Former Roc-A-Fella Records co-owner Damon “Dame” Dash recently offered his take on ex-Hot 97 radio host Angie Martinez taking her talent to its rival Power 105.1 station. #PowerMove
While brief with his words, Dame applauded Angie for packing her bags after decades at the iconic spot.
“Big shout-out to Angie Martinez,” Dame said in an interview. “I knew she could do it one day. I’m glad she did that. It’s time for her. She’s talented. I don’t know what happened but freedom is beautiful. She’s gonna love that.” (VLAD TV)
Since breaking the news, Martinez revealed the ability to appear in different markets at Power 105.1 fueled her decision.
“It’s what I wanted,” she says. “It just got to the point where I wanted to be on in different markets — I want to grow and be challenged in new ways.” Well, Martinez will certainly be challenged; starting in mid-July, she’ll not only host the 3-to-7 p.m. shift at Power 105, she’ll also do an earlier, live four-hour shift for Miami’s The Beat (103.5) — which, like Power 105, is owned by Clear Channel. “It’s not going to be the same show — I’ll do a show just for Miami and a show just for New York.” (NY Post)
A few days ago, Angie detailed the emotional ride she experienced since announcing her departure.
“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)
Martinez broke the Hot 97 exit news to her Instagram followers last Wednesday (June 18).
“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)
Check out Dame Dash’s interview: