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

(5-23-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with Florida Memorial University history professor, Dr. Tameka Hobbs, who’s written the book, DEMOCRACY ABROAD, LYNCHING AT HOME:  Racial Violence in Florida.

The Sunshine State is usually viewed as atypical of other Southern states, more progressive, yet during the 1940s, it suffered more lynchings of blacks than other Deep South states.

This while Americans fought World War II to protect democratic principles.

(5-22-2017, originally aired 1-18-2017)   Today’s Topical Currents is with Nova Southeastern University Social Media and the Law professor, Ethan Wall.

The upsurge in social media use by professionals generates legal and ethical questions, which require care and consideration when promoting products and services.

Does an attorney’s Twitter comment on an issue constitute advertising?

(5-18-2017) Old-salt NPR listeners have heard this tag innumerable times:   “Our theme music was composed by B.J. Leiderman.” He’s someone who’s left an indelible mark on public radio . . . having never uttered a word.

We meet him on Today’s Topical Currents.

(5-18-2017)  We visit with Dr. Chris Winter, author of THE SLEEP SOLUTION:  Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It.

(5-17-2017) If you’re a person of at least modest wealth, chances are you employ a financial advisor.  But how does one rate such an advice-giver?  And what’s the best method to find one?

We visit with Kevin Neal, the founder and president of a firm called, “Moenio,” an independent client advocacy and consulting firm.

They work with, and evaluate the performance of financial advisors, to ensure the best performance for an individual.  

(5-16-2017)  Sometimes, an older person asserts, “I wouldn’t have changed a thing in my life.” 

Really?

We discuss a popular internet item called, “The 37 Things You’ll Regret When You're Old.”  And take calls about them. 

Perhaps it was staying in a really bad relationship.  Maybe, it was failing to ever learn another language.  Did you miss the chance to say “I Love You?”

What are your ultimate regrets?

(5-15-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at a “Safe & Healthy Schools” Project.  It seeks acceptance and support of LGBT & Q youth who continue to face disturbing and life threatening challenges.

A recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows some 40-percent of L-G-B students have seriously contemplated suicide; 29-percent have made attempts.

One in ten of them report missing school due to safety concerns.

(5-11-2017) What segment of the modern city wastes the most energy?  The answer is business buildings, with 60 or even 75-percent of local energy use. 

Buildings produce about half of carbon emissions, yet much is wasted.  We learn more about Miami-Dade’s adoption of the City Energy Project.

305-375-5593

http://www.miamidade.gov/green/build-green.asp

(5-10-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with frequent contributor Mark Grossman, a leading authority in the field of technology law and longtime columnist.

Our focus is on one of his specialties:  the art of negotiation. He gives keys to making negotiation a success . . . for both parties.

And of course, we take your calls.

( 5-19-2017 ) Today’s Topical Currents profiles City of South Miami Mayor, Dr. Phillip Stoddard. 

In today’s ideology arguments, where science is brought into play, electing a Mayor who’s a science professor is unique.

Professor Stoddard is a biologist and zoologist, and background weighs in on sea level issues and control of the controversial Zika virus.

5-8-2017 We’ve passed the seventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil explosion, in 2010.  A spill impacted 68,000 miles of ocean, and washed ashore along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida.

We speak with Connie May Fowler about her memoir of the event, called “A Million Fragile Bones.”

(5-4-2017) Food & Dining: In-studio interview with Colleen Adams, Founder and Executive Director of Empowered Youth, and 2 members of the Vibe 305 Food Truck team. Empowered Youth serves inner city boys between the ages of 13 and 17. Their goal is to provide these young men the opportunity and support to redirect their lives and become successful. Their Vibe 305 Food Truck trains the youth in the food industry and helps to support some of the program.  They will be coming to the station in their food truck for a Facebook live video and will bring food  for us to taste.

(5-4-2017) A captivating aspect of South Florida life and geography is the string of islands comprising the historic Florida Keys.  Today’s Topical Currents features a highlight of the new Florida Keys History & Discovery Center, in Islamorada.

www.keysdiscovery.com


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