Angie Martinez Tells All: The Stories Behind Her Classic Interviews

Doing Radio on September 12, 2001

Angie Martinez: "I had to tell the city that 2Pac passed and I had to be on the radio early after Biggie passed, those were awful, emotional. And September 11th, going to work. It was September 12th and I just wanted to sit in my house like everyone else, I was so scared and I was so shaken up. My boss was like, ‘You have to get on the radio, everyone is freaking out, you don’t want your listeners to feel anymore weird right now, they want to hear your voice, they want normalcy. Come to work.’ 

 

That show was hard, for a while. Not just the first one back but for a while. People were calling, people were crying. People just wanted to talk.

 

"So I did, I went back to work and you could still smell it, from my job. I felt that responsibility and I knew I was so emotional and I was so nervous. I was afraid to say the wrong thing, I was afraid to have the wrong information. All of those things. I felt everything that everyone else felt. But I was like, ‘Well I have to get on the radio so let me do that.’ That show was hard, for a while. Not just the first one back but for a while. People were calling, people were crying. People just wanted to talk. We answered a lot of calls, we did our best. That’s all you can do, right?"

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