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TEAM

  • Andreas Sannemann

    CEO
    Andreas Sannemann is a leading international audio imaging specialist, composer and Stuttgart-based entrepreneur who joined forces with Dave “Chachi” Denes and Oliver Klenk in 2008 to form Benztown. Together, they built a network of partners in the United States, Germany, England, Australia, and New Zealand delivering distinctive audio branding, imaging and programming to over 1900 affiliates on six continents. Sannemann began his career creating memorable imaging for bigFM in Germany. He quickly became known for his unique branding style, innovative ideas and ability to recognize upcoming trends in audio imaging and music production. He is the mastermind behind the Industry-leading technology and proprietary system for Benztown’s highly successful web-based imaging solution, “Benztown Branding”, used by nearly 2000 radio stations worldwide. Imaging for the 21st Century and beyond—that’s his mission!
  • Dave “Chachi” Denes

    PRESIDENT
    Dave “Chachi” Denes is President and Co-­Founder of Benztown, a leading international audio branding, imaging and voiceover company he founded in 2008 with Stuttgart­based radio producers, Andreas Sannemann and Oliver Klenk. In July, 2010, Denes formed Benztown Radio Networks, an international media syndication company providing dynamic programming and features to radio stations and media companies around the world. The companies have offices and studios in Los Angeles, New York and Stuttgart. Denes began his radio career in 1996 at Star 100.7/KFMB in San Diego, where he earned acclaim as producer and on­-air sidekick for Michael Steele and later as producer for Jagger and Kristi. After graduating from the University of San Diego, Denes spent a year as Rick Dees’ assistant producer at KIIS­-FM in Los Angeles. In 2001, Denes became Operations Manager for KBIG and KOST-­FM in L.A. and served as Jhani Kaye’s right hand man until he was appointed Program Director for KBIG/MYfm in L.A. When he was named to the position in 2004, he was just 28 years old, making him the youngest PD in L.A. radio history. During his five­-year tenure, he grew the station from 17th­-rated to 5th­-rated among English language stations Adults 25-­54. While busy raising KBIG/MYfm’s ratings, Chachi also raised community awareness and drove millions of dollars in donations to help children and their families through the first Los Angeles Radiothon for Children’s Miracle Network and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
  • Oli “The Captain” Klenk

    HEAD OF PRODUCTION & COMPOSITION
    Oliver “Oli” Klenk is an extraordinarily talented audio production wunderkind and composer who heads production and composition for Benztown. Klenk’s compositions and productions are well known for their customized character and indelible acoustic IDs. As an imaging and sound design consultant, jingle composer and mixing engineer, his work can be heard on stations from Sydney to Los Angeles. Klenk is based in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Masa Patterson

    VP OF SALES & OPERATIONS
    Masa Patterson began his radio career in 2006, writing and editing sports updates for KNX 1070 News Radio in Los Angeles. He moved to Premiere Radio Networks in 2007 where after a short stint in Network Operations he was invited to join the affiliate relations team where he developed a thorough understanding of the network radio business and grew Premiere’s affiliates through various production and imaging services and jingle packages. In 2009, Masa connected with Dave “Chachi” Denes and they began working to grow Benztown’s footprint, eventually securing a national syndication and distribution deal for their innovative combinations of production, voice over, and imaging services. He currently oversees general operations and growth efforts for all of Benztown’s offerings.
  • Scott "Justin Case" Mayton

    DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL IMAGING
    Scott is a true Radio Renaissance Man. He oversees all Programming, Voiceover, Custom Imaging, and Commercial VO for Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, and voiceover services company based in Burbank, CA, and Stuttgart, Germany. Scott's work serves over 2,400 affiliates on 6 different continents. Along with Andy, Benztown CEO, He oversees the curation of all 20 of Benztown's production libraries across 13 formats including AC, Hot AC, CHR, Country, Urban, Rhythmic, Classic Hits, Rock, News/Talk, Sports and Jack-FM. He personally produces two of those libraries. Scott also oversees the rapidly growing custom imaging division. His team provides custom imaging to over 130 radio station across the country in cities from Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Diego, Las Vegas, Chicago and more. His work can be heard nationwide on Cumulus media projects for the Grammys, the American Music awards and others. Scott received his Master’s certificate in music production & technology from the Berklee School of Music in 2008. In 2014, he was appointed to the Nielson/Edison research "Audios 30 under 30" list, honoring top talent in radio and audio.
  • Chris Johansing

    DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
    Chris (aka “Jack” aka “Spicoli”) graduated from Cal State University, Northridge in 2008, with a degree in Music Industry Studies. He spent the first couple years of his career in Music Publishing & Copyright Administration. Then some guy named Chachi talked him into working at a little startup radio imaging house called Benztown Branding. Also known as “001,” Chris is Benztown’s first official fulltime employee. He’s hacked and clawed his way up from manning the front desk to Directing all marketing & web operations for Benztown’s production libraries, syndicated programming, and voice-over/imaging rosters. He’s got 7 older siblings, an overly optimistic outlook on life, and a curious mind that delivers the weird ideas that keep Benztown's ad campaigns........interesting.
  • Kevin Horton

    DIRECTOR OF NETWORK PROGRAMMING – JACK FM, FLASHBACK & ADRENALINE
    Kevin started his radio career as an intern for Hot92 Jamz and Star 98.7 while attending Long Beach State. He was hired on full time as a production and programming assistant for Star and later a mixing engineer for the Clear Channel performance lounge. That led him to Westwood One as the editor and mix engineer of the Billy Bush Show and imaging director on various specials. Kevin is passionate about music (listening and playing) and food (cooking and eating) and enjoying the two with friends and family.
  • Matt Anderson

    DIRECTOR OF CUSTOM IMAGING
    Matt graduated from Springfield College in 2014 with a Degree in Communications and Sports Journalism. He began his radio career as a morning show intern on MIX 93.1, later moving into a role as a Programming and Production Assistant at iHeart Radio Providence, RI, and finally landing a position as the Creative Services Director for KISS 108 in Boston, MA. 
  • Teddy Shrader

    COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION CREATIVE DIRECTOR
    Teddy Shrader brings nearly 2 decades of experience in music and creative writing, composition, production, administration, and management. Some of his clients include McDonalds, Kohls, Walgreens, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Fossil, CBK, Build-A-Bear, Lucky Brand Jeans, and many others. Teddy holds a BA in Music Industry from CSUN including a minor in Guitar Performance. Teddy has written copy, composed, produced, and voiced radio messaging for the last eight years for blue chip and Fortune 500 companies. He has toured and recorded in nine countries, has been a music instructor for 18 years, helped develop Fender Play, served as band director in multiple groups, and been an avid guitarist for nearly 30 years. He is also an Eagle Scout. He lives in Glendale with his wife, two children and kitty.
  • Mike "Motion" Ramos

    AUDIO PRODUCER - THE DAILY DEES SHOW
    Michael “Motion” Ramos joins the Benzown team as in-house Audio Producer for radio icon Rick Dees. In addition to his work producing Dees Entertainment programs, Ramos is a creative DJ with deep audio production experience as a producer for major market stations including: KLBC, KZLA, KPWR, KDAY, KWIE, KMVN, KRLA, KTIE, KXMX, and KXOS.
  • Lisa Dollinger

    Lisa Dollinger
    COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIST
    Lisa Dollinger is a strategic communication and marketing specialist with over 20 years experience managing the reputations and public images of some of the world’s foremost entertainment brands, media executives and entertainment personalities. As a global media and entertainment executive, Dollinger was Chief Communications Officer for Clear Channel Communications, Inc., a Fortune 500 global media and entertainment company. Her work has been featured in a Harvard Business School published case study. Dollinger has ranked among the top 2 in Radio Ink Magazine’s annual ranking of Most Influential Women in Radio, being named to the list every year from 2003 through 2011. She was named one of the 2011 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Texas by the National Diversity Council and was also appointed to the Commission for Healthy Media Images for Girls by the Girls Scouts of the USA.
  • Tim McDonald

