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

(08-17-2017) We discuss a little known horror story about British prisoner of war ships docked in New York harbor.  More American deaths occurred on these ships than in actual battle.

Lynn University professor Robert Watson talks about his book, THE GHOST SHIP OF BROOKLYN.  

Linda visits with Miami-Dade Public Schools Director of Nutrition, Penny Parham.

(08-16-2017) Given the buildup to the August 21st total eclipse, Topical Currents spotlights South Florida’s Buehler Planetarium & Observatory, housed on the central campus of Broward College in Davie.

In our region, the event will be a “partial” solar eclipse, at its max just before 3 p.m., Monday.

We speak with the Buehler’s Director, Susan Barnett.  

Miami Herald

(08-15-2017)  It’s hard to believe that the son of the “Mambo King,” Tito Puente, Senior, once played in a heavy metal band . . . but for the past 20 years he’s excelled at exciting Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

(08-14-2017) We discuss the impacts of E-P-A, Fish & Wildlife, and Department of Transportation de-regulation promoted by the Trump Administration.

Exploration for oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve is underway. . . the Florida Panther’s endangered species designation is under review . . . and vehicle fuel economy goals are likely to be reduced.

We visit with South Florida Wildlife Association Executive Director Matthew Schwartz.

(08-10-2017) Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining is devoted to tropical fruits, 

including those at stores, stands and backyards.  They include dragon and passion fruits, and red guava.

(2017-08-10) 

Sun-Sentinel consumer columnist Doreen Christensen, known for her smart, penny-pinching ways and “Doreen’s Deals”, celebrates Data Privacy Day with online security tips . . . such as using just one credit card for online charges.

(2017-08-08) No one has had more public service roles in Miami-Dade than Merrett R. Stierheim.  Ever.

His first post at the City of Miami began in 1959. 

There were two stints as County Manager, during some terribly turbulent times, and he was also City of Miami Manager.  Stierheim’s been a Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent, & Manager of Miami-Lakes and Doral, plus many other important roles. 

(8-7-2017) If you covet the urban coffeehouse feel of the ‘60s, you’ve probably put your feet up at The Luna Star Café, in North Miami.

Besides an eclectic menu, there’s an even wider range of live music, poetry and open mics. We visit with Luna Star’s founder, owner and musical director, Alexis Sanfield.  She opened the doors in 1996.

(And far out!) . . . how could we not throw in some live, singer/songwriter/guitar tunes?

(8-3-2017) Miami Spice Months with Bill Talbert, President and CEO Greater Miami Convention and Business Bureau, and Chef Danny Serfer from Blue Collar and the two Mignonette restaurants. Bill gives us tips on how to navigate the offering for this year’s Miami Spice – August and September -  $39 for a 3 course dinner, $23 for lunch. Danny talks about why he decided to participate and brings us a taste of his Miami Spice menus.

(8-3-2017) Today’s Topical Currents checks out downtown Delray Beach and its hip multi-media arts venue, ARTS GARAGE.

It holds jazz, blues & rock concerts, open jam sessions, poetry & spoken word, plus the Grassroots Gallery at Arts Garage.

Today’s Topical Currents looks at how the “News Literacy Project” empowers students to resist the inaccuracy and bias of “fake news.”

Extreme headings lure readers into ad pop-ups. “News-bots” use artificial intelligence to automate stories, while propagandists cleverly post online.

The News Literacy Project shows how to identify and fact-check stories in a program of the Miami-Dade Public Library System

(8-1-2017) Most South Floridians have strolled Young’s Circle in Hollywood . . . but may not know of its namesake, Joseph Young, the City’s founder. 

Today’s Topical Currents is with historian Joan Mickelson, the author of Joseph W. Young, Jr., And The City Beautiful.

Young was also instrumental in the creation of Port Everglades, and his historic home is rumored to harbor a resident ghost!

(7-31-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is our seasonal South Florida Gardening “At Your Service” edition, with Urban Horticulturist Dr. John Pipoly and Broward Master Gardeners President, Teri Goldsmith.

It’s our mid-summer edition, and we have tips for coping with recent rain surges, plus how to get ready for vegetables and fruit cultivation.

Of course, we take listener calls.

(7-27-2017) This week’s Food News and Views: What’s New from the Fancy Food Show.  Linda talks about new food trends and brings in her favorite picks to taste.

Snacks are always big at the show and growing – baked popcorn is a hit.

Wellness and plant based foods another big trend– purple tea and Renew Drinkable Veggies with bone broth. 

And why is pickle juice on the list?

There are lots of indulgences, too.  Many have a special message.  Chocolate Fudge Brownies from a company whose motto is no questions asked, “We make brownies to hire people.”

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