Lights, Camera, Allen!
August 1, 2012
Argie Allen, PhD, began making appearances on television as soon as she graduated from college. On local Philadelphia TV station WYBE, Allen interviewed politicians, families and people with substance addictions; an experience that ignited Allen’s interest in being televised. She said, “I realized that I could take my passion for helping people clinically to TV and radio and have a larger impact.”
During the course of her career thus far, Allen has continued to have frequent media exposure, as well as benefit from the additional experience of interacting with other experts on TV and radio shows. Despite the amount of time she has spent in the limelight, Allen remains very humble. “I see myself as a clinician and relationship therapist that happens to make TV appearances,” Allen explained. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN Headline News, HLN, CN8, Fox National syndicated television shows, Fox 29 Good Day Philadelphia, CBS, The 10 Show on NBC, Radio One, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Al Sharpton Radio Show, and Dan Gottlieb’s Voices in the Family show on WHYY.
In addition to her many appearances, Allen also has experience hosting her own programs, including her own inspirational talk show on Radio One that she helped to create called Touch & Agree with Argie. She was also the host of a public service television show called The Substance Abuse Forum on WYBE.
Allen loves to appear as a guest on The TODAY Show because they are very kind and friendly to her. Before she goes on camera, Allen gets pampered by hair and makeup and is then escorted to a green room to relax before her appearance. The producer comes in to discuss her major talking points on that day’s topic. Allen appears on the show and arrives back on the Drexel campus by 1 pm!
Allen’s best memory on The TODAY Show was a conversation she had on camera with Matt Lauer about forgiveness and pushing past selfish thoughts and fears for the greater good of humanity. Through her television career, she has also had the opportunity to talk with celebrities like Serena Williams, Brooke Shields, P. Diddy, Ne-yo, Lady Gaga, and Sting (her favorite.)
Allen’s advice and comments on television are unscripted and therefore are received as being very authentic and genuine. Her appearances come across so warm and conversational that one of her clients actually thought that Allen was in her home when she had The TODAY Show on her TV one morning! Allen saw this as a testament to the consistency between the messages she shares with individual clients and those she communicates on live TV to the nation. “I have a unique ability to transmit what I do every day to the masses,” she told Chartings.