North Hollywood, CA (January 6, 2004)–Megatrax Production Music has landed a major radio ID package for Premiere Radio Networks/Clear Channel in conjunction with the new American Top 40 syndicated radio series, starring Ryan Seacrest (replacing Casey Kasem.) Benjamin Trust, Megatrax general manager, made the announcement on behalf of company co-founders Ron Mendelsohn and JC Dwyer.
The new radio ID package is a creative collaboration between Megatrax radio account manager Debra Grobman and the creative direction of Mark LeVang, along with Clear Channel’s VP of creative services Jim Cook, and KIIS FM’s creative services director Jeff Thomas. The new ID package represents the first update for American Top 40 since the late 1980s.
Maintaining the heritage melody logo of American Top 40, Megatrax composed and produced a new show main title/opener and closer, as well as five other musical and vocal cuts. All of these pieces of music reflect the styles of the latest Top 40 charts. On Jan. 10/11, 2004, Ryan Seacrest will debut as the new host of the show, continuing Casey Kasem’s tradition of counting down the 40 biggest songs in country. The show will also employ new technology that no other countdown show has ever used before. It will focus on the interactive quality of the show’s website, letting the audience vote for their favorite songs, enter contests, and communicate directly with Seacrest. Radio stations nationwide will access the show via satellite or via the Internet. The program will originate from Seacrest’s new glass studios in Hollywood.
Regarding the new music package, Jim Cook, Clear Channel VP of creative services, said, “Our creative challenge for this project was to take a highly recognizable, and famous, audio logo, and update it by giving it a 21st Century sound warp. They made it happen.”
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