“The Voice of New York,” Angie Marinez, announced her resignation to Hot 97 (where she’s been for over 15 years) via Instagram this past Wednesday
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
Hot 97 has struggled in the past year with high profile setbacks such as the unexpected removal of Morning Show member, K. Foxx, the arrest for sex solicitation from an undercover male cop by DJ Mister Cee, who resigned four months later. Following these controversial departures, it was not surprising to see Program Director, Ebro Darden, announce that he was stepping down in March, 2014. Hot 97 was also circumvented by a steady decline in ratings, a roster of on-air legends in pivotal time slots growing out of touch with their younger audiences, and an array of competition from satellite and online radio, iTunes and streaming services. Thus the slow and steady demise of Hot 97, as we know it.
It was confirmed by radio personality, DJ Envy of The Breakfast Club this morning, that Martinez, 43, will join the ranks of (Hot 97 rival station) Power 105.1, and sister station 103.5 The BEAT in Miami – to host her own show weekdays from 2-6 p.m.
Says Thea Mitchem (Senior Vice President of Programming at Power 105): “Angie is the Queen of New York 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. She has a long, successful history and we look forward to expanding her distinctive style and compelling content to more of our listeners.”
“I want to thank, Thea Mitchem, Tom Poleman and Doc Wynter for this incredible opportunity. I’m excited to join Power 105.1 in New York and The BEAT in Miami, and expand my brand even further in the coming months,” says Angie Martinez.
Martinez’s radio show is set to launch in July.