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Benztown to Launch Mentorship Program


Benztown and The National Radio Talent System are partnering to launch the Benztown Mentorship Program, offering one-to-one mentoring to select students who are accepted into The Radio Talent Institutes of the National Radio Talent System, on an ongoing basis, with structured mentoring opportunities during the Spring and Fall Semesters.

Benztown and The National Radio Talent System also announced the selection of the program's first quarter mentee, Susquehanna University student Carly Rogers. Rogers participated in the Confer Radio Talent Institute last summer at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Through the Benztown Mentorship Program, Rogers will be personally mentored by radio professional Jack Diamond, Host of "The Jack Diamond Morning Show" on CUMULUS MEDIA's Mix 107.3/WRQX-FM in Washington, D.C., during the months of January, February and March. Diamond will mentor Rogers via teleconference and at WRQX-FM studios in Washington, D.C.

Dave "Chachi" Denes, Benztown President, said: "We are so pleased to help The National Radio Talent System connect some of radio's most accomplished professionals with promising students working toward careers in radio through the Benztown Mentorship Program. Our industry is only as strong as the talent that we attract and train, and we believe that this program will create opportunities for up-and-coming young broadcasters and radio stations and companies looking to hire the very best."

Dan Vallie, President, The National Radio Talent System, said: "We were talking internally about doing a mentorship program when Benztown/Chachi approached us. The magic happened, and it's exciting to start 2019 launching the Benztown Mentorship Program. This is an outstanding opportunity and experience for the selected students."

Jack Diamond, Host of "The Jack Diamond Morning Show" on Mix 107.3/WRQX-FM in Washington, D.C., said, "I am pleased and honored to have been asked to be the first mentor of the Benztown Mentorship Program, in association with The National Radio Talent System. When two of the absolute best in our business, Dan Vallie and Dave "Chachi" Denes, ask, you say yes! Working with and developing talent has long been a passion. It's a way for all of us to support and improve our amazing industry. It's also a great way to thank those who were there for us in the beginning and helped us along our journey. I can't wait to get started!"

For more information about the Benztown Mentorship Program or to participate in the program as a mentor, contact Susan Aksu at sa@benztown.com.

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