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Radio One - Key Dates

November 1990

Ghiora Izsak, Marketing Manager for Aruts Sheva left  to set up his own offshore radio station


15th January 1991  

Radio One started broadcasting with a full schedule of news and information programmes from the outset  due to the outbreak of the Gulf War (rather than, as had been planned, spending the first month operating test transmissions of continuous music)



31st January 1993

A severe storm in the eastern Mediterranean drove the Radio One ship, Polaris,  aground outside Haifa Harbour, but programmes continued to be relayed from landbased studios to the stranded ship.

23rd March 1993

Polaris re-floated and berthed in Haifa port. Broadcasts of Radio One continued from this base inside Haifa Harbour with the full approval of the local Council

** April 1993

After local elections which resulted in a change of Mayor and Council in Haifa, the authorities raided the Polaris and forced Radio One to close, (although it did re-emerge and operated as one of Israel's growing number of landbased pirates)


end of 1994

Shortly before contracts for local commercial radio were about to be advertised, Radio One closed voluntarily because to have continued as a landbased pirate would have prevented the station tendering for a licence


18th October 1995

Radio One awarded a licence for the Haifa area and began legal broadcasts using the call sign Radio Haifa.


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