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World’s Best Imager, Brendan “BT” Tacey to Defend


His Title Against Finalist Chris Longman in 9th Annual
Iron Imager Contest
Iron Imager Contest 2020 and Benztown 50 Celebration
Postponed Until Worldwide Radio Summit is Rescheduled
LOS ANGELES, CA, March 12, 2020 — Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging,
voiceover, programming and jingles, announces that Chris Longman, Sound Designer,
Capital FM in London, UK, has been selected as the finalist in the 9 th 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 Brendan “BT” Tacey, Head of Production, Triple M Network, Southern Cross
Austereo in Melbourne, Australia, will face off against Longman in a head-to-head live
competition in the U.S. later this year. Iron Imager is the first and only competition of its
kind. Longman has worked at Capital FM and Capital XTRA (Global Radio), in Leicester
Square since 2015. He studied Radio Production at De Montfort University in Leicester,
UK.

Concurrently, Benztown announced that the 9th Annual Iron Imager Contest, previously
scheduled to take place at the Worldwide Radio Summit 2020 in Burbank, CA, on
March 26th, has been postponed, along with its official celebration of the sixth annual
Benztown 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices. The Benztown 50 List of Radio’s
Biggest Imaging Voices is the radio industry’s exclusive listing of the top 50 voiceover
artists in the U.S. and Canada. Both annual events are traditionally held at the
Worldwide Radio Summit. The Worldwide Radio Summit 2020 was postponed
yesterday until a later date, following the announcement by the World Health
Organization that the COVID-19 Coronavirus has been designated a global pandemic.

Andreas Sannemann, Chief Executive Officer, Benztown, said: “In challenging times
likes these, we as a community need to stand united, be supportive and reasonable and
put our focus on handling a complex situation in the best way possible. Our imaging
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heroes will be able to compete for the title in the future and show the world their
incredible skill sets.”

Dave “Chachi” Denes, President, Benztown, commented: “While we are disappointed


that we will not be able to hold the 9th Annual Iron Imager Contest or celebrate the
Benztown 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices at the Worldwide Radio Summit as
originally planned, we look forward to shining a light on our industry’s biggest imaging
and VO talents at a later date. In the meantime, we thank Joel Denver and his team for
their leadership during this challenging time and will be first in line to support this
phenomenal annual event whenever it is rescheduled.”

Denes added: “Chris Longman and Brendan ‘BT’ Tacey will be ready to throw down for
the title of World’s Best Imager and WWRS attendees won’t want to miss it!”

The sixth annual Benztown 50 List of Radio’s Biggest Imaging Voices will be
announced in the coming weeks.

For more information, please visit: benztown.com or contact Susan Aksu at


Benztown at sa@benztown.com or (818) 842-4600.

About Benztown

Benztown is a leading international radio imaging, production library,


programming, jingles and voiceover services company with over 2,300 affiliations
on six different continents. In 2017, Benztown was named to the prestigious Inc.
5000 by Inc. magazine for the fifth consecutive year as one of America’s Fastest
Growing Privately Held Companies. With studios in Los Angeles, New York, and
Stuttgart, Benztown offers the highest quality audio imaging workparts for
23 libraries across 14 music and spoken word formats including AC, Hot AC,
CHR, Country, Urban, Rhythmic, Classic Hits, Rock, News/Talk, Sports, and
JACK. Benztown’s proprietary web-based imaging solution, Benztown Branding,
is used daily by nearly 1,200 broadcast radio stations and digital services
worldwide. Benztown provides custom VO and imaging across all formats,
including commercial VO and copywriting. Benztown Radio Networks produces,
markets and distributes high quality programming and services to radio stations
around the world, including: The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown, the
longest continuously running Hit Music Countdown in the world, its expanded
editions Countdown Of The 90’s, Countdown Of The 80’s and Dees 2K, plus The
Daily Dees Show, The Todd-N-Tyler Radio Empire, Hot Mix, Sunday Night Slow
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Headquarters USA – 100 W Broadway #200 Glendale, CA 91210 – (818) 842-
4600
Headquarters Europe – Reinsburgstrasse 95 70197 Stuttgart Germany – 0049-
711-41-42-100
Jams with R Dub!, Vipology, Mr. Master, Incentive Sales Rewards, BMG
Production Music, VS3, Tough Love With Siri, Ask Alexa and Flashback.

For more information, visit www.benztown.com or contact Masa Patterson


mp@benztown.com or (818) 842-4600.

www.benztown.com
Headquarters USA – 100 W Broadway #200 Glendale, CA 91210 – (818) 842-
4600
Headquarters Europe – Reinsburgstrasse 95 70197 Stuttgart Germany – 0049-
711-41-42-100

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