ION Indie Magazine is comprised of a volunteer team of journalists, photojournalists and music industry professionals who share the same passion for independent music. Many members of the ION journalistic team are musicians themselves, thus, they understand the struggles of today's artists. One of these hurdles is acquiring media coverage, which is a necessary element to promote their music. ION Indie Magazine was founded on the premise of providing valuable exposure in an effort to support the careers of hard-working and career-minded artists of all genres worldwide. To this end, each of the dedicated individuals of the staff of ION Indie Magazine lends their time and talent to produce an indie-focused publication that is both informative and entertaining, served in an interactive format.  

Meet The Staff

KIKI PLESHA (THE FAIRY ROCK MOTHER) // CEO/Editor-in-Chief/Art Director/Senior Journalist 

Founder, CEO, Editor-in-Chief, and Art Director Kiki Plesha is a musician herself whose path led to a career in journalism and public relations. Kiki envisioned a way that she could tap into her talents for the betterment of artists everywhere, and ION Indie Magazine is the result of that vision. She considers ION as her "love letter to independent music." Kiki wears many hats -- she is on the staff of the record label Indie On Air Records and also works with the innovative television platform IndieCast TV, where she will soon be launching her own indie music video TV show, Rock Mother Music Television. Kiki additionally owns a busy public relations agency, Rock Mother Promotions. She is also affectionately known as The Fairy Rock Mother -- a moniker assigned due to her many contributions over the years assisting independent artists by supporting their careers.

 

Contact Kiki at kplesha@ionindiemagazine.com

JB BRIDGES // Co-Founder/Managing Editor/Senior Photojournalist

Co-founder of ION Indie Magazine JB Bridges serves as both Managing Editor and a Senior Photojournalist for the publication, besides being a prolific writer who has penned numerous compelling articles for the magazine. JB has created two columns for ION, “Twelve Bars Stars," reporting on independent blues music and “Venue on the Menu," which spotlights music venues worldwide. JB has additionally authored several cover stories featuring such notable indies as swamp metal band Silversel, hip hop artist International Nova, country music sensation Ashley Wineland, and the iconic multi-faceted singer Kaz Hawkins. Residing in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, JB's lens is turned toward the throngs of talented artists of all genres that appear in the many venues and festivals of this popular music hub. 

Contact JB at jbridges@ionindiemagazine.com

JERRY PERRY // Broadcast Media Coordinator/Senior Journalist

Broadcast Media Coordinator and Senior Journalist/Photojournalist Jere Perry makes his home in North Carolina and is a founding member of ION besides being a musician himself. Jere oversees our “Music Share Program,” coordinating the music of the artists appearing in our pages and forwarding it to our broadcast partners for consideration for airplay. Due to Jere's tireless efforts, the music of numerous independent artists and bands is now heard on stations around the world! This is key in realizing ION Indie Magazine’s mission to get independent music read about, seen, and HEARD! Jere has authored several cover stories, including bands Another Lost Year and Silvertung and hip hop’s own Crucifix. Visit Jere’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/JP-Rawkin-Photography-1599721136954951

 

Contact Jere at jperry@ionindiemagazine.com

DANIEL JOHNSON // Media Coverage Coordinator/Senior Photojournalist

Bostonian Daniel “The Dagda” Johnson serves as our Media Coverage Coordinator, acting as a liaison between our journalistic staff and the “gatekeepers” for the recognized names that appear in our magazine. He is additionally a Senior Photojournalist for ION, who has branched out from behind the lens to author several cover/feature articles for ION. Daniel first came to the editor's attention when his photography was utilized in a feature interview with the band Leaving Eden for ION -- you could say that Daniel joining the staff was destiny! Daniel continuously brings phenomenal content to ION, but perhaps his biggest scoop to date was his interviews with none other than Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood! Check out his exceptional photography on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/DagdaPhotography

Contact Daniel at djohnson@ionindiemagazine.com

GREG HILD // Social Media Manager/Senior Photojournalist

Hailing from Philly, Greg Hild has a passion for shining a light (but never flash) on performers with unique grooves that need to be heard by wider audiences. A musician himself, he has managed a blues group for 19 years. Along the way, this opportunity has introduced him to countless artists that were (in his own words) “much more talented." Captivated by the visual appeal that complimented the sonic, it was inevitable that Greg would bring his camera along to capture the essences of these many amazing local artists and their performances. This deep desire to delve into undiscovered music ignited a fire in Greg to cover a diverse range of local gigs and music-related productions throughout Pennsylvania as well as the surrounding areas. Recently relocated to Florida, Greg also serves on our Social Media Team besides lending his photographic point of view. Explore Greg's photography at http://www.gregoryjhild.com

