This Story is All About Norm

Norm Allen has sung a lot of songs in his day, starting out as a young boy in a farming community in East Texas in front of a little church audience at 6 years old.  His mother’s love for music was instilled in him as they stood together listening to Ray Charles’ records, and of course Elvis, at the kitchen sink as she washed the supper dishes.

He was further influenced by his grandmother who used to stop by on the weekends to take him to “all day signing’s and dinner on the ground” events giving him an exposure to Southern Gospel quartets and harmonies, all the time unknowingly training him to develop a sense of hearing that would serve well to identify his natural talent to sing.  The high school band was the first formal training in music, as a drummer, but his real love was vocalizing.  Picking up the guitar at 15 years old, it was a slow start since he is left-handed and had to learn the basics of the instrument on a right-handed guitar.  The teenage years of the 60’s and the music of that era, was his school.

By 1978, after a stint in India as a Peace Corps Volunteer, going through college as a minister, and singing in countless youth groups and churches, Norm took a leap of confidence, by deciding that music would be his profession.  His first full-time gig was on a circuit for Chelsea Street Pubs, based in Austin, Texas, that took him on a tour that lasted 7 years, playing 6 nights per week, 2 weeks in each city, from Gainesville, Florida to Tucson, Arizona and most places in between.  In 1987, Norm became the headliner in a resort hotel on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as well as a daytime radio personality, recording studio owner, and promotions man.  ’88-’91  He played in Nashville, Panama City, Alexandria, Virginia and he and his wife Nancy ended up in Southern California in a very successful entrepreneurial.

It was an accident that would change the career direction  for Norm Allen, as the call came in one late Thursday to fill in as  host for the “Live at Nine” television show in Sanford, North Carolina. With over 30 years of performing  as a national singing act,  as a radio show personality,  and becoming a film director, documentary producer,  on air television personality, Norm is still without creative boundaries.

“Norm at Noon” was first on as a daily 1 hour program with a magazine format; stories about people places, things, and events in central North Carolina.  Selling and producing commercials for the supporters of the show, brought attention from the community as The Coty Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of bath products and cosmetics, commissioned Norm to do an industrial film with a tour of the fragrance plant that would be seen in the Coty offices and factories from New York to Paris.

Arkansas was where “The Out of the Norm Show”  was born but as a conservative talk radio show first.  After being approached about beginning media services in Bull Shoals,  channel 19 was acquired through the local cable TV system and “Life Around the Lake – TV 19” was created to provide a unique opportunity for the “small” stories to be told.  Preserving history, producing educational pieces, and showcasing special events, all brought to local communities with a quality that is insurpassed in content and creativity.  The show ran for 13 months.  “Art for Life”, Fly Fishing with Ron and Ryan”, “Fishing with Jackie Due”  and “Ask Dr. Tammy” were also being produced, filmed, and edited by Norm as “ The Out of the Norm Show”  continued to garner local supporters.

  In the meantime, Norm was busy producing videos for the nation’s largest boat trailer company, E-Z Loader, with that video being shown at boat shows, travel shows, and dealerships all across America.  The Bull Shoals White River Chamber of Commerce, Cedar Wood Lodge, Century 21 Le Mac Realty East, PJ’s Restaurant, have all brought Norm in to produce signature film pieces that are featured on websites and promotional DVDs.  

The Hospice of the Ozarks awarded Norm a Distinguished Service Award for his work on the “Float for Life” project, filming and producing a documentary of a 5 day trip from the Bull Shoals Dam 432 miles, to the Mississippi River. An involved citizen, Norm has served the community as a board member for the Bull Shoals Theater of the Arts, a member of the American Legion, board member for the Chamber of Commerce, and as an elected official on the Bull Shoals City Council.

THE OUT OF THE NORM SHOW has all the elements of experience, artistry, and sensitivity to stories that need to be preserved for future generations.  It is a vison of the need, and an integral part of life history that Norm Allen is determined to keep telling.  After all,

  "The stories are all about you!”

 

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