08 February 2024

New CLE Eps With Dennis Green and Jeff Warshaw

LOS ANGELES, CA – February 8, 2024 — Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming, podcasting and jingles, announces the release today of two new episodes of Chachi Loves Everybody, an original podcast produced by Benztown and featuring Benztown President and audio brand builder Dave “Chachi” Denes. The episodes feature Chachi’s recent chats from Benztown’s Los Angeles studios with Dennis Green, Chief Operating Officer, Key Networks and Sun & Fun Media, and Jeff Warshaw, Founder and CEO of Connoisseur Media.

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Chachi Loves Everybody takes listeners with Denes – better known as “Chachi” – as he sits down for candid conversations with radio’s legends, master brand builders, up-and-comers, and innovators in the burgeoning audio space, revealing the true stories behind their successes and their insights into building iconic brands through audio.

Chachi’s first guest is Dennis Green, Chief Operating Officer, Key Networks and Sun & Fun Media. Green is one of radio syndication’s most experienced and respected operating executives and previously ran affiliate sales and operations at Westwood One and Cumulus Media Networks. Green serves the industry as Co-Chairman of the Radio Hall of Fame.

On this episode of Chachi Loves Everybody, Chachi talks to Green about:

  • Doing sportscasts at Indiana University for WIUS and play-by-play and color commentary for local sports in Florida
  • Getting his first gig at WGN in Chicago
  • Landing his first big sale with Enterprise while working for the Mid-Continent Conference Basketball network
  • Working for Bloomberg Media
  • Joining Westwood One and becoming head of affiliate sales and operations
  • Signing a big deal with Benztown for Cumulus Media after they acquired Citadel
  • How he became COO of Sun & Fun Media and Key Networks
  • His thoughts on the future of radio
  • And more!

Chachi’s second guest, Jeff Warshaw, Founder and CEO, Connoisseur Media, shares his incredible journey of building a radio empire, starting from purchasing his first radio station for $50,000 as a college sophomore to eventually selling his company for $258 million. Warshaw is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Radio Advertising Bureau and is Chairman of the Nielsen Audio Advisory Council.

On this episode of Chachi Loves Everybody, Warshaw talks to Chachi about topics including:

  • Growing up in a family involved with Christian radio stations and developing an early passion for radio and entrepreneurship
  • Buying his first radio station as a sophomore at Wharton and building it from scratch
  • How investing in distressed radio debt allowed him to make major deals
  • The importance of humility and learning from others
  • The impact of deregulation and consolidation in the radio industry
  • Selling his group to Cumulus Media for $258 million
  • Partnering with the Perot family during the recession and later buying them out
  • The importance of being a great local media company and the future of radio and local media
  • And more!

The Chachi Loves Everybody podcast is available now on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, Audioboom and other podcast services.

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