Angie Martinez, one of the most iconic women in radio, announced via Instagram last week that she would be resigning from her 27-year run as “The Voice of New York” on the equally iconic Hot 97. Martinez was quickly picked up by rival station Power 105 – where she will host the 3-to-7 p.m. shift, in addition to hosting an earlier four-hour shift for Miami’s The Beat 103.5 (both stations are owned by Clear Channel).
Martinez began answering phones for Hot 97 at the age of 16. Funkmaster Flex took her under his wing, and helped to develop her radio career – which most notably consisted of “The Afternoon Drive”, where she would spend decades DJing and interviewing the biggest names in hip-hop (for the biggest station in New York). In recent years, Power 105 has surpassed the station’s reach and audience size.
Hot 97 was essentially agreed upon as the definition of hip-hop when we were growing up (Dipset era in particular), and Angie was arguably the most influential personality there. Her departure makes us want to shed a tear – another clear signal of the end of an era.