TULSA -- Retirement closed the chapter on a woman's career in healthcare, but now she's pursuing a lifelong dream of hosting her own talk show.
Five days a week, Lorna Doyle logs onto Facebook to broadcast live for T Town Talk, a show that she launched last October to discuss many different topics.
"It's about the human interest stories, the community, the businesses (and) the politics that drive Tulsa, Oklahoma," Doyle said about her show.
She often uses the Maker's Space at the refurbished Central Library in downtown Tulsa as her studio, but her broadcasts also happen in different places around the city because she said she goes where the stories are.
"I wanted to just let people have a voice, a venue and a face to tell their story," Doyle said, "because so many people felt like their stories were behind the scenes, and they never got heard."
No topic seems off limits when Doyle goes live for her show, but she usually likes to offer her thoughts on various local and national issues, like the response this week to Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.
"We're continuing to pray for the people down at Texas," she said after reading a Bible passage during a broadcast Wednesday.
She found herself alone that day steering the conversation, but in the past she has brought in guests to interview, like Tulsa Sen. Kevin Matthews and the Rev. Al Sharpton. Talking to anyone about anything seems to come naturally. She recalls being labeled a "chatter box" by her first grade teacher, who predicted that her gift for gab would eventually lead to what she's doing now.
"She said, 'Just let Lorna talk. It's what she does. She'll probably talk up on a show or something someday,'" Doyle said, laughing. "My first grade teacher said that, and I never forgot that Mrs. Martin said that."
Now that she has her own show, Doyle plans to keep growing the following for T Town Talk as well as expand the influence it could have in the community.