Inside Lion FM Studio, Melbourne Jewish Radio is a major new development in the Diaspora. In Australia there were plans for an AM radio in Sydney in the period 1949-51 -- but these failed. Actual full-time Jewish Radio stations in the Diaspora have only come into existence in the past 25 years, with most in the past 10. What - apart from the emergence of more radio affordable technology - has stirred this development of essentially full-time Jewish broadcasting stations? World-wide some Jewish Radio stations have failed. In Australia the spectrum administrator has recently pulled the plug on Lion FM Melbourne. What special challenges do these and future stations in the Diaspora face ? How do they negotiate with multi-cultural authorities ? How is it that Jewish Radio came Now -- and will it survive ?
Jewish Radio Stations Worldwide
  • MJR Lion FM
  • Radio Jai Buenos Aires - Argentina
  • Radio Shalom Copenhagen - Denmark
  • Radio Shalom Dijon - France
  • Radio Shalom Paris - France
  • Radio J Paris - France
  • Radio Shalom Sweden - Sweden
  • Chai FM Johannesburg - South Africa
  • CJRS Radio Shalom Montreal - Canada
  • Radio Shalom Copenhagen Denmark
  • Radio Shalom London ceased broadcasting 2007
  • Radio JCOM Leeds - UK
  • Many US stations
MJR Lion FM 96.1 Melbourne

A Glimpse of Hope
Melbourne Jewish Radio incorporated 2008; granted temporary Community Radio License January 2009; regular broadcasting commenced July 2010; Internet casting commenced September 2010. The station broadcast on a temporary license until June 2011 when the spectrum regulator (ACMA) withdrew the FM 96.1 from availability to Communal Radio. Lion FM currently solely an internet broadcaster. The station's history is online as a discussion in the context of Jewish Broadcasting in Australia. There are realistic hopes of relaunching the station, despite the limited spectrum availability.
Radio Jai Buenos Aires - Argentina
On FM 96.3
Radio Jai is the only full-time Jewish radio station in Latin America. Started in 1992 a few months after the attack against the Embassy of Israel in Buenos Aires. (That is, before the July 1994 attack on the AMIA Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina.) On Facebook at with over 1200 members.
Radio Shalom Montreal Canada
aka CJRS
Radio Shalom started AM broad-casting with a community radio license in 2006; broadcasting was later extended to the Internet. Claims in station flyer that "Radio Shalom is the only Jewish, 24/6, multilingual radio station in the world." However Lion FM, Melbourne is also 24/6 multilingual, with station announcements in English, Ivrit, and occasionally Russian, and programs in English, Ivrit, Russian and Yiddish, with a corresponding range of music. Radio Shalom Montreal -- outside of Shabbat -- really does broadcast 24 hours a day, as per the online schedule.
During the extended sabbath break of 18 hours the channel is available to other religions. During regular 24/6 broadcasting, 15% of time is allocated other religious and ethnic groups.
Radio Shalom Paris France
After some early experiences way back in 1981 when Free Radio emerged, Radio Shalom emerged as an FM station broadcasting from 1630 to 2100 in 1987 on 94.8 F.M,
Radio J Paris France
Broadcasting for over 25 years. Time-shares 94.8 FM with Radio Shalom.
Présentation de la radio de la communauté juive à Paris : écoute en direct, la grille des programmes et des informations communautaires.
Europe 2 Paris France At 103.5 FM.
Streaming at,-France/p/2859 Also internet streams at
Radio Shalom Dijon France
Radio Shalom Dijon has been broadcasting on 97.1 FM since 1993 The station "aims to promote the universal heritage of Judaism in a spirit of tolerance"
Radio Shalom Sweden Stockholm
On FM 95.3
Broadcasts only Tuesday 1800-1900; repeated Thursday 2100-2200.
Established circa 1995.
Chai FM Johannesburg
South Africa
Chai FM was granted a community broadcasting licence in June 2007, began broadcasting in September 2008. Its website includes The Chai FM License Story - By Kathy Kalera sketching the inspiration for the station, but the website offers no information on its history since gaining its permanent broadcasting license..
Radio Shalom Copenhagen
On FM 87.6; On hybrid network at 90.6
Radio Shalom commenced regular broadcasting in Copenhagen in June 2008. Broadcasts 14 hours per week in Danish, Yiddish and Ivrit.
Radio Shalom London
101.4 FM
Established in 2002, Radio Shalom London broadcast at very low power (25Watt-25watt) in Golders Green, London at FM 101.4. The station struggled to continue with a series of temporary licenses, never gaining a permanent broadcasting license. Had a remarkably diverse set of presenters. Action by those associated with the creation of JCom radio blocked the extension of Shalom FM's broadcast license period, and the station Went off air on 17th October 2007. Subsequently there has been no internet streaming. The station's Website remains online as it was immediately after station closure.
It is notable that cofounder of the Radio Shalom, sports broadcaster Mike Mendoza, Mendoza subsequently joined his former talkSPORT colleague George Galloway on the Iranian government-funded news channel Press TV.
Radio J-Com London
No Website
Former website was
now is Japanese.
101.4 FM
A "rival group of ex-Shalom FM colleagues and friends" took advantage of the frequency made available following the demise of Radio Shalom, and established JCom Radio which gained a Restricted License and commenced broadcasting in north-west London on 28th November 2008 broadcasting Sunday to Thursday. In a broadcast which was heard by less than 20 online listeners, and an unknown number of FM listeners, a teenage artist arguably defamed (then) MP George Galloway during a comedy skit. It is apparent that information about this incident was relayed to Galloway by certain individual(s) who were indignant about the earlier closure of Shalom FM. Acting on this information, George Galloway sued the station which was bankrupted and ceased broadcasting August 12, 2008.
Radio J-Com Leeds
In September 2009 Radio J-Com Leeds, gained a five year license to broadcast on the AM band in Leeds, which has a Jewish population circa 10,000. Broadcasting commenced as internet only; subsequently the station has become live at 1386AM. The staion is currently the only Jewish Radio station in the UK.
JM in the AM
New York area
JM in the AM broadcasts at 91.1 FM in New York City, and 90.1 FM in the Hudson Valley. This is the Jewish program on WFMU JMM commenced as the 2 hour program Jewish Music in the Morning (7-9am) on WFMU in 1977, and extended in stages, and with a name change to Jewish Moments in the Morning from 6:00 to 9:00 Monday to Friday. There is a good online history of JMM which is almost certainly the longest running program on Jewish radio world-wide.
Jewish Radio Network
Online only
The Jewish radio Network is a multiple channel internet radio station. Heavy educational emphasis.
Radio and Jews in the Holocaust
A Jewish women carries her radio into a police station after a German order (August 8, 1941) 
demanded the confiscation of all radios owned by Jews. 
Paris, France, 1941.
In 1941 a Jewish women carries her radio into a police station in Paris in obedience to a German order (of August 8, 1941) that demanded the surrender of all radios owned by Jews.   [Sourced from USHMM]

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