Benford Standley's & West Multimedia Digital History  


Willie Nelson, Benford Standley, Ramblin Jack Elliott,

Lisa and Kris Kristofferson backstage at Willie's 4th

Benford "Buffalo" Standley's

2 decades of Digital Media History



 Producer Benford Standley  

Producer Benford Standley in the Beverly Hills
Hotel Webcast Room at end of FAITA Webcast

Benford E. Standley (bio) has produced webcast since 1995, following are some shots from past webcast and other

events. In particular the pictures are from a 4 hour webcast of the FIRST AMERICAN IN THE ARTS AWARDS CEREMONY

with broadcast partner  These Webcast were produced in 2000 and 2001...right before Hollywood said the

Internet bubble had busted ...meanwhile back at the ranch...Benford and partners were throwing wood on the World Wide

Web fire, and the was for years the only digital camera on the red carpets of Hollywood...Will be more of

the story of how Willie Nelson "turned him on" to the Internet on Willie's bus in 1994.  That is when he got on the Digital

Train AKA Super Informational Highway and started his digital ride. PRE-MYSPACE folks...remember Tom?



2008 Standley has produced the 1st Digital Film Festivals in Paso Robles, CA, with 4 more live and virtually live World

Wide Online Festivals, at

and the launch of the First Digital Media Festival in Silicon



Google, Bing or Yahool search "digital film festival" and

his festival in the top 3 on the Internet. run the search on "digital media festival" and  his festival in Silicon Valley

is # 1 on the World Wide Web from of all places...


"Nothing has changed the world as much and as quick at

the Internet."        CBS 60 Minutes






Benford Standley, Digital Festival Producer, Clint

Eastwood, presenting Lifetime Achievement

Award to Joel Cox his long time associate and editor.

was our Broadcast
partner for two years



1995 Standley produces one of the 1st  webcast in history

1995 Standley produced one of the very first live Internet cybercast.  The webcast was from the

famous Troubadour in Hollywood. On the lineup were some classic LA acts including, Bum Steers
John York from the Byrds, Greg Harris of Flying Burrito Brothers, Buck Page founding member of
the Riders of the Purple Sage, county "hit" writer Steve Hill,  producer Sid Smith (Circus of the Stars,
Bob Hope's Christmas Specials for 10 years, Miss Universe Pageant) was playing cardboard box

with some other great LA talent riding the super informational highway click for flyer from 1995


"The earliest webcast equivalent of an online concert and one of the earliest examples of

webcasting itself was by Apple Computer's Webcasting Group in partnership with the

entrepreneurs Michael Dorf and Andrew Rasiej.  Together with David Pakman from Apple,

the launched the Macintosh New York Music Festival from July 17-22, 1995.  This event

audio webcast concerts from more than 15 clubs in New York city. 


From the dates above, Benford produced the second webcast in history... we are sure needs to be

more research to confirm...but we see the race is on...and/or was on.


In 1997, while living back in Austin, Tx, Benford produced a live Internet cybercast of Willie Nelson

and Kinky Friedman and Friends,  playing for the 100 year birthday party of Jimmie Rodgers

( Father of Country Music). The cybercast was produced in concert with Sony/Columbia Online and

he produced  the show on a Bob Dylan website. The show was a Yahoo "Pick of  the Week," and

a pick by, and was so successful that the Sony server system crashed in San

Francisco.   thank you very much...


Standley was headed down the Super

Informational Highway in the early days...

however, had a hard time in Los Angeles

getting anyone to understand what he was

talking 1998, after he launched

it was five years before he saw any

other digital cameras on the red carpets of

Hollywood...he was posting to the website

digital pictures taken with his Sony Digital

Mavica first made in 1997...


Benford Standley and

Clint Eastwood

Ronnie and Rip Masters

John Beland, from  Burrito Brothers

 & Ronnie Mack, the one and only...

1998-1999 Benford Standley and his company did a audio webcast

(podcast they are now being called) ever Tuesday night for one year

Virtually live from the RONNIE MACK BARN DANCE at a club on the

famous corner of Hollywood and Vine...for one year the digital audio

and hot digital pics from the nights were posted at the

The audio of the show, interviews and hot pics from the shows were

streamed online weekly via the website.



1998, Standley  launch his new project the  A Virtual Entertainment

InterNetwork on the World Wide Web.  The site was launched on June 22, 1998, with

a taped show produced 5/26/98.   For the past 25 years he's produced hundreds of webcasts, podcasts, and other digital happenings on the Internet.  From 1999 to 2004

he streamed the MALIBU FILM FESTIVAL  (under MOVIES at


click to see the webcast coverage


Benford produced two 5 hours webcast of the


with broadcast partners YAHOO...Webcast in

2000 was live from the Beverly Hills Hotel, and

2001 was from the Century Plaza Hotel...


When I asked the team in Dallas with Mark

Cuban's team, who were running the streaming

technology for Yahoo.. "Had anyone streamed

longer than 4 hours live?"  Yahoo! said, "Yeper,

Willie Nelson Webcast of his 4th July Pick Nick

went for eight hours." So we'll run second to
Willie any day.  The webcast would cut from

the main stage to the backstage production

studio were we were doing interviews...

Below check out some of the pics from

the two years of webcasting with Yahoo and the


Live from Beverly Hills

Lindsay Wagner at the 1st

Webcast in 2000...





Georgina  and  Jackie Kane


Benford Standley began to study multimedia in 1993, while negotiating

a one million dollar CD-Rom deal with IBM, after learning about CD-Roms

from his friend Dan "Sasu Weh" Jones, who was doing a CD-Rom project

with Kevin Costner.  He learned more about the Internet and it's future

power from Computer Bob and Willie Nelson back in 1994, when he and

Bob were coproducing the shortwave radio broadcast of Farm Aid for Willie. 

Setting on Willie's bus with Neil Young, Kris Kristofferson, host of the

broadcast Wavy Gravy and Benford's long time friend Thom Steinbeck

(son of the writer John Steinbeck) he was for sure High on the revelation

he was having hearing Willie, Bob and others talking about the "Internet"...

Host Dan "Sasu Weh" Jones interviews Mary Kay Place

and Rita Coolidge. Rita has a history in county music

and as a Native American performer...the next year she

 was our Hostess for the Webcast from Beverly Hills.


Molly Culver TV Series V.I.P.

backstage in webcast studio


StudioClub Webcast studios were really rt is John Henn on camera.

While the show is going onstage we had

a live interview room backstage where

we were interviewing the artists...and

would have stage cut to us on the

live webcast with

remember it is 1999

 Chuck Banner doing the mix

Dan "SasuWeh" Jones hosting live streaming worldwide

webcast of the 2010 Paso Digital Festival in 2010

Interviewing new county star Kacey Musgraves

Max Gail & Host/Festival co-Producer

Dan "Sasu Weh" Jones backstage


click pic to see 1999 Malibu Film

Festival webcast & following years

For 5 years Benford Standley produced an online

presence for the Malibu Film Festival...with the likes

of James Cameron and many greats in film...


Computers in the Webcast Production room

Pre Myspace, Facebook Era...

online chats via email

Jade Herrera comes to the Webcast room
 for interview & chat with the folks on the

live  chat that was set up backstage.


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