Radio/TV Host & Licensed Psychotherapist
Erica America Hayden, known as Erica America, is a vibrant media personality spanning radio, television, and the Internet. Her unique personality is connected by one focal point, the strength of her authentic voice and vision. Erica calls it #PopTherapy ✨– a super-fun mix of psychology, inspiration, lifestyle, and pop culture news. She insightfully takes her fans on a curious journey of self-love & awareness with a killer backdrop of the hottest in pop culture. Erica is a licensed psychotherapist, LMHC. She infuses her analysis of pop culture news and updates with her background as a licensed Mental Health Counselor, providing fans with deeper insight about trending stories in a way that is personally relatable. Connecting with her audience by spreading love, positivity, and informative content is Erica’s foremost passion.
Erica America can currently be heard weekly on New York’s #1 Hit Music Station Z100 (WHTZ, since 2010) and on Nick Radio on iHeartRadio (2012-present). Erica has appeared on television shows such as ‘Dr. Drew On Call’ on HLN where she commentated on trending news stories, as well as Fuse’s ‘Absolute Pop’ where she analyzed popular music artists and their formula for success. She was previously an on-air personality at WBLI in Long Island from 2006-2010. As a host, Erica showcases her personality through an active social media presence and by engaging authentically with different artists’ fan bases. She has also sucessfully live-tweeted events such as The Grammys and Oscars.
Beginning her broadcast career on MTV in 2001 in their VJ competition, Erica later founded celebrity interview website iamericamag.com in 2005, known for unique and edgy video interviews with emerging artists. She hosted videos for Heeb Magazine, was Spin Magazine’s Warped Tour Reporter in 2006 and has written for Yellow Rat Bastard Magazine. She has commentated on multiple television shows including Showbiz Tonight, The Dr. Drew Show, Fuse TV (Trending 10, The F List, Absolute Pop), as well as on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Howard 101.
Erica graduated from The George Washington University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Communication. She went on to receive a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College and later received her license in Mental Health Counseling. Using both her background in psychology and her intense enthusiasm for everything “pop culture”, Erica fuses entertainment and analytic insight as a dynamic television, radio, and multimedia personality.