Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Better than Oprah!? long time ago on Jordanian Ch 6

First you should remember channel 2 or 6... I never knew why it was called channel 6 but that's how Jordan TV English channel was called in the old days... Remember RAMI Khoury on "Encounter"... For those of you who didn't catch up with this program it was a nineties thing before satellite dishes covered rooftops in Amman....


It was an interview program hosted by Rami Khoury, a rather large man with a beard! who had a perfect American accent... and every time, almost every episode you learned something new... It was really difficult to grab the attention of a kid in his teenage years... especially if you were talking about the "Six Thinking Hats"... But that's exactly what he managed to do? And I became acquainted with Edward De Bono and his work at creative thinking at that episode...

He had great presence, it was totally new to a generation of Arcade gamers (Street Fighter II) was hot at that time :) an interview program that didn't have all the stupid formalities... It was like a warm home interview with someone important, a nice chat that could change your way of looking at things...

And it managed to get the attention of teenagers and adults alike... I could only hope that someday we will have a TV program that would provide quality talks that touches our hearts and minds as "Encounter" did, that we will have high caliber hosts able to grasp the important and change lives....

5 comments:

Amer said...

I think his show was called "Prism."
i totally agree that Rami Khouri was a great show host and wonderful people as guests.

AlurduniAlurr said...

What is missing in Jordan imensly is Free Press that can galvanize people to move forward and start discussing the real issues that deals with poverty,enmployment ,corruption and above all a government that respect our people inspiration dreams, integrity and social and economic rights.

Bilalٍ said...

Ofcourse i Remeber Rami Khoury! The man with the Butterfly Tie (or whateverr you call that thing!)
At that age, it was a complete torture for me to sit and watch that program, unlike you Abu Kilany:)
Seriously, We are missing great presenters who are able to make useful and meaningful programs for the people, Hopefully ATV will provide us with some of what we are missing, after the government allow the channel to broadcast.

M Kilany said...

globalorama,
Indeed... for a minute I thought no one knew him...

urduni,
right on...

Bilal,
I sure hope ATV will be up to it.. they have great stuff going on for them... excellent management and great staff... hopefully we will not be hearing (al zameel) too often...

AlurduniAlurr said...

Since your post is about Rami Khoury This is from US Pressures on the Daily Star in Lebanon: More. I received the following email:
"I workerd on the Daily Star between 2000-03 as a sub editor and can confirm the stories of harrasement by the US embassy. The most blatant case happened the day after the fall of Baghdad when I arrived at work early to find US embassy staffers lambasting Rami Khoury while their entourage of hired goons sat at our desks (with their feet on our tables... goddamit). Apparently they were unhappy at our "negative coverage" of the invasion and were keen to "correct" Rami. Suffice it to say the odious Michael Young appeared shortly afterwards and Rami became "editor at large". there followed an exodus... 'nough said." (The person allowed me to use his name and to cite the message).