Bonnie Berman

Host Topical Currents

She's been heard in many pledge drives, dating back to May of 1989, when she began as a volunteer reader at the WLRN Radio Reading Service. While managing the "Clayspace" Art Gallery at the South Florida Arts Center, she came to WLRN to read for the RRS, when a dear friend became blind in his illness, and began using the service. At that time, Bonnie was a frequent newspaper reader on the main channel and each week reading her treasured New Yorker magazine for the benefit of the print-handicapped audience, among which was her friend.

It didn't take long for her to be noticed. Soon she was voicing underwriting credits, station promotional announcements and other work. She narrated an hour-long radio documentary about the homeless in South Florida. She pitched in tirelessly during the on-air fundraising drives.

Next, she became a frequent voice on sister-station, WLRN-TV while continuing her radio work, and filled in as a local host on both Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Not an easy task. During this period, she also conducted many interviews for Topical Currents with artists, musicians and others in, or related to, South Florida's burgeoning arts community.

Soon, Bonnie's talents were recognized by a broader community. While continuing at WLRN, she began working as an on-air personality at WTMI, South Florida's classical music station. Her program, "Music of the Night" heard weeknights from 7 to midnight, consisted of classical music with more popular fare, blended with listener dedications and requests. It was entertaining late night radio, which was discontinued after the sale of WTMI to Cox Broadcasting.

Not long after, Bonnie was made the permanent local host for WLRN's Morning Edition, while continuing her voice-over work for both radio and television. She held this position until her love for classical music beckoned once more.

In an effort to provide classical music to the aching South Florida community, WKAT attempted to pick up where WTMI had so abruptly left off. Bonnie was sought out by WKAT where she was program director and host of the morning drive "Classical Morning" Show. Sadly for classical music lovers, WKAT - on the AM frequency did not survive.

Bonnie returned to WLRN in the position of midday host, from 10 AM - 2 PM weekdays, technical director for Topical Currents, and once again the "voice" of WLRN radio. She is "thrilled to be back home" and adds a special note of appreciation to Joseph Cooper, who first recognized her talents nearly two decades ago, paving the way for a beloved career in broadcasting.

Ways to Connect

(9-21-2016) Today’s Topical Currents highlights one of South Florida’s noteworthy higher education centers, Barry University.

One of the largest Catholic universities in the Southeast, the main campus in Miami Shores was opened as Barry College for Women in 1940.  It attained University status in 1981.   

Barry University’s School of Law was established in Orlando, in 1999.  

(9-19-2016) Do we humans and our pets share the same neurochemistry, and complex emotional difficulties?

Pioneering veterinarian and researcher Dr. Nicholas Dodman has written, PETS ON THE COUCH:  Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds and New Science of Animal Psychiatry.

There’s even a form of Tourette Syndrome . . . in horses.

(9-15-2016) Today’s Topical Currents features Palm Beach Post columnist and author, Tony Doris.  We catch up on stories he’s covering, and also learn about his latest novel, based on the South Florida news business.

(9-15-2016) Interview with author Larry Olmsted.  His book is Real Food, Fake Food: (Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It).  Is it really red snapper or a fake? Is that salmon really wild caught? Is the extra virgin olive oil sold in the US even olive oil at all?  What are we really eating and what can we do about fake food?  

Fred gives his fake wine news.

Dinner in Minutes:

Red Pesto Pasta with Walnut and Chickpea Salad

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(9-14-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with noted tech-law attorney and author, Mark Grossman. 

His book is Technology Law—What Every Business (and Business-Minded Person) Needs to Know.

We answer your tech law questions, and address the growing issue of self-driving cars.

www.ecomputerlaw.com

(9-13-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, about etiquette and protocols.

It’s the 21st Century . . . yet some are not aware that traditional guidelines and courtesies are still in force. 

Indeed.

But, there are more venues.  Social media, email, and texts offer new landscapes.  We have experts on hand.

(9-12-2016) If you consider mechanical cooling a given, ponder the slow torture of hot weather.  But also, consider that many people were against the notion of cooling the air!  Sacrilege, they said.

We speak with Salvatore Basile, the author of COOL:  HOW AIR CONDITIONING CHANGED EVERYTHING.

    (9-8-2016) On Today’s Topical Currents we observe International Coastal Cleanup Day.

In Miami-Dade, more than three-thousand volunteers should pick up five tons of trash at 40 waterfront sites.

www.volunteercleanup.org

(9-8-2016) Food and Dining: The new concept of eco-friendly hotels. An in-studio interview with Kane Sarhan, Vice President of Brand, SH Group and Executive Chef Stephen Ullrich of 1 Hotel and Homes South Beach's restaurant, Beachcraft. They discuss their unique water-saving techniques, how they minimize electricity and how plants are used to restore comfort and oxygen to the hotel.  Chef Stephen will bring food to taste.  

Dinner in Minutes:

Eggplant Parmesan – using the bounty of the season

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(09-06-2016) Today’s Topical Currents concerns the 9-11 attacks on the U.S.

We’ll feature Florida Bulldog founder and editor Dan Christensen.  The Bulldog led a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to declassify documents related to the hijackers while in the U.S.

Also on the program is former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, Co-chair of the Congressional 9-11 Joint Inquiry, and First Amendment attorney Tom Julin.

(9-1-2016) Do you have the discipline to regularly seek out deals and coupons to save  money? 

On today’s Topical Currents, we have a consumer savings champion on-hand

. . . she’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel columnist Doreen Christensen, with Doreen’s Deals.  

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(9-1-2016) .  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining.  It’s her annual football tailgating program, featuring an interview with Wapo Taco Chef, Jimena de Regil. With football season just starting, she gives us tips for some tailgate parties and will bring some for us to taste. It will be make your own tacos – easy bring along or home party ideas.

Fred will give his wine suggestions.

Dinner in Minutes:

Turkey dogs with coleslaw for a tailgate barbecue party  

(8-31-2016) Today’s Topical Currents recounts the history of Miami’s Virginia Key, and its civil rights history.

Prohibited on all other beaches, Virginia Key Beach had been an area of approved African-American recreation into the 1960s.

We hear from historian Gene Tinnie, activist Dr. Enid Curtis Pinkney and University of Miami professor Greg Bush, author of White Sand, Black Beach.

    (8-30-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is about female pilots on the flight decks of commercial airlines.

Can you guess the percentage of women who fly those planes?  It’s but five-percent. 

We’ll speak with two South Florida-based female pilots, and learn how they broke the male dominated “glass ceiling.”

(8-29-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is with Lynn University history professor and author Robert Watson.

His latest work explains one of history’s worst maritime disasters, which caused some three-times the number of Titanic casualties.  Little is known of this major tragedy.

It’s THE NAZI TITANIC:  The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II.

The victims were concentration camp prisoners.

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