Stuart W. Epperson
is co-founder and chairman of Salem Communications
, and a member of the conservative Council for National Policy
In 1984 and 1986, Epperson was the Republican
nominee for the fifth Congressional district of North Carolina
. In both races, Epperson was defeated by the incumbent Democrat
, Stephen L. Neal
Epperson attended Bob Jones University
in Greenville, South Carolina
, where he received a bachelor's degree in radio/television broadcasting and a master's degree in communications.
Epperson co-founded Salem Communications in 1972 with his brother-in-law, Edward G. Atsinger III
. Through his involvement in that entity, he is a member of the board of directors of the National Religious Broadcasters Association
. Time Magazine
has named him one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America.
Epperson lives in Winston-Salem
, North Carolina
. His wife, Nancy, is on the Board of international Christian broadcaster Trans World Radio
(TWR). He has four children, daughters Kristy, Karen, and Kathy, and son Stuart Jr
. A son-in-law, Will McBride (Kristy) was a candidate in the 2006 United States Senate election in Florida
but lost by a substantial margin.