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Radio 1’s 2022 Jingle Package Makes Station Sound Fresher Than Ever

Radio 1 in Slovenia got a makeover thanks to Benztown’s amazing jingle team. Check out this terrific package put together by Rutger van Gelder, Philipp Wilhelm, and Shane Drasin!

Please, I would like one Oli and one Andy for every radio station in the world! Working with Benztown is so simple – like ordering a beer and a burger. Everybody can do a jingle! But if you want somebody who will understand your needs, who will read and even upgrade your brief, spend hours on meetings to really feel the station’s needs and somebody who will say “NO” when it’s needed, then you have to work with the Benztown, guys. We knew the guys from before, so we knew that we will get a great jingle package – but the final result is above that! Radio 1 now sounds fresher than ever!

Thank you guys for helping us to make the Radio 1 brand in Slovenia even bigger and stronger! Thank you guys, we really sound great!

Nejc Tisu, Creative Director & Brand manager, Radio 1 – Slovenia

Listen to the complete package here https://benztown.com/jingle/radio-1-slovenia/

Mark Hunter, Ross Winters to speak on Benztown/P1 Media Group Free Radio Webinar Sep 15, 2022

Benztown and P1 Media Group will host a free webinar on Thursday, September 15, 2022, for radio professionals around the globe, entitled “Join the Conversation: The Incredible NOW! Radio Success Story.” The webinar will be hosted by Andreas Sannemann, CEO, Benztown, and Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group, and features Mark Hunter, VP of Programming, NOW! Radio, and Ross Winters, Director of Programming, Pattison Media, Canada’s largest western-based media companyThis is the 24th in the webinar series from top radio experts from around the world. 

Mark Hunter, VP of Programming, NOW! Radio, started his radio career in 1985, when he was hired on his 19th birthday to work with Rawlco in Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Regina. He was on-air, producer, creative director, and News/Talk producer before he got his dream job as Program Director in 2000. In 2009, Hunter was named Program Director of a new license in Edmonton, CKNO-FM, and eight months later, NOW! Radio was born. He programmed 102.3 NOW! Radio Edmonton for 10 years, driving huge ratings and billings success which continues today. Hunter is currently a Senior Programmer for Pattison Media, working mostly in Metro markets including Calgary, Winnipeg, and British Columbia. 

Ross Winters, Director of Programming, Pattison Media, began his radio career as a DJ at a Top 40 radio station in Victoria, British Columbia. He quickly moved into programming and worked as Program Director at legendary Canadian Rock stations in Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Toronto. While programming Rock 101 in Vancouver, Winters also served as National PD for Corus Entertainment, one of the largest groups in Canada. He spent time as a researcher and consultant before joining Pattison Media as Director of Programming in 2015.  

In the 30-minute webinar, Hunter and Winters will share their thoughts on programming successful radio stations today, and the power of doing things differently, including: 

  • How a truly unique and different type of radio station became a runaway success  
  • What are their secrets for finding, developing, and retaining the best talent today? 
  • What has the response been to NOW! Radio’s music policy of allowing on-air talent to play the music that they want to play?  
  • How important is talk to the success of their music stations? 
  • Why do they refer to the NOW! Radio community as the NOW! Family? 
  • Why don’t traditional promotions work for NOW! Radio? 

The free webinar will take place on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST/7:00pm CET.  

To register visit https://event.webinarjam.com/register/73/gqm95hzx

Nashville Country Music Insider Joins Benztown’s AmeriCountry Radio Prep Service, Boosting Audio Library

The advanced Country radio show prep service AmeriCountry has teamed up with veteran Nashville-based Country radio host and correspondent Becca Walls to provide Country artist audio for AmeriCountry affiliates, according to Benztown, a world leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming, and jingles. The brand-new AmeriCountry material from Walls include brand-new audio from backstage, award shows, and one-on-one interviews with the hottest Country singers and upcoming musicians alike, as well as topical audio, romance set-ups, and more.

Walls has been a well-known Country radio DJ and on-air correspondent at Cumulus Nashville’s 103.3 Country/WKDF-FM for 16 years. As in-house talent interviewer and director of audio content creation for Big Machine Radio and the BMLG Weekly Prep, she is currently employed by Nashville’s Big Machine Label Group. As “Sweet Becca from the Country Mecca,” Walls also contributes daily news reports from Nashville to the nationally syndicated radio program Bud and Broadway.

Jason Hillery and Mike Marino co-founded and co-produced AmeriCountry, which delivers stations new show content that is specifically targeted to and resonant with Country radio audiences. The platform is user-friendly, making Country show preparation simpler and more thorough than ever.

Working with Becca on anything—literally anything—is a home run, according to AmeriCountry Co-Founder and Producer Jason Hillery. “Having her on our production team at AmeriCountry is something we’re incredibly grateful for,” he added.

 AmeriCountry has assembled a bonus zip file with 100 topic starters, including caller audio for each, available to stations that sign up for AmeriCountry now. For more information, visit www.benztown.com/americountry.

Guns N’ Roses Drummer Shares Journey in new Sound, Sobriety and Success Podcast Episode

Grammy-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Matt Sorum, drummer for legendary rock groups Guns N’ Roses

The most recent episode of the podcast Sound, Sobriety & Success, hosted by rock writer Matt Pinfield and featuring Grammy-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Matt Sorum, drummer for legendary rock groups Guns N’ Roses, The Cult, and Velvet Revolver, has been made available, according to Benztown + McVay Media Podcast Networks. Sorum talks about his transition from drug smuggler to rock star in the new episode and tells tales of the highs and lows of his professional life, touring, and settling down to start a family. You can now hear Sound, Sobriety & Success at:

https://omny.fm/shows/sound-sobriety-and-success-with-matt-pinfield/matt-sorum

In this episode, Sorum discusses the following with Pinfield and his listeners:

  • His early career, how Ringo Starr influenced him to start playing the drums, and meeting his idol
  • In his early years, he played drums for up to 10 bands at once, performing up to five shows a night.
  • Playing alongside other renowned musicians like Scott Weiland, Slash, Axl Rose, and Ian Astbury
  • Velvet Revolver’s sobriety journey and how the band’s demise resulted from their relapse to drinking
  • His adjustment from Hollywood’s bustle to Palm Springs’ tranquility
  • The significance of appreciation
  • How having children motivated him to give up smoking.

Sorum’s tell-all book: Double Talkin’ Jive: True Rock ‘n’ Roll Stories from the Drummer of Guns N’ Roses, The Cult, and Velvet Revolver is available now.  

As the host of Westwood One’s rock radio program, “Flashback,” Pinfield, a former MTV host who has been a mainstay in the music industry for 3 decades, can presently be heard on hundreds of radio channels across the country. With some assistance from his friends, Pinfield has been making progress on the road to recovery. Pinfield opens up about his sobriety experience in his motivational podcast Sound, Sobriety & Success and speaks with people from all walks of life who have reached their lowest points and are recovering from addiction.

Sobriety Awareness Month is in September. If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, MusiCares runs a Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Program that acknowledges the issues particular to music practitioners at any stage of their careers and provides qualified individuals with resources and financial aid for psychotherapy, mentoring, and psychiatric costs, inpatient and outpatient treatment, detox, and sober living costs.

