New York radio veteran Angie Martinez has stepped forward to speak out on the viral reactions she has sparked since announcing a departure from longtime home Hot 97 to rival Power 105.1 this week. #LetHerBreathe
Despite the swift move, Angie said she has experienced an emotional ride since breaking the news.
“People keep texting me like this is such a big deal and keep forwarding me links to things,” she says, surprised by the hoopla since the announcement. “I’ve really tried to keep a quiet mind about it. I’m trying not to read too much of the comments on social media or too much stuff about it in general. It’s emotional enough for me, and I just want to look forward and not get too wrapped up in the noise.” (Billboard)
Buzz about Angie having her own radio show at Power 105.1 surfaced online yesterday (June 19).
On Thursday morning (June 19), Clear Channel announced that Martinez would be joining the team at rival radio station Power 105. 1, in addition to airing on 103.5 The Beat in Miami. She’s set to host a new afternoon show, running fro 2 – 6 p.m in New York. Power 105 and Hot 97 have been fierce competitors in recent years, so the move is definitely unexpected. (MTV)
Martinez broke the Hot 97 exit news to her Instagram followers a day prior.
“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.” (Angie Martinez’s Instagram)
Angie also revealed Wednesday would mark her final show on the popular radio station.
“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” (Angie Martinez’s Instagram)