth of expertise in the industry, Dave collaborates with many industry organizations. From June 2021 until June 2023 he served as the Joint Board Chair for the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) and also served as Radio Board Chair prior to that. Following the completion of his term, Dave moved into the position of Immediate Past Joint Board Chair. He also now sits on the board of the NAB Leadership Foundation. He is also a member of the President's Council for NRB (National Religious Broadcasters).

In 2021, 2022, and 2023 he was included in the Radio Ink “The 40 Most Powerful People in Radio,” and was featured as “Motivator, Innovator, Warrior” on the cover of Radio Ink Magazine in December 2021.