"The Voice of New York" announces her departure, says she is ready to "grow and to be challenged in new ways."
Angie Martinez's new gig at Power 105.1 was confirmed on-air by radio personality DJ Envy of The Breakfast Club this morning. Martinez will host her own show weekdays from 2-6 p.m. on Power 105.1 and sister station 103.5 The Beat in Miami.
"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 in Miami,” raved Thea Mitchem, Power 105 Senior Vice President of Programming. "Angie has a long, successful history and we look forward to expanding her distinctive style and compelling content to more of our listeners."
Martinez said in a statement, “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."
Her radio show will launch next month, XXL reports.
"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," she wrote online today. "We made history together in so many ways and I will cherish those memories and my friendships forever."
Martinez continued, "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."
The goodbye statement was captioned with a photo of sunglasses and the quote, "Life has to move forward. Everything has its time and everything ends."
Fans, friends and colleagues of Martinez reacted to the news on Twitter with a mixture of well wishes and shock. Her co-worker Ebro Darden tweeted, "Angie I love you and gave my life to protect you. This is a great opportunity to extend your brand!! Get that $$."
Charlamagne Tha God, from Power 105.1, called Martinez's resignation a "Sad Day for radio" and praised the 43-year-old's impact. "She's a legend one of the best ever," he tweeted.
Affectionately known as "The Voice of New York," Martinez has been a staple in the Big Apple's radio scene for almost two decades. She started out as an intern at Hot 97 at the age of 16 and went on to host her own Afternoon Drive show weekdays from 3-7 p.m.
The Bronx-born, Brooklyn-raised radio legend has also dabbled in rapping and acting over the years and recently launched an entertainment news website.
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