Staff

Jeff Dorgay

A Wisconsin native, Jeff built his first amplifier from a schematic in the RCA tube manual at age 14. His hi-fi sales career came to an abrupt end when he told a customer to take his big check up the street to the local Levinson dealer for much better equipment. 15 years as a commercial photographer led to writing about the rapidly expanding world of digital imaging at the turn of the century, writing for Macworld, CNet, Studio Photography and many others. He has also been a consultant to Adobe, Roland DGA and Olympus Cameras. He still takes a very active role in the images produced for TONEAudio, contributing a major portion of the magazine’s visuals.

These days, the Pacific Northwest is home, where you can find him in the local record stores, music venues, or in search of a great steak.

Jean LaCrosse

Jean’s early studies of fine art and marketing were spent at the University of Southern Oregon. She later moved to the Southwest to work on her tan and finish a degree in design at the University of Arizona.

Her 25 years worth of art direction and design for a string of Fortune 500 companies along with high end prepress skills provided the necessary background to create the look and feel for TONEAudio. Every pixel of the magazine falls victim to her watchful eye.

When she’s not digitally designing, you can find Jean at the local gardening shops looking for cool things to add to her garden or dreaming about living in Tuscany.

Liza Donnelly

Liza joined TONEAudio for issue 2, and has been supplying us with comic relief ever since. She has been a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker since 1982 and has worked for other publications including American Photographer, National Lampoon, Cosmopolitan and the New York Times.

She has written a number of children’s books and has shown her work in numerous exhibitions around the country. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. More information about Liza, her work and appearances can be found at: www.lizadonnelly.com

Bob Gendron

Veteran music critic and copy editor Bob Gendron is a frequent contributor to the Chicago Tribune and the author of the 33 1/3 series book on the Afghan Whigs’ Gentlemen album. He owns far too many records, continues to attend an unhealthy amount of concerts, spends far too much money on craft beer, and enjoys playing hockey. He also writes for DownBeat and formerly served as Music Editor for The Absolute Sound. He’s also been published by Rollingstone.com, The Source, and various other outlets.

Rob Johnson

Managing editor and reviewer Rob Johnson spent much of his professional career in technology marketing consulting for a Fortune 100 company. After 25 years in the corporate world, Rob followed his passion and joined the TONEAudio team in 2013. That means he’s Jeff’s right-hand man if there’s a heavy amplifier that needs lifting. As an audio enthusiast his entire life, Rob’s other past roles included time as a disk jockey and as a concert hall recording engineer. With all those opportunities to be surrounded by fantastic sound, Rob’s several-decade obsession for great home audio gear took root at an early age.

Ken Kessler

Ken Kessler is an American-born, UK-based journalist whose articles on hi-fi, watches, pens, and cars have appeared in more than 140 different publications in more than 20 countries. After working as Assistant Editor for the short-lived Stereo – The Magazine, in 1983 he joined Hi-Fi News & Record Review, where he still serves, latterly as Senior Contributing Editor. Ken is among the most widely published hi-fi journalists at work today, and is the author of Quad: The Closest Approach and McIntosh…For The Love Of Music. He lives near Canterbury with his wife, his son and three cats.

Jerold O’Brien

Our publisher can’t remember if he first met Jerold at a Badger game at the University of Wisconsin or standing in line waiting to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Milwaukee’s East Side.The staff hermit, Jerold now also resides in the Pacific Northwest where he listens to a lot of 60′s and 70′s rock music, restores old BMWs and vintage tube amplifiers. He is the only member of the staff that does not own a TIVO.

Jaan Uhelszki

Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in leading publications including USA Today, MOJO, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Guitar World, and The Village Voice.

Currently the editor at large at Relix, she is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. These days she only feels compelled to put on Serge Lutens kohl black eyeliner and Dior mascara when she goes out to grill rock stars over an open pit.

Tom Caselli

A Native New Yorker, Tom is our other musical encyclopedia and a discerning audiophile to boot. A devout Jimi Hendrix collector who has “everything but Jimi’s casket”, Tom brings a wealth of knowledge to the staff. If it has anything to do with popular music from the 60′s or 70′s, he’s got it and usually has at least 20 different pressings to compare. (And he’s got a pretty awesome collection of GI Joe’s too!)

Tom lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with his family and his collections.