06 December 2021

Benztown: One Hit After Another

A Timeline of Success


2008 : A star is born! L.A. Program Director joins forces with German audio producers Andreas Sannemann and Oliver Klenk to found Benztown Branding, an international audio production libraries company serving the radio industry.


January 30, 2010

Benztown opens offices and audio production studios in Burbank, California, and Stuttgart, Germany. Masa Patterson and Christopher Johansing join Benztown as the company’s first employees, heading Affiliate Sales and Affiliate Service, respectively.


July 20, 2010: Dave “Chachi” Denes launches new radio syndication company, Benztown Radio Networks, based in Burbank, CA, “Media Capital of the World”. The company signs its first syndication clients, “Sunday Night Slow Jams with R Dub!” and “Hot Mix”.


Sept. 24, 2010: Benztown Radio Networks signs the Todd N Tyler Radio Empire for syndication.


June 29, 2011: Benztown Branding launches News/Talk Library with WIND-AM/Chicago, IL.


July 3, 2011: Benztown Branding partners with SparkNet Communications to produce branded imaging for JACK FM format.


Dec. 12, 2011: Benztown Branding and Cumulus Media Networks sign exclusive agreement creating one of the industry’s largest collections of production and imaging libraries.


Feb. 12, 2012: Benztown Branding buys SpeakerToyz Library, and now offers three Urban imaging libraries.


March 14, 2012: “Sunday Night Slow Jams” hits 50 station affiliates.


March 25, 2012: Benztown Branding launches First Annual Iron Imager Contest at the 2012 All Access Worldwide Radio Summit at the W Hotel in Hollywood, CA.


May 15, 2012: Benztown Branding launches Radio Voiceover Blog and Imaging Blog on


Sept. 5, 2012: Benztown’s syndicated Hot Mix Radio Network honored with 20-year Appreciation Award by Promo Only Productions.


August 20, 2013: Benztown named to Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies.


August, 2014: Benztown named to Inc. 5000 for the second year as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies.


Oct. 8, 2014: Benztown signs multi-year extension with Cumulus Media and Westwood One to provide radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles companywide.


Oct. 27, 2014: Benztown releases the Benztown 50 Voice Power Index, the first-ever industry ranking of the top VO artists in the U.S.


Dec. 20, 2014: Benztown kicks off #Cans4Cans holiday food drive benefiting the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.


June 10, 2015: “Sunday Night Slow Jams” signs its 100th affiliate.


August 6, 2015: Benztown to market and distribute new feature, Tracy Johnson Media Group’s “Tough Love Starring Siri”.


August 12, 2015: Benztown named to the Inc. 5000 as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the third consecutive year.


Oct. 8, 2015: Benztown partners with Dash Radio to provide custom imaging for Dash’s 70+ stations.


Jan. 6, 2016: Cumulus Media and Westwood One sign multi-year partnership extension with Benztown.


April 7, 2016: Benztown and Enco Systems, Inc. launch industry’s first radio automation system fully integrated with Benztown’s 13 production and imaging libraries.


August 23, 2016: Benztown named to Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies for a fourth consecutive year.


August 13, 2016: Benztown launches “Behind the Song”, a new series of 30-second audio documentaries about the biggest songs of all time.


August 16, 2017: Benztown named to Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for fifth consecutive year.


June 26, 2018: Benztown supports National Radio Talent System and National Radio Talent Institute as a new national supporting sponsorship partner.


August 12, 2018: Rick Dees’ Dees Entertainment joins the Benztown family; Benztown to provide production services for a portfolio of programs hosted by Rick Dees.


Sept. 30, 2018: Benztown honored during Glendale Tech Week with the city’s Best Workplace Culture Award.


Nov. 26, 2018: Benztown announces partnership with Saga Communications, Inc. to provide custom creative audio imaging production and imaging production libraries to all Saga radio stations across the U.S.


Jan. 14, 2019:  Benztown extends eight-year partnership with Cumulus Media and Westwood One.


July 1, 2019: Benztown launches the Benztown Plug-In.


Oct. 28, 2019: Benztown releases “Chachi Loves Everybody” podcast hosted by Benztown President, Dave “Chachi” Denes.


March 26, 2020: Benztown and P1 Media Group launch a Facebook page for radio stations around the world to exchange ideas on how they are dealing with the COVID-19 global pandemic.


June 23, 2020: Benztown, McVay Media and Sound That Brands partner with National Geographic to produce an Emmy season podcast, “The Making of: A Nat Geo Podcast”.


Benztown: One Hit After Another

A Timeline of Success


Dec. 14, 2020: Benztown audio imaging libraries bring advanced AI technology to radio for superior search performance.


Feb. 9, 2021: Benztown launches Swag Bank, offering creative customized promotional products for radio stations through partner, Incentive Sales Rewards


Feb. 11, 2021: “Sunday Night Slow Jams” adds 200th affiliate.


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