Jeff Classic Popka
Chief Executive Officer
After owning and operating a music venue in Ft Myers Beach, FL, Jeff was appointed as a Lake County, IN government official. He served as the Lake County Fairgrounds Superintendent and helped create and provide logistics for countless various events including music festivals that featured acts like Jim Peterik and The Ides of March, The Smithereens, The Bodeans, Hank Williams Jr, Travis Tritt and many others.He served eleven years and then went into business for himself in 2008.
On his own, Jeff created the independent music podcast Indie on Air where he was later described by Ariel Hyatt (Cyber PR NYC) as a "Pioneer in internet radio for independent musicians."
Jeff is now the CEO of Indie on Air Records, Co-Founder of Texas Indie Fest (10 years running during SXSW), creator of The Growlers Sessions and The Abolitionist Concert Series. He has created many music related projects for radio and live events including the Abolitionist Tour, Ascension Tour and Revolution Tour. Jeff is considered a music visionary amongst his peers in the independent music sector and has appeared as a guest on many music related programs.
Chief Operations Officer - (San Antonio, TX))
Rick Bedell serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Indie On Air Records and owns/operates the fully licensed and charting independent music radio station Fish Creek Radio in San Antonio, TX.
His musical journey started early as he became a working DJ at the tender age of 14. He did this professionally for many years in Michigan.
His love of all types of music lead him to create Fish Creek Radio in 2013. His indie station features various syndicated music shows and free form music 24/7.
In 2017, Rick joined Texas Indie Fest in Austin as the Executive Producer. His involvement with TIF evolved into his current Chief Operations Officer position with Indie on Air Records and subsequently producing indie music festivals nationwide.
Editor's Note: Jeff and Rick were once described as "Little Imperfect Jesus's"
Chief Financial Officer - (Delaware)
Paul Surowiec was born to be a musician. He is an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist who began serious training at the age of 7. At 15, he joined his first band and his love and passion for the art continued to develop and grow.
Paul resides in Delaware with his family and tours mostly along the East Coast. He has also played throughout the country including Texas during SXSW and Colorado. He is currently the keyboard player extraordinaire with The Mad Dabbers (Indie on Air Records, White Lion Audio)
Paul’s previous music incarnation signed with Indie on Air Records in 2018. As he joined the label his business acumen allowed him to eventually become a partner and subsequent CFO for the independent label. His artist insight has been of great importance to IOAR as the brand expanded nationally as a label and event production company.
Director of Creative Services - Nashville, TN
Jessica Lentz has been creating ever since she was old enough to get her hands on a box of crayons. After obtaining her BS in studio arts, she started her own freelance business creating commissioned works of art in many formats. She makes her home in a small town outside of Nashville, Tennessee, and lives by the motto, "Comparison is the thief of joy.
To see the variety of mediums Jessica works in, please visit: artofjessica.blogspot, and to see her newest venture check here: https://www.facebook.com/jessicaspetportraits/
Promotions Assistant - NW Indiana/Chicagoland
Courtney Popka lives in NW Indiana/Chicagoland. She brings aboard enthusiasm and a passion for music. Courtney was raised in a very music involved family and environment. She joins IOA Records as our Promotions Assistant and will be helping artists and our promotional partners with various projects. She will also help scout original artists for radio play submissions.
Business Development Director - Keene NH
Kenny grew up with a deep appreciation of music. Growing up his house was filled with music-classical, acoustic, rock, new wave, punk, folk and grunge to name a few. He recognized early on the transformational and positive affect music has in connecting people, telling stories, creating change and empowering people. After leaving college he started a sailing, windsurfing and skateboarding shop - feeding his passion for starting and growing businesses, connecting people and their passions, teaching and having fun driving the creative process and enabling opportunities.
From retail, he got into sales, marketing, sales management, product development, sourcing, manufacturing and brand management in the outdoor and paddle sports industries- leading iconic brands- Osprey, Kelty, Sierra Designs, Mad River Canoe, MontBell, Wenger and The Mountain.
Kenny is the Business Development Director at Indie On Air Records as well as a new business development and business consultant
DIRECTOR OF SALES & MARKETING - Small Town, USA
As Indie On Air Records Director of Sales & Marketing, Sean is responsible for more that just simply selling tickets and marketing concerts. With over 27 years of experience, Sean has worked with hundreds of organizations across a wide range of industries and sizes, from ‘Global 50’ and ‘Fortune 500’ companies, to ‘mom & pops’ and startups as well as local, state and national associations and non-profits.
Sean brings his wealth of experience to Indie On Air Records to collaborate and develop unique events and marketing opportunities, utilizing music as a foundation for our artists, sponsors, vendors and our fans.
Executive Services - Evansville, IN
I learned the Carter Scratch from my mother and Black Sabbath and CCR from my brothers. I spent a few years working tours doing light rigging and sound before eventually transitioning to promotions for Time Warner after college. With the changes in the music industry, it has become apparent that a new model is needed. IOA has built a model that can adapt quickly and across multiple platforms. IOA has reignited my passion for music, as new, dynamic, independent artists can benefit from this model, all the while being true to their own vision. Music has and can change the world.
Executive Services - (Nashville, TN)
Matt is a music industry professional living in Nashville, TN. He works at ASCAP and also plays bass for indie rock group Coopertheband. He married the love of his life (Sarah) in June 2017. They have a wonderful fur baby (Golden Retriever named Pete). SIDE NOTE: Matt has more pictures on his phone of Pete than his wife and his basses combined.
Tracey began his career in music as a lighting and sound tech. He eventually became a nationally touring road manager.
After touring for many years, Tracey and his tech partner started Night Owl Productions. Due to his expertise he helped maintain that business for 17 years. During this time period he worked with some huge industry names including Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, BB King, Johnny Cash and also Fuel, Creed and REO Speedwagon to name a few. Quite frankly there are too many to list.
Tracey brought his wealth of production knowledge to Indie on Air Records in 2019. He helps lead our touring and production team for IOAR’s national events.