When I heard that Hot 97’s “The Voice of New York”, aka Angie Martinez was leaving her home station for Power 105.1, not only was I incredibly shocked but also wondering why the sudden resignation, and why go to the rival? Was it more money? Or turmoil within Hot 97?
It was breaking news alright when Angie Martinez announced yesterday (Thursday, June 19th) that she was hanging up her headphones after more than a decade at Hot 97. If that wasn’t a shocker, she later announced that she was moving on to rival station Power 105.1. The beef between these two top New York stations and their hosts has gotten pretty ugly in the past with many saying it’s because Hot 97 was always in the #1 spot even before Power 105.1, and that Power was simply, second best. But now, with Angie joining the station, who knows what to expect now.
The Breakfast Club morning show with Angela Yee, DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God made the announcement that Angie was joining their Power 105.1 family while singing her praises, calling her “the queen of hip hop radio.”
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls…an addition to our Power 105 team, ‘The Voice of New York,’ the queen of this hip hop radio ish. Legend. Icon. I had the pleasure of working with her before. I’ve seen this woman record her calls, do an interview, run her own board, answer the phones and still do a talk break and I was so impressed. Angie Martinez will be joining the Power 105 family. I’m super excited. Love Ang. She’s an amazing radio personality, an amazing person. A good heart. A good soul. I can’t wait for her to join the family.
Starting mid-July, Angie will take over the afternoon drive slot on weekdays from 2pm-6pm and she will also be heard on Miami’s 103.5 The Beat. This all happened courtesy to her Clear Channel Media contract, giving her lots of opportunity. In the press release Angie thanked the stations for bringing her on and noted that it was time to “expand [her] brand.”
Even though losing Angie to the competition must hurt the heart of everyone at Hot 97, program director (turned host) Ebro took the high road and showed support to Angie via Twitter, writing:
The world is big. Life is long. Love your family and let them fly!