David Rodigan


David Rodigan, born 24 June 1951 on a military base in Hanover, Germany, is a British radio DJ who also performs as a selector for his sound system. Known for his selections of reggae and dancehall music, he has played on stations including Radio London, Capital 95.8, Kiss 100 and BFBS Radio 1.

He has stated that his passion for Jamaican music was initiated by watching Millie Small perform her 1964 hit My Boy Lollipop at the Ready Steady Go! TV show as a school boy. By the age of 15, David Rodigan was DJing at school dances and youth clubs. Leaving school in 1970, he spent a year studying economics before leaving to study drama. Despite pursuing an acting career, Rodigan kept his passion for music alive, selling records in Oxford then Putney, before obtaining a job on Radio London in 1978 to alternate with Tony Williams on the Reggae Rockers programme. A year later he was offered a permanent slot at Capital Radio to present Roots Rockers, which ran for 11 years. In 1990 a change in management and music policy at the station lead to David leaving to start a new show for Kiss FM when it re-launched that September as London’s first legal 24-hour dance music station. He currently hosts the Sunday night slot from 11pm till 1am.

Rodigan has clashed established soundsystems like Bodyguard, Killamanjaro (selected by Ricky Trooper),  Stone Love, Barry G and Bass Odyssey.

He has acted as tour DJ for reggae and dancehall artists including Shinehead.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Rodigan also worked as an actor and appeared in a variety of TV programmes.

In 2006, Rodigan was added to the Radio Academy hall of fame.

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