For more information, contact Susan Aksu, Benztown + McVay Media Podcast Networks, sa@benztown.com.

Influential Imaging Director and WLTW Morning Show Host are guests on new “Chachi Loves Everybody” Podcast

Two new episodes of “Chachi Loves Everybody,” a unique podcast produced by Benztown and featuring Benztown President and audio brand builder Dave “Chachi” Denes, have been made accessible as of today, according to Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming, and jingles. The new episodes contain Chachi’s recent conversations from Benztown’s Los Angeles studios with Christine Nagy, Co-Host of “Cubby and Christine Mornings” on 106.7 LITE FM/WLTW in New York City, and Jake Kaplan, Director of Imaging and Sound Design, Audacy, Inc.

Visit https://bit.ly/ChachiLovesEverybody to listen to the most recent episodes of the podcast.

In “Chachi Loves Everybody,” Denes, also known as “Chachi,” sits down for open dialogue with radio’s icons, master brand builders, rising creators, and innovators in the developing audio arena, sharing the real tales behind their experiences.

In Jake Kaplan’s podcast episode, Jake tells Chachi how he progressed from taking calls at a nearby Seattle studio to being one of the most important sound designers in the field today. Additionally, he talks about working with Kevin Weatherly, Dave Richards, and Lisa Worden, moving to Los Angeles on a whim to work at renowned radio stations like KROQ, JACK-FM, and 97.1 AMP Radio, and what it was like to run the backstage operations for the first radio festival events.

Christine Nagy talks candidly about what it was like to watch 9/11 live from New York City’s Z100 morning show during Chachi’s interview with Christine Nagy. She also discusses how working with Martha Stewart on Sirius XM manifested, how her relationship with the famous Paul “Cubby” Bryant helped define her on-air style, and her impending acting endeavors with Chachi.

Available now on Spotify, TuneIn, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and other podcast platforms is “Chachi Loves Everybody.”

Free Imaging Producers Webinar: Capital UK Sound Design Head to Speak with Benztown, P1 Media Group

Benztown and P1 Media Group will host a free webinar on Thursday, July 14th, for radio professionals around the globe, entitled “From Imaging Producers to Sound Designers: How Global Radio UK is Reimagining Imaging.” The webinar will be hosted by Andreas Sannemann, CEO, Benztown, and Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group, and features one of the top imaging experts in the world, Ashley Bard, Group Head of Brand Sound Design, Global Radio UK. Bard leads the sound design of Capital FM, the UK’s #1 Hit Music Station, plus Capital XTRA and Capital Dance. Bard is also responsible for the implementation of sound and imaging across the wider Global portfolio, including radio stations Heart, Smooth, Radio X and Classic FM.

This is the 23rd in the webinar series from top radio experts from around the world.

The 30-minute webinar will cover topics including:

Why has Global Radio UK rebranded the titles of its Imaging Producers to Sound Designers and why has this been significant to the success of Global’s radio brands?

What’s the role of a Sound Designer today and what should the ideal relationship be between the Program Director and Sound Designer?

How is Sound Design changing and where is it headed?

What skills do Imaging Producers need to become Sound Designers?

How important is writing to the Sound Design process and who’s responsible for it?

Register NOW at: https://bit.ly/GlobalRadioIdeas-July2022.

Upon registering, you will receive a link with webinar information.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Susan Aksu at Benztown at sa@benztown.com or +1 (818) 842-4600.

Benztown, McVay Media Launch Timely Podcast about Recovery with Host Matt Pinfield

Benztown + McVay Media Podcast Networks announces that it has launched a new podcast today, Sound, Sobriety & Success, hosted by Matt Pinfield, renowned Rock journalist, national television and radio personality, and music executive. The former MTV host – currently heard on hundreds of radio stations across the country as host of Westwood One’s Rock radio show, “Flashback” – has been a fixture in the music scene for three decades and has been on the road to recovery along the way, with a little help from his friends. Vocal about his sobriety journey, Pinfield talks to people from all walks of life who have hit rock bottom and are finding their way back from addiction in this inspiring podcast. Kicking off the Sound, Sobriety & Success podcast are Pinfield’s guests Jeff Jampol, Dr. Drew Pinsky, and Shireen Janti, with upcoming episodes to feature Matt Sorum, drummer for Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, and sports agent Leigh Steinberg.

Matt Pinfield, Host of Sound, Sobriety & Success, said: “Living clean and sober is a beautiful gift for those of us who have struggled with addiction. Through this podcast, I am grateful to share the success stories of people in recovery to help others fight and understand their battles with alcoholism and addiction. I want to help people identify similarities in others’ stories to understand how they have successfully made their life changes.” He added: “This podcast is a natural for me, as I have been transparent about my own struggles and journey in recovery and how it has completely changed my life for the better. I think this podcast is a great way to be of service through storytelling – sharing the faith, strength and hope that many of my contemporaries and friends have experienced.”

Pinfield explained: “The success we are speaking to in Sound, Sobriety & Success is not financial, but success in living your life in a manner that moves you forward in a positive direction. It is important that we let people who are struggling know that they can do it and are not alone. Through the experiences of others, they can become their own architects in a new design for life – a life that is about progress, not perfection.”

Dave “Chachi” Denes, Producer and Co-Founder, Benztown + McVay Podcast Networks, commented: “The Sound, Sobriety & Success podcast is all about open and honest discussions about recovery and addiction, and offers raw and unfiltered information and insight, paired with deep empathy, compassion and support to anyone living with addiction and trying to turn their lives around. As producer of Matt’s successful Rock radio show, “Flashback”, nationally syndicated by Westwood One, we are proud to produce this inspiring new podcast that takes listeners on the journey to sobriety and brings light to a topic often cloaked in darkness.”

Listen to the first three episodes of Sound, Sobriety & Success featuring host Matt Pinfield debuting now, with Matt’s special guests Jeff Jampol, Dr. Drew, and Shireen Janti on all major podcast platforms and at: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sound-sobriety-and-success-with-matt-pinfield/id1629471594. Fans can expect a new episode every other Monday.

Jeff Jampol is a Grammy-winning and Emmy-nominated producer who serves as the CEO of JAM, Inc, managing well-known bands, artists, and their estates. Jampol is also a longtime outspoken advocate on the power of sobriety and has played an important part in Pinfield’s own recovery. They discuss their mutual love for rock music, advice for those who are seeking recovery, and the biggest misconceptions about addiction.  

Dr. Drew Pinsky, known nationally as “Dr. Drew,” has been a ubiquitous fixture both on television and radio for the entirety of his multifaceted career. Passionate about treating addicts and helping them live sober lives, Dr. Drew was a vital part of the team that helped Matt Pinfield with his own recovery. Listen as longtime friends Matt and Dr. Drew delve into the myths and misunderstandings of addiction to erase the stigma behind it and shine a light on realistic paths to recovery. 

