Radio host David "Ram Jam" Rodigan honoured with UK's 5th highest award

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London's Kiss FM radio host David Rodigan was presented with UK's fifth highest award, the prestigious Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). The award was presented to him by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Rodigan stated that: "One of the reasons I feel so honored to be awarded for services to broadcasting is because it is so important for reggae music and, without being patronizing, for the Jamaican people who migrated to this country in the 50s and 60s and brought their music with them."

Rodigan began his broadcasting career in 1978 on BBC Radio London. He moved to Capital Radio in 1979, where he remained for 11 years, hosting his legendary Roots Rockers program, cassettes of which were prized commodities among reggae fans. He further solidified his reggae street-cred when he began broadcasting his Capital Radio show live from Jamaica. He engaged in a series of on-air competitions with renowned presenter Barry "Barry G" Gordon of (Jamaica's now defunct) JBC radio, their lively exchanges garnering a widespread audience that included Jamaicans on the island and those living in England and throughout North America.

Rodigan's illustrious career as a radio host and sound system selector spans 35 years. Rodigan can be heard on Sunday night 11pm-1:00am on London's Kiss FM and in the USA on WVIP 93.5FM on Irie Jam Radio on the popular "London Calling" which airs each Saturday.