Though she is making enormous strides in the radio industry, Meaghan Taylor worked tenaciously to be in the position she is now.
Born in Alton, Illinois, the 27-year-old Taylor stayed on the move changing residences six times before landing on the campus of Florida A&M University (FAMU). While at FAMU her initial plan was to pursue a career in television news, but once that did not go according to plan she went to a WANM 90.5 interest meeting and has been doing radio ever since her junior year of college.
Being an introvert, a reformed people pleaser, calm and extremely organized, Taylor used these vital character traits to make it through the tough journey to where she is now, most particularly during her taste of the post-graduation life.
“When I graduated, I didn't have a radio job. People were expecting a lot from me because I did so great on college radio, which is super different from commercial radio. I was working as a server full-time at Hobbit American Grill and filling out a million radio applications at night. It was tough,” she said.
Though she hit a rough patch, that time period shaped her for the multiple successes that subsequently occurred. Taylor for the past two years has owned Women in Radio LLC and Women in Radio Gives Inc., which is a nonprofit organization. In addition to her entrepreneurial experience, she also works for iHeart Radio in Miami as a fill-in producer and board operator for 610 WIOD, which is news talk radio. She is also a social media instructor for The Connecticut School of Broadcasting.
The impact she’s created with her organizations has provided a platform for those who are around her to make the necessary strides in their own respective careers.
“She is so inspiring just to know that she built an organization from the ground up. Women In Radio has helped me so much and it’s very resourceful,” said LaShayna Sawyers, an on-air talent and promotions assistant at 107.9 The Beat.
Staying far away from complacency, Taylor is still innovating and broadening her brand with a highly anticipated Woman in Radio event entitled “Cupcakes, Cocktails, and Conversations,” which will be held in March at an intimate venue in New York City.
The epitome of determination and the perfect depiction of never giving up on your purpose, Taylor has proven that she will be a powerful force in the radio industry for years to come.