Combining niche sports in Israel – American football, hiking, soccer, basketball, baseball, fitness and others – with coverage of sports in America, the predominately English-language station will fill several gaps in Israeli media, all at the same time.
Until now, no Israeli broadcaster has consistently devoted more than one hour per day to sports coverage and little of it has been local or community sports throughout Israel, with absolutely nothing in English.
Beginning Monday, Israel Sports Radio, the brainchild of Ari Louis and Andy Gershman, the former co-hosts of American Sports Talk on Rusty Mike Radio, and Josh Halickman, founder of the sports blog “The Sports Rabbi,” will provide eight hours of continuous original programming, five days a week.
From 4 pm-midnight Israel time, each Sunday through Thursday (except Jewish holidays), Israel Sports Radio will provide its listeners with a steady diet of dedicated shows about all manner of Israel sports and fitness – from professional to the most amateur kidball – and with live talk and sports news hosted by personalities like former Jerusalem Post sports editor Jeremy Last and Tal Ben-Ezra, author of a forthcoming book in Hebrew about the NBA.
Ben-Ezra will also host “Nothing but Net,” the only show in Hebrew on the station. Other personalities will include David Dubi Pick from Eurobasket and Sportline and hosts from the US, Israel, Great Britain, and South Africa.
Listeners from all over the world can tune in to www.israelsportsradio.com
Hundreds of Jewish, Israeli sports celebrities
Andy Gershman, one of Israel Sports Radio’s three founders, says there’s no comparing their new station with what little is currently available to English speaking Israeli sports enthusiasts, here and elsewhere.
Gershman’s broadcast partner and co-founder Ari Louis adds, “We are eliminating yet another excuse for people not to make Aliya.” Louis continued, “Our motto is simple: Building Love of Israel, One Sports Fan at a Time!”
Other shows are scheduled to include Jump Shots with Jasmine, about college sports and featuring Jewish players, a rugby and cricket show, a fitness and workout show, AFI/WAFI flag football, hiking, and fantasy football, among many others.
Additional programming will include Live Coverage of Thursday night Israel Football League (IFL) games from Kraft Stadium. Meanwhile, live talk shows will routinely include sports news and celebrity sports guests from all over. These interviews and some shows will remain on the station’s popular website for different periods of time, some indefinitely.
Already, Israel Sports Radio has interviewed Omri Casspi and Jason Thompson of the Sacramento Kings basketball franchise in America, star Israeli football midfielder Tamir Cohen, American-born Israeli basketball player David Blu (Bluthenthal), who plays for both the Maccabi Tel Aviv club and the Israeli National Team and also represented the US at the Maccabia Games in 1997, women’s pro basketball star Shay Doron, Orthodox Jewish boxer Dmitri Salita and three-time Israeli National Figure Skating Champion Tamar Katz.
All these interviews may be found exclusively on the station’s website. Sports journalists Jay Glazer of Fox Sports and patriots.com’s Pete Sheppard are already lined up for next week. They will be followed by literally hundreds of Jewish or Israeli sports celebrities and others from around the world, all with ties to Israeli sports.
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