STOP THE ‘DE­STRUC­TIVE SNIP­ING’ OVER JCOM RA­DIO, SAY ITS BACK­ERS

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

Over the past four weeks, Jcom ra­dio has broad­cast over 400 hours of live pro­grammes, the vast ma­jor­ity of which have been thor­oughly en­joyed by many thou­sands of lis­ten­ers.

Jcom was set up be­cause a group of de­cent peo­ple were frus­trated that pre­vi­ous ef­forts to pro­vide such a ser­vice had re­sulted in Of­com re­ject­ing the li­cence ap­pli­ca­tion.

The own­ers of the pre­vi­ous sta­tion, Shalom FM, were in­vited to join us, and de­spite us hav­ing reached an agree­ment on how to struc­ture the or­gan­i­sa­tion, they re­neged on this agree­ment, leav­ing us no op­tion but to pro­ceed with­out them. All this is on record, and they will surely re­mem­ber if their se­lec­tive mem­o­ries al­low.

There have, of course, been teething trou­bles, in­clud­ing a re­gret­table oc­ca­sion when the con­tent of a pro­gramme went well be­yond the high stan­dards we our­selves set; the pre­sen­ter was dis­missed, and we un­re­servedly apol­o­gised for this lapse. We have dis­cussed this is­sue with Of­com, and they fully sup­ported our ac­tions.

I sus­pect that the com­ments and let­ter you printed last week were sour grapes from two peo­ple who chose not to be in­volved.

On sev­eral oc­ca­sions over the past week, Richard Ford has called and emailed me, plead­ing to be in­cluded. We have not ruled this out at some point, given that our aim is to pro­vide an in­clu­sive ser­vice for the en­tire com­mu­nity, but clearly his bit­ter rant­ings and threats will not en­dear him to those who have worked to make Jcom a suc­cess.

This is a not-for-profit ser­vice from which none of the direc­tors seeks to ben­e­fit fi­nan­cially, un­like the set-up at Shalom. Our ob­jec­tive is to pro­vide a sus­tain­able fo­rum for our com­mu­nity. We urge all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to use and sup­port Jcom, rather that re­sort­ing to de­struc­tive snip­ing. Jeremy Sil­ver­stone and other direc­tors, Jewish Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Lim­ited (Jcom) jem­sil­ver­stone@aol.com

As a pro­fes­sional broad­caster of many years stand­ing, I was sur­prised to read your ar­ti­cle and the let­ter from Mike Men­doza about Jewish ra­dio last week. Jcom ra­dio, for which I have worked for the past four weeks, is with­out doubt the most se­ri­ous and suc­cess­ful Jewish ra­dio sta­tion I have been as­so­ci­ated with since the idea of “com­mu­nity ra­dio for all as­pects of Jewish life” started.

I have been asked to par­take in many ef­forts to start such a ra­dio sta­tion. The dif­fer­ence be­tween Jcom ra­dio and the oth­ers I have been con­nected with is that there has been a re­ally se­ri­ous at­tempt for the first time not to worry about per­son­al­i­ties but to make a se­ri­ous sound that re­flects all as­pects of Jewish life.

This is no time for ego­tism. It is time for us all to join to­gether and cre­ate a Jewish com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion of which we can all be proud. Clive Roslin Ash­worth Rd Lon­don W9

Mike Men­doza is right to re­mind the com­mu­nity of the in­cred­i­ble work that Richard Ford did for Jewish ra­dio. How­ever, Ford’s Shalom FM and JCom ra­dio have much more in com­mon than Men­doza cares to ad­mit.

They were both run on shoe­string bud­gets, both of­ten gave plat­forms to in­ex­pe­ri­enced pre­sen­ters and both mis­tak­enly aired con­tent which was at times in­ap­pro­pri­ate. JCom needs to de­velop a strong man­age­ment team that will train the up­com­ing pre­sen­ters and tech­ni­cians of the fu­ture. It should de­vise a sta­tion mu­sic list, al­low time for un­broad­cast re­hearsal and only per­mit air­time to pre­sen­ters who have grad­u­ated from their train­ing scheme. Jewish ra­dio had its Rei­thian pe­riod (Michael Freed­land) and the pi­rat­era­dio stage (Shalom FM and JCom); it is now time for Jewish ra­dio to en­ter the mod­ern pro­fes­sional era. Gabriel Her­man news.search@vir­gin.net

I think its a bit rich of talkS­PORT ra­dio pre­sen­ter Mike Men­doza to crit­i­cise the work of over 50 vol­un­teers and ra­dio pro­fes­sion­als broad­cast­ing on the tem­po­rary Jewish ra­dio sta­tion, Jcom, whilst he works along­side Ge­orge Gal­loway — no friend of the Jewish peo­ple -— who is given a plat­form of six hours a week to air his ex­treme left wing and pro-Sad­dam views.

Yes, there were weak­nesses, par­tic­u­larly in the first week of Jcom ra­dio, but there were weak­nesses with Shalom FM’s out­put and there are with other ra­dio sta­tions too. Given the choice of lis­ten­ing to great chaz­anut, top­i­cal dis­cus­sions and Is­raeli pop or a rant from an MP booted out of the Labour Party, I know what I’d choose. Jon Kaye Oak­wood, En­field

The ar­gu­ments about an odd swear word or the men­tion of nonkosher eateries seems lu­di­crous. The JC hap­pily ac­cepts ad­ver­tise­ments from treif es­tab­lish­ments and no­body would say that this bars the news­pa­per from rep­re­sent­ing its read­er­ship. The point of a pub­lic li­cence is that ama­teurs are al­lowed to broad­cast on the air­waves for a lim­ited pe­riod. Ama­teurs make mis­takes, al­though none that I heard were de­lib­er­ately of­fen­sive or in­ten­tion­ally in­sult­ing to our com­mu­nity.

It ap­pears that the JC in this has sup­ported a few mal­con­tents who, un­less they run the show, have gone out of their way to en­cour­age dishar­mony and frac­tions in our com­mu­nity. Adri­enne Dwek Bulle­scroft Road, Edg­ware, Middx HA8

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