FEBRUARY 29, 2016, BURBANK, CA—Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voice-over services company, today announces a call for entries for its fifth 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 Sunday, March 14, 2016. 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: Lucas Nugent, John Hunerlach, Rob Wreford, Erin Setch, Margit Furseth and Anne Vydra. The contest culminates in a live final round on Thursday, April 14, between the winner of Round 1 and current Iron Imager, Dan Kelly, Creative Services Director, WPLJ and NASH-FM 94.7/New York, at the All Access Worldwide Radio Summit at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The 2016 Iron Imager will be declared and presented at the Westwood One Awards Luncheon at 1:00 p.m. the following day.
Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President, said: “Being the Dana White of Iron Imager is not something I take lightly. We go to great lengths to ensure there is no juicing and the contestants are given the same high quality ingredients to level the field. This about raw imaging talent and it doesn’t matter if you come from New York or Cedar Rapids! This bout is guaranteed to leave more blood on the mat than the Ronda Rousey-Holly Holm fight so get your tickets now to the All Access Radio Summit!”
Dan Kelly, Iron Imager 2013, 2014 and 2015 Champion, said: “Iron Imager. It’s just like Iron Chef, but substitute Ginsu knives with your DAW of choice. Swap out lobster for juicy beds and FX from Benztown. And hey, we’ll even have a touch of Iron Chef-- our announcer, Joe Cipriano! Be my challenger and take the belt. Maybe it’ll fit you. Me, not so much. Let’s do this!”
To enter and for full contest rules, visit the official Iron Imager Contest 2016 website at www.benztown.com/ironimager. Final pieces must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Pacific) on March 14, 2016.
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. With offices and studios in Los Angeles, New York, and Stuttgart, Benztown offers the highest quality imaging workparts for 20 libraries across 13 formats including AC, Hot AC, CHR, Country, Urban, Rhythmic, Classic Hits, Rock, News/Talk, Sports, JACK, Alien Imaging and Xmas in a Box. Benztown’s industry-leading technology and proprietary web-based imaging solution, “Benztown Branding”, is used daily by nearly 1,200 broadcast radio stations and digital services worldwide. Benztown also provides custom voice-over and imaging services across all formats, including commercial voice-over and copywriting services. Benztown Radio Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hollywood Radio Networks, is an international media syndication company providing unique, first-rate programming and features to radio stations and media companies around the world, including The Todd ‘N’ Tyler Radio Empire, Hot Mix, Slow Jams with R Dub!, Remote News Service, Vipology and Flashback. For more information, visit www.benztown.com.