Angie Martinez Announces Final Day On Air, Resigns From HOT 97
After nearly 25 years at HOT 97, Angie Martinez announced today via social media platforms that she is resigning. Dating back to the 1980s, as a teenager, Angie, a Bronx native, began at the New York City-based station in one of their lowest capacities: answering phones, and paying dues. A later protege of Funkmaster Flex, Martinez would become one of the station, the city, and Hip-Hop’s most recognizable voices and faces.
Announcing that today (June 18) would mark her final on-air appearance with HOT, Angie captioned the following to an Instagram announcement: “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”
Outside of HOT 97, Angie was previously a later host for “Yo! MTV Raps,” in addition to two Top 40 solo releases on Elektra Records in 2001 and 2002, respectively. Angie is one of Hip-Hop’s earliest and most recognized Latinas, and somebody known to be a close affiliate of multi-platinum stars and moguls, and underground MCs alike.
Ambrosia For Heads salutes Angie Martinez for her immense contributions to New York radio, the media, and Hip-Hop at large.
Here are some of her most memorable interviews:
50 Cent & Cam’ron, 2007
Jay Z after the Nas beef was public, 2001