David Rodigan MBE, Kiss FM’s reggae specialist has quit the station after 22 years following his show being moved to a midnight slot, to accommodate another hosted by singer Craig David.
The veteran DJ has been a part of Kiss FM since it became a legal station in 1990, and the decision appears to be one he didn’t take lightly.
“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.” he said in an announcement on his website.
“Reggae was originally played on the streets, not on radio, and Kiss’ refusal to schedule the only reggae show on their network to a socially accessible time has resulted in this decision”, he added.
Rodigan also has another show with BBC Radio 2 that won a Sony Radio Academy Award, but has long been attached to Kiss FM, receiving increasing amounts of praise in recent years despite his slot being pushed to a later time. He also received an MBE in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting.
In a statement a spokeswoman from 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 – he leaves with our sincere appreciation and gratitude for all that he has achieved with Kiss. Kiss remains passionate about broadcasting a brilliant cross section of music genres, including reggae, to our audiences across multiple platforms and devices.”