Jerusalem Calling was the radio station established by the British
Mandatory Authority through its broadcasting wing, the Palestine
Broadcasting Service. It broadcast in three languages, Arabic, English
Photo taken at the
Palestine Broadcasting Service
Palestine Broadcasting Service studio in Jerusalem,
July 1947, after the performance of Piano Concerto (Schumann). Menahem
Pressler stands to the right of microphone.
The English broadcasts were under the name Jerusalem Calling. The
Hebrew language transmissions were under the name Kol Yerushalayim
i.e. The Voice of Jerusalem (in Hebrew קול ירושלים), whereas
Arabic language broadcasts of the station used the name Iza'at al
Quds i.e. Radio al Quds (in Arabic إذاعة القدس).
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On March 30, 1936, the
Palestine Broadcasting Service
Palestine Broadcasting Service began radio
transmissions from Ramallah. Staff were recruited for five hours of
daily broadcasts in three languages, English, Arabic, and Hebrew and
training given by the BBC.
Hebrew language transmissions were eventually called Kol
Yerushalayim (The Voice of Jerusalem) after arguments with Arab
leaders following the Jews original intention to call them 'Kol Eretz
Israel' (The Voice of the Land of Israel). Transmissions in Hebrew
were limited to one hour per day.
The Arabic languages broadcasts continued as Radio Al Quds (in Arabic
In 1942, the transmissions were split into two stations – for
English/Arabic (Radio al Quds) and English/Hebrew (Kol Yerushalayim).
The original channel transmitted on 668 kc/s kHz (449 meters with a
power of 20 kW). The second channel (PBS2) transmitted on
574 kHz (522 meters at 20 kW).
The first channel, PBS 1, was moved slightly to 677 kHz (443
meters), which allowed it to be heard better in Europe.
in 1950, two years after the establishment of the State of Israel, Kol
Yerushalayim merged with Kol Yisrael, that became the country's
official radio station.
West Bank authorities (part of the Jordanian
administration that took over the
West Bank after 1948) continued
broadcasting the station in Arabic and English using the name Al Quds
Arabic Radio (in Arabic إذاعة القدس العربية) with
studios in Ramallah. It continued from 1948 until 1967 when it ceased
broadcasting after the
Six Day War
Six Day War of 1967 and the occupation of
Israel of the West Bank.
Israel Broadcasting Authority
Israel Radio International, the official radio service for immigrants
and for listeners outside Israel
Kol Yisrael, Israel's public domestic and international radio service.
Voice of Palestine, a subsidiary of the Palestinian Broadcasting
Corporation, Palestinian Authorities' domestic and international radio
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^ "From the Archives - A Brief History of Radio in the Country".
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