Photo by Elaine Rackley
A member of the “Conversations with Asher” production staff rolls the camera forward for a tight shot, during the recent taping of a special “Father’s Day” show. The show featured (from left) 102.5 FM Praise radio announcer K.D. Bowe, comedian Arlen Griffin, and talk-show host Asher Norwood.
“Fathers, you should speak life to your child,” declared Asher Norwood, during a recent taping of his talk show, “Conversations With Asher,” at a studio in Riverdale.
“You are the only one, who has the ability to tell your child who they are. It will help nurture and build trust in your home. Fathers know your power, and lovingly lead your family,” he continued.
Asher’s advice will air during his regularly scheduled productions on Mondays at 11 a.m., and Saturdays at 9 p.m., beginning July 1, on the Christian Television Network [CTN]. He estimates he has attained an audience of 700,000 viewers.
Norwood, of Hampton, launched his talk show over the Internet on You Tube. He said it was discovered by businessman Albert Johnson, the general manager of WLCF-TV, a television station licensed to Decatur, Ill., and an affiliate of the Christian Television Network (CTN).
“I got a call from him and he said he loved the show and wanted to air it on his network,” Norwood said during a recent interview.
The talk show has a 22-member production staff, said Norwood.
“We produce four original shows per month. We tape twice a month, and in one taping we may shoot three shows,” continued Norwood.
His guests are varied and headliners in the Christian community.
K.D. Bowe, a Praise 102.5 FM radio announcer, along with Arlen “Griff” Griffin, a comedian and author, recently joined Norwood for a special taping of a “Father’s Day” show. The special “Conversations With Asher, Father’s Day” show is scheduled to air on CTN Sunday. The three men spoke frankly about being fathers, and growing up with their fathers.
“Parents should check themselves before they discipline their children,” said Bowe. He told the live studio audience, there were times when he wished his parents were divorced, because of all of the abusive behavior he witnessed as a youngster.
“A lot of my insecurity growing up stemmed from my father,” Bowe said. “I got into radio because a general manager heard my voice and the next thing I knew I was on the radio.”
Griffin said his book, “Cats & Puppies,” helps mothers raise their sons.
“I feel sorry for the dude that takes my daughter out,” Griffin said, laughing. “I take my daughter out on Daddy Daughter dates, to show her how a man should treat her. Now, he has to compete with how she is accustomed to being treated.”
Griffin said eventually, a child will learn the shortcomings of their father.
“As an adult, you come to the conclusion your dad would have done better if he knew better,” said Griffin.
Following the taping, the talk show guest shared the spotlight on the red carpet with Norwood, and ShaShanta, his wife of 12 years. Griffin signed copies of his book, while Norwood and Bowe talked with audience members.
“I use my personal experiences to relate to adult audiences about our youth,” said Norwood. “I let them know it’s not going to always be the way you want it to be. Everything about the show is transparent, Asher comes with no judgment,” the talk show host added.