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 and Hebrew. Photo taken at the 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
* 1 Establishment * 2 Split * 3 Changes * 4 See also * 5 References
On March 30, 1936, the
Palestine Broadcasting Service began radio
Ramallah . Staff were recruited for five hours of
daily broadcasts in three languages, English, Arabic, and Hebrew and
training given by the
The 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 إذاعة القدس).
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
* 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.
* The Palestinian
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
Ramallah . It continued from 1948 until 1967 when it ceased
broadcasting after the
Six Day War of 1967 and the occupation of
* ^ Tokatly, Oren (2000). מדיניות תקשורת בישראל (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv: The Open University. * ^ Rahav, Sivan (1998). המדריך לעיתונאי הצעיר של ערוץ הילדים (in Hebrew). Keter. ISBN 965-07-0771-9 . * ^ "From the Archives - A Brief History of Radio in the Country". Israel