    Tim McDonald
    AFFILIATE RELATIONS
    Tim started his career at Westwood One in Culver City, in Affiliate Relations selling long and short form programming, while also doing music/studio work in Los Angeles. Moved on to RPMC Inc. in Tarzana, selling travel/Event/concert promotion packages nationally to radio stations. Worked at Transmedia in SF before moving to the east coast, then segueing to affiliate relations for Jones Radio Networks in NY, working with prep services and morning shows. Most recently was Director, Affiliate  Relations for Grooveworx , an Imaging and music  jingle house based in Santa Monica.; Thrilled to be at Benztown with such a great group of people!
  • Mark Feather

    Mark Feather
    AFFILIATE RELATIONS
    Mark Feather has been in the radio and music business his entire adult life. It stated at Valparaiso University where Mark walked into the campus station to see if he could just hang out or file records or whatever—but instead was on the air in less than two days. He would later program the station for three years, and thus embark on a now 30-plus year career. Along the way, Mark has worked both in front of and behind the mic in radio stations from coast to coast and in markets from large to small. He has also worked as a columnist for HITS Magazine, done music promotion, and previously served as Affiliate Relations Director at both Westwood One and Univocity Media. These days, when he’s not helping to make your radio station sound great, you can find him on the air weekends at Washington DC’s WIAD-FM (94-7—THE DRIVE), or at home in the DC suburbs with his partner of ten years, John, and their dog, Lexi.
  • Dylan Flemming

    Dylan Flemming
    AFFILIATE RELATIONS ASSISTANT
    Dylan Fleming holds a Bachelors of Arts in broadcast journalism from Hampton University. Prior to starting at Benztown in 2019, Fleming’s career in radio began at Salem LA, working as a promotions assistant with 99.5 KKLA, AM 870/590 The Answer, and 95.9 The Fish.  His father, Kevin Fleming, served as a record executive and PD of several Los Angeles radio stations over the years.
  • Jan Brückner

    IMAGING DIRECTOR – CLASSIC HITS, SPEAKERTOYZ & SPEAKERTOYZ AC
    Jan's love for music started at the age of 9, when he began playing drums. By his teenage years, he was writing music and producing beats for local artists in a studio he built in his home. He received his Bachelor of Arts Audio Production degree in 2012 from SAE Institute. After moving around and getting his feet wet in several different internships, he jumped on board with Benztown later in 2012. In April 2013, he became the new Classic Hits Format Captain and took on SpeakerToyz AC, Benztown’s Urban AC and Urban imaging libraries shortly thereafter.
  • Shane Drasin

    COMPOSER
    Shane Drasin is a multi-instrumentalist with strengths in Pop/Rock, Dance/Electronica. Hip Hop and R&B. Formally partners and student of the late Oji Pierce (Montell Jordan, Coolio), Shane has honed and perfected his craft while working with some of the most respected songwriters today.
  • Christian Pössnicker

    Christian Pössnicker
    COMPOSING & SOUND DESIGN
    Christian Pössnicker is a young composer and multi-instrumentalist. His musical education began in the age of 4 when he started to play piano, later added flute and saxophone. After finishing school he studied media composition in cologne and worked on student short films. He got in touch with radio production over an internship at Benztown-Branding Stuttgart and teamed up with them in 2014. Christian is comfortable producing in most genres ranging from orchestral music-beds to modern dance music.
  • Maximilian Kotzur

    Maximilian Kotzur
    SOUND DESIGNER
    Max joined Benztown as an intern in late 2013. He got into sound design and SFX recording during his SAE Institute Diploma in Stuttgart. Working as an location sound mixer on several film sets for the "Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg", he trained his ears and field-recording skills. Beside the Benztown world he mixes concerts, theater performances and promotes parties. Max’ passion is to maximize and expand his sound engineering knowledge, to constantly improve his output.
  • Jason Griffin

    WRITER/ PRODUCER
    Jason has spent his entire radio career in the two biggest markets, New York and Los Angeles. Before his time with Benztown, Jason did all sorts of work with 104.3 KBIG at Clear Channel Los Angeles from promotions to on air. Eventually, he was upped to Programming Coordinator and was instrumental in the launch of 104.3 MyFM in 2007. At Benztown, Jason was the Director of Programming with a focus on shows and the imaging roster. Most recently, he was the Executive Producer of the Ty Bentli morning show at 92.3 Now at CBS New York. Jason has continued with Benztown and serves as the East Coast liaison, as well as writer, producer and consultant for special projects.
  • Alex Kusnezov