Shireen Janti is the Senior Director of Mental Health & Addiction Services at MusiCares and helps to provide mental health and addiction recovery to music professionals. As a former addict who has long been in recovery, Shireen seeks to help others who are struggling and is an advocate for women who are stuck in unsafe or unhealthy situations. Matt speaks with Shireen about their shared love for the entertainment business, music, and giving back to those who are in need.

For more information, contact Susan Aksu, Benztown + McVay Media Podcast Networks, sa@benztown.com, 818.842.4600. 

Free Holiday Imaging, FX, Content: Biggest Benztown Christmas Treat for 2021

Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voiceover services with over 2,900 affiliations on six different continents.

Benztown offers its holiday-packed, market-exclusive “Christmas in a Box” library to stations, FREE with a Benztown library subscription. “Christmas in a Box” delivers an overflowing Santa sack full of fun and festive Christmas programming which includes over 5,000 tracks of audio Christmas cheer – including “Behind the Song” vignettes for the most popular Christmas songs. If you want to delight Christmas fans in your market and ensure a spot on the nice list this year, give Benztown a jingle and share the joy and fun with your listeners!

Additionally, Benztown offers to all radio stations 50 FREE Christmas audio elements produced by the award-winning creative production team at Benztown. These elements include everything from sound design FX and SFX, drones/pads, holiday listener drops and even some Santa audio— ALL TOTALLY FREE!

These are available only through December 25, 2021.

TO GET THE FREE “CHRISTMAS IN A BOX” LIBRARY WITH A BENZTOWN LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION, CONTACT: Masa Patterson, Benztown, at: mp@benztown.com or at: (818) 842-4600.

TO ACCESS THE 50 FREE CHRISTMAS AUDIO IMAGING ELEMENTS, VISIT:  https://benztown.com/landing-page/christmas/.

Benztown Bolstered: Former Radio Producers from Disney Radio, Apple Music Join Team

Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming, podcasting and jingles, announces that it has bolstered its production leadership team with the addition of two experienced new hires. Benztown has appointed Darren Silva as West Coast Director of Commercial Production for the company and client YamanAir. Benztown has also appointed Jake Urbanek as Production Manager, Long Form Programming. The appointments are effective immediately.

22-Year Disney Radio Producer Darren Silva (left) Joins Benztown as West Coast Director of Commercial Production
Audio Producer and Engineer Jake Urbanek (right) Heads to Benztown From Apple Music as Production Manager, Long Form Programming

Darren Silva joins Benztown after 22 years as Network Production Manager for Radio Disney in Los Angeles. He specializes in commercial production, imaging, writing, and voiceover. Silva got his start in radio in 1984 as an overnight jock for his hometown station in San Luis Obispo, CA, then moved to Los Angeles in 1987 to be on-air at the legendary 105.5 KNAC under the name “Dangerous Darren”, and headed to Dallas in 1995 to rock the airways on 97.1 The Eagle. Silva joined Radio Disney in 1998. He has also been with SiriusXM for the past 17 years as a DJ on Hair Nation, Ozzy’s Boneyard, and Classic Rewind.

Jake Urbanek joins Benztown from Apple Music in Los Angeles, where he was Assistant Producer of The Zane Lowe Show. Prior to that, he was Audio Engineer for over 8 years Mr. Smalls Recording Studio in Pittsburgh, PA. He was also Sound Engineer for the Washington Symphony Orchestra in Washington, PA. Urbanek studied Commercial Music Technology at California University of Pennsylvania, where he hosted a weekly radio show on WCAL 91.9 FM. Dave “Chachi” Denes, President, Benztown, said: “Darren and Jake are world class producers with remarkable resumes and amazing attitudes. We’re ecstatic to have them both join the Benztown team!”

Darren Silva commented: “I’ve been aware of the Benztown company and brand since they started. I’ve been in touch with them since my days with Radio Disney. The talent at Benztown is unmatched and I am honored to be part of this company and work with these amazing people, as well as with Yaman and the amazing creative team at YamanAir.” 

Jake Urbanek remarked: “I look forward to working and learning from the best, while bringing my experience in production to such an amazingly talented and driven team.”

Benztown is a leading international audio imaging, production library, voiceover, programming, podcasting, and jingle production company with over 2,900 affiliations on six different continents. Learn more about how Benztown can help your station reach new heights at www.benztown.com.

Benztown is giving you free radio show this Valentines 2021, here’s how

Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, voiceover services, podcasting, and radio syndication company with over 2,800 affiliations, has a lovely news for radio stations this Month of Hearts.

Free Valentine’s Day Radio Show Episode of Sunday Night Slow Jams await your listeners.

A Valentine’s Day this steamy only happens every 6 years! Show your listeners some love with the FREE Valentine’s Day edition of Sunday Night Slow Jams to air on your station with no contract, cost, or commitment. Just choose your format and we’ll do the rest of the work – including customizing the show for your station. Don’t wait! Candy’s second favorite holiday is right around the corner (as is our favorite holiday, February 15th when you can buy alllll of the candy on sale).

Benztown

Submit your name and station info using the page below to get started:

https://benztown.com/landing-page/free-slow-jams-valentines-day/

Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards Nominees Are In, Online Voting on Going

Benztown, P1 Media Group, Global Radio Ideas Facebook Group, Radiodays Europe, Radiodays Asia and RDE Podcast Day Announce Nominees and Call for Online Voting for “The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards”

– Awards Will Showcase World’s Best Radio Ideas During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Will Be Presented at Radiodays Europe Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, on December 14, 2020

– Radio and Podcast Pros Who Vote in All Categories Between Today and September 17th Are Eligible to Win One of Five Free Registrations to Their Choice of Radiodays Europe, Radiodays Asia or RDE Podcast Day 2021 

Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles, P1 Media Group, providing research, strategies and consulting to radio stations worldwide, Radiodays Europe, Radiodays Asia and RDE Podcast Day announce the nominees of “The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards” and call on radio and podcast professionals worldwide to vote online now for the best ideas presented by these nominees. The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards will honor radio professionals from around the world that have used their brands and platforms in creative and innovative ways to better serve their listeners, partners and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nominees were selected from more than 300 ideas nominated by industry professionals around the world. The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards will be presented at the Radiodays Europe conference in Lisbon, Portugal, on December 14, 2020.

Online voting for the nominees will begin at 9:30am EST on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, and will continue through Thursday, September 17, 2020. Participants will vote on all categories and have a chance to win one of five conference registrations to their choice of Radiodays Europe, Radiodays Asia or RE Podcast Day 2021. To vote, visit: 

https://survey.listenerinsights.com/s3/bestofcoronavirusradioideasawards.

The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards will recognize the best ideas in 10 categories, including: Best Social Media Video Content, Best Virtual Event, Best Parody, Best Virtual Concert, Best On-Air Promo, Best Community Service, Best Social Media Visual, Best Community Spirit, Best Sales Promotion and Best Mega Promotion. A further two categories, Best Podcast and Best Journalistic Content, will also be part of the awards. Nominations for these two special categories can be submitted to the Facebook page #Coronavirusradioideas closing date 7th September. These two special categories are being judged by a panel of experts. 

Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group, said: “When we joined with Benztown to open this page back in March, we knew that the world of radio and podcasting was full of innovative people with a special connection to their audiences and listeners. What’s emerged from these awards is that radio is more than ever at the heart of communities and is a place in which listeners put their trust.” 

Andreas Sannemann, CEO, Benztown, commented: “To all the people who nominated their station, themselves or their ideas, we salute you and we are sorry we couldn’t have all of you as nominees, as the field was incredibly strong. If you haven’t read through the Facebook page and work in radio or podcasting, we highly recommend you do so as it’s truly inspirational. As an industry, we can be proud of how we have supported people in this worldwide pandemic.”

Nominees for The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards are:

Best Social Media Video:

“Social Distancing” – KISS 101.1, Melbourne, Australia

“Get Naked”- 96.9 JACK, Calgary, Canada

“Barbershop Roulette with Ben & Liam” – Nova 91.9, Adelaide, Australia

“The Isolation Tapes” – BBC Radio 5 Live, UK

Best Virtual Event:

“Love is Bigger than Corona” – Kronehit, Austria

“Isolation Quarantine Party” – Mix, Cyprus

“6o Hour Music Festival from Finnish Summer Cottage” – YLEX, Finland

“Up yours Corona” – BBC Radio 1, UK

Best Parody:

“Covid Cup” – Ace Radio Network, Australia

“Corona” – FFN, Hannover, Germany

“Humans are Emerging” – CFOX, Vancouver, Canada

“Wash for Me” – FLY FM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Best Virtual Concert:

“We Are One Africa Concert ” – NRG Radio, Kenya


“NRJ Music Tour at Home” – NRJ, France and Europe

“45 Artists, 45 Hours” – Radio Italia Ora, Italy

“Europa Home Festival” – Europa FM, Spain

Best Station Promo:

“Wolf Pack” – 99.5 The Wolf, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

“Don’t Go Anywhere Weekend” – Chris Country, UK

“Keeps New York Connected” – 1010 WINS, New York, U.S.A.

Best Community Service:

“Listener Help” – RIX-FM, Bandit, STAR-FM, Power Hit Radio, Sweden     

“Share the Kindness” – BFBS, Scotland

“The Rolling Stones support Pattaya” – Fabulous 103, Thailand

“Let’s Make Some Noise” – Global Radio; Capital, Capital Xtra, Heart, Smooth, X, LBC, Classic FM & Gold, UK

Best Social Media Visual:

 Radio Mango, India

Magic 92.5, San Diego, U.S.A

Heart, UK

Red FM, India

Best Community Spirit:

“Not Cancelled” – 98.9 The Bull, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. 

“Good New Okanagan” – 101.5 EZ Rock, Kelowna, Canada

“Parade Patrol” – B103.9, Fort Myers, U.S.A.

“Best of Us” – Radiozentrale and 100 radiostations, Germany

Best Sales Promotion:

“Where Do We Go from Here ” – iHeart Radio, Dallas, U.S.A.

“£100,000 Advertising Fund” – JACK FM, Oxfordshire, UK

“I Want Free Ads” – NRG Radio, Kenya

“Virus Ridden Economy. What to do?” – Radio Guerilla, Romania

Best Mega Promotion:

“Times Like These” – BBC Radio 1, UK

“Nightly Cheers for Essential Workers” – Power 96.1, Atlanta, U.S.A.       

“Everyday Heroes Light Show” – Z100, New York, U.S.A.

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” – 3FM, the Netherlands and 100 European radio stations

The genesis of The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards was Benztown and P1 Media Group’s Coronavirus Radio Ideas Facebook Group, launched on March 26, 2020 at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronavirusradioideas

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Susan Aksu at Benztown at sa@benztown.com or +1 (818) 842-4600. 

About The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Facebook Group

The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Facebook Group was launched by Benztown and P1 Media Group on March 26, 2020. The group currently has over 2,800 members, representing 87 countries, and has collectively shared more than 300 ideas during the first four months of the Covid-19 pandemic. The group became the place for radio professionals worldwide to share and exchange ideas about how members’ respective stations were navigating the global pandemic. To join The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Facebook Group, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronavirusradioideas.

About Radiodays Europe, Radiodays Asia & Podcast Day 

The meeting point for the world of radio and audio Radiodays Europe was born in 2010 as a response to the needs of the European industry, public and private, to come together to discuss the new media challenges, across borders. It has since grown to become the most important annual conference for radio professionals with over 1500 participants from 62 countries. 

Radiodays Asia was launched with the same aims as those in Europe but for the Asian radio and podcast industry. Started in 2019 the first event was a success with 400+ speakers and attendees from the majority of countries in the region. The next event will be held in March 2021.

KCBS Director to train Benztown protégé

Benztown, a leading international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voiceover services company with over 2,300 affiliations on six different continents, and The National Radio Talent System™, the system of Radio Talent Institutes across America discovering and preparing the next generation of broadcasters, announce the selection of the Benztown Mentorship Program’s first quarter mentee, Jonathan O’Brien, a sophomore student at Georgia College and State University. This is the third student from the National Radio Talent System™ to participate in the mentorship program.

Jennifer Seelig, Director of News and Programming 740 KCBS/106.9 KFRC in San Francisco, CA (left), Benztown Mentorship Program’s first quarter mentee, Jonathan O’Brien, a sophomore student at Georgia College and State University (right)

O’Brien, who attended the GAB Radio Talent Institute at the University of Georgia last summer, currently does the news on his college radio station, WGUR-FM, and is passionate about radio news. Accordingly, he will be mentored by broadcast journalist, Jennifer Seelig, Director of News and Programming for all news simulcast 740 KCBS/106.9 KFRC in San Francisco, CA, and 19-year veteran of the station. Seelig will personally mentor O’Brien in Entercom’s San Francisco studios during his Benztown-sponsored trip on March 15-17, 2020. She will also mentor O’Brien virtually throughout the spring academic semester.

The Benztown Mentorship Program offers one-to-one mentoring to select students who are accepted into The Radio Talent Institutes of the National Radio Talent System™, on an ongoing basis, with structured mentoring opportunities during the spring and fall semesters.

Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “If Jonathan O’Brien is any indication of the future of our industry, we’re in great shape. We are so pleased to be able to provide this opportunity with the assistance of our friends at the National Radio Talent System™ and the incredible Jennifer Seelig and KCBS.”

Dan Vallie, President, The National Radio Talent System™, remarked: “Every broadcaster can get excited when seeing a talented, young, passionate-about-radio college student like Jonathan being mentored by such a professional as Jennifer Seelig at KCBS in San Francisco – and thinking: ‘I wish I had had that opportunity when I was that age.’ Thanks to Chachi and Benztown for making it happen.”

Jennifer Seelig, Director of News and Programming, KCBS, said: “What an honor to play a role in the development of future radio superstars. I commend Benztown and National Radio Talent System for opening the door for Jonathan and other up and coming broadcasters.”

Jonathan O’Brien commented: “I am sincerely grateful to Dave “Chachi” Denes and Benztown for the opportunity to get to meet Jennifer Seelig and see the world-class operation at KCBS. It will no doubt be an incredibly valuable experience. My grandmother always says that no textbook can teach you what real-world experience can, and I think that is especially true in this case. I look forward to learning from the best in the business!”

