Veteran WQHT-New York afternoon personality Angie Martinez has resigned her position after nearly twenty years at the station. Martinez made an on-air announcement on social media with Twitter and Instagram posts that read, “I resigned from HOT 97. 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 HOT 97 and most importantly… the listeners… for an unimaginable journey. Today will be my last show… stay tuned…. Love, Angie.” Her Instagram page contained an image that contains the phrase, “Life has to move forward; everything has its time and everything ends.”Hot 97 later issued a statement confirming the departure of Martinez, saying, “Angie has given over 20 years of service to the Hot 97 brand, where she exemplified professionalism and passion for music. We thank her deeply for her commitment to Hip Hop, radio, and broadcasting.” Right now there has been no definitive word about a possible replacement for Martinez.
As it turns out, Angie is headed across the street to Clear Channel’s WWPR Power 105.1 and midday on WMIB-Miami’s 103.5 The Beat. “Angie is the Queen of New Your City radio — she is an incredible talent who continues to blaze trails and we are excited to have her join the team at Power 105.1 and The Beat in Miami,” said CCM+E SVP/Programming — Major Markets Thea Mitchem. “Angie has a long, successful history and we look forward to expanding her distinctive style and compelling content to more of our listeners.” SVP/Urban Programming Doc Wynter commented, “Angie is a legend in Hip Hop culture and we are excited to welcome her to the Clear Channel family … Power 105.I/NY and 103.5 The Beat/Miami. Thea and I have always been impressed with Angie’s talent, but getting to know her has been even more rewarding. She’s simply a really good person and we win two-fold when we bring good and talented people to our team.”
“I want to thank Thea Mitchem, Tom Poleman and Doc Wynter for this incredible opportunity,” said Martinez. “I¹m excited to join POWER 105.1 in New York and The Beat in Miami and expand my brand even further in the coming months.”