The Opening of the Palestine Broadcasting Service - March 30, 1936


From the Radio Supplement to the Palestine Illustrated News

"The Palestine Broadcasting Service (PBS) will be officially opened on Monday by His Excellency the High Commissioner for Palestine and Transjordan, Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope, GCMG, KCB, CIE, DSO.

His Excellency who will speak from the transmitting station of the Palestine Broadcasting Service at Ramallah will be introduced by the Postmaster General, Lieutenant William Hudson C.B.E. M.C."

The ceremony ended with musical selections played by the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, the Second Battalion Band led by bandmaster Mr C.W. Giggs. The first programme then followed at 5:05pm and consisted of poetry and songs presented by Vittorio Weinberg and Hanna Rovina, then an hour later Bracha Zefira sang Yemenite songs accompanied on the piano by Nahum Nardi. The first talk was later that evening in Hebrew by Dr. Abraham Katznelson a member of the PBS Programme Advisory Committee.

Other programmes broadcast during the first week of radio in the country were an economic report by Dr. Arthur Rupin, and address by Amin Bey Abd al-Hadi and at 9pm on Saturday evening 'Sports Talk' by Itzhak Halutz.