David Rodigan, the radio DJ who has arguably done more than any other to promote reggae music in Britain, is to host a new primetime Sunday evening show on the BBC’s urban music station 1Xtra.
Starting on 17 February, Rodigan (pictured above with Amy Winehouse) will play a mix of classic tunes and the latest dubplates in the 7-9pm slot currently occupied by request show Ace.
Having resigned from Kiss FM in November 2012 over what he perceived to be the station’s increasing marginalization of reggae music, Rodigan said of his new show: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining BBC Radio 1Xtra where I can share my passion for both new cutting edge reggae and classic cuts.”
As well as being the recipient of three Sony Radio Academy Gold Awards, Rodigan was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2005, and was awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List for services to broadcasting.
He is also set to return to BBC Radio 2 with a new series of his Sony Award-winning show later this summer, in which he will once again showcase his love for all types of classic roots and reggae from the 1960s to the present.