Every Friday at 4 pm, 700,000-800,000 Israelis listen to the radio show Yaron Enosh, “Voice of Israel” which has been on air for 20 years.
His show is one of the most popular in Israel and is almost entirely dedicated to Greece, the Greek culture, music, philosophy and history.
The Israeli journalist and radio show host spoke of his love for Greece and the interest that other Israelis have for Greek culture during his visit to Thessaloniki on the occasion of the 11th International Book Fair, where
Israel was honored.
According to Enosh, it all started 25 years ago when he read a book by British naturalist and botanist Gerard Durrell, where he described his childhood on the Greek island, Corfu.
Astonished by the descriptions he decided to take his family and move to Corfu immediately after finishing the book. “This was the first time I came to Greece and in fact did not come to see the Greek island; I came to see the nature. However, I got to know people, to hear their voices and music and fell in love,” he said.
Israelis love Greek music. They mostly know of singers such as Dalaras, Alexiou, Protopsalti, Arvanitaki, Galani, Arleta, Spanoudakis, Papaconstantinou and the of course Hatzigiannis who represents the younger generation of singers.
Finally, Enosh mentioned that more than 700 Greek songs have been covered by Israeli artists in Hebrew and they are popular without the public knowing that their origin is Greek. Meanwhile, 12 internet radio stations broadcast Greek music exclusively and most of the producers and owners don’t come from Greece.