AATV was the first Arab American TV in the US, a groundbreaking magazine-style program that aired on KSCI international channel in the 1980s and continued for over two decades.
The show covered community events, interviewed famous entertainers and politicians, and reported on local community events. The original AATV team members, including Wahid Boctor, Mona Ibrahim, and Zuhair Tawil, are reuniting to launch AATV program streaming on YouTube worldwide.
The team aims to share their archives with viewers and introduce new programming that will continue to spotlight the diverse voices and stories of the Arab American community. Join us on this journey to celebrate and honor the rich culture of Arab Americans.
Wahid Boctor, Ghada Nafi and Magda Sabahi
Wahid Boctor interviewing his holyness Pope Shenouda Pope Shenouda every time he visits California he makes sure to appear on AATV
Zuhair Tawil with George Wassouf the Mega star of Syrian music at one of AATV events
1980 : Arab American Television started.
1980 : Arab American Television started.June 6, 1980
Found in the 1980s, AATV celebrates the Arab American culture, serving as a channel dedicated to the community.
1990: Spread nationally.
1990: Spread nationally.May 6, 1990
In the 1990s, it spread nationally via the International Channel on cable systems. It was founded by Wahid Boctor.
2000: Arab American television operated until 2000s.
2000: Arab American television operated until 2000s.May 6, 2000
It operated until the 2000s. Today, the official social media channels aim to preserve decades’ worth of contributions AATV made.
2022 : The Arab American TV Archival Project
2022 : The Arab American TV Archival ProjectOctober 26, 2022
professor William Youmans explains the origins, process and goals of the AATV Archive. He requires funding to finish digitizing the collection, and to improve public access to it by cataloging this rich collection so it is searchable.
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