The Independant reports that one of Britain’s best known Reggae deejay’s David Rodigan has resigned from Kiss FM, after 22 years of service at the station.
In a statement Rodigan said:
“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. 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.”
As Bob Marley famously said “the stone that the builder refused will be the head corner stone.” 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. Reggae is worthy of more respect and so are the fans and lovers of this music.
According to The Independent Rodigan was moved to a midnight slot on the Bauer Media-owned station, in order to accommodate a show hosted by the singer Craig David.
A Kiss FM spokesperson 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.”
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KISS FM deejay Shortee Blitz tweeted:
So they moved Rodigan’s popular Reggae show to accommodate Craig David’s weekly broadcasts from his Miami penthouse in the sky?
I have fond memories of Rodigan. My mum used to always have his radio show on at full blast every Sunday at 2pm, while getting me ready for Sunday School. This was back when he was on Capital FM.
This is sad news especially for Reggae fans but I have a feeling that Rodigan will be back on the airwaves soon.