Israeli Radio Legend Shosh Atari Dies

Shosh Atari - 1950-2008Shosh Atari, an Israeli radio legend, had succumbed to life’s difficulties yesterday. During the 1980s an entire generation of my peers tuned in daily to the show ‘Hadash, Hadish, uMehudash‘ on Israeli radio channel Reshet Gimmel, to listen to Shosh Atari as she played the newest records from England and the US. The show, edited by Tony Fine, was the only source at that time for teenagers to find out what’s cool. It was common practice to listen in using headphones while recording the show to a cassette tape, praying that Shosh would not talk too much over the new Modern Talking or Samantha Fox hit. With no Internet or MTV at that time, and only two radio stations that played music that teenagers liked, the allure of that show is something that cannot be grasped by today’s audiences.

Enjoy some nostalgic snippets from over the years:

1982, opening theme:

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1983, random chatter:

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1984, in front of a live audience in Tel-Aviv:

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April 1, 2008, last minute of the last show:

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One thought on “Israeli Radio Legend Shosh Atari Dies”

  1. Thank you for the news, and recordings of Shosh Atari, it has come as a great shock to her friends in overseas broadcasting.
    Shosh was the only broadcaster who made the effort to win an audience for Reshet Gimel, and she developed a radio style that drew audience away from us on the Voice of Peace.
    Her show was the most competitive, she pioneered a fresh approach to pop music in the Hebrew language, and we enjoyed her competition.
    Shosh Atari had friends and much respect from the Peace Ship broadcasters, we are sad she has passed on to the great studio.

    Shosh Atari was one of a kind, and I had the great good fortune to work with her at ‘Le Club’ in Tel Aviv back in the 1970’s. I will miss her and her original radio programmes.

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