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If you’ve been in Israel long enough and you’re a radio junkie, there are bound
to be songs and programs that you love that you would like to have rebroadcast
Now, you don’t have to sigh with nostalgia and live in hope –
you can download many of your favorites from the archives of the Israel
Close to 20,000 programs and songs dating from
before statehood until recent years have been digitized and are now accessible
Some of the items are extremely rare and
have faded from public consciousness.
But for some listeners they may be
of great significance for any number of historic or personal
“This is a first step in the establishment of the IBA’s new
media and in making the IBA’s extensive archives available to the general
public,” IBA chairman Amir Gilat said.
Of the material that is
accessible, there are more than 10,000 songs and programs that reflect the
pre-state era, and convey the spirit of the state in the making.
items are categorized under Events, Holy Days and Festivals, Hazanut (cantorial
music), Songs, Bible, Sketches based on tradition, Sabbath, Dances, Days of Awe,
Music, Settlements, Jerusalem and General.
The project was carried out
within the framework of the IBA plenum’s resolve that public broadcasts belong
to the public, and that every effort must be exerted to make them available
through the new media, thereby increasing the listening pleasure of Internet
The digital process was conducted in cooperation with the
National Library’s Tslil (Sound) Archive. The website through which the archival
material can be accessed is part of larger project that is being carried out
through the IBA information network under the direction of Moshe Lev, and Israel
Radio’s new media division headed by Zelig Rabinovich.