David Rodigan

Published on March 18th, 2012

Rodigan interviews Bob Marley

David Michael Rodigan MBE 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.

His passion for Jamaican music was lit by watching Millie Small perform My Boy Lollipop in 1964 on the Ready Steady Go! when he was still a school boy. By 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.

Rodigan began his reggae broadcasting career in 1978 on BBC Radio London. He moved to Capital Radio in 1979 and remained there for eleven years broadcasting his legendary ‘Roots Rockers’ show every Saturday night. His credibility was ensured when he began clashing with Jamaica’s champion DJ, Barry G on JBC Radio in Jamaica. He then went on to clash with all the top Jamaican sound systems in the West Indies, the USA and England.

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 relaunched 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.

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

He is the DJ for RamJam FM in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City.

Rodigan was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting.

He plays his unique collection of customised dub plates and classic recordings extensively across Europe, especially in Italy and Germany, and in North America and the West Indies, to loyal reggae fans worldwide.