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Reggae legend David Rodigan quits Kiss FM

2012-11-22 22:14:48

David Rodigan

Veteran deejay David Rodigan has quit his flagship show on Kiss FM, claiming that the London-based station is marginalising reggae music.

Rodigan, who has spent 22 years hosting his popular weekly session on Sunday night, announced the news via his website earlier today (Nov 22).

"I have resigned from my position as a broadcaster on Kiss FM," he 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," he added.

Rodigan, an established name in the reggae and dancehall scene for over 30 years, was awarded an MBE in the Queen's 2012 New Year Honours for his services to broadcasting.

And in an exclusive interview earlier this year, the 61-year-old said he had accepted the honour on behalf of reggae music, stating it was a much-needed recognition.

"I'm humbled and at the same time honoured that I was seen fit to receive such an award."

"I think more than anything, it's recognition for the music that we all love, because let's face it, that's what I've been broadcasting for over 30 years. My love has always been reggae music and I see this honour as an honour for our music. I'm delighted that our music has been recognised in this way."

Kiss FM said in a statement that the station was "very sad and disappointed" to confirm Rodigan's departure.

It added: "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."

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