Brentwood pediatrician, author, launching radio parenting program Sept. 10

Dr. Parnell Donahue, a retired pediatrician who lives in Brentwood, will begin a new radio program, Parenting Matters at noon September 10, 2018on WBOU 100.5 FM and streaming at WBOU.ORG.

Earlier this year John Bosio, president of Nashville Catholic Radio, asked Dr. Par, as he likes to be called, to consider hosting the radio show After discussion with his wife and officials at the station, Donahue agreed to volunteer.

The series has three main goals. 1) Supporting parents asthe primary and most important teachers of their children. 2) Emphasizing religion as fundamental in raising children of integrity directed by a strong moral compass. 3) Offering parents a path leading their kids to be men and women of character.

Programs will address defining what parenting really is, and what role religion, prayer and discipline have in the process. Other topics include cell phones, peers, education, music, violence, diet, health habits, drugs, alcohol, sex,and on and on.

Each show will be half an hour and begin with a short monologue, followed with comments by an interview with a guest expert, then a panel discussion with a local couple, the guest expert, and Donahue.

Each show ends with assigned “Homework” and an invitation to go to this web page,, submit the homework, comment on the show, suggest topics or volunteer to be participants.

“There’ll be no tests, and no grades,” Dr. Par jests.

Although Parenting Matters is sponsored by the Diocese of Nashville, Donahue believes that all parents are interested in raising kids to become men and women of character.

The show will open on WBOU, 100.5 FM,at noon, Central time, Monday, Sept 10, 2018. Two shows will run back to back and be repeated Saturday at 11 AM, and Sunday at 6 p.m.

The program also is available as a podcast on Donahue’s web site,

Dr. Parnell Donahue was born in Minnesota and earned his MD from Marquette University/ Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his pediatric residency at Wisconsin Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he also served as Chief Resident.

He served as a captain in the United States Air Force Medical Corps as a general medical officer (physician); practiced pediatrics in Wisconsin and Georgia and served as a high school team physician for more than two decades.

In 2014 the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics named him “The Senior Pediatrician of the Year” for his writing and his work with teens and families.

His early publications include, GERMS MAKE ME SICK, A Health Handbook for Kids1975, and SPORTS DOC – Medical Advice, Diet, Fitness Tips, and other Essential Hints for Young Athletes1949. Both published by Alfred A. Knopf.

In 2010 he published MESSENGERS IN DENIM: The Amazing Things Parents Can Learn from Teens followed in 2013 with TOOLS FOR EFFECTIVE PARENTING.

He and his wife, Mary, live in Brentwood with their dog, Frosty. Together they have raised four kids all of whom are successful professionals. While they all have Ph.D.s, two are also M.D.s and professors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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