 

Contact Greg at ghild@ionindiemagazine.com

ERIKA JOHNSON // Senior Journalist 

Senior Journalist and experienced interviewer Erika Johnson is a published writer. In addition, she's Daniel “The Dagda’s” Johnson’s “partner in crime” -- both in and out of the music scene. Erika fell in love with music at a young age gaining further exposure through high school, college, and graduate school, while working for Record Town and FYE selling cassettes, then CDs. Erika loves to dive below the surface when interviewing artists, learning who they are at their core. Writing has always been one of her favorite ways of self-expression. Erika has reported on various concerts around the Boston area for ION Indie Magazine and authored the cover story and conducted the insightful interview with alternative country artist Chris Moreno. We are thrilled that Erika now brings her passion for the written word to the pages of ION Indie Magazine!

 

Contact Erika at ejohnson@ionindiemagazine.com

LEE HOFFMAN // Senior Photojournalist

Senior Photojournalist for ION and long-time member of our staff, Lee Hoffman, is based out of Buffalo, New York, and has a style of photography that is “uniquely Hoffman” and widely appreciated by our readers. Lee has a true passion for the indies and has captured a plethora of artists/bands through his lens for this publication; along with various events and festivals. He is a familiar face at Buffalo venues and other New York area-based music-based events. His photography is action-rich, dramatic, and dynamic, and really brings the pages of ION Indie Magazine to life! Check out more of Lee's work on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/leehoffmanphoto

Contact Lee at lhoffman@ionindiemagazine.com

JEFF POPKA // Journalist

When Journalist Jeff Popka joined the staff of ION Indie Magazine, he brought with him a true passion for the independent spirit. He has an extensive background in music as an event organizer, having worked with the likes of multi-Grammy-winner Jim Peterik, The Smithereens, Jackyl, and The Exies. Jeff oversees our ReverbNation campaigns and authors ION's “ReverbNation Featured Artist" spotlight features. Jeff is the founder of the popular independent music festival, Texas Indie Fest and also serves as producer and radio host with Fish Creek Radio. Jeff is additionally the owner of Indie On Air Records and is currently spearheading the interactive film project "The Growlers Sessions" -- which features independent artists performing at micro-breweries around the U.S. Learn more about Indie On Air Records at  https://ioarecords.com

 

Contact Jeff at jpopka@ionindiemagazine.com

MARTY HAVIIK // Social Media Team/Senior Photojournalist

Marty Haviik is a photographer, media professional, musician, U.S. Army veteran, and proud Steelers fan. Originally from East LA and now sunbathing in sunny Tucson, Arizona, Marty has worked with and shared the stage with such greats as Motörhead, Mötley Crϋe, Warrant, and Stephan Pearcy of RATT. A photojournalist since ‘98, he has photographed over 150 celebrities, artists, and bands, including Jeremiah Bitsui of TMC's Breaking Bad, Pandora's CEO Tim Westergren, and the band Hollywood Undead. He works for the AZ Division of Developmental Disability and additionally owns Arizona Thunder Photography. Marty has delivered several compelling cover stories/interviews, including Gabriel Ayala, Stryper, and Lenny Mental of The Besmirchers -- along with dynamic images direct from his lens to our pages! Marty additionally oversees our Instagram account. Learn more about Marty's photography at  https://www.arizonathunderphotography.com/

 

Contact Marty at mhaviik@ionindiemagazine.com

MAL WHICHELOW // Senior Photojournalist

Our UK correspondent, Sheffield-based Mal Whichelow, has been taking photos of bands/singers for the last three years, starting off with the local unsigned talent in local bars and venues, later covering more well-known musicians at festivals and clubs for various online magazines. An avid supporter of the unsigned scene, he is regularly out photographing up-and-coming musicians. Mal recently delivered the cover feature on the UK singing sensation and “Blues Vocalist of the Year” Rebecca Downes. We are delighted to be able to share Mal’s photographic point of view with the readers of ION Indie Magazine. Learn more about Mal's photography at https://www.facebook.com/MalWhichelowPhotography

 

Contact Mal at mwhichelow@ionindiemagazine.com

GREG LOGAN // Senior Photojournalist

Based in NYC, Greg Logan has been photographing various blues, rock, metal, and pop artists in the local club scene and prominent venues for the past 5 years. He is currently a staff photographer for blues artist Kenny Wayne Shepherd providing photos for his media, website, and merchandising. He has provided photographic support for mainstream artists such as Van Halen, Paul Rodgers, and Tedeschi Trucks, and he now brings his exceptional eye to ION Indie Magazine, joining ION’s team of exceptional photojournalists. His portfolio can be viewed at https://www.gregloganphotos.com

