Angie Martinez has stepped down from her longtime post at New York’s Hot 97.
The radio personality and DJ announced the news in an Instagram post on Wednesday (June 18), with the following caption:
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
She had worked for the station for more than a decade and a half, starting as an intern when she was a teenager, before eventually becoming an on-air personality. She hosted a weekday show from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Aside from her radio work, “The Voice of New York” has also released two albums, Up Close and Personal, in 2001, and Animal House, the following year. She also appeared on the 1997 hit “Not Tonight” (Ladies Night Remix)” alongside Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Da Brat and Left Eye.
Earlier this year, Martinez appeared on a “RapFix Live” episode celebrating women in hip-hop.
“I love what I do, and I think for me, that’s probably what’s worked for me,” she said. “I actually try to figure out new ways to do what I do and be inspired. I really love the music; I really love the artists. I love what I do.”
“It’s sad, but it’s also exciting,” the 41-year-old said during her final show on air on Wednesday afternoon. “There’s been things that I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. I have opportunities that I want to pursue.”
The outpouring of love and respect has already started online.
No way! @angiemartinez
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