WPLJ-FM AND NASH-FM NYC Creative Services Director Wins Iron Imager Belt for 2nd Consecutive Year

Radio imaging specialist, Dan Kelly, Creative Services Director, WPLJ and NASH-FM New York, has successfully defended his title of World’s Best Imager, winning the 2014 Iron Imager competition held this week at the Roosevelt Hotel Hollywood. This is the second consecutive year that Kelly has held the title of World’s Best Imager. Kelly was presented with the coveted Iron Imager belt today at the All Access International Awards Luncheon, hosted by RDIO and Westwood One. The awards presentation capped the third annual international radio imaging contest where production professionals competed for cash and other prizes and the coveted title of World’s Best Imager. Thursday, Kelly faced off against a formidable challenger, Brady Goodman, Imaging Director, 99.7 The Point, Kansas City, in a head-to-head live competition at the Roosevelt Hotel Hollywood. Goodman and Kelly demonstrated their world-class imaging skills using audio ingredients handpicked from Benztown’s 20 production libraries, paired with contestants’ original scripts. Iron Imager is the first and only competition of its kind. The Iron Imagers had one hour to create a 30 second contest promo for a flyaway to the ACM Awards, using ingredients from Benztown’s 20 Imaging Libraries. In a true test of their professional abilities, the format chosen was Country.

Here are their final submissions:

Dan Kelly

Brady Goodman

Judges, ranked among the world’s top producers and programmers, were Justin Chase, VP of Programming, Beasley Broadcast Group; Jake Kaplan, Creative Services Director, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles; and Jimmy Steal, VP of Programming, Emmis National Digital Program Director/Power 106 Program Director. After an evening of deliberations and voting, the judges selected Dan Kelly as the 2014 Iron Imager. Kelly humbly accepted his custom-made championship belt from R Dub!, host of Sunday Night Slow Jams and Director of Programming for Jammin’ Z90 and Magic 92.5 San Diego. Kelly thanked the judges, and has agreed to return to Hollywood in 2015 for Iron Imager 4!

Benztown is making donations to the charity of each judge’s choice. The charity that Chase has chosen is Children’s Miracle Network; Kaplan’s chosen charity is The Trevor Project; and Steal’s charity of choice is the American Cancer Society.


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