 

Contact Greg at glogan@ionindiemagazine.com

SHANE RITSCHARD // Photojournalist

Shane Ritschard is no stranger to the local Colorado concert scene. A fan of music with a passion for independent artists, Shane has attended thousands of shows. He began his forage into supporting various bands by designing posters and flyers for the artists with his daughter, but it wasn't long before this love for music and photography merged. Many of his photos have been displayed on the social media platforms of many different artists from various shows that he has shot. He now joins the staff of ION Indie Magazine…and we’re thrilled to provide Shane a platform for his engaging live concert photography. Learn more about Shane’s photography at https://flic.kr/ps/3dHMRJ

Contact Shane at sritschard@ionindiemagazine.com

SCOTT WIKLE  //  Journalist

Scott Wikle has a long history as Program Director and on-air host of My Kind of Country, featuring the best of traditional country music. He joins the ION Indie Magazine journalistic family covering traditional country music. Scott has worked in the music industry for over 30 years as a musician, retail store manager, promoter, and broadcaster and has conducted hundreds of interviews with compelling guests and country music legends such as Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels, Gene Watson, Mac Wiseman, Freddie Hart, Bobby Bare, David Frizzell, Lacy J. Dalton, Charley Pride, Moe Bandy, and more. A fun fact for music geeks -- Scott has the largest, complete collection of Merle Haggard recordings worldwide. He is a NACMAI Hall of Fame Member, a 2018 Academy of Western Artists Nominee, and his station has been voted “Radio Station Of The Year” in 2017 and 2018. 

 

Contact Scott at scottwikle@gmail.com

ALEX DIXON // Photojournalist

Photojournalist Alex Dixon covers the Orlando and Miami beats for ION Indie Magazine. Alex is a talented creative born in New York and raised in South Florida; with Miami, Broward, and a little bit of New York culture heavily ingrained in him. Alex takes a lot of influence from his Jamaican parents and is very proud of his heritage. An avid music lover, Alex always has an ear out for new music, but he won’t hesitate to listen to the classics…over and over. Big on the 90s era, Alex loves the shoes, music, and trends that came out of it and enjoys urban streetwear and fashion. As a photographer and music-lover, Alex believes that all of these traits have given him an eye for capturing thoughtful images. Alex firmly believes that both music and photography serve as a meaningful and positive way to connect with people. Learn more about Alex’s photography at https://shotbydix.myportfolio.com

 

Contact Alex at adixon@ionindiemagzine.com

 

COURTNEY LUDWIG // Photojournalist

Photojournalist Courtney Ludwig is a native of California whose love for photography combined with a passion for music has made photographing bands a dream come true. Courtney began her photographic journey when she moved to Tucson, Arizona in 2008 and founded her business The Camera Eye Photography (named for the Rush song). While in Tucson, she began photographing local bands, then decided to turn her lens toward national acts as well, capturing the images of bands like Dream Theater, Tesla, Incubus, Powerman 5000, Slaughter, and many others. She also wrote and photographed for the Rock Thiz Magazine and Musician Photo Journal. Her personal path led her back to California and she now joins the staff of ION Indie Magazine covering the LA region. Courtney is excited for the opportunity to photograph and write for ION. Learn more about Courtney Ludwig’s work at  http://thecameraeyephotography.weebly.com/albums.html

Contact Courtney at cludwig@ionindiemagazine.com

TIM BOARD - HOST // Eye On Jamz Radio Show/Social Media Team

ION Indie Magazine’s all-genre syndicated independent music radio show, Eye On Jamz, is hosted by Colorado Springs popular on-air personality, Tim Board. Growing up in St. Louis, Tim was bitten with the passion for radio while listening to music on KSHE 95FM sports and late-night talk on KMOX 1120AM.  While pursuing higher education, Tim developed his skills at the college radio station. His passion for broadcast steered him toward obtaining his degree in communications. After college, Tim worked for a few years at various small commercial radio stations in Central Missouri. Tim has interviewed such artists as Zak Sloan, Swirl, Kill for Eden, Whiskey Kate, Cass Clayton, Michal Towber, Cliff Wheeler Band, and many others. Tim now lends his gift of gab to Eye On Jamz. Check for days, times, and stations at www.ionindiemagazine.com/eye-on-jamz-radio

Contact Tim at eyeonjamz@ionindiemagazine.com

 

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