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Rodigan returns to the airwaves

REFLECTING A GENRE: David Rodigan

VETERAN REGGAE DJ David Rodigan will return to the airwaves to host a Sunday evening show for BBC Radio 1Xtra, starting on February 17.

Rodigan had spent 22 years hosting his popular weekly session on Sunday nights at Kiss FM but quit in November, citing the radio station’s “continued “marginalisation of reggae music” as his reason for leaving.

The 61-year-old’s new show on BBC Radio 1Xtra will air from 7-9pm every Sunday.

Rodigan said of the new role: "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, reflecting a genre of music which continues to play a paramount role in urban bass culture music."

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

Controller of BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, Ben Cooper, said of Rodigan’s acquisition: “David Rodigan is a legend in broadcasting and it will be great to listen to him on Sunday evenings on BBC Radio 1Xtra. It’s fantastic to welcome someone with his unrivalled knowledge and passion for reggae to the BBC.”

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