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 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.
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 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.
Justin 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. Justin'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. He personally produces two of those libraries. Justin 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. Justin 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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Konrad Hanswillemenke got his first taste of radio imaging when he became an intern at Benztown Stuttgart in 2008. After finishing his Bachelors Degree in Music Journalism and working at the University of Music Karlsruhe he rejoined the team in 2013. Konrad is a music fanatic and devotes himself to songs and sounds from many perspectives - playing violoncello and piano, music production, radio show production and DJ gigs.
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.
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.
Nick D. begins his second decade in radio and after stops at United Stations, Westwood One, Dial Global, Cumulus, and Sun Broadcast Group; his mother still has no idea what he does. The best dancer at St. Bernadette's, Nick is a soccer snob, and has a bit of Red Bull problem.
Originally from Montreal, Nadine graduated from McGill University, faculty of law in 2004. She took advantage of various opportunities to work and live abroad and picked up several languages along the way. Her passion for music, radio and international sales brought her to Los Angeles where she worked as an international sales representative for Radio Express, covering barter and cash deals in West Africa, Asia and Europe for 5 years. She is excited to be spearheading Benztown’s international sales department, in an effort to grow the brand’s presence worldwide and penetrate new markets.
Sydney attended University of Colorado at Boulder. She graduated from the Journalism & Communications School with a degree in Broadcast News. Her first radio gig was a Compliance Representative at Metro Networks in Houston (a former subsidiary of Westwood One, now owned by Clear Channel Communications). In 2013, she migrated to Los Angeles, where she landed her first production gig at Benztown’s Corporate Headquarters in Burbank.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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).
KC Styles brings it all. He’s a composer, producer, musician, live performer, DJ... Oh and did I mention really ridiculously good-looking. In his live shows he combines electric violin, keyboards, percussion and mad energy. KC discovered his love of music at age nine after surviving a near-fatal accident that left him in a coma, having to relearn the daily functions of life, including how to walk KC’s background includes formal training with a Masters in music production from the Berklee College of Music. He was honored with a scholarship from BT.
Cammy Linn is an Executive Assistant with over 10 years of experience working with some of the top LA Executives. She's spent most of her career at Clear Channel Radio in Los Angeles, CA working with the President, Market Manager, and other executives including our very own Dave "Chachi" Denes. She is very happy to be working with the Benztown Team!
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.
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.
Maria Musaitef joins Benztown from Envisage Radio Group in Los Angeles, where she was Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing. Previously, Musaitef was Advertising Sales Account Executive for Clear Channel/iHeart Radio in Los Angeles. She was also Senior Director, National Broadcast Sales for Hip Cricket Inc.; Manager, Regional Broadcast Sales for Radiate Media; and held Director, Affiliate Sales positions for: United Stations Radio Networks, MJI/Premiere Radio Networks, SFX Multi Media Group/Network Magazine Group/Album Network, and Global Satellite Network, all Los Angeles-based positions. Musaitef is a passionate animal rescue volunteer and advocate and also works with Eyes of a Child, an international non-profit aiding homeless children in Brazil.