It really is the end of an era for Angie Martinez at Hot 97 as she moves onto Power 105. One of the most iconic voices and DJ’s to grace the public’s ears, Angie Martinez, is saying goodbye to the station that made her a household name in the hip-hop community. Regarded as “The Voice of New York,” the radio personality announced her resignation early Wednesday morning via an Instagram post and personal statement. This abrupt departure from the station comes as nothing more than a shock to all, but definitely shows the sign of Hot 97’s fate and cements Power 105’s place as New York City’s reigning radio station.
Angie Martinez joined the Hot 97 in the early days of mainstream hip-hop as just an intern. Becoming a part of the team in 1987 at the age of 16, Martinez eventually became DJ Funk Master Flex’s protégé and later received an afternoon slot with DJ Enuff on the hit radio station. Her tough, yet approachable demeanor and charisma on the microphone landed her interviews with some of the today’s top artists, entertainers and more. Martinez even received a phone call from President Barack Obama during his 2008 campaign.
From just an intern to holding her own slot on the Angie Martinez Show in the afternoon, her legacy at Hot 97 made her a staple in its growth and history. Martinez used Hot 97 as a platform to also build her solo music career as one of the first female Latino rappers in Hip-Hop. Featured on the Grammy nominated and platinum-selling single Not Tonight with Lil Kim, Missy Elliot, and Da Brat, Martinez was also recognized as a femcee in Hip-Hop culture. Although the music venture was short lived, her saying goodbye to the program that made Martinez an institution came as a shock to many in the Hip-Hop community and even bigger surprise that she was saying goodbye for a new slot on the rival station at Power 105.
Being a part of such a huge radio station that crafted the flow of Hip-Hop in New York and all over the nation allowed Martinez to see its heydays and some of its lower moments. Since the rise to number one status of Hot 97’s competitor Power 105 The Breakfast Club featuring personalities Angela Yee, Charlamagne tha God, and DJ Envy, Hot 97 has failed to reclaim the number one spot between their target audience of 18 to 34 year olds. Martinez may have recognized Hot 97 was failing to remain competitive and decided to say goodbye for more revenue and a larger audience at Power 105. Coupled with recent resignations from deejay Mister Cee in September 2013, removal of K. Foxx from her co-hosting duties, and the stepping-down of Ebro Darden as program director, Hot 97 has not had the most praiseworthy past year.
Signs of arguable desperation were more apparent when Hot 97 announced their own VH1 reality show, titled This is Hot 97. Although the show is a non-scripted reality, comedy that depicts the daily lives and happenings of the personalities like Peter Rosenberg, Funkmaster Flex, Cipha Sounds, Laura Stylez, journalist Miss Info, and more, it was apparent that Angie Martinez was not fully on-board with the changes. No official word has yet to be announced on the sole reason why Martinez decided to say goodbye to the station that she has called home for almost twenty years, but her leaving for Power 105 is just a sign that she could no longer be apart of a proverbial sinking ship.
By Tyler Cole