Host of top Armenian podcast,, featured at NY Cosmos vs FC Ararat Yerevan soccer match in Los Angeles

Thousands from L.A.'s vibrant Armenian community gathered for the International Soccer Challenge at Citrus College in Glendora.

Feb 23, 2016, 09:00 ET from

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, Citrus College Stadium played host to one of the more exciting international soccer matches in recent memory when legendary Armenian club FC Ararat Yerevan battled the New York Cosmos in front of a crowd of thousands of supporters.  On hand for the matchup was Johno Kabbendjian, host of the top Armenian podcast online,  As the teams entered the field, Kabbendjian's voice could be heard booming through the public address system announcing each player's name. "It was a truly incredible event. The storied heritage that both of these teams share with the Armenian community cannot be overstated", said Kabbendjian. As time expired on the match, the Cosmos proved victorious, defeating Ararat 2-0.

Kabbendjian's weekly podcast focuses on highlighting people, places and issues that are important to Armenians, both in the U.S. and internationally.  The show includes several regular segments ranging from Armenian cuisine (with Cooking With My Armenian Family author Mariam Pashayan) to energy and spirituality discussions with Energy Healing Armenia's Ani Carla Kalafian.

The show partnered with event organizers to spread the word out about the game.  Kabbendjian reiterated, "the entire purpose of this podcast is to provide a vehicle for Armenians everywhere to engage with their community and highlight exceptional people doing incredible things."  Show guests include Good Day L.A.'s Araksya Karapetyan, actress Anne Bedian (Curb Your Enthusiasm, NCIS), renowned artist Sevada Grigoryan, and Essaï Altounian and Iveta Mukuchyan, both competitors on EuroVision Song Contest, just to name a few. The podcast can be found weekly on as well as iTunes, Stitcher, and all major podcast outlets.

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