LOS ANGELES, CA, MARCH 14, 2017 — Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover services, production libraries, programming, and jingles and one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S., today announces a call for entries for its sixth annual Iron Imager Contest, the international radio imaging contest where audio production professionals compete for the title of World’s Best Imager. The first and only competition of its kind, the Iron Imager contest is open for submissions today through the Round 1 Submission Deadline of Monday, April 3, 2017 (Noon Pacific). The Iron Imager Contest is open to all radio imaging, production and programming professionals 18 and older, and will be judged by top producers and programmers from the U.S. and around the world.
Challengers will demonstrate their imaging skills using audio ingredients from Benztown’s production libraries, paired with contestants’ original scripts. Benztown has also committed additional resources to enhance challengers’ submissions, offering for free the voice talents of many of Benztown’s newest world-class voice talent, including: Corri English, Margit Furseth, Joanna Stadwiser, Chad Brannon, Drew Patterson and Jonathan Hanst. The contest culminates in a live final round on Thursday, May 4, 2017, between the winner of Round 1 and current Iron Imager, Sideshow Mike (“Sidey”) Andersen, of Triple M, Southern Cross Austereo in Sydney, Australia. The final throwdown will be held at the All Access Worldwide Radio Summit at the W Hollywood Hotel. The 2017 Iron Imager will be declared and presented at 10:55 a.m. on Friday, May 5, in the General Session Room.
Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: "Between Brexit, Donald Trump winning the election and Sidey upsetting Dan Kelly last year, I’m not sure the world is ready for Iron Imager 6. However, after long deliberation and assurances to the United Nations that PricewaterhouseCoopers will not be tallying the votes, we’ve made the decision to proceed. Godspeed."
Sideshow Mike (“Sidey”) Andersen, Iron Imager 2016 Champion, said: “Who’s gonna come and take this Iron Imager belt off me?! No seriously…come and get it! It doesn’t go with any of my outfits and I’ve been copping grief from the fashion police for 12 months! Please, can someone win this thing off me??!!!!! I mean, how hard could it be, right?!?”
To enter and for full contest rules, visit the official Iron Imager Contest 2017. website at www.benztown.com/ironimager. Final pieces must be submitted by Noon (Pacific) on Monday, April 3, 2017.
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 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.