For more information about the Benztown Mentorship Program or to participate in the program as a mentor, contact Susan Aksu at sa@benztown.com or at (818) 842-4600.

About The National Radio Talent System™

The National Radio Talent System™ was created to answer the long discussed issue of a radio talent farm for the industry, an incubator of well-rounded, well-educated college talent with a passion for radio and a determination to get into the business. The National Radio Talent System™ is made up of multiple Radio Talent Institutes located on colleges and universities throughout the United States. Each Institute brings in broadcast professionals from around the state and country to act as Guest Professional Faculty, and to teach all the sessions during this intensive 10-day summer program. The National Radio Talent System™ is the campus-to-career connection most students need to begin their broadcast career, and the connection for broadcasters to discover and hire entry-level talent today that can be the leaders in the broadcast industry tomorrow.

About Benztown

Benztown is a leading international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voiceover services company with over 2,300 affiliations on six different continents. In 2017, Benztown was named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 by Inc. magazine for the fifth consecutive year as one of America’s Fastest Growing Privately Held

Radio Tribute for Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize-winning author of “Beloved”, “Song of Solomon”, “The Bluest Eye” and other classics, passed away on Monday night at New York City’s Montefiore Medical Center at the age of 88.

Morrison won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for “Beloved”, which is considered her masterwork and is routinely ranked among the greatest novels of the 20th Century. In 1993, Morrison became the first African American woman to receive the Nobel literature prize.

Morrison was also honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.

The tribute was produced by Tom Baker and was written and voiced by Bill Royal for Benztown.

This guy brings ‘radio active’ sound to Rock Radio

Rob Reed, Imaging Voice

Rob Reed is not your everyday deep voice guy. ROB ROCKS the voiceover world with a Sam Elliott-ish swag and a bare-knuckle bad-assery. . .from radio imaging and documentary and corporate narrations. . . eLearning/Explainer Videos, to TV promos and auto dealer spots.

Bottom line: ROB ROCKS THE MIC and injects strength and a blue-collar confidence into every powerful read he performs.

Not “just” your everyday deep, BIG VOICE voice guy. Whether it’s a hard hitting, attention grabbing Voiceover you’re looking for, or a much softer, warmer approach. Documentary, Commercial Voice Over, Narration, Instructional, Radio/TV Imaging, Animated characters, Automotive Commercials, E-Learning Narration, Product Video Narration, Internet-Explainer Videos and much more.

I believe in RELATIONSHIPS, which means I have “Partners” not “Clients”. You and your product, or your service, is important to me. Your BRAND deserves to have a unique sound… so let’s create it together.

I’ve spent years building my home studio, which is complete with state of the art gear (without getting technical – it just makes your story sound really good), including broadcast quality, microphones, and is Source Connect ready. Having my own studio at home, allows me to quickly complete your project. One of the biggest compliments I receive, is “Thank you for your quick response, no matter what time of the day it is.”

From Rob Reed https://www.linkedin.com/in/robreedvo/
Rob Reed – Rock Radio Imaging Highlight

Rob’s versatile and unique sound is “Radio Active” Programming, production, on-air, sports… over his nearly 30 years in radio, he’s done a LOT of all of the above. His versatility in country, rock, sports, and AC formats serves him well in delivering the perfect sound to brand your radio station, big market or small. Rob’s Voiceover growing credits include commercial, promo, imaging and even animated comedies. He can be heard on Cumulus, Town Square Media, Bicoastal Media, and iHeart Media stations, as well as many others. One click on his demos, and you’ll be able to hear your radio station cut through the competition. Send him a sample or two of your copy, and he’ll provide you a sample just for fun!

Rob Reed is available via Benztown Voice-over services. https://www.benztown.com/brigade/rob-reed or visit robreedvo.com

If this guy walks in your door, he brings value to your company. Waste no time in doing business with him because it won’t be longbefore your competition does!

Gary Moore
Chief Operating Officer at Shasta Sports Network
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WRQX’s Jack Diamond to “Tony Stark” Radio’s Next Big Talent

Benztown has been recognizing the world’s top radio imaging producers with the Iron Imager tilt.

So it is no surprise the company has collabed with Jack Diamond of WRQX, a radio icon with “Iron Man” expertise, as first mentor for their radio talent mentorship program.

So who is the lucky Peter Parker to be coached by the Tony Stark of radio, here is Benztown’s announcement.

Benztown, a leading international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voiceover services company with over 2,300 affiliations on six different continents, and The National Radio Talent System™, the system of Radio Talent Institutes across America, discovering and preparing the next generation of broadcasters, announce the launch of the Benztown Mentorship Program. The Benztown Mentorship Program will offer one-to-one mentoring to select students who are accepted into The Radio Talent Institutes of the National Radio Talent System™, on an ongoing basis, with structured mentoring opportunities during the Spring and Fall Semesters.

Benztown and The National Radio Talent System™ also announced the selection of the program’s first quarter mentee, Susquehanna University student Carly Rogers. Rogers participated in the Confer Radio Talent Institute last summer at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Through the Benztown Mentorship Program, Rogers will be personally mentored by radio professional Jack Diamond, Host of “The Jack Diamond Morning Show” on CUMULUS MEDIA’s Mix 107.3/WRQX-FM in Washington, D.C., during the months of January, February and March. Diamond will mentor Rogers via teleconference and at WRQX-FM studios in Washington, D.C.

Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “We are so pleased to help The National Radio Talent System™ connect some of radio’s most accomplished professionals with promising students working toward careers in radio through the Benztown Mentorship Program. Our industry is only as strong as the talent that we attract and train, and we believe that this program will create opportunities for up-and-coming young broadcasters and radio stations and companies looking to hire the very best.”

Dan Vallie, President, The National Radio Talent System™, said: “We were talking internally about doing a mentorship program when Benztown/Chachi approached us. The magic happened, and it’s exciting to start 2019 launching the Benztown Mentorship Program. This is an outstanding opportunity and experience for the selected students.”

Jack Diamond, Host of “The Jack Diamond Morning Show” on Mix 107.3/WRQX-FM in Washington, D.C., said: “I am pleased and honored to have been asked to be the first mentor of the Benztown Mentorship Program, in association with The National Radio Talent System™. When two of the absolute best in our business, Dan Vallie and Dave “Chachi” Denes, ask, you say yes! Working with and developing talent has long been a passion. It’s a way for all of us to support and improve our amazing industry. It’s also a great way to thank those who were there for us in the beginning and helped us along our journey. I can’t wait to get started!”

For more information about the Benztown Mentorship Program or to participate in the program as a mentor, contact Susan Aksu at sa@benztown.com

Blazin Hot CHR Imaging for 104.1 KRBE Houston

Check out these blazing hot radio imaging and production for 104.1 KRBE lead by imaging director Andreas Sannemann and voiced by globally recognized voice talents Harry Legg and Rachel McGrath.

Take your station’s imaging for a whole new level, visit Benztown.com to get started.

