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04 March 2019
BENZTOWN ANNOUNCES NEW IRON IMAGER 8 CONTENDER!
LOS ANGELES, CA, March 4, 2019 —Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover services, production libraries, programming and jingles, announced that Brendan (“BT”) Tacey, Head of Production, Triple M Network, Southern Cross Austereo in Melbourne, Australia, has been selected as the finalist in the 8th Annual Iron Imager Contest, the international radio imaging contest where audio production professionals compete for the title of World’s Best Imager. Current Iron Imager Champion Sam Wickens, Assistant Audio Producer for Capital FM in London, will face off against BT in a head-to-head live competition at WWRS 2019 on March 27-29 at Castaway in Burbank, CA, the Media Capital of the World. Iron Imager is the first and only competition of its kind.
Sam and BT will demonstrate their world-class imaging skills by producing an original imaging piece for a format unannounced until the day of the competition. Contestants will use elements from one of Benztown’s 23 production libraries, voiceover talent roster, paired with a script from the Benztown team.
Iron Imager 2018 Champion Sam Wickens, 27, is Assistant Audio Producer for Capital FM in London. He took home his first Iron Imager title last year. After graduating with an audio production degree at University, Wickens’ career started with a letter to Capital in 2016 – where he landed an internship and then a job the following year with the UK’s #1 Hit Music station. Wickens works from Capital’s Leicester Square office in London, creating imaging every day for Capital’s 8 million listeners. He also handles projects for Capital XTRA and Radio X. Wickens also has experience working backstage at Capital’s Summertime Ball and Jingle Bell Ball concerts at Wembley Stadium and the O2. To hear some of Wickens’ work, visit: https://soundcloud.com/spwickens.
Challenger Brendan “BT” Tacey, is Head of Production for Southern Cross Austereo’s Triple M Network in Melbourne, Australia, a position he has held for the last 10 years. He was previously a longstanding Imaging Producer on what was formerly The Today Network, and has worked in the UK for GWR/Capital.
Benztown also recognized Iron Imager semi-finalists in this year’s competition. Those high-performing semi-finalists are: 1st Runner-Up: Jonathan Young, Capital FM/London; 2nd Runner-Up: Chris Longman, Capital FM/London; Honorable Mention: Ilya Myagkov, Europa Plus/Moscow; Honorable Mention: Mikel Vilchez, Flaix FM/Barcelona; Honorable Mention: Alban Rivoal, Fun Radio/France.