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Christian TV Network to Debut Gaither Specials with Billy Graham, George Beverly Shea, and Cliff Barrows

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Two programs filmed at the Billy Graham Library to premiere in September

By Michael Ireland
Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News ServiceINDIAN LAND, SC (ANS) Christian legends Billy Graham, George Beverly Shea, and Cliff Barrows will be featured in the world premiere of two Gaither Productions specials recorded at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC. The specials will debut in September.

“These may be two of the most unique and memorable programs ever produced by the Gaither organization,” noted Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP.

“They have documented the musical gatherings of many of the greatest legends of southern Gospel music. I’m excited because these programs include special moments with Dr. Billy Graham rarely seen today.”

Butts described how these specials would provide nostalgic and moving memories for thousands of viewers who have been impacted by the many telecasts and crusades that featured these three men.

Cliff Barrows, George Beverly Shea and Bill Gaither.
(Photo courtesy of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)

“Audiences will be moved as Cliff Barrows and George Beverly Shea join Bill on stage and once again create sacred moments of worship. They’ve earned the respect and admiration of people at every level worldwide, from common people to heads of state,” he said.

Butts added: “I believe that audiences will be overwhelmed as they witness the genuine spirit and passion that these men still possess. We are privileged to be able to premiere these programs for the INSP audience.”

Barry Jennings, president of Gaither Productions, agreed.

“These shows are certain to become ‘Homecoming classics.’ Viewers all across the world, many of whom were forever changed through Dr. Graham’s life and ministry, will enjoy hearing from him again. Filming this historic conversation with Dr. Graham in his home allowed us to capture anew the wisdom and insight of a man whose worldwide spiritual legacy is unprecedented.”

“Tent Revival Homecoming” will feature moving conversations with Dr. Billy Graham, as well as musical performances with George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows.

According to a media release, this quintessential Homecoming special was filmed on the magnificent grounds of the Billy Graham Library. Hosted by Bill and Gloria Gaither, more than 140 of gospel music’s most beloved artists join the cast. It was filmed at the Billy Graham Library.

The release says: “With sawdust floors, a simple canvas canopy overhead and songs that recapture the spirit of the old-fashioned tent revivals of the 1950s and 1960s, this Homecoming gathering celebrates a time-honored tradition that has impacted countless lives for eternity.”

AIR DATES:

Tuesday Sept 20 at 3pm ET
Thursday Sept 22 at 4pm ET
Saturday Sept 24 at 6pm ET

“The Old Rugged Cross,” hosted by Bill and Gloria Gaither, features stirring interview segments with Dr. Billy Graham and musical performances by George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows, and a cast of gospel music favorites, honors the spirit and music of the old-fashioned tent revivals of the 1950s and 1960s.

“The Old Rugged Cross was filmed on the magnificent grounds of the Billy Graham Library and features more than 140 of your favorite gospel artists as they recapture this time-honored tradition,” the release stated.

AIR DATES:

Monday Sept 26 at 12:30pm ET
Saturday Oct 1 at 6pm ET

Christian TV Network INSP is available in more than 68 million homes across the US on more than 2,800 cable systems and on DIRECTV channel 364 and Dish Network channel 259. Viewers can check their local program guides for channel line-up information or visit www.insp.com .


** Michael Ireland is Senior Correspondent for ANS. He is an international British freelance journalist who was formerly a reporter with a London (United Kingdom) newspaper and has been a frequent contributor to UCB UK, a British Christian radio station. While in the UK, Michael traveled to Canada and the United States, Albania,Yugoslavia, Holland, Germany,and Czechoslovakia. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China,and Russia. Michael’s volunteer involvement with ASSIST News Service is a sponsored ministry department — ‘Michael Ireland Media Missionary’ (MIMM) — of A.C.T. International of P.O.Box 1649, Brentwood, TN 37024-1649, at: Artists in Christian Testimony (A.C.T.) International where you can make a donation online under ‘Donate’ tab, then look for ‘Michael Ireland Media Missionary’ under ‘Donation Category’ to support his stated mission of ‘Truth Through Christia n Journalism.’ Michael is a member in good standing of th e National Writers Union, Society of Professional Journalists, Religion Newswriters Association, Evangelical Press Association and International Press Association. If you have a news or feature story idea for Michael, please contact him at: ANS Senior Reporter

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