Imaging Director: Andreas Sannemann
Imaging Voice: Harry Legg
Imaging Voice: Rachel McGrath

Download Aretha Franklin Radio Tribute

In her nearly seven-decade career, Franklin is acknowledged as one of the most important artists in music history, winning 18 Grammy Awards, selling more than 75 million records worldwide, becoming the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and recording 112 charted singles on Billboard, setting the record for the most charted female artist in history.

The audio tribute was produced by Scott “Justin Case” Mayton, Benztown’s Director of Imaging & Production, written by Bill Royal, and voiced by Harry Legg.

Aretha Franklin Tribute

In all of music history there was never a voice like the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin.
Born in Memphis Tennessee in 1942, the daughter of pastor and civil rights activist C.L. Franklin, Aretha grew up singing in her father’s Baptist church in Detroit. She learned piano by ear, and toured with her father’s
gospel caravan as a teen. She signed with Columbia Records in 1960,

(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman

It was with Atlantic Records in 1967 that Aretha established herself as a musical force with hits like “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You,” “Chain Of Fools” and “Natural Woman.” But it was her gender changing cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect” that took her from R&B singer to cultural icon.

Respect

Her 56 year career resulted in 20 #1 R&B singles, the third most Grammys in history for a female artist, induction into the Gospel and R&B Halls of Fame, and the first woman inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Aretha died in her Detroit home, surrounded by family and friends, at age 76. We remember, the one and only Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Iconic Voice in Sports Radio Now Available for Your Station @BenztownRadio

Benztown, the world leader in radio services like voiceover, radiop production libraries, radio programming and and station jingle identification, has recently launched a brand new program for your station.

The iconic Vic The Brick Jacobs is now available to stations in the United States in the new 30 seconder radio feature titled “This Day in Sports History”.

This will be available to all existing subscribers of the Benztown’s Adrenaline Sports Imaging Library.

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A native of Queens, NY, and a graduate of Cornell University, Vic “The Brick” has been a sports broadcaster since 1979 in markets including Austin, TX; Fresno, CA; Phoenix, AZ, and Los Angeles, CA. Vic “The Brick” was sports anchor for KCOP-TV in Los Angeles and sports anchor for “Rick Dees In the Morning Show” on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. In1997, he helped launch the new sports-talk format at L.A.’s KXTA 1150 AM, now KEIB, as Middays host. He went on to team with NBA superstar and future Hall of Famer Karl Malone and NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw in hosting duties. Vic “The Brick” is credited with popularizing the catch phrase, “Feeling You!”, a cry of allegiance with the fans of L.A. sports fans. He is also known for another favorite phrase, an enthusiastic “C’mon” and “C’mon, now!”, as an encouragement to callers and fans.

Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “Vic was one of the very first people to welcome me to L.A. when I moved here 18 years ago. His warmth and authenticity instantly endeared me to him. He is the same person on-air as he his in real life and that’s why I think he’s a star. We’re excited to have him as the voice of “This Day in Sports History” which comes free of charge on a daily basis to all of our Adrenaline library affiliates.”

Vic “The Brick” Jacobs, said: “Sports fans… Feeling You! Honored and humbled to be in this mighty mix of el gigante audio dynamite.”

For more information about getting the new “This Day in Sports History” daily feature with Vic “The Brick” Jacobs for your station, visit: benztown.com/TDISH

Free 6-Hour Music Mix from Z100 NY’s Most Trusted Mix Show @BenztownRadio #TotalRecall

America’s Most Trusted Mix Show has prepared an amazing gift for your station this July 4th – a FREE 6-hour Hot Mix Total Recall music mix showcasing artists like Beastie Boys, 2 Pac, Naughty By Nature, N-Sync, Tone Loc, Aqua, Baha Men, Slick Rick and way more.

Visit the link below on how to get this free 6 hour mix
https://www.benztown.com/hot-mix-total-recall

About Hot Mix

The Original Hot Mix is a concoction of the hottest hits on the radio and charts mixed beat-to-beat and back-to-back.

It will arrive at your radio weekly designed and done by professionals, it is personalized for your station complete with your station’s local commercial and radio ID.

Allow your radio DJs to personalize Hot Mix Mainstream, they can host the show from your studio, or even come up with a weekly on-site program.

Hot Mix Mainstream is the mix show of choice for Z-100/New York.

Show Info:
  • 4 hour weekly show
  • The music is ON POINT…utilizing MediaBase Monitoring and the hottest club tracks.
  • For over 25 years, Hot Mix has delivered consistent mixes, consistent quality, and consistent results.
  • Hot Mix Mainstream features hits from artists such as: Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Adele, Usher, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Beyoncé & More!
  • Hot Mix Crossover features hits from artists such as: Rihanna, Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Pitbull, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Usher & More!
Delivery & Other Details:
  • No licensing fees (in the USA)
  • Hot Mix is available via FTP & CD.
  • You have the flexibility to air the show whenever you want…no restrictions to specific time slots.

Visit https://www.benztown.com/programming/hot-mix

Free Benztown Radio Imaging, Content with Smart Speaker Activating Promos via Vipology

Vipology, a leading technology company engaged in building digital products and services to create inexpensive utility for users, broadcasters, and advertisers, announces that it will offer radio stations free customized Benztown-produced pre-roll and :30 promotional spots, including an on-air promo for stations designed to activate smart speaker invocations of their station by listeners. The pre-roll and promotional spots may be sold to sponsors by local AEs for additional revenue for stations, and will be automatically updated for stations every six weeks. A new promotional spot will also be included for download via Vipology’s VS3 Dashboard.

Vipology will reveal its sexy new smart speaker skills for radio at VS3 “Top Secret” Demos at NAB Las Vegas this week. They will also give away Amazon Echos to three lucky radio pros attending Monday and Tuesday’s demo sessions at the Vipology Suite at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. To register for a 30-minute demo session, radio professionals should visit: http://www.vipology.com/2018-nab-show-las-vegas/

Last month, Vipology introduced its smart speaker skills product, Vipology Smart Speaker System (‘VS3’) to radio stations as consumer adoption of smart speakers continues to grow at record levels. The product launched across 100 U.S. radio stations, including 24 stations owned and operated by Adams Radio Group.

*To listen to samples of Benztown’s pre-roll and promotional spots, visit:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k7s0sdr8fe6o18z/AABq35o0JeAJm0oCY9cNrPXXa?dl=0.

Chris Peaslee, Chief Executive Officer, Vipology, said: “Smart Speakers are such a big boon for radio to improve TSL and listening in the home. Audio from Benztown is fun and compelling, making it turn-key for stations to get started and sound great with their new VS3 Alexa skills from Vipology.”

Dave “Chachi” Denes, President, Benztown, said: “We’re excited to partner with Vipology to offer to stations free Benztown-produced pre-roll and 30-second promotional spots to help listeners access stations on their smart speakers. In addition, we will provide stations with updates tied to current events throughout the year, including holidays. The promos will be format specific, and will highlight your station brand. If stations would like to use their own talent, a shell will be included along with the fully produced version. Now is the time to educate listeners on how to call up your station on their smart speakers, and we can help stations do that in a way that is fun and engaging and enhances their programming and brand.”

