Legendary reggae DJ David Rodigan MBE will join BBC Radio 1Xtra to host a brand new prime-time Sunday evening show on the station from February 17.
Rodigan’s new show will air between 7-9pm on Sunday and promises to ‘bring listeners the best of the reggae scene with the latest fresh sounds alongside classic tunes.’
Speaking about the new show Rodigan said: “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.”
Ben Cooper, Controller BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, said: “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.”
Rodigan will also return to Radio 2 this summer with a new 13-part series of his Sony award-winning show in which he will showcase his love for all types of classic roots and reggae from the 60s to the present by celebrating its back catalogue and looking to its future.
The reggae DJ began his broadcasting career over 30 years ago Rodigan on BBC Radio London and also had stints on Capital and Kiss.
In 2005 he was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame and has also won three Sony Radio Academy Gold Awards – The Music Broadcaster Of The Year in 2004; The Specialist Music Broadcaster Of The Year in 2009; and The Specialist Music Broadcaster Of The Year last year for his BBC Radio 2 series.
In 2012 he was also awarded the MBE for services to broadcasting.