    IMAGING DIRECTOR – ROCK, GLISTEN & RHYTHMIC
    Alex Kusnezov joined Benztown in 2015 for an internship. By combining his creative and technical skills he became an all-around talent when it comes to musical and visual production. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 2015 from University of Applied Sciences Offenburg. After spending some time in creating content for Benztownbranding.com and learning from the best, he found his taste for radio imaging. Shortly thereafter he became Format Captain of the imaging libraries Rock and Glisten.
  • Adam “Hoody” Hood

    IMAGING DIRECTOR - AC, SPARK & GOLDMINE
    Adam ‘Hoody’ Hood started his radio career in 2001 as part of the promotional street team for Wyvern FM in Worcester. He quickly realized that radio was a creative output he could fall in love with, and spent time in every department to learn as much as he possibly could. He became a Network Producer for The One Network in 2004, servicing 35 stations across the UK. In 2008 in London, he helped spearhead the rebranding of the One Network stations to become the largest commercial radio Network in the UK, regularly reaching 8 million listeners, the Heart Network. Also working on Gold, Classic FM and XFM, Adam became Senior Imaging Producer for the Network in 2011.
  • Ashley Bard

    IMAGING DIRECTOR – CLIQUE & CUSTOM
    Ashley’s a UK based award winning audio producer, mostly known for his service with one of the UK’s biggest commercial media groups - Global, where he’s currently Group Head Of Brand Production working across all brands such as Heart, Capital & Classic FM whilst also remaining Head of Production for Capital, the UK’s biggest CHR station.
  • Adam Schneider

    IMAGING DIRECTOR - NEWS
    Hip. Young. Contemporary. That, in a nutshell, is Adam Schneider. A true rockstar at heart, he began his obsession with sound at the age of 10 when he bought his first guitar. After many years of producing for numerous stations, Adam jumped behind the microphone and is now the voice of numerous stations including 93x in Minneapolis, Rock 100.5 in Atlanta, 96 Rock in Cincinnati, and KATT in Oklahoma City. Perfect for Rock, Alternative, CHR, or Hot AC, Adam doesn’t sound like other VO talent and is ready to give your station that one-of-a-kind fresh sound it needs!
  • Chris Davis

    IMAGING DIRECTOR - HOT AC & TURBULENCE
    Who is Chris Davis? Well, he is a Kiwi who works from his home studio based in Wellington, New Zealand (affectionately known as Nuu Zillund). Chris works as an image producer for the Kyle and Jackie O Breakfast Show at 2Day FM Sydney, which is unique for its huge behind the scenes contingent including 6 dedicated show producers and 2 full time image producers. Chris has worked in radio production for over 10 years, throughout which time he has taken on a number of different audio production roles, in both New Zealand and Australia. Chris has consistently racked up awards for his work. His biggest accolade came in 2009, when he became the proud recipient of a New York Festivals bronze World Medal, for best contest promotion. You can check out more of his work on Soundcloud/Radiochris
  • Lou Medina

    CUSTOM IMAGING PRODUCER
    Lou began his radio career in 2000 at 94.5 The Edge in Dallas, TX. After spending 8 years with Clear Channel Dallas as a DJ and Production Director he moved to TM in Studios.  At TM Lou produced custom jingle packages and creative.  In 2014 he moved to Burbank and spent 4 years with Radio Disney. He is currently operating a recording studio out of Crockett, CA.
  • Brad Leask

    IMAGING PRODUCER
    Brad’s passion for music & performing lead him to discover sound production at an early age. While undertaking an advanced Diploma of Sound Production at RMIT, Brad became part of NOVA Entertainment’s Internship Program. In February 2014, Brad joined Nova 100 in Melbourne, Australia as an Imaging Producer. Years on, Brad is now based in Sydney, Australia as Network Imaging Producer, tasked with crafting the imaging for NOVA Entertainment’s Nova and smoothfm networks, Star 104.5 and FIVEaa.
  • Mike Lindsey

