Kiss FM star David Rodigan quits in reggae protest


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The Independent Culture

One of Britain’s best-known specialist radio presenters, David Rodigan, has ended his 22-year relationship with the commercial station Kiss FM by resigning over the “marginalisation” of reggae music in the schedule.

Rodigan is known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of Jamaican music and was appointed an MBE in the last New Year’s honours list. He is a multiple winner of Sony radio awards but was moved to a midnight slot on the station to accommodate a show hosted by the singer, Craig David.

“I’ve been with the station for 22 years, shared some wonderful times with many fantastic artists and members of staff and it’s with great sadness that I’ve come to this decision,” Rodigan said.

“Due to their continued marginalisation of reggae music into the twilight zone of radio scheduling, it has left me no option but to make a stand for my passion and the music I love so dearly.”

A spokeswoman for Kiss FM said: “We are very sad and disappointed to confirm that David Rodigan has left Kiss after 22 years. We have the utmost love and respect for David, both personally and professionally.”