The UK’s first Muslim/Jewish radio station is set for a launch on the worldwide web on Thursday 1st February.
Radio Salaam Shalom will broadcast via its website at www.salaamshalom.org.uk from its custom-built studios in Bristol.
The innovative concept was thought of by two Rabbis, an Imam and members of the Jewish and Muslim communities to establish dialogue and develop stronger understanding between the two groups.
The station will broadcast a mixture of live and pre-recorded speech and music programmes – starting with six hours of new material daily with the chance for listeners around the world to also access archives, visit bulletin boards and contribute their own programmes or ideas.
Chair of Salaam Shalom, Peter Brill commented: “This is an exciting opportunity for the two communities to learn about each other and work together. More importantly it is the chance for the moderate majority of Muslims and Jews in Britain, and possibly around the world, to have their voices heard on matters of culture, faith and everyday life.”
Farooq Siddique, Radio Salaam Shalom’s Vice-Chair and Director of the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society added: “We are determined that the station is for the long term. Already we’ve seen fantastic co-operation between volunteers from the two communities to get the station launched. There is an increasing understanding that the Jew and Muslims in Bristol and the UK have a common history that dates back thousands of years. Now, more than ever, it is time to draw on and learn from our positive cultural experiences.”