    CUSTOM IMAGING PRODUCER
    Quite a few years ago when Mike first discovered his love and talent for radio imaging, he went after it and never looked back. He’s had the pleasure of working for many great stations including the legendary WFOX, Fox 97 in Atlanta GA and WJXA, Mix 929, the number one rated station in Nashville. Along with managing his own successful imaging business, Mike is truly honored to be a part of the Benztown team, providing custom imaging for client stations all over the country. Originally from Atlanta, he now enjoys life with his family just north of The Music City, Nashville TN.
  • Dave "Postie" Post

    CUSTOM IMAGING PRODUCER
    Dave started in radio at the tender age of 15 when he joined a community radio station, run primarily by school kids. What started as a great excuse for a day off study every month soon turned into an obsession with sound. Over the last 25 years he's worked for some of the biggest radio broadcasters in Australia and his award-winning imaging has been heard on stations from Sydney to London to New York. He's based on the Central Coast of New South Wales in Australia. When he isn't in the studio making the walls rattle you'll find him wandering the peaceful countryside with his trusty camera.    
  • Eric Emery

    Imaging Producer
    Eric got his start in radio over a decade ago as a promotions intern for a small market station. His aspirations wouldn’t allow him to stay there as he took on any job he could at the station to work full-time, eventually working his way up to Production Director. While there, he was told that he had a nice voice and that he should voice commercials. With this new encouragement  he pursued a career in the world of VO and production. It was then that he decided to move to LA to hone these skills and there he met Scott Mayton at Benztown. Scott took him under his wing and the rest as they say, is history.
  • James Stodd

    IMAGING DIRECTOR - AVALANCHE
    James started his radio career in Student Radio – running a student station and in the process picking up the Best Student DJ award in the 1992 BBC Radio 1 Student Radio Awards. He then spent 5 years as a producer and presenter learning the trade at Radio Mercury in Crawley (near London). After spending a year at a local BBC station, James moved to Wales and became the Head of Production for Capital Radio Group’s Red Dragon FM. Whilst there, James helped them win the NTL Commercial Radio Station of the Year in 1999. London then called and in 2002, James became the Head of Production for the Capital FM Network. He then moved across to become Head of Station Sound for 95.8 Capital FM London in 2005. Whilst there, he led the making team and produced imaging for all kinds of artist specials and also produced the imaging for The Entertainment Edge with Ryan Seacrest which ran across the UK Hit Music Network. During his time at Capital, he was part of the team that won a SONY Gold Radio Award for the Lights Out London campaign. James left Capital in 2008 and joined London based Puretonic Media. He then changed direction and joined the BBC in 2009 – working for BBC Creative Marketing – producing radio spots for the BBC National Radio networks to promote the BBC’s TV shows. He left the BBC in 2012 and is now Group Head of Imaging and Production for Celador Radio, providing production and imaging leadership for The Breeze Network (AC) the Sam FM Network (Classic Rock/80s) and FIRE Radio (CHR).
  • Fletch

    Fletch
    CREATIVE SERVICES / IMAGING DIRECTOR
    Fletch has basically lived and breathed radio all over the country. From the smallest markets you can imagine to top 3 markets in the country. He's had a passion for audio ever since he came out of my mothers womb with a pair of Sony MDR's on his bald head and a mini iMac strapped to my bare bottom.  Ever since then, radio has been a passion of mine. After being on air for 10+ years, he decided to focus more on audio production, writing & mixing. He spends the majority of his day in his studio making funky sounds with really cool computers. If he is not there, you will more than likely find him either on the golf course or playing hockey. He has a cat named Addie (who makes it difficult every day working since she thinks his mouse cursor is a play toy and most recently loves to play with the LED levels as they bounce everywhere on the ole Pro-Tools.) Fletch is very proud and humbled to be a member of Benztown, working and STILL learning from the best in business.
  • Scott Phillips

    IMAGING PRODUCER - HORSEPOWER & AMBUSH
    Scott started his career at speech based station talkSPORT in London as the producer of 'Ian Collins & The Creatures of The Night' which was #1 in its time slot nationwide. 3 years later, Scott joined Capital Radio Group and moved into music radio where he hosted shows across the network including Capital FM in London....however....life got cold and he soon found himself flying to Egypt to embark on 10 years in the Middle East, broadcasting to cities such as Cairo, Dubai, Beirut, and Amman. Scott now lives in Nashville TN with his new family and is proud to be the first and only BRIT in existence to image COUNTRY radio stations in the USA for the Benztown Horsepower service.
  • Bonnie Nordling

