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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 AllAccess.com 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:

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Guys, I am proud to announce we have found this years contender.

In a very close vote he made his way to the ring and will face Dan Kelly, Creative Services Director of WPLJ/NYC and reigning Iron Imager on April 3rd in The Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood/LA. MEET the brave Brady Goodman, Imaging Director of 99.7 The Point (KZPT-FM/Kansas City).

Check out this creativity!


I am looking forward to see you and the NEW Iron IMAGER 2014 @ WWRS.

Andy

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“For the past year, the Iron Imager belt has been mine. Wanna take it away from me?? BRING IT ON!” -Dan Kelly

The BIGGEST Imaging BATTLE in the WORLD returns. Iron Imager 2014 is open to any and all radio imaging/production professionals…this means you! Benztown invites you to take on the reigning champion, Dan Kelly (Creative Services Director, WPLJ & NASH-FM/New York) for the highest industry honor: the title of Iron Imager (and the belt that comes with it). There’s only one belt like it in the world…and Dan Kelly isn’t going to give it up without a  fight. If you think you can overthrow the champ, and you want to come to Los Angeles to prove it…then what are you waiting for?! Sign up here, and send us your submission no later than March 10th by 11:59 PM (Pacific). Click here to sign up for Iron Imager 2014! Last year, Dan Kelly defeated Paul “The Irish Pitbull” Duffy, and now it’s your turn to take a shot at the champ! If you win, you’ll take home the coveted Iron Imager belt, along with a $1,000 cash prize! The contestants will demonstrate their imaging skills using  audio from the Benztown Branding Libraries and their handwritten scripts. If any contestants need voice-over, they can  get it from 4 of Benztown’s newest world-class voice talents, including Correy Webb, Grant George, Jessica Gee and Jules Riley.

First Round – One Contender. Out of Many. Challengers will compete to cook up the most delicious 60 SECOND MUSIC PROMO, using audio ingredients from Benztown’s imaging libraries. Final pieces must be submitted to ironimager@benztown.com no later than Monday March 10th at 11:59 PM (Pacific). Cuts will be judged by a panel of the industry’s top producers and programmers.

Final Round – A Shot at the Champ. The top contestant from Round 1 will compete head-to-head against the current reigning Iron Imager Dan Kelly (Creative Services Director, WPLJ & NASH-FM/New York), during the 2014 AllAccess Worldwide Radio Summit. WWRS admission will be provided by Benztown. International contestants are eligible. Benztown will provide US domestic airfare ONLY. Winner will receive $1,000 cash AND the most prestigious title in radio production: Iron Imager!

For more information visit www.benztown.com/ironimager. We can’t wait to hear your entries. Submit your piece and become the next Iron Imager. 

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Not long ago he was crowned Benztown’s Iron Imager – Dan Kelly. Dan is an extraordinary talented Imaging guy, rocking WPLJ since more than 10 years and since its launch also images NASH FM. He also contributes to the Spark library. But how does Country sound in NYC? Well, Dan was so kind to send me recent material and I promise, you will dig it!

(Side Note Andy:  I love to work with Dan on the Melissa Imaging – he is a great Voice Over talent – check him out here)

So, check out Dan’s work for NASH FM:

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LA winter times, still not the worst place to hang out, right? But lets start chronologically. While flying over, I had a hard time to sleep, so I got some stuff rolling in the plane. As we decided to create some imaging updates for the Melissa Etheridge Radio Show. I was too packed to do it back home and it was the perfect chance to give it a go. Read more about getting shit done in a plane and check some great screen caps of my settings for Dan Kelly. (more…)

 

New York City – The Big Apple! Home of the most famous radio stations in the world and also home of one of the best Imaging guys and VO talents in the world: Dan Kelly. You might remember Dan from my previous posts about the Melissa Etheridge Radio Show and maybe from the Imaging, I created for this project. Dan is the Voice Over and a really awesome guy. His turn around time is fanatstic and it is always fun to work with him. But today you will meet him in a different way: Dan is one of the best and most experienced imaging guys around. I talked to Dan about his Imaging career, production tricks and how he feels working for one of the greatest radio statons in the world WPLJ in NYC!

Enter Dan.

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Hey guys, today I am writing you from the other side of the pond. I am back in L.A. for the next two weeks. My schedule is packed and we will work on several really interesting and challenging projects and catch up with the Benztown crew there. What does that mean for you….you will get great posts as ever + additional stuff right from hottest city in the world – Los Angeles. Did I mention the new Airbus is freaking great :)…

Read more about the Sound Design for the upcoming Melissa Etheridge Show, check the brand new demo, get the news on Benztown going Jack and discover who I am gonna interview, which upcoming pop star I will meet and why I won’t become the prince of Bel Air. (more…)