September 30, 2014

Rodigan kisses goodbye to Kiss in protest

Reggae presenter David Rodigan has resigned from Kiss after 22 years following his show being moved to the midnight slot.

In an announcement on his website, David says he has quit in protest over what he called its “continued marginalisation” of the genre.

He said: “I write this to inform you that today I have resigned from my position as a broadcaster on Kiss FM. I’ve been with station for 22 years, shared some wonderful times with many fantastic artists and members of staff and its 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.”

The show was previously broadcast an hour earlier at 11pm.

A statement from Kiss owner Bauer Media said they were “very sad and disappointed” to confirm Rodigan’s departure.

“We have the utmost love and respect for David both personally and professionally, and he leaves with our sincere appreciation and gratitude for all that he has achieved with Kiss.”

David was awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2005. He also broadcasts on BBC Radio 2.

Posted on Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 at 7:59 pm by .

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  • matt

    Kiss are going more like Capital, which is a real shame, the last specialist music station, being converted into mainstream rubbish.
    Good Luck Rodigan in future, your shows will be missed.

    • GBox

      Well said Matt on all counts .

  • Owen

    Good for Rodders! He already had to contend with his show being cut down from one hour to two. Meanwhile the music he plays continues to influence, directly and indirectly, many of the urban genres Kiss and others champion all day long. Here’s hoping he gets some more shows, or even a full time gig, at Radio 2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brianwinteruk Brian Christopher Winter

    Never heard his shows on Kiss, but well remember him from his Sunday lunchtime slot on BBC London. He really did open up my ears to a variety of reggae sounds back then. I heard his show on Radio 2 last yea and it made me go out an buy a couple of albums. Kiss have made a great boo boo here.

  • DJP

    I am proud of Rodigan for taking a stance. Reggae music is not only a foundation music but also current and happening. Rodigan is the original Reggae ambassador … big up