    BUSINESS MANAGER
    Bonnie Nordling travelled across the pond from London 9 years ago to study Film Production & Political Science at USC. While there, she produced and budgeted several award winning short thesis films. Upon graduating, she began training as a Private Investigator at Greyman’s, before switching back into the business budgeting world, by joining NV Business Services, Inc. Over the course of 3 years, she wrote over 150 business plans for companies and nonprofits, projecting their financials while delving into their business history. Bonnie is now happy to be part of the entertainment world again at Benztown Branding and is excited to be their Business Manager.
  • LAURA KEENEY

    LAURA KEENEY
    OFFICE MANAGER/EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
    Laura Keeney is Benztown's multitasking office manager and executive assistant was formerly an associate with Starbucks in Los Angeles. She has also held positions as Development and Acquisitions Coordinator for VMI Worldwide in Los Angeles, and as Social Media Coordinator for Quiver Events in Los Angeles. Keeney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recording Arts from Loyola Marymount University.
  • Susan Aksu

    MARKETING COORDINATOR
    Susan Aksu, Marketing Coordinator, is a digital marketing and content development specialist who was previously Senior Marketing Coordinator at a local marketing agency and public affairs writer for KPFK-FM. She holds B.S. degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Sociology from Humboldt State University and is the creator of the adventure travel website: adriftanywhere.com. She hosted a radio show at her university's station, KRFH-Radio Free Humboldt called "Lessons in Life with Suzie Suz" and loves being back in the radio world within a marketing aspect. 
  • Kristin Lawrence

    PRODUCTION AND MARKETING ASSISTANT
    Kristin Lawrence, Production and Marketing Assistant, grew up in San Diego, California. Just before her Senior year of high school, she moved to Grosse Pointe Michigan where she graduated with honors and went on to study film at Michigan State University. Michigan winters could be brutal and never compared to sunny California so she went back to pursue her passion in the world of entertainment. Kristin worked as a phone screener for KLOS's Frosty, Heidi, & Frank morning show before joining Benztown. She continues to write screenplays and produce short films on the side and loves being a part of the Benztown family where her love for producing videos and creating content for Twitch flourishes.
  • Matthew Fern

    DIGITAL & REVENUE SPECIALIST
    A veteran of digital media and the radio industry, Matthew consults and provides digital support to a vast array of clients. His expertise includes online reputation management, litigation support, website development, social media strategy, online response monitoring, digital forensics, online research, online training, paid and earned media promotion, search, display, content discovery, programmatic planning and buying, client lead and conversion data analysis, digital analysis and search engine optimization. Utilizing his unique expertise, he has consulted for numerous broadcast media companies and advertising agencies. Matthew also served as the Executive Vice President at start-up advertising agency Last Second Ads, Inc.  Matthew is a graduate of UCLA and is based in Los Angeles.
  • Jakub "Kuba" Kubacki

    CTO
    Jakub is an engineer with many years of experience up his sleeve. While his focus is on the server side he can easily produce a smooth frontend experience for everyone to enjoy. Jakub led development of the software products all around the world from around the world. He lived as a digital nomad for years now and shipped software from around 30 countries. As a CTO Jakub takes responsibility for the technical part of the business. He makes sure everything works as it should in the evolving product.
  • Tom Baker

    IMAGING AND PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
    Tom got his start in radio at his high school’s radio station: WLTL LaGrange, there he learned the basics of imaging and production and even helped his station become the first high school on Benztown’s affiliate list. While at Lincoln College and after three years of using Benztown products, he found the courage to call their US offices and ask for an internship, for some reason they obliged! He spent the summer of 2017 learning how to produce the Benztown way and audio wizardry from the talented ears of Scott Mayton. Now he’s reemerged 2 years later as Benztown’s newest Imaging/Production Assistant providing production for Benztown’s custom clients and listener/sample based content for the libraries.