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New National Nurse Talk Radio Show Takes Off with Humor, Health, and a Voice for the Patient Advocate
Date:11/19/2009

vocacy—sharing a tireless commitment to make healthcare available for all in this country.”

The idea for Nurse Talk was conceived ten years ago by co-creators Casey Hobbs and producer Pattie Lockard. An entertainment business veteran for twenty years, Lockard knows how to put dreams into action. “Car Talk was our inspiration,” says Pattie. “I would never listen to a show about how to fix a car...unless of course it was funny...then I’m yours!” Nurse Talk's aim is to use humor to engage and relax people.

Hobbs and McDermott met in 2002 while working together as RNs in San Francisco. You might say it was a “hilarious” match made in heaven. Casey knew Maggie was the Nurse Talk co-host she had been searching for the minute she overheard Maggie—with Irish brogue intact—cussing out a doctor on the phone. “Their chemistry is great,” adds Lockard. “These 30-year vets have experienced it all. They’ve been on the front lines and in the trenches treating coughs, colds, flu, constipation, diabetes, obesity—and that’s just their own medical history!

With a big cheerleading squad that includes radio veteran Peter B. Collins and award-winning sound designer June Miller, Nurse Talk launched for a trial run in January 2008 on San Francisco Bay Area's progressive Green 960 AM. It didn’t take long to get attention, particularly from the RN community. This summer, major support came from the California Nurses Association and the National Nurses Organizing Committee, taking Nurse Talk nationwide. “They loved the idea,” said Lockard. “In fact, they are one of our major sponsors now and a source for amazing guests who are well-informed about the important issues. They leave the humor to us and we love them for it!

As the show gains ratings and attention, producers have added regular experts such as Marsha Podd, RN, aka, The Ba
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