Dave “Chachi” Denes

President,
Benztown

Burbank, CA, USA

Dave “Chachi” Denes is President and Co-Founder of Benztown, a leading international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voice-over services company with over 1,900 affiliations on six different continents. Benztown was recognized for two consecutive years by Inc. magazine as one of America’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies, ranked on the exclusive Inc. 5000 at No. 983 in 2013 and at No. 596 in 2014, making Benztown the 8th fastest-growing company in the U.S. Media sector. The company is known for its fresh, creative audio brands and company ethos, which incorporates best practices in audio production with a commitment to the community and industries it serves.

Denes formed Benztown in 2008 with international radio producers, Andreas Sannemann and Oliver Klenk, both based in Stuttgart, Germany. 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, including The Todd N Tyler Radio Empire, Hot Mix, Slow Jams with R Dub!, The Dr. Bruce Hensel Show, The Storm Report, The Old Farmers Almanac Report, Round Trip with Dave-O, Remote News Service and Flashback. 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, working with mentor Tracy Johnson. He earned acclaim as producer and on-air sidekick for Michael Steele (1996-1998) and later as producer for Jagger and Kristi (1998-2000). After graduating from the University of San Diego with a degree in Communications, Denes came to Los Angeles at the invitation of Roy Laughlin, and spent a year as Rick Dees’ assistant producer at KIIS-FM. In 2001, Denes came to KBIG and KOST-FM, working two years as Operations Manager for both stations and serving as Jhani Kaye’s right hand man until Craig Rossi and Michael Martin appointed him Program Director for KBIG/MYfm in Los Angeles. When he was named to the position in 2004, he was just 28 years old, making him the youngest PD in LA. During his five-year tenure, he grew the station from 17th-rated to 5th-rated among English language stations Adults 25-54.

Denes is currently President of Benztown and Hollywood Radio Networks, Inc., with offices and studios in Burbank, New York, and Stuttgart, Germany.