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Ari Kalogeropoulos Talks to TNH about Connecting Greeks thru Humor & Entertainment

The National Herald

Left to right: Fotios Stamos, Angelo Tsarouchas, and Ari Kalogeropoulos. (Photo: Courtesy of Ari Kalogeropoulos)

NEW YORK – The Connecting Greeks Show is a modern mixed media version of the classic talk show. Hosted by well-known actor and comedian Angelo Tsarouchas along with his co-hosts Ari Kalos (Kalogeropoulos) and Fotios Stamos, they bring their brand of entertainment to the world using the latest technologies.

From a live stream on Zoom where audience members around the world can listen and participate, to a video channel on YouTube and Facebook, and a podcast on all major platforms including Apple, Google, Spotify, and iHeartMedia, Connecting Greeks is doing just that.

The Connecting Greeks Show invites notable guests with ties to Greek culture to discuss all things pertaining to our lives, passions, careers, and culture. Tsarouchas has a long history in the entertainment industry as a popular comedian as well as Hollywood actor. Ari Kalos was the creator of the first Greek social network when he launched GreekBoston in 1998. He also went on to create many websites and apps for the Greek community as well as a Greek-themed TV variety show. Stamos is a wine expert with an extreme passion for Greek wines and Greek wine culture. His expertise has been featured on TV, in magazines and newspapers. The three diverse personalities come together for fun and entertaining discussion on the show. The chemistry between them is truly wonderful and something to behold.

Alongside their live stream, podcast, and video channels, the Connecting Greeks Show is also featured on all of their company’s Greek-themed community apps as videos and podcasts, including the current releases GreekDonation, Greek Wine Club, Greek Sisters, and Boston Greeks. Connecting Greeks, their official website and future app is the base of everything they do with the show. They are currently in the process of developing an official app which should be released in late fall.

Future releases include Greekazon, the future of online Greek shopping in a next generation shopping app created exclusively for Greek products and Greek producers, and iLoveSantorini which serves as a tour guide, social network, deal finder, and GPS-based navigator in one free app.

Ari Kalogeropoulos spoke with The National Herald about Connecting Greeks.

TNH: What made you decide to put together Connecting Greeks?

Ari Kalogeropoulos: We’ve been involved in the Greek community from a local to a global level for many years. Our first website was actually a prototype of a social network that we launched in 1998. We posted Greek event info, pictures from Greek events, a message board that the Greek community can discuss anything and everything, and as time went on we kept adding to it and expanding. We ended up selling the company in 2012, but we couldn’t give up our passion and interest in using technology to constantly promote our culture, so we continue to this day with apps, websites, podcasts, streaming media, and other technologies to help promote and enhance our community and people. Of all things, the most fun is the Connecting Greeks podcast and video show. We meet fun and interesting Greeks from all over the world and from all walks of life, and we get to have great discussions and socialize in these interesting times we’re living in.

TNH: What has been the response so far from family, friends, and the wider audience?

AK: We’ve had a great response from family and friends, of course. They tune in with us and contribute as much as possible and have fun with it. Our wider audience has been growing steadily since we launched, and hopefully will only get bigger! We’ve also helped some guests find exposure in different ways. One guest immediately after his appearance on Connecting Greeks was booked for a web interview and three Greek TV shows (two in Greece and one in Australia) so we were happy to help him find a new and bigger audience.

TNH: Where do you see the future of the show and the associated websites and apps moving forward?

AK: We simply hope we can keep doing a great and entertaining show for as long as we’re able. Times are changing and being able to connect with people via web, app, social media, and streaming media whether they’re traveling the world or sitting at home is a great ability to have. We are trying to use technology in every way possible to promote and enhance the Greek culture and we hope people like what they see and find our services useful, entertaining, and/or beneficial. Connecting Greeks is entertainment, but we also try to help the community in any way possible, from fundraising/donation technologies to Greek cooking to Greek wine to community support and connection, there is nothing we won’t put effort into if we see a need or desire from our audience/community.

More information about Connecting Greeks is available online: https://connectinggreeks.com/.