Station turns on students

From the Jewish Chronicle

An Aspiring rap artist has turned his attentions to DJ-ing and is bringing Jewish and Israeli music to the airwaves, writes Gaby Wine.

Cambridge University student Samuel Green, 22, is the voice behind Kol Cambridge, broadcast every Thursday on the Cambridge University Radio Station.

The latest figures revealed that the show is attracting more listeners than any other programme, which has led to its slot doubling from one to two hours.

Mr Green, from Kingston in Surrey, who has already made something of a name for himself as “Antithesis, the Zionist Rapper,” feels that the show’s success is due partly to its light-hearted approach.

“We steer clear of politics. We are showing a different side of Israeli life,” said the DJ, who is going to enter the station into the national student radio awards.

Attracting listeners not only locally but from London, Manchester and as far away as Israel, America and Australia, the show includes a range of interviews and a news bulletin, with guest DJs Debbie Danon and Joseph Fisher.

Over the next few weeks, listeners will be able to hear interviews with well known Israeli rapper Subliminal and Israel’s entry into the Eurovision Song Contest.

Mr Green has also recently returned from a trip to Israel, where he was making deals with Israel’s top record labels in order to guarantee a steady flow of new music.

“I don’t think any station in this country offers purely Jewish and Israeli music, which is why we get so many listeners.”

However, the third-year Oriental Studies student is not prepared to give up the day job just yet. “It’s the same as rapping. DJ-ing is something I’d like to do in the future. But at the moment, I’m not holding out much hope.”

You can listen to Kol Cambridge between 3 and 5pm every Thursday during term-time on 1350MW in the Cambridge area, and on line by logging on to www.cur1350.co.uk.

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