David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan will be appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire or MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours list.
Rodigan’s career as a selector and presenter in 1978 on BBC Radio London where he alternated with Tony Williams on the Reggae Rockers programme. Following that he was offered a permanent slot at Capital Radio to present Roots Rockers, which ran for 11 years.
In 1990 a change in internal infrastructure and music policy at the station resulted in Rodigan leaving to start a new show for Kiss FM when it relaunched that September as London’s first legal 24-hour dance music station. To this day he hosts the Sunday night slot from 11pm till 1am. Rodigan, who turned sixty last year, is to be honoured for outstanding services to broadcasting, in a remarkable career spanning well over three decades.
Generation after generation of reggae fans have been introduced to the latest sounds via Rodigans exuberant and informative broadcasts; let’s hope to see more long standing musical figures honoured over the coming years.