NEW YORK, January 6, 2016 —Westwood One announces it has signed a multi-year partnership extension with imaging powerhouse Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voiceover services company with over 1,900 affiliations across a large portfolio of radio groups on six different continents. Under the new agreement, Benztown will provide radio imaging, production, voiceover, programming and jingles to Westwood One and to Cumulus' owned and affiliated stations.
In 2011, Cumulus and Benztown signed an exclusive agreement that created one of the radio industry’s largest and highest quality collections of production and imaging libraries. Per the terms of the new agreement, Westwood One will continue to manage affiliation and advertising sales for all Benztown production and imaging libraries and Benztown will direct production of the network’s library offerings. Additionally, Westwood One will manage affiliate and advertising sales for Benztown’s voiceover services available to stations for barter and will serve as exclusive ad sales representation for select Benztown Radio Networks programs and services, including The Todd ‘N’ Tyler Radio Empire and Vipology. The 22 production libraries include Benztown’s AC, HOT AC, CHR, Country, Rhythmic, Classic Hits, Rock, News/Talk, SpeakerToyz, SpeakerToyz AC, JACK, Alien Imaging and Xmas in a Box, and Westwood One’s branded libraries Adrenaline, Ambush, Horsepower, Glisten, Goldmine, Avalanche, Clique, Spark, and Turbulence. Libraries from both companies remain market exclusive, but with the majority of formats, there is more than one production service from which to choose, creating an alternative product in markets where one library is already utilized. Westwood One will continue to represent Benztown’s industry-leading technology and proprietary web-based imaging solution, “Benztown Branding”, used daily by nearly 1,900 broadcast radio stations and digital services worldwide.
Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Content and Programming for Cumulus Media said: “The creative services that Benztown provides to our Cumulus O & O stations, and to our network products, is exceptional. This renewal is the highest profile endorsement that could ever be given to any product or service.”
Dave “Chachi” Denes, Benztown President said: “If you were to ask me seven years ago when I got invited to leave the PD chair at KBIG if any of this would be possible, I would have said not in a million years. Working with Mike McVay, Charles Steinhauer, Dennis Green and the programming team at Cumulus/Westwood One is the highlight of my career. I’ve never been happier personally and professionally and I hope that the Benztown story inspires others who have had to reinvent themselves.”
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 and JACK. 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.