Angie Martinez sent shock waves through New York radio and everywhere else when she announced her resignation from Hot 97 last week. To top off that news, it was announced a day later that she would be joining rival station Power 105.
This week, the legendary radio personality appeared on The Breakfast Club Tuesday morning for the first time ever to talk about her departure from Hot 97, people questioning her loyalty and her 20-year career.
During the chat, Angie revealed she decided to leave Hot 97 because Power offered more opportunity for growth. She also revealed that Rihanna actually sent her flowers after the announcement and Wale sent a very long email. Additionally, Angie dished a little about the famous interview that she did with Tupac that she still hasn't released in full, and if she thought the Hot 97 reality show was a good move.
Check the highlights!
On why she left Hot 97:
I honestly, it was time for me to grow and do things. This company (Power 105) offers so much opportunity for growth. I want to be on in different cities. I want to be able to grow. I want to be able to have new challenges
and see new things. I want to see how this studio works. I feel like I have done what I can for [my last] company and I feel like my friendships remain [there].
On keeping her decision a secret until the last minute:
I’m a vault. Anybody who's my friend knows you can trust me with anything because I really don’t believe in telling secrets. Because I feel like everybody has a friend so if I tell you something and I trust you, you got a friend you trust too. So when it’s time to hold something in, I hold it down.
Also for my own, I didn’t want any opinions. Because everybody got an opinion. I really wanted to make the decision myself and feel good about it and feel like this is the best thing for my future and my family without noise of other people’s opinions. So I said nothing to nobody and neither did Thea. She’s a vault also. So I had it for a little bit but I told nobody… my man, I told him!
On being called disloyal for joining Power 105:
People leave jobs all the time. I’m not disloyal at all. I’ve always been extremely loyal. I put, I don’t know how many years of my life down for that company. Even the highest of higher ups, when I meant to make the first call to say ‘I decided to take this amazing offer that I got,’ they said, 'You served this company so well for so many years that I can do nothing but wish you well.’ It was no ‘How dare you, how could you leave us?!’ It was emotional but nobody felt like [I was] doing the wrong thing. Everyone said, ‘You’re doing the right thing.’
I was prepared for [the worst]. As crazy as that sounds, I was prepared for the lockout. But it was like ‘We wish you well. We’re going to send you off properly and good luck to you.’
On how much they offered her at Power 105:
Charlamagne: Can we talk about that offer? How much was it?
Angie: It was definitely more than yours! [laughs] No, I don’t know how much you make. Honestly, it’s not a money thing. It’s really about the opportunity to really grow. Because here, I feel like if I do well here, because I’m also going to be in Miami [103.5 The Beat] the same time I start here, so if those two go well I can hope to grow from there and hit other markets.
On how celebs reacted to the move:
I was not prepared! Wale sent me a really nice long email. Rihanna sent me flowers. I like her so I was like 'Oh shoot!' My son was really impressed by that… the reactions were overwhelming.
On staying out of radio beef:
I’ve never chosen to participate. I just feel like there are better things to do, there is more important things to focus on, like if someone is coming at me light, because it’s happened, I’ve gotten light jabs here and there but it’s never mattered enough for me to engage. Because then you engage then it becomes something bigger and distracts you from what you should really be focused on.
On interviewing Tupac in early in her career and why she hasn't released the full interview:
I was a baby. It’s really like two hours long. I wish the me now could interview him because he ran all over me in that interview. He was so smart and I was just like trying to play catch up. It was my first time realizing that an interview could actually mean something to the culture. To the people who hear it. I felt a certain responsibility after doing that. That if I release it, it could either way.
Even to this day- I’m so sorry to the people that- there are people that tweet me every day like, ‘Why are you holding on? Release the Tupac tape!’ And I want to, because it’s part of history, but I also feel like he was so angry and emotional at the time that certain people will be hurt by certain things that he said. I haven’t been given the sign that it’s okay. Whenever that happens, and I feel good about it, I’ll release it but I still have a certain uneasiness about it.
On why Pac chose her for the interview:
He said that when he was in jail, he was listening to radio in New York and I was the only person who didn’t dirty his name or say things that wasn’t factual and he respected that. And it’s crazy because when he passed, someone forwarded me a note that he had written to me after he passed and I never got it and it ended up being in one of those Pac memorial places. So I have it now and it’s framed in my kitchen.
On how she really felt about filming This Is Hot 97:
Some of the episodes I hated and they took all day. Some days I loved it, some days I hated it like everything else. Some episodes I thought were funny, some I didn’t. A lot of opinions and a lot of hands in the pot and I’m a control freak.
On walking away from an opportunity to be a judge on American Idol:
I will tell you this- there are certain things just out of respect and dignity I haven’t shared about that story- but I will tell you, it was based on the expectation that I was going to be some sort of character that is not who I am as a real person. And in that character just having to make people feel bad about themselves.
And honestly I’m not a singer. I didn’t feel really qualified. You’ve got to be arrogant a little bit to be able to be like, 'I know this, I could tell you what to do,' so I felt like I was being a fraud. It wasn’t a good fit and I had to keep it moving.
Do I regret not having that money in my bank account? Sure! [laughs] But there are plenty of things in life that could’ve put money in my bank account and I didn’t do it either. I’m all about quality of life. I need it to survive. I needed it for my soul, my spirits and if I’m uneasy, I can’t!
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