LOS ANGELES, CA, SEPTEMBER 8, 2016— Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voice-over services company, announces that nationally syndicated weekly talk show Dawson McAllister Live (DMLive) intervened in over 1,000 potential suicides in the month of August through TheHopeLine, setting a record for successful suicide interventions by the show in a single month. TheHopeLine is an off-air chat hotline created by DMLive host, internationally recognized youth communicator Dawson McAllister, where one-on-one conversations effect change in the lives of teenagers and young adults. The volume of people effectively served by TheHopeLine is significant, given that September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
DMLive is a three-hour weekly show heard on over 50 stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The call-in talk show provides a forum where teenagers and young adults can talk about the problems they are facing, including: divorce, depression, cutting, suicide, drug addictions, eating disorders and family issues.
McAllister began his national radio show in the early ‘90’s on various Christian radio stations. Starting with only five stations, DMLive grew to nationwide distribution, and in 1994 was voted National Religious Broadcaster’s Talk Show of the Year. Shortly after the start of DMLive on radio, it became clear that radio alone was not enough to meet the needs of young listeners. Compelled by the burgeoning needs of hurting young callers, McAllister created TheHopeLine and grew the show’s outreach through affiliations across mainstream radio. Today, TheHopeLine serves thousands each month, with the objective of helping people become released from despair by offering clear thinking and right values concerning the issues they are dealing with at the time. Through TheHopeLine, HopeCoaches are available 24/7 by live chat. TheHopeLine has partnered with faith-based organizations to provide longer-term care and services to those seeking help, advice and healing.
Benztown President Dave “Chachi” Denes said: “DMLive and TheHopeLine provide a lifeline and a message of hope that every community can benefit from. Dawson, his co-host Jai McVay, and DMLive are clearly connecting with teens and young adults in a profound and powerful way, as evidenced by the number of suicide interventions in the month of August alone.”
Host Dawson McAllister adds: “There are so many teenagers and young adults who need help, and we are grateful that DMLive, TheHopeLine and our station partners are working together to provide that help when they most need it. We thank the programmers and other leaders in radio who join us every week to make a life-changing difference for people and families in communities across the country.”
Dawson McAllister is a graduate of Bethel College in St. Paul, MN and completed his studies at Talbot Theological Seminary. He holds an honorary doctorate degree from Biola University, and is recognized as one of today’s foremost experts on youth issues. McAllister is also the author of nearly twenty books, with over one million copies in print.
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Benztown is a leading international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voiceover services company with over 2,200 affiliations on six different continents. In 2016, Benztown was named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 by Inc. magazine for the fourth consecutive year as one of America’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies. With studios in Los Angeles, New York, and Stuttgart, Benztown offers the highest quality audio imaging workparts for 20 libraries across 13 music and spoken word formats including AC, Hot AC, CHR, Country, Urban, Rhythmic, Classic Hits, Rock, News/Talk, Sports, JACK, and Alien Imaging's AI-FX1 and AI-FX2 sound effects libraries. Benztown’s proprietary web-based imaging solution, Benztown Branding, is used daily by nearly 1,200 broadcast radio stations and digital services worldwide. Benztown provides custom VO and imaging across all formats, including commercial VO and copywriting. Benztown Radio Networks produces, markets and distributes high quality programming and services to radio stations around the world, including: The Todd ‘N’ Tyler Radio Empire, Hot Mix, Sunday Night Slow Jams with R Dub!, Remote News Service, Vipology, Mr. Master, Explicitly Old School With Sir Mix-A-Lot, Nessa On Air, Dawson McAllister Live and Flashback. For more information, visit www.benztown.com.