JUNE 11, 2015, BURBANK, CA—Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voice-over services company, announces that it has entered into an agreement with Dawson McAllister Productions to market and affiliate its weekly talk radio show, Dawson McAllister Live (DMLive). DMLive is hosted by internationally recognized youth communicator, Dawson McAllister heard on over 50 stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The 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. The three-hour weekly show is available for cash or barter through Benztown.
McAllister began his national radio show in the early ‘90’s on various Christian radio stations. Starting with only five stations, his call-in talk show, 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 — an off-air call center where one-on-one conversations might truly effect change in the lives of teenagers and young adults. He also grew the show’s outreach through affiliations across mainstream radio. Today, TheHopeLine serves thousands each month through phones, chats, and text messages, 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 phone or 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: “Our partnership with Dawson and his team started a few years ago when we started to image his show. We are proud to expand our relationship and offer this one-of-a-kind show to radio stations across the country. DMLive and TheHopeLine have helped prevent thousands of teen and young adult suicides each year and provide a lifeline and a message of hope that every community can benefit from. Through DMLive, Dawson connects with teens and young adults each week in a very real and powerful way. We are thrilled to make this important programming available to stations of all formats and market sizes for cash or barter.”
Host Dawson McAllister adds: “I am so excited to partner with Benztown. There are so many teenagers and young adults who need help. Together we can make a life changing difference. We are asking programmers to join us.” 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.