One of the most colorful figures in the modern radio industry, Dave “Chachi” Denes is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne series, “The Michael Harrison Interview.” Denes is president and co-founder of Benztown, a Southern California-based, multi-faceted firm specializing in high-quality imaging support for music and spoken-word radio stations across the nation. Denes co-founded Benztown in 2008 with international radio producers Andreas Sannemann and Oliver Klenk, both based in Stuttgart, Germany. Since 2008, the company has grown to include an international syndication arm, Benztown Radio Networks that provides radio stations around the world with top-of-the-line programs by such talent as Rick Dees, Todd-N-Tyler, R Dub! and more. Today Benztown has studios in Los Angeles, New York, and Stuttgart, Germany. Denes is also executive producer of the more recently launched Benztown + McVay Media Podcast Networks establishing a beachhead in the burgeoning podcasting industry. Through Benztown, Denes hosts his own radio industry-oriented podcast titled, “Chachi Loves Everybody.” Denes began his radio career in the late 90s at great music stations including KFMB-FM, KIIS-FM, KOST-FM and KBIG-FM in Southern California where he worked as a producer and eventually a renowned program director. Harrison and Denes talk about their respective careers as well as the past, present and future of radio. Don’t miss this! Listen to the podcast in its entirety here.
This afternoon (1/30), Audacy launches the new “LA’s Afternoon News” on “KNX News 97.1 FM.” Audacy says, “Longtime Los Angeles news personality Rob Archer (above, far left) joins co-anchor Karen Adams (second from right) and veteran traffic and breaking news reporter Brian Douglas (second from left) to keep Southern Californians up to the minute on the most relevant local and national news of the day. KNX News senior content director Charles Feldman (far right), host of ‘KNX In Depth,’ expands his role and will contribute live interviews and reporting throughout ‘LA’s Afternoon News’ to add depth and context to the stories being covered. Archer joined KNX News in 2015. Before moving to afternoons, he anchored the weekend morning news. He also publishes short stories and poetry and writes and records music. Adams has anchored afternoons on KNX News since 2019. She joined the station in 2017 as a street reporter covering the presidential inauguration in Washington, several major wildfires, and the 2017 Montecito mudslides. Douglas joined KNX in 2016 covering traffic as both an anchor and airborne reporter. He has been telling stories on the radio for about 27 years, with stops in New York, Chicago, and Phoenix, and hosted a national afternoon radio show on Westwood One for seven years. Feldman is co-host of ‘KNX In-Depth’ and served as the station’s investigative reporter for several years. He was a CNN investigative correspondent in New York and Los Angeles for two decades before joining KNX and has won several local and national awards for both his radio and television work.” Audacy Southern California regional president Jeff Federman says, “Rob, Karen, Brian, and Charles are the perfect team to take afternoons on KNX News to the next level in 2023 and beyond. They bring enormous reporting experience, perspective and humanity to the news that impacts our lives every day.”
Longtime radio programmer Jeremiah Crowe joins Blue Wire as director of operations. Crowe has served with ESPN Radio, Audacy, Cumulus, and his own company Green Roll Media. In his new role at Blue Wire, Crowe will play an integral role in the company’s in-person studio partnership with Wynn Resorts. Crowe will manage production, sales, promotions, events & marketing related to the Blue Wire Studios. This move reunites Crowe and Blue Wire founder Kevin Jones, who worked with Crowe at sports talk outlet KNBR, San Francisco. Jones says, “Jeremiah is a problem solver, a connector and an experienced executive playing a big role growing Blue Wire. Throughout his career he’s worked well with talent and can be a major contributor on the business side for us. We’re thrilled to add Jeremiah to our team.”