First Oprah, then Barbara Walters, and now Angie Martinez. One of the best ever to hit radio waves, The Voice of New York has decided to part ways with Hot 97. She did so with a classy announcement on-air as well as a heart felt message on Twitter and Instagram. Shortly after, the hip hop world erupted!
“Life has to move forward. Everything has its time and everything ends.” These words were posted onto Angie Martinez’ IG account. Her caption reads:
Today I resigned from HOT97. I am grateful to the Emmis family for my time with the company and the immeasurable way that it has shaped my life. We made history together in so many ways and I will cherish those memories and my friendships forever. This was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make but ultimately it is time to move on, to grow and to be challenged in new ways. Saying goodbye is always emotional and bitter sweet but I am extremely excited about the future. Thank you HOT97 and most importantly….the listeners… for an unimaginable journey. Today will be my last show ❤️ stay tuned…. Love, angie”
Like everyone else that has ever met or heard Angie Martinez, we’re sure that a major move like this will bring greater opportunity to her, and we can’t wait to see what’s next!
“This station was built on your back!!” – Funkmaster Flex
Angie Martinez is moving across town and up the radio dial from Hot 97 to Power 105.1, giving Power the biggest score yet in the city’s long-running hip-hop radio wars.
For more than 15 years Martinez’s 3-7 p.m. show has helped define Hot 97 (WQHT, 97.1 FM) as America’s most influential hip-hop station.
Now, in a switch that was both surprising and swift, she’ll be doing the afternoon show at Power (WWPR, 105.1 FM).
Power’s parent Clear Channel made the official announcement Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after Martinez said she would be leaving Hot.
Her shift on Power apparently will start at 2 p.m., though no specific details or launch date have been announced.