15 June 2015


JUNE 15, 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 Jeff Schmidt to acquire 50% of Alien Imaging, a San Francisco, CA based sound design company and form Alien Imaging LLC.

Concurrently, Benztown announces that it will offer Alien Imaging’s new audio production package to radio stations for cash or barter. The new audio imaging package includes 300 brand new sound effects, music elements, drones, and other creative Imaging elements, and will build upon Benztown’s existing production library offerings. Benztown and Alien Imaging will provide quarterly package updates and back catalogues to affiliates.

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.

Alien Imaging launched in 2002 as a boutique Radio Sound Design shop by Jeff Schmidt – an 18 year Major Market Radio Imaging Creative Director and Video Game Sound Designer.  Since 2002 Jeff has created 12 Alien Imaging FX libraries containing over 4500

individual sounds. Alien Imaging libraries have been purchased by stations in every Major U.S. Market as well as hundreds of Radio Stations and independent production houses the world over.

Benztown President Dave “Chachi” Denes said: “We are fired up to be partnering with Jeff. He’s an icon amongst Imaging Directors and his sound design truly is out of this world! (No pun intended). Offering Jeff’s brilliant new AI FX will be welcome news to current Benztown and Alien Imaging customers. The quality, and creativity of these 300+ new sounds, paired with Alien Imaging’s outstanding back catalogues, will enhance our existing Benztown production libraries and make stations sound incredible, regardless of format or market size.”

Alien Imaging President Jeff Schmidt said: “The Alien doesn’t speak human. He communicates only in strange and wonderful sounds we happen to find useful for Radio Imaging. On this epic partnership he said “Zzzip Visssivvv Epipipipi wap ap ap ap!”  Which loosely translates to “Benztown Rules – others drool. Now hold still while I download your brain”. Or something like that. I am thrilled to take Alien Imaging to the next level by partnering with the inspiring and insanely talented people of Benztown.

For more information and to get Alien Imaging’s new audio package in your market, visit – or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at [email protected] or (818) 842-4600.


Over 14 years crafting the distinctive Audio Brand at one of the most respected stations in commercial radio –former KFOG/KSAN San Francisco Creative Director Jeff Schmidt is currently performing Creative Services/Audio Branding for Entercom San Francisco Radio stations KGMZ 95.7 The Game & 98.5 KUFX.

Jeff is also proprietor of Jeff Schmidt Productions & Alien Imaging Sound Design where his original Sound Design elements are in use at hundreds of Radio Stations and Production Houses all over the world. Branching out into Audio Branding/Sound Design & Music for Visual Media and Video Games  – Jeff’s Exciting Audio work is in use by innovative Entertainment Organizations such as:

Blizzard Entertainment (World of Wardcraft, Diablo III)
Sony Computer Entertainment of America (InFamous 2)
Harmonix (Rock Band Network)
Ubisoft (Tom Clancey Ghost Recon: Future Soldier)
Microsoft Game Studios (Halo CE 20th Ann Edition
Pyramind Studios and Education (Instructor – Pro Tools for Game Audio, Video Game Audio 201 – Sound Designer – numerous Games & Corp projects) as well as 100s of Radio stations World Wide via Jeff’s Alien Imaging Sound Design products.

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