Alumna helps organize iHeartRadio festival

Lady Gaga at iHeartRadio Music Festival. Photo from

By Elizabeth Plaugic — 

Erin Medley, J/MS 2004, works a 9 to 5 (ahem, an 8:30 to 5) as senior manager of programming and editorial content at Clear Channel Communications, the media giant responsible for more than 850 radio stations in the United States alone.

But her days are free of the doldrums of cubicle life.

“One day we could be interviewing Boyz II Men, and the next day we could be taking Ice-T’s wife Coco for her first salsa dancing lesson,” she said. “Those are the moments I love most—the unexpected.”

Medley, 29, from Paterson, works for iHeartRadio in New York City, one of many Clear Channel properties. It offers live broadcast and digital-only radio stations across the country. She is responsible as well for the portal and mobile app.

Medley’s lively personality shines in her conversation. She describes her job with enthusiasm not usually found in office workers with an hour-and-a-half commute to and from Manhattan.

Erin Medley, J/MS 2004

“It’s hard to choose one thing I like most about my job,” she said. “It’s a new experience every day, which is something I love.”

This September, the self-described pop music lover helped organize the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. The festival, which featured artists like Lady Gaga, Adele, Jay-Z and Coldplay, was the biggest live music event in radio history.

Medley called Adele’s performance “the best show I’d attended in two years.”

In Las Vegas, Medley led the team responsible for writing all copy on the event. The team worked on a 24-hour news cycle to ensure the iHeartRadio website was constantly updated with live performances. She called the experience “a ton of work, but well worth it.”

As a J/MS major, Medley emphasized that she learned the value of good writing. Medley said she jumps at any chance to “impart some knowledge” to company interns with poor writing skills “before they head out into the real world.”