Benztown expands production team

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Benztown expands production team

Darren Silva & Jake Urbanek

Benztown is expanding its production leadership team with the addition of Darren Silva as West Coast Commercial Production Manager for the company and customer YamanAir. Jake Urbanek also joins the company as production manager, long-term programming. Both appointments take effect immediately.

Silva joins Benztown after 22 years as Network Production Manager for Radio Disney in Los Angeles. He specializes in commercial production, imagery, writing and voiceover. Silva made his radio debut in 1984 as a night jock for his hometown station in San Luis Obispo, Calif., Then moved to Los Angeles in 1987 to air the legendary 105.5 KNAC as ” Dangerous Darren ”, and headed to Dallas in 1995 to rock the airways on 97.1 The Eagle. Silva joined Radio Disney in 1998. He has also been with SiriusXM for the past 17 years as a DJ on Hair Nation, Ozzy’s Boneyard and Classic Rewind.

Urbanek imports from Apple Music in Los Angeles, where he was assistant producer of The Zane Lowe Show. Prior to that he was a sound engineer for over 8 years at the Mr. Smalls Recording Studio in Pittsburgh, PA. He was also a sound engineer for the Washington Symphony Orchestra in Washington, PA. Urbanek studied Commercial Music Technology at the University of California, Pennsylvania, where he hosted a weekly radio show on WCAL 91.9 FM.

“Darren and Jake are world class producers with remarkable resumes and incredible attitudes,” said Dave “Chachi” Denes, president of Benztown. “We are delighted that they are both joining the Benztown team! ”

“I have known the Benztown company and brand from their inception,” said Silva. “I’ve been in contact with them since my days with Radio Disney. Benztown’s talent is unmatched and I’m honored to be a part of this company and to work with these amazing people, as well as Yaman and the amazing creative team at YamanAir. ”

“I look forward to working and learning from the best, while bringing my production experience to an incredibly talented and motivated team,” added Urbankek.


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