My name is Haley Wright and I am an event marketing and promotions intern at US 99.5. US 99.5 is a CBS owned radio station and is the only top 40 country station in the Chicagoland area. CBS owns 6+ radio stations in the Chicago area, but my focus is with US 99.5.
CBS changed their internship program this year to create more of an educational experience. With this, I get to shadow all the different departments of the radio station and learn what goes on behind the scenes in all of these departments. Because of this program, my day-to-day activities are changing every week depending on the department I’m shadowing. I love this experience so far because I’ve been able to see all the different jobs that there are within a radio station and I’m able to get a better idea of what I am interested in and what kind of jobs I’m interested in looking at after graduation. While I went into this internship to focus on and get more experience in event marketing and promotions, I’m loving having the opportunity to get experience within the other departments like sales, digital media, production, etc.
While I’m shadowing different departments during the week, many weekends throughout this summer I get to work at concerts doing marketing and promotions for the station and future events the station is holding. At events, we have things like ticket raffles for future events, free US 99.5 accessories, and things like giant head of the artist with a US 99.5 sign that we try and get people to take pictures with. We also give out US 99.5 stickers that give people the opportunity for winning free ticket upgrades or even the chance to meet the performer. All of these things help promote US 99.5 as a station and works to help pull in more listeners for the future. I think its really fun that I’m able to do marketing and promotions while also getting to experience other jobs within the company. I believe that it really helps round out this internship experience and is giving me so much more to walk away with than I could have ever thought.