David Rodigan Resigns From KISS FM After 22 Years

Legendary Radio Broadcaster Steps Down, Citing “Marginalization of Reggae Music”

“I write this today to inform you that I have resigned from my position as a broadcaster on KISS FM,” David Rodigan said today in a statement published on his official website. Rodigan has been a fixture on KISS FM since the London pirate station became a legit broadcaster. But the station’s recent decision to move his reggae show to a midnight slot has pushed him past the breaking point. “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,” the reggae radio pioneer 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.” The real question now is—what will be his next move? Full Statement And Video After The Jump…

“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’s 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.”

UPDATE: Kiss FM “very sad & disappointed” by departure, he leaves with “sincere appreciation and gratitude.”

(Via The Independent)

Don’t imagine for a moment that Rodigan is retiring from the reggae arena. Any such notions should be dispelled by a quick review of video clips like this one. Run that…

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