Angie Martinez resigned from her on-air post at New York radio station Hot 97 today (June 18).
"Today I resigned from HOT97,” the radio personality wrote in a post on her Instagram account. "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”
The photo accompanying her Instagram post features a close-up shot of sunglasses and the following caption: “Life has to move forward. Everything has its time and everything ends.”
In April, Martinez described having worked for Hot 97 for more than half of her life.
“I’ve been working in this building since I’m 18,” she said at the time. “I started here as—I wasn’t really an intern because I was getting paid. I think I was getting paid $3 an hour. I was driving the vans. I learned how to run the boards so then I started board-opping. I was the assistant to almost every department at some point. I worked my way out. My thinking was I wanted to be a Program Director. So in order to be a Program Director I was going to learn every piece of the building. But then it just turned out that I kind of fell in love with being on-air. Now you couldn’t pay me enough money to be a Program Director because that part of the job is so much more fun.”
As an on-air talent, Martinez has interviewed Tupac and Jay Z, among others. With the former, she has said she had to edit a two-hour conversation with Tupac into a minutes-long piece for radio.
“When I had to do that edit, I still wanted to represent what he was trying to—I didn’t want to misrepresent him,” she said. “Yes I toned it down and took out all that other inflammatory stuff. But I still didn’t want to misrepresent him. ‘Cause I didn’t feel like if something bad happened after that it was something I was gonna be okay with. Even now to this day I still have it. I been wanting to reach out to his mother. If his mother says, ‘Yeah, put it out’ then maybe I would just put it out.”
Angie Martinez's Instagram post from today is as follows, as is a tweet from Hot 97 about Martinez's final show on the station:
— HOT 97 (@HOT97) June 18, 2014