Cipha Sounds is “not with WQHT Hot ninety seven,” in accordance with an official assertion by Emmis Communications, proprietor of the station.
“Efficient instantly, Cipha Sounds is now not with WQHT HOT 97 FM. We wish him well on his future endeavors,” the assertion reads.
Cipha Sounds took to Instagram to deal with the transfer: “After 17 years, I am leaving Hot ninety seven. I am altering my relationship standing from ‘it is difficult’ to ‘single.’ It has been a tremendous trip — from intern to weekends to morning present host to fill Angie’s seat in afternoons. A few years of unbelievable, life-altering experiences and sufficient wonderful reminiscences to final 5 lifetimes. The subsequent transfer is already underway and I promise it may be enormous.”
After 17 years, I am leaving Hot ninety seven. I¹m altering my relationship standing from “it¹s sophisticated” to “single”. It¹s been an incredible trip – from intern to weekends to morning present host to fill Angie¹s seat in afternoons. A few years of unimaginable, life-altering experiences and sufficient superb reminiscences to final 5 lifetimes. The subsequent transfer is already underway and I promise it will be large. Observe me at @ciphasounds
Lower than a day earlier than the announcement, DJ Cipha Sounds took to the Juan Epstein podcast, which he hosts with Peter Rosenberg, to specific his frustrations that arose after Angie Martinez’s departure from Sizzling ninety seven in June. Cipha Sounds was reportedly scheduled to take over Martinez’s afternoon slot, however was finally positioned within the midnight slot with DJ Drewski for the Extra Hearth Combine.
“One boss informed me one factor. One other boss advised me one other factor. They then fired a kind of bosses. One other boss got here in and instructed me one factor, after which a boss of one other station got here in and have become our boss and instructed me one other factor. All good folks, all totally different opinions on what the present needs to be and the way it ought to run,” he mentioned.
Sounds’ departure from Hot 97 comes lower than a 12 months after Angie Martinez resigned from Hot 97 and joined its rival, NY radio station WWPR-FM Power 105.1.
On a former episode of the Juan Epstein Podcast, Sounds revealed that he was supplied a job at Energy a hundred and five.1, twice. He declined double the wage for his loyalty towards the station and particularly Angie Martinez — then nonetheless a Scorching ninety seven on-air character — and Funkmaster Flex.
Previous to Hot 97, Sounds — born Luis Diaz — hosted The Cipha Sounds Impact on Sirius Satellite tv for pc Radio’s Shade forty five, alongside Angela Yee, DJ Surprise and the Emoticon. He is additionally the creator of Take It Private, an NYC improv present which options hip-hop artists and tastemakers telling actual-life tales.