Broadcasting Ambition

Ari Louis made aliyah in 2008 from Phoenix, Arizona, co-founded in 2010 and believes Israelis should be tougher.

July 21, 2011 10:34
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Ari Louis

Ari Louis 521. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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■ What gets you out of bed in the morning? The desire to live life, and not to waste time.

■ What keeps you up at night? The extra energy that I have from doing my radio show keeps me up. The show ends at midnight, and the adrenaline is still flowing through me. In terms of what I worry about, I worry about not fulfilling my potential. But I believe that if I fix myself, I can help fix the world.■ What’s the most difficult professional moment you’ve faced so far? When we started that first week, we had all kinds of technical glitches. Our phones went down, also our Internet; at one point we got locked out of the studio and missed an interview with a professional football player. What a week! ■ How do you celebrate your achievements? I haven’t achieved all my goals yet, so I don’t celebrate much. My goal is that will become the ESPN of Israel.

When that happens, I am throwing a huge party for my family and friends.

■ If you were prime minister, what’s the first thing you would do? I would focus on making Israel a truly independent country where we utilize all of our natural resources. We need to stop being so dependent on other countries.

■ Which Israeli should have a movie made about him/her? Shay Doron [the well-known women’s professional basketball player]. She had a lot of guts at age 18 to play college basketball in the United States for Maryland, a less known program. She represented Israel well, and we should be proud that she returned home to Israel to play professionally.

■ What would you change about Israelis if you could? Believe it or not, I think Israelis need to be a little tougher. I think they are too sensitive and emotional at times. I also think Israelis can be childish.

■ iPad, BlackBerry or pen and paper? Pen and paper.

■ If you had to write an advertisement to entice tourists to come to Israel, what would it say? Those who have ever read the Bible – this is the place where it all happened, and where great things continue to happen.

■ What is the most serious problem facing the country? I think we have an identity crisis. People here try hard to be European, and are influenced by other cultures. This causes them to leave their Jewish roots.

■ How can it be solved? People need to delve more into their Jewish roots – the history of our people. They need to learn and appreciate how Jews finally returned home to Israel. I also think there needs to be more of a focus on Torah and the commandments.

Finally, we need to demonstrate more Jewish pride.

■ In 20 years, the country will be: A top power in the world: socially, economically and militarily.

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