Vipology will be demonstrating VS3 (A Top Secret Demo) at the Las Vegas NAB Show on Monday, April 8th and Tuesday, April 9th in the Vipology Suite at the Wynn Hotel. To register for a 30-minute demo session, radio professionals should visit: http://www.vipology.com/2018-nab-show-las-vegas/

Vipology’s VS3 deliverables include quickly securing the stations’ brands on smart speakers in the midst of a virtual “land grab” for names, much like the URL land grab in the dot-com boom of the ‘90’s. In addition, Vipology works with stations in a customer-informed process to maximize their placement on smart speakers for cash or barter, and with no setup fee. Vipology also adds new features and skills for stations without additional fees.
Smart speakers have seen broad consumer adoption in the U.S. in recent months, with increasing momentum in 2018. A recent study from Juniper Research found that smart speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and the Sonos One will be installed in over 70 million U.S. households by 2022, reaching 55% of all homes.

Who Will Be In The Top 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices 2017? @BenztownRadio

Reigning Benztown 50 Voice Talent – Jeff Berlin

Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles, announces that it will release the fourth annual Benztown 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices, the radio industry’s exclusive listing of the top 50 voiceover artists in the U.S. and Canada.

The Benztown 50 list will be based on several criteria, including number of radio station affiliates, station size and market.

Benztown has partnered with P1 Media Group to compile and analyze industry data that will be the foundation for this distinction.

The list is currently in development and will be released to the industry in early February 2018.

Voice talent can apply for the Benztown 50 from now through December 1, 2017 at: www.benztown.com/50.

Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “To stand out in a media environment where there are more consumer choices than ever before, captivating, great sounding audio content is the single biggest driver of success.

Expert voiceover creates excitement and interest while defining brands in an instant.

As a company defined by the highest quality audio content and branding, we are proud to provide the quintessential platform for the industry’s biggest voices with the Benztown 50, giving these outstanding professionals and artists the credit they deserve. We look forward to sharing the results.”

Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group said: “P1 is proud to continue our partnership with Benztown to honor the amazing imaging voices heard on radio throughout the U.S. and Canada.

These voices fill the airwaves 24/7/365 and play a vital role delivering a unique audio signature.

We look forward to sharing the names of these all too familiar voices and providing them the recognition they truly deserve.”

Check out the existing results of Benztown 50

How To Get Free Christmas Programming + Imaging Elements @benztownradio

Benztown offers its holly, jolly market-exclusive “Christmas in a Box” library to stations, FREE with a Benztown library subscription.

“Christmas in a Box” delivers an overflowing Santa sack full of fun and festive Christmas programming which includes over 5,000 tracks right into your stocking!

The programming gives listeners sweet and savory bites of Christmas cheer that will delight Christmas music lovers far and near.

Additionally, Benztown offers to all radio stations 30 FREE Christmas audio elements produced by the award-winning creative production team at Benztown! These elements will include everything from sound design FX and SFX, drones/pads, holiday listener drops and even some Santa audio— ALL TOTALLY FREE!

This only runs now through December 25, 2017

TO GET “CHRISTMAS IN A BOX”, contact Masa Patterson at http://www.benztown.com/contact.

TO ACCESS THE 30 FREE CHRISTMAS AUDIO IMAGING ELEMENTS, VISIT: http://www.benztown.com/christmas.

Benztown Joins Elite List in 2017 Inc 5000 Conference @BenztownRadio

Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles – and Inc. 5000 Honor Roll member, was named by Inc. magazine this summer as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the fifth consecutive year.

Fewer than a tenth of all Inc. 5000 honorees – an already quite select group – ever achieve this milestone through a consistent growth trajectory that places them on the elite list for five consecutive years.

The Inc. 5000 is an exclusive annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, ranked according to percentage revenue growth rate over a three-year period.

Companies must have generated at least $100,000 in revenue in 2013 and at least $2 million in 2016 to qualify for the listing.

They must also be U.S. based, privately held, independent and for-profit. Companies such as Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit, Under Armour, Timberland, Jamba Juice, Zipcar, Clif Bar, Vizio, Oracle and many other well-known companies gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

Below are photos from this week’s 2017 Inc. 5000 Conference, held Tuesday, Oct. 10 through today, Thursday, October 12, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California. Attached are photos of Benztown’s co-founders, President Dave “Chachi” Denes and Chief Executive Officer, Andreas Sannemann, who attended the conference


CHR Station Stays No. 1 with Benztown & Soundquadrat 2017 Jingle Package @Soundquadrat

Benztown & Soundquadrat just released the new jingle package for Europa Plus, the biggest CHR radio station in Russia!

The package contains 17 Main Themes for Daytime, their Morning Show “Brigada U” and the Top40 Show.

Here’s what Thierry Chamoux, Program Director of Europa Plus, said about the new package:

“In condition of such a competitive market as the one in Russia is for CHR, the more and more radios play the same hits.

In this context jingle packages and show identity became essential for defining values, audio territory, image of each station and for making the difference between the competition knowing that the most of tracks we play are also played by the others.

For many years the Benztown|Soundquadrat team has permitted us to achieve this strategic goal and to stay No. 1 in Russia. Europa Plus’ sound is unique!!”

Listen to the individual cuts of the Europa Plus 2017 package at http://www.soundquadrat.com/work/jingles-2/europa-plus-2017/

How To Get Free Sample of AI-FX Monthly @BenztownRadio @JeffSchmidt

Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voice-over services company, and Alien Imaging LLC, a San Francisco, CA-based sound design company, announce the launch of Alien Imaging’s new sound effects service, AI-FX Monthly, a subscription-based service which delivers monthly sound effects packages to radio stations of all formats and market sizes for barter. 

The subscription includes the newly released AI-FX3 sound effects library, and AI-FX4 (due for release later this month).

Through the new AI-FX Monthly subscription package, stations now have budget-free access to Alien Imaging’s cutting edge sounds. 

AI-FX Monthly will include at least 100 new sounds across all categories, including FX, impacts, loops, beds and drones.

Jeff Schmidt, Creator, Alien Imaging, in the midst of a furious FX production session, had this to say: 

“Does anyone even read these things? Email me the word ‘shazbat’ by Nov 30th for a free sample at jeff@alien-imaging.com.”

Mike Brownsher, Imaging Director, 98.7 ESPN New York, the service’s first affiliate, said:

 “I haven’t been this excited about an imaging library in a long time. Alien Imaging is really a treasure trove of awesomeness!”

For more information and to get Alien Imaging’s AI-FX Monthly subscription audio package for barter in your market, visit www.benztown.com/alienimaging

Brand New @BenztownRadio Studios, Gary Celebrates with Friends in LA

Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voiceover services company with over 2200 affiliates on six continents, held an Open House at the company’s snazzy new studios at the Glendale Galleria in L.A. Friday night.

The Benztown Brigade celebrated in style with friends across the radio industry.

The crowd enjoyed great company, music, food, drink, door prizes, favors, tours and a visit from Benztown’s much-loved mascot, Gary.

Not to mention dessert cake pops in Gary’s likeness, complete with headphones!

