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First, we would like to express our most sincere gratitude to all those who played a part in the success of Iron Imager 2014. This includes (among many others) Dan Kelly, Brady Goodman, Jimmy Steal, Jake Kaplan, the folks at and A&R Worldwide, and all of those who entered the contest. Not to mention the incredible Benztown teams in Los Angeles and Stuttgart. Thank you!!!

When the day of the Iron Imager contest finally came, everything was in place at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Hollywood. Both Iron Imagers were ready, the belt was paraded around the convention hall, and the audience watched the following video. Then Benztown’s Justin Case took the stage to introduce the contenders and the contest began!


They had one hour to create a 30 second contest promo for a flyaway to the ACM Awards, using ingredients from Benztown’s 20 Imaging Libraries. In a true test of their professional abilities, the format chosen was Country.

Judges, ranked among the world’s top producers and programmers, were Justin Chase, VP of Programming, Beasley Broadcast Group; Jake Kaplan, Creative Services Director, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles; and Jimmy Steal, VP of Programming, Emmis National Digital Program Director/Power 106 Program Director. After an evening of deliberations and voting, the judges selected Dan Kelly as the 2014 Iron Imager. Kelly humbly accepted his custom-made championship belt from R Dub!, host of Sunday Night Slow Jams and Director of Programming for Jammin’ Z90 and Magic 92.5 San Diego. Kelly thanked the judges, and has agreed to return to Hollywood in 2015 for Iron Imager 4!

Benztown is making donations to the charity of each judge’s choice. The charity that Chase has chosen is Children’s Miracle Network; Kaplan’s chosen charity is The Trevor Project; and Steal’s charity of choice is the American Cancer Society.

Here are their final submissions:


Have you ever been to the City of Angels ? have you ever knocked out a real Champion? ARE YOU READY to play with the big boys? The Ultimate Audio Battle of Skill and Will is BACK! Once again, imaging directors from all over the world will compete and find out who’s worth the title of World’s Best Imager as well as cash and other prices.

Last year, Irish Pitbull Paul Duffy came out on top, and now it’s time for the king to defend his title!

The contestants will demonstrate their imaging skills using handpicked audio from the Benztown Branding Libraries and their handwritten scripts. For the first time, our contestants will exclusively get their scripts read by Benztown’s very own world-class voice talents, including Joe Cipriano, Mark Fisher, Donna Frank, Jack Dennis, Mike Bratton and Jamie Lee.

The winner of Round One will face the reigning Iron Imager Paul Duffy in a head-to-head lice competition at the All Access Worldwide Radio Summit on May 3, 2013, at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, CA.

Now is your turn to show your skills and challenge Paul Duffy!

Round One – Selecting The Best

All contestants will compete to create their best TOH ID, using the handpicked audio from the Benztown Libraries.

  • Get your ingredients pack here.
  • Chose one of the available Benztown VO talents here and submit your script
  • Final pieces must be submitted to no later than Thursday, April 11, 2013 and will be judged by a panel of the world’s top producers and programmers.

Final Round – Challenging Paul Duffy live at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

  • WWRS admission will be provided by Benztown.
  • International contestants are eligible. Benztown will provide US domestic airfare ONLY.
  • The winner will receive $ 1,000 cash and the most prestigious title in radio production: Iron Imager!

For more information visit

Do you have  what it takes?


I can’t wait to hear your entries. Submit your piece and become the Iron Imager!

Now it is official! Your Imaging Skills can be worth 1000US $ and world-wide FAME! Benztown’s Iron Imager is out there. The first Imaging contest ever, providing the same chances to all participants – no matter if ou work in NYC, LA , Tadzhikistan or anywhere else in the world. No matter what audio material you have access to, no matter who you are what DAW you work from !!! It is the ONLY Audio Battle of Will and Skill!

Why? All participants have to do their Imaging piece using the same world-class format specific ingredients powered by the Benztown libraries. I am really happy, Cumulus and we got this together and the prizes are amazing, same as the Industry Icon loaded Jury. Here is a short breakdown of the rules:

See how you measure up against the World’s greatest imagers

First Round – Selecting the Best
  • Challengers will compete to cook up the most delicious TOH ID, using identical audio ingredients handpicked from Benztown’s production libraries.
  • Final pieces must be submitted to no later than Monday April 9, 2012.
    • Cuts will be judged by a panel of the world’s top producers and programmers.
Final Round – Live at The W Hollywood, CA
  • Top Two contestants will compete head-to-head in Los Angeles at the 2012 All Access Worldwide Radio Summit.
    • Domestic airfare and AAWWRS admission will be provided by Benztown.
  • Winner will receive:
    • $1,000 cash
    • Chance to defend the Iron Imager title in 2013

Element: TOH ID

Length: 15-30 seconds

  • Script must include any call letters and location; VO Talent must be selected and supplied by contestant
  • Available Ingredients: Pre-packaged loops, beds, artist IDs, FX & Drones from several Benztown format audio can be downloaded HERE. Please also read the official rules HERE!

Do you have what it takes?


I am really looking forward to hear your stuff! Please also go to the official facebook event and share with all your imaging friends out there. BECOME THE IRON IMAGER!