Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cumulus' Dan Kelly Named World's Best Imager

Iron Imager contender Sean Galbraith and 2015 Iron Imager Champion Dan Kelly flank the coveted Iron Imager belt.

Dan Kelly, Creative Services Director of WPLJ 95.5 FM and NASH WNSH 94.7 FM New York, took home the title of World’s Best Imager as he continued his three-time winning streak at the 2015 Iron Imager Finals.

They were held  on Friday, April 24, at the All Access Worldwide Radio Summit at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Iron Imager is a head-to-head live audio imaging competition presented annually by Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voice-over services company. Benztown was also honored at the All Access Industry Awards Luncheon Friday with the Radio Industry’s Voice-Over/Imaging/Production of the Year Award for their contributions to the radio industry.

Voice-Over/Imaging/Production of the Year Award winners from the Benztown team gather (appropriately) in the Trophy Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel 

Kelly faced off against challenger Sean Galbraith, Imaging Producer of Top40s Z103-5 CIDC 103.5 FM in Toronto and Energy 106 CHWE 106.1 FM Winnipeg, competing for the coveted title of World’s Best Imager.

Iron Imager is the first and only competition of its kind. Justin Case, Director of Programming and Imaging for Benztown, awarded the championship belt to Kelly at the Westwood One Awards Luncheon, hosted by Zach Sang of Zach Sang & the Gang.

All Access' Joel Denver, 2015 Iron Imager Champion Dan Kelly, Gary (Benztown's mascot), Zach Sang of Westwood One-syndicated show "Zach Sang & The Gang", and Iron Imager contender Sean Galbraith.

Galbraith and Kelly demonstrated their world-class imaging skills by producing an original 60-second Station ID for a format unannounced until the day of the competition. This year’s format was Classic Hip-Hop. Kelly and Galbraith used elements from one of Benztown’s 20 production libraries and an original script created by the Benztown team.

Legendary voiceover talent, Joe Cipriano, emceed the Iron Imager competition.

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