United Stations Expands Phantom Producer Into Country Format
Phantom Producer Country
Innovative Production Application Eases Creation of Jingles, Sweepers and other Imaging
New York, NY – March 14, 2011 – After several months of operation in the CHR and AC formats,United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., (USRN) an independent leader in the creation and marketing of network radio programming, has announced that the network will be making their new radio imaging service called PHANTOM PRODUCER available to Country stations. The move expands the revolutionary online production app into America’s largest format and brings the total number of formats for which the service is available to four (CHR, AC, Hot AC and now Country).
The service had been available experimentally in the Country format for a brief while, and with this announcement, the Phantom Producer service officially launches for the Country format. Altogether, imaging and production from Phantom Producer can now be heard in nearly 75 US cities. This announcement comes from USRN’s EVP/Programming, Andy Denemark, along with Phantom Producer’s creator and Executive Producer, Jeff Thomas.
Phantom Producer has already completely altered the way customized imaging can be created at radio stations. The service gives users the ability to audition, mix and download their own customized sweepers, jingles, links and other interstitial production elements via a password-protected website.
Phantom Producer works via a new and exclusive online user interface that accesses customized elements created just for the client station – along with regularly updated imaging material – and allows users to mix-n-match those elements into perfectly mixed sweepers or jingles that can be downloaded immediately, ready for air in a matter of seconds.
No new gear or software is required and no production skills are necessary, as a result, the Phantom Producer service ushers in a new era of “desktop imaging.” Much more information and several video tutorials are available at www.phantomproducer.com. United Stations is the exclusive distributor for Phantom Producer in North America.
Jeff Thomas has helped image radio stations all over the world in a career that has spanned more than 30 years. Thomas is perhaps best known for his time spent at Clear Channel’s KIIS-FM, Los Angeles where he was the station’s Creative Services Director, but he’s also widely known for creating the Killer Hertz Sound Design Library, that’s used by radio and television stations all over the world and in numerous movie trailers. At KIIS, he helped develop the national ‘KISS” sound for Clear Channel. For the last five years Killer Hertz has been an online service and it continues to be heard daily around the globe.
The Phantom Producer Country production team includes imaging wizard John Kerber who’s imaging and sound design work has covered such brands as MTV, VH1, CMT and more. John has been Imaging Director for Howard Stern since 2006 where he pioneered the sound for Sirius channels HOWARD 100 and HOWARD 101. He has also consulted and contributed to many imaging libraries including his own Blue Sound Design library.
United Stations Radio Networks, Inc. is America’s leading independently owned and operated radio network. USRN currently produces and distributes dozens of format-specific programs and services accounting for over 5000 affiliations with commercial radio stations in the U.S. The New York-based company maintains programming, sales and affiliate marketing offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington and Nashville. USRN was founded in 1994 by radio pioneers Dick Clark and Nick Verbitsky.