This is where we get to tell you a bit about Kol Cambridge!
The show was launched in 2005 on CUR1350, Cambridge student radio, and was the UK’s first and only radio show dedicated to Israeli and Jewish music. It quickly became by far the most popular programme on the station and its success was recognised through its nomination in the ‘Best Specialist Music Programming’ category of the BBC Student Radio Awards.
We were blown away by the listening figures and the fact that people were tuning in via the internet from around the world. Brazil (including Manaus in the Amazon jungle!), Singapore, the USA, Australia and of course Israel itself, to name but a few of the locations. It was amazing to interact with all these fans on a weekly basis.
The show was put together by renowned rapper Antithesis, a student in Cambridge at the time. Kol Cambridge provided listeners with the latest in contemporary Israeli music as well as paying homage to the classics and concluding with a selection of Jewish melodies. Our fans liked its somewhat irreverent style although we always made sure we also provided a great range and quality of music.
The show also provided listeners with the latest in music news from Israel and had various other exciting features and competitions, famously giving away a home entertainment system. It was also well known for the high calibre of guests that were interviewed; often their only interviews in English, giving extra insight into the people behind the records.
On graduation, Antithesis left Cambridge and the show was without a home. Disaster! It was vital to find a new base for the programme. Following guest spots on MIT radio (Kol Cambridge, MA) and on the short-lived Shalom FM in London, Antithesis moved to Switzerland and Israel, always with the view to relaunching.
It has taken some time, but we are thrilled to return to the airwaves with a new partner: TLV1, a newly launched English language radio station, based in Tel Aviv. As of this August you can tune in for the best in Israeli music, past and present; we promise that you’ve never heard it like this before!
We love requests and dedications on the show as well as any listener feedback – get in touch via our contact form!