The company, founded in 2008 by Andreas Sannemann, Chief Executive Officer, Dave “Chachi” Denes, President, and Oliver Klenk, Head of Production & Composition, continues to grow and was recently named to the exclusive Inc. 5000 list of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the U.S. for the fourth consecutive year, a rare feat.

Sannemann flew in from Benztown’s EU headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, to celebrate with Chachi and the Benztown gang and more than 150 radio industry friends in L.A. at the Benztown bash on Friday night.

The following are photos taken Friday night at Benztown’s new state-of-the-art studios at the Glendale Galleria in L.A.

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Benztown CEO Andreas Sannemann and President Dave Chachi Denes celebrate their new L.A. digs with Gary Cake Pops

Benztown CEO Andreas Sannemann and President Dave Chachi Denes celebrate their new L.A. digs with Gary Cake Pops

Benztown Director of Imaging & Programming Justin Case and Brad Hartz in front of the Benztown Logo Wall of Fame

Benztown Director of Imaging & Programming Justin Case and Brad Hartz in front of the Benztown Logo Wall of Fame

Chachi Denes, Bob Moore, Jhani Kaye, Rick Cummings, Kevin Carter

Chachi Denes, Bob Moore, Jhani Kaye, Rick Cummings, Kevin Carter

Greg Simms, Slow Jams Host R Dub!, Chachi Denes

Greg Simms, Slow Jams Host R Dub!, Chachi Denes

Morgan Tompkins and Dannay Rodriguez flank larger-than-life Benztown mascot, Gary

Morgan Tompkins and Dannay Rodriguez flank larger-than-life Benztown mascot, Gary

Just In! Europa Plus 2016 Jingle Package @Soundquadrat @BenztownRadio

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Cutting edge jingle package for Russia´s biggest radio station.

About Soundquadrat

Soundquadrat is an international operating imaging company with studio facilities in Stuttgart and Los Angeles. Founded in Stuttgart/Germany in 2004 by Oliver Klenk and Andreas Sannemann, Soundquadrat and its US department Benztown Branding USA, LLC creates custom on air design, jingles, imaging libraries and music for world famous broadcasting brands like Cumulus, Clear Channel, CBS, Global Radio, Entercom, Rogers, Jack FM, Astral, NRJ, Virgin and many more. In the last years, Soundquadrat has delivered cutting edge imaging for more than 2000 radio stations worldwide.

Visit www.soundquadrat.de

About Benztown

Benztown is an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voiceover services company with over 1,900 affiliations on six different continents. In August, 2015, Benztown was recognized for the third consecutive year by Inc. magazine as one of America’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies, ranked at No. 1364 on the exclusive Inc. 5000.

Visit www.benztown.com

This New @BenztownRadio Deal Will Give Your Station That Creative Branded Swag

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Benztown Brings Creative Branded Swag for Barter to Radio as Rep for Incentive Sales Rewards, the Entertainment Industry’s Premier Promotional Products Source

Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voice-over services company, announces that it will represent the entertainment industry’s premier customized promotional products company, Incentive Sales Rewards, in bringing creative branded “swag” to radio stations for barter.

Together, Benztown and Incentive Sales Rewards now offer radio stations the company’s 350,000 unique gift items, sales promotion programs, listener promotions, VIP sports trips, incentive travel, gas and VISA gift cards, and more – all for cash or barter.

Benztown President Dave “Chachi” Denes said:

“We are proud to partner with Incentive Sales Rewards and its founder and CEO Pat Pattison, a true creative genius, former member of the Disney Creative Team and original producer of the iconic and ubiquitous Jack-in-the-Box and Disney antenna balls! Pat and Incentive Sales Rewards bring to radio over 30 years’ experience in providing the coolest, most novel, and memorable ‘must have’ customized promotional gifts to the entertainment and television industries. If they don’t have it, they can get it – and they make it quick and easy from start to finish. It’s a thrill to bring this level of creative branded items to radio for barter, which will be a welcomed relief to budget-strapped stations looking to make a big splash with their listeners, advertisers, prospects and staff.”

Pat Pattison, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Incentive Sales Rewards said:

“ We love radio stations and know we have a lot to offer them in the creative merchandising arena. Our products brand stations but also give stations programs to get more local revenue with fast food, automotive, retail and other local ad categories. As budgets have become tighter for stations we are thrilled to be working with such a trusted and creative group as Benztown and know it will be a great service to the industry as a barter offering.

To browse Incentive Sales Rewards’ selection of promotional products, please visit: http://incentivesalesrewards.usa.clickpromo.com/products.

For more information and to get Incentive Sales Rewards’ customized promotional products and more for cash or barter for your stations, visit: http://www.benztown.com/swag

WLS Voice Guy Topped 2015, Who Will Lead 2016’s Benztown50 @BenztownRadio

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Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voiceover services company and one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S., announces that it will release the third annual Benztown 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices, the radio industry’s exclusive listing of the top 50 voiceover artists in the U.S. and Canada.

The Benztown 50 list will be based on several criteria, including number of radio station affiliates, station size and market. Benztown has partnered with P1 Media Group to compile and analyze industry data that will be the foundation for this distinction.

The list is currently in development and will be released to the industry this fall. Voice talent can apply for the Benztown 50 from now through October 21, 2016, at: www.benztown.com/50.

Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President said:

“More companies than ever before are working to attract and engage consumers with distinctive, great-sounding audio content. That means that outstanding VO professionals that define brands and create excitement and interest have never been more essential to our industry’s success than they are now. We’re proud to shine a bright light on our industry’s top VO talent and look forward to sharing the results.”

Ken Benson, President of Research for P1 Media Group said:

“P1 is proud to continue our partnership with Benztown in honoring the vital voices and considerable talent that play a critical role in today’s audio branding. Our proprietary algorithm will be evaluating a tremendous amount of data to determine 2016’s Benztown 50. We’re thrilled to work with Benztown again to honor the unsung heroes of our industry.”

For more information, visit www.benztown.com/50

Benztown’s “Behind the Song” Audio Docu Gives Listeners Infotainment @benztownradio

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Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles, announces that it has launched “Behind the Song”, a new series of 30-second audio documentaries that give radio listeners a comprehensive look at the stories behind the biggest songs of all time. The series kicks off with Classic Rock’s Top 20, now available through Benztown and Westwood One’s Avalanche Imaging Library. Each category will be updated weekly moving forward, for a complete library of stories behind the top 100 songs in Classic Rock.

The “Behind the Song” stories are intertwined with the music and roll right into the song itself, giving listeners a continued look into their favorite music and giving stations turnkey content directly related to the core artists of the station. Benztown will also roll out the Country installment of the “Behind the Song,” highlighting the biggest Country songs of all time, in a few weeks.

Justin Case, Director of Programming and Imaging, Benztown, said: “The stories behind the biggest classic rock songs of all time are almost as good as the songs themselves. Avalanche takes its already stellar production value up a notch with imaging director James Stodd and writer Bill Royal serving up weekly “Behind the Song” stories that will add brand value to your station, while keeping the music moving and the stories forever young.”

To hear a demo of the “Behind the Song” audio documentary series for Classic Rock, visit: www.benztown.com/behindthesong