Underground Hip-Hop Program The Pulse on Power 98.3 To Air Last Show in Phoenix Tonight

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They say bad things come in threes.

First Steve Nash decides to bolt from the Phoenix Suns (although, it's not a bad thing for me seeing that I'm a Lakers fan), and now radio personality Yaya Martinez is calling it quits as host of the underground hip-hop show The Pulse on Power 98.3.

I'm calling it right now: Before the end of the summer, don't be surprised if someone else, maybe one of our promising bands, makes the leap to another postal code.

Martinez is relocating to Reno, Nevada, where she'll co-host the morning show on Wild 102.9.

Since December of 2008, Martinez has hosted the popular late-night program that aired from 1 a.m. until 4 every Friday night. Tonight's broadcast will be the last one aired from Phoenix as Martinez plans on taking her baby with her.

Up on the Sun: What's the word, Yaya?

Martinez: Tomorrow is going to be the last Pulse show that we do in Phoenix. I'm taking another job in Reno, Nevada. I'm going to be a co-host on the morning show with Ron James on Wild 102.9.

It's a good opportunity for me to grow in the business; especially right now. More people are making moves and it's real hard to even get a position within a radio station that you haven't been a part of for a while.

It's making me sad because I have to leave Phoenix, but at the same time I'm excited to start something brand new.

What's the future hold for The Pulse?

I'm going to be taking the show with me. So I'm going to be doing it from Reno by myself. I gotta find a DJ that's going to be worthy enough to actually be mixing on my show. As far as the show itself, it's definitely mine so I'm going to be taking it with me when I leave in two weeks. It's going to be broadcast from up there, so I'm going to make sure that everybody stays up-to-date. All anyone has to do is follow our Twitter or Facebook page.

Any plans for internet broadcasting?

They have a live stream through iHeart Radio. All you have to do is look up 102.9 and you'll find the stream.

What are you going to miss the most when you leave Phoenix?

It's home. My family, my friends, everybody that supported me over the years. My closest friends know how much work I put in at the station at Power 98. To be leaving all these people that have been supporting me the past five years is really bitter sweet, but they really want to see me do great things. I know I'm going to be staying in touch with a lot of people, but at the same time it makes me sad that I'm not going to be in the same city with all the people that have really showed me a lot of love.

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