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Cipha Sounds & Hot 97 Parts Ways
Cipha Sounds is "no longer with WQHT Hot 97," according to an official statement by Emmis Communications, owner of the station.
"Effective immediately, Cipha Sounds is no longer with WQHT HOT 97 FM. We wish him well on his future endeavors," the statement reads.
Cipha Sounds took to Instagram to address the move: "After 17 years, I'm leaving Hot 97. I'm changing my relationship status from 'it's complicated' to 'single.' It's been an amazing ride -- from intern to weekends to morning show host to fill Angie's seat in afternoons. Many years of incredible, life-changing experiences and enough amazing memories to last five lifetimes. The next move is already underway and I promise it's going to be huge."
After 17 years, I'm leaving Hot 97. I¹m changing my relationship status from "it¹s complicated" to "single". It¹s been an amazing ride - from intern to weekends to morning show host to fill Angie¹s seat in afternoons. Many years of incredible, life-changing experiences and enough amazing memories to last five lifetimes. The next move is already underway and I promise it's going to be huge. Follow me at @ciphasounds
Less than a day before the announcement, DJ Cipha Sounds took to the Juan Epstein podcast, which he hosts with Peter Rosenberg, to express his frustrations that arose after Angie Martinez's departure from Hot 97 in June. Cipha Sounds was reportedly scheduled to take over Martinez's afternoon slot, but was ultimately placed in the midnight slot with DJ Drewski for the More Fire Mix.
"One boss told me one thing. Another boss told me another thing. They then fired one of those bosses. Another boss came in and told me one thing, and then a boss of another station came in and became our boss and told me another thing. All nice people, all different opinions on what the show should be and how it should run," he said.
Sounds' departure from Hot 97 comes less than a year 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 offered a job at Power 105.1, twice. He declined double the salary for his loyalty toward the station and specifically Angie Martinez -- then still a Hot 97 on-air personality -- and Funkmaster Flex.
Prior to Hot 97, Sounds -- born Luis Diaz -- hosted The Cipha Sounds Effect on Sirius Satellite Radio's Shade 45, alongside Angela Yee, DJ Wonder and the Emoticon.
He's also the creator of Take It Personal, an NYC improv show which features hip-hop artists and tastemakers telling real-life stories.