‘Sound Medicine’ radio program premieres next Saturday

April 3, 2001

Physicians from the Indiana University School of Medicine will soon deliver healthy doses of medical information to listeners through a new WFYI Public Radio series that can be heard locally at 90.1 FM.

Sound Medicine debuts 12 p.m. (local time), Saturday, April 7, tackling the latest developments in health care and research. The program also features a call-in segment (317-274-IU4U) whereby listeners can discuss medical issues with physicians and other professionals from IU’s health schools based at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and at other campuses around the state.

The hour-long weekly show will feature interviews with people on the frontlines of medicine. Four School of Medicine faculty will join program host Barbara Lewis on a rotating basis. Faculty members are Ora H. Pescovitz, M.D., executive associate dean for research affairs; David Crabb, M.D., chairman of the Department of Medicine; Michael Koch, M.D., chairman of the Department of Urology; and Kathy Miller, M.D., a breast cancer specialist.

“The intent of this program is to educate and encourage listeners to make sound health and medical decisions and to provide a forum for issues affecting their communities,” says Dr. Pescovitz.

Lewis is a veteran broadcast journalist in television and radio. In addition to freelance anchoring for WTHR, media training and business video making, she also reports on business news for Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, which airs on WFYI public television and WRTV-6. She is a former anchor/reporter for WRTV-6, an Indianapolis ABC affiliate.

A Web site also will be launched to make the program fully interactive. It will provide a way for listeners to ask questions for the program through a “real time” chat room will enable users to send questions to interact with IU physicians on a monthly basis. Each segment can be heard weekly at http://soundmedicine.iu.edu or www.wfyi.org.

“The latest developments in medical research and the most relevant health topics are now just a click away on your radio preset or computer mouse pad,” says Lloyd Wright, WFYI’s president and general manager. “Our goal is to eventually offer Sound Medicine for broadcast nationwide on public radio stations, providing millions of Americans with medical news from a trusted source.”

Sound Medicine programs will be permanently archived on the IU School of Medicine’s web site.

The series is made possible through grants from Indiana University Medical Group, Wishard Health Services and Clarian Health Partners.

Contact Information:

Joe Stuteville

IU School of Medicine



Lori Plummer

WFYI Public Radio