Off the air

Veteran employees and retirees of Israel Radio look back at the institution’s glory days, and bemoan the decision to dismantle it.

August 7, 2014 16:46

A broadcasting room at Israel Radio. (photo credit: COURTESY IBA)

On July 4, 1975, Israel Radio newscaster Hayuta Dvir was having her hair cut at a hairdresser’s when she heard a bomb blast that reached the salon near Zion Square in downtown Jerusalem. It was what later became known as the refrigerator terrorist attack, which caused 13 deaths and wounded 60 people.

Dvir, a dedicated professional, ran all the way to the Israel Radio studios on Heleni Hamalka Street and, still shaking, took the news bulletin from the desk and entered the studio to read the news in an incredibly self-controlled voice. A few minutes later, she allowed herself to burst into tears in the courtyard of the old building among her friends and colleagues.


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