David Rodigan resigns from Kiss

By | Published on Friday 23 November 2012

David Rodigan

Award-winning reggae DJ David Rodigan has announced that he has resigned from Kiss FM after 22 years with the station – ever since it went legal in 1990 in fact. In a statement issued via his website he said the decision was down to the “marginalisation of reggae music” on the station and a “refusal to schedule the only reggae show on their network to a socially accessible time”.

Rodigan wrote: “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 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”.

He continued: “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”.

A spokeswoman for Kiss FM told The Independent: “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’.

Rodigan’s final show for Kiss was broadcast on Sunday night.