Kiss FM DJ resigns over reggae ‘marginalisation’

A British DJ renowned for his knowledge of reggae has resigned from a leading commercial radio station in protest over what he called its “continued marginalisation” of the genre.

David Rodigan said he was leaving Kiss FM after 22 years “with great sadness” after being moved to a midnight slot.

He said the change “left me no option but to make a stand for my passion”.

A statement from Kiss said the station was “very sad and disappointed” to confirm Rodigan’s departure.

The DJ’s hour-long Sunday show had previously been broadcast at 23:00 GMT.

“We have the utmost love and respect for David both personally and professionally,” the statement continued.

“He leaves with our sincere appreciation and gratitude for all that he has achieved with Kiss.”

Rodigan was inducted into the Sony Radio Academy Hall Of Fame in 2005 and was made an MBE in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting.

Earlier this year he won his third Sony Award for a separate programme he presents on BBC Radio 2.

“Reggae is worthy of more respect and so are the fans and lovers of this music,” he said in a statement published on his website.

The 60-year-old said he had “shared some wonderful times with many fantastic artists and members of staff” during his association with Kiss.

The station, which is owned by Bauer Media, said it remained “passionate about broadcasting a brilliant cross section of music genres, including reggae”.

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