David Rodigan

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David Rodigan
Birth nameDavid Michael Rodigan
Also known asRoddy, Ram Jam
Born (1951-06-24) 24 June 1951 (age 72)
Hanover, West Germany
OriginOxford, Oxfordshire, England
GenresReggae, dancehall
Occupation(s)Radio presenter, DJ, actor

David Michael "Ram Jam" Rodigan MBE OD (born 24 June 1951) is a British radio DJ who also performs as a disc jockey. Known for his selections of reggae and dancehall music, he has played on stations including Radio London, Capital 95.8, Kiss 100, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2 and BFBS Radio.


Rodigan was born on a military base in Hanover, Germany.[citation needed] He attended Gosford Hill School, Kidlington, Oxfordshire.[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 schoolboy.[2] By the age of 15, 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 led to 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. He hosted the Sunday-night slot from 11pm till midnight until November 2012, when the slot was moved to midnight and he resigned in protest over what he called the "continued marginalisation" of the reggae genre.[3]

Rodigan has clashed established soundsystems like Killamanjaro,[4] Stone Love, Barry G[5] and Bass Odyssey.[6] Rodigan was the winner of World Clash 2012, in which he competed with international soundsystems at Club Amazura, New York. [7] [8]

During the 1980s Rodigan hosted a long-running residency at Gossips nightclub in Soho, London, in collaboration with fellow DJ Donald "Papa Face" Facey.[9]

He has acted as tour DJ for reggae and dancehall artists including Shinehead. During the 1970s and 1980s, he worked as an actor and appeared in films and a variety of TV programmes, including roles in The Office Party (1976) and the Doctor Who serial, The Trial of a Time Lord (1986). In 1984 he joined BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) where he broadcast his weekly reggae show for 25 years until 2009.[1] In 2006, Rodigan was added to the Radio Academy hall of fame. Vocal samples of Rodigan can be found on the dubstep track "Hard" by Breakage, on the introductory track of Caspa's 2009 album Everybody's Talking, Nobody's Listening, and on the intro to Alborosie's debut album Soul Pirate, and the main vocal of Sukh Knight's "Ganja", and other jungle/drum & bass tracks. Ad-Rock mentions Rodigan by name on the 2011 Beastie Boys track "Say It".[citation needed] He is also name-checked on Stylo G's 2014 single "Move Back".[citation needed]

He is the DJ for RamJam FM in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.[10]

Rodigan was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting.[11] He was winner of the Best Specialist Music Programme award at the Sony Radio Awards in 2012 for his BBC Radio 2 show,[12] having won the same award in 2009 for his reggae show on Kiss FM [13] He has hosted a two-hour Sunday evening show on BBC Radio 1Xtra since 17 February 2013, and has hosted summer series on BBC Radio 2 since 2011. 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."[14]

For 2014's Red Bull Culture Clash, Rodigan joined forces with Chase & Status, Shy FX and MC Rage to form the soundsystem Rebel Sound. They went on to win the clash, defeating fellow crews Stone Love, Boy Better Know and A$AP Mob.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Biography: Rodigan's Reggae". Rodigan.com. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  2. ^ "David Rodigan". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2023.
  3. ^ "Kiss FM DJ resigns over reggae 'marginalisation'". BBC News. 22 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Daintycrew.com". Archived from the original on 21 January 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2023.
  5. ^ "David Rodigan in Antwerp on Saturday 19 February 2000". Reggae-vibes.com. 19 February 2000. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  6. ^ Köhlings, Ellen; Pete Lilly (January 2007). "Riddim Soundclash - All About The Music". Riddim. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  7. ^ Rodigan, David and Burrell, Ian (2017) Rodigan: My Life In Reggae pp 289-295. Constable. ISBN 978-1-47212-556-9
  8. ^ David Rodigan Reflects on His Pioneering, Occasionally Controversial Life In Reggae Published by Billboard on December 20, 2017, retrieved on July 27, 2019
  9. ^ Rodigan, David and Burrell, Ian (2017) Rodigan: My Life In Reggae pp 123-125. Constable. ISBN 978-1-47212-556-9
  10. ^ "The 11 Greatest 'Grand Theft Auto' Radio Stations". Complex. Retrieved 18 May 2023.
  11. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 21.
  12. ^ Sony Radio Awards 2012 winners Published by the BBC on May 15, 2012, retrieved on July 27, 2019
  13. ^ Sony Radio Academy Awards 2009: Full list of winners Published by The Guardian on May 12, 2009, retrieved on July 27, 2019
  14. ^ Barnes, Anthony (8 January 2013). "Reggae DJ David Rodigan lands BBC Radio 1Xtra show". The Independent. London. Retrieved 10 January 2013.

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