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

(3-30-2017) The Jewish Festival of Freedom—Passover—begins Monday.  While it’s a serious and joyous religious period . . . humor isn’t forbidden . . . nor is a visit by South Florida icon, Dave Barry.

We hope.

He’s co-written a mirthful spoof of Passover called, FOR THIS WE LEFT EGYPT? A Passover Haggadah for Jews And Those Who Love Them.

It’s Linda Gassenheimer’s special Food & Dining edition . . . with Dave Barry. 

(3-29-2017) On today's Topical Currents, we discuss innovations in interventional cardiac procedures and management of risk factors for heart disease. Our guests include Ramon Quesada, M.D., Medical Director of Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Research and Structural Heart Program at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at Baptist Hospital, Edward Savage, MD, Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Center Director for the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida, and Paul Lipton, who underwent quintuple bypass surgery  in 2016.

(3-28-2017) Today is an “At Your Service” pet care edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupke of the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic, and pet behaviorist Edel Miedes, of K-9 Advisors.

We take questions about pet care . . . as well as offer tips on walking your dog.  An act so seemingly simple can result in trauma, medical issues or lawsuits.

(3-27-2017) Florida Legislators have filed bills which could give Condo and Homeowner Association boards a double-take.

If passed, a volunteer board member could face criminal penalties if Association records are stonewalled, or if there are fraudulent elections.

Might residents avoid trouble by choosing to stay off condo boards?

Learn more on the Topical Currents “At Your Service” condo call-in edition.

(3-23-2017) In studio interview with Chef Jeff Maxfield from Brava by Brad Kilgore at the Arscht Center.  He will be participating in the Deering Bay Seafood Festival, Sunday, March 26.  He brings the seafood dish he’ll be offering at the festival and gives us tips on how to buy and cook seafood.

Dinner in Minutes:

Snapper Parmesan with Spinach Penne Pasta

Restaurant News: Carlos Frias, Miami Herald Food Editor,he discusses this week’s restaurant news and where to eat this weekend. 

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(3-23-2017) As many brick and mortar stores struggle for air, Amazon is growing by leaps and bounds.  Its latest venture…Amazon Fresh.

Hello, it’s BB.  It’s an online grocery service now available in South Florida.  Our shopping guru and Sun Sentinel columnist, Doreen Christensen gives us the details and the best deals around town.

(3-22-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with technology lawyer, negotiator and author, Mark Grossman.  He’s a pioneer in the field, with a practice dating back to 1995.

Grossman covers many technology issues, and discusses the unique legal aspects of self-driving cars, the recent developments in the 2014 Russian hacks of Yahoo, and advice on legal negotiations. 

Of course, we take your calls.

( 3-21-2017, Originally aired 11-22-2016) The role of “caregiver” can be thrust upon one without much say in matters.  It can be exhausting, frustrating, & even thankless.

Today’s Topical Currents looks at the many aspects of taking care of debilitated family members.  A caregiver’s family relations are often strained.

In a rebroadcast, we speak with Caregiver Magazine publisher Gary Barg . . . and take your calls.

(3-16-2017) Martin Lynch from John Martin’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Coral Gables joins us.  He talks about St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and brings food to taste.

(3-16-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features a good spring cleaning.

Few of us enjoy housework, so efficiency is essential.  We speak with Melissa Maker, author of “Clean My Space.”

(3-14-2017) .  Today’s Topical Currents goes on the police beat . . . with City of Miami Beach Police Chief, Daniel Oates.

Chief Oates served the New York City police for more than 20 years.  There, he reached the position of Deputy Chief and Executive Officer.

He came to Miami Beach in 2014, after being Police Chief in Aurora, Colorado.

We cover numerous Miami Beach issues, and of course . . . and take your calls.

(3-13-2017) Neurocognitive disease, such as Alzheimer’s, is expected to double worldwide over the next 50 years.

Today’s Topical Currents is with Dr. Marc Agronin, an expert in treatment and research of memory disorders.

Based at Miami Jewish Health, he’s the author of Building a Better Brain.

www.miamijewishhealth.org

hotline: 305-514-8710

(3-9-2017) – Nancy Scanlon, Author of My Mother’s Cookbook: Freshly Real. Topic: How to write an eBook cookbook when you don’t know what you’re doing.  She talks about how she recreated the stories and recipes from her mother’s cooking and created an ebook with them. She also gives tips for others who might want to compile or publish their family recipes and brings food from the book for us to taste.

Restaurant News: Jen Karetnick talks about a special new restaurant on Brickell. 

Dinner in Minutes

Tuna Skillet Pie: memories of my mother’s cooking

(3-9-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins at a walk . . . for animals, that is.  Saturday is the annual event for the Broward Humane Society where thousands of people--and their pets—walk about a mile to raise funds for the Society. 

(3-8-2017) Today’s Topical Currents profiles the President and C-E-O of HistoryMiami, Jorge Zamanillo.

HistoryMiami is the largest museum in Florida, and has garnered the prestigious Smithsonian Affiliation.

Zamanillo grew up in Little Havana, with an appreciation of South Florida’s unique crossroads flavor.  He’s an F-S-U graduate, and has been at HistoryMiami for nearly 20 years.

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