Galei Zahal (known in Israel by acronym Galatz), or Army Radio, is an Israeli radio station operated by IDF. It broadcasts 24/7, including in its schedule music, news, traffic reports, educational and entertainment programs for general public and military oriented content. Staff includes both civilians and soldiers, incorporating young military in regular army service into positions like reporters, editors, broadcasters etc. Galatz was the first radio station in Israel to use spoken Hebrew on air instead of formal language that was normally in use in media. This radio network is being associated with a symbol of journalistic freedom and pluralism.
Galatz started broadcasting 24/09/1950 in an improvised studio in Ramat Gan. Station’s legal status was defined in 1956. The content is up to IDF (for soldiers). But requires IBA approval (for civilians). Starting from Yom Kippur war the Galatz is broadcasting 24 hours a day. For years it was the only Israeli station airing night hours’ programs.
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