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

(2-27-2017, originally aired 8-31-2016) Today’s Topical Currents recounts the history of Miami’s Virginia Key, and its place in South Florida civil rights history.

Historically, Virginia Key Beach had been an area of approved African-American recreation area.  They were prohibited on all other beaches.  In the ‘50s and ‘60s, it was a vibrant, but still strictly segregated area.

(2-23-2017) The Mango Gang Reunited -  interviews with 3 of the original gang, in studio, Chef Norman Van Aken and Chef Allen Susser, by phone Chef Mark Militello.  They talk about how the gang started and how their style of cooking changed the South Florida Culinary scene. Also a look at the South Florida restaurant scene with Matt Meltzer.

(2-23-2017) How many listening now really have a handle on what services your mobile phone offers, what you’re using, and what fees are involved?

Today’s Topical Currents begins with Sun-Sentinel columnist Doreen Christensen, and “Doreen’s Deals.”  She’s done the work . . . just listen for answers, concerning new deals on cell phone services.

(2-22-2017) Today’s Topical Currents celebrates 70 years of UNICEF:  The United Nations International Children’s Education Fund.  Worldwide, countless numbers of children have been helped . . . but the work also goes on in South Florida, in both high school and University.

(2-22-2017) On today's Topical Currents, we look at the art of living clutter free. 

Impossible?  Probably.  So we’ll speak with professional organizer, Amanda Sullivan.

She’s even helped hoarders, so what you consider a mess is probably easy to consolidate.

One trick:  Just take a minute or two before bed to tidy up a bit.  She calls it, “a last sweep.”

(2-21-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents features Sebrina Maria Alfonso, conductor of Fort Lauderdale’s South Florida Symphony Orchestra.

The talented Maestra answersthe question, “why aren’t there more female classical music conductors?” 

In concerts throughout our region next week, Sebrina Maria Alfonso conducts works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff and Nielsen.

(2-14-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with geophysicist Dr. Stephen Haggerty, a Distinguished Research Professor at F-I-U. 

Among other things, Haggerty researches diamonds—and gives evidence about their cosmic origins.

Also, Valentine’s Day  relationship (and "non-relationship) tips, with life & motivation coach, Barb Boschetto

(2-13-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” South Florida Gardening edition.  It’s been quite a mild South Florida winter, so far.  

We call upon Broward Master Gardeners Dr. John Pipoly and Teri Goldsmith for advice about gardens, landscapes, fertilization and pest control.

And of course . . . we take your gardening calls.

mastergardener@broward.org

www.broward.org/parks

(2-9-2017) Linda Gassenheimer's Food and Dining: Valentine’s treats, with Salty Donuts' Chef Max Santiago. Are donuts taking over the spotlight from cupcakes? He talks about why they are becoming so popular, secrets to a great donut, and he brings some for us to taste – including a surprise Valentine's special.

(2-9-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features a look at one of the most fabulous South Florida attractions . . . Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.  The beautiful Italian palace on Biscayne Bay celebrates its Centennial this year.

(2-8-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the Miami Today newspaper, which has served the business community for more than 30 years.  We visit with the paper’s driving forces:  editor Michael Lewis, and its Vice-President, Carmen Betancourt-Lewis.

(2-7-2017) Hope for Stroke Victims.  With Dr. Felipe de los Rios de la Rosa, Vascular Neurology specialist, and South Florida resident Elaine Viets, a stroke survivor who’s written a book about her experience.  

(2-6-2017) ** Due to a technical issue, there is no audio for today's program.  We apologize for the inconvenience**

Topical Currents continues with South Florida transportation and traffic issues.  Today, we focus on the Miami-Dade Transportation Authority, or M-D-X.

M-D-X operates five crucial toll roads, and has plans to improve commuter bus interconnects to the 836/Dolphin Expressway.

Also, in the works are toll rebates for those who spend more than $100-dollars yearly on M-D-X roads.

(2-2-2017) It will be a Super Bowl Bash this week! Two guests – celebrity Chef Michael Schwartz, owner of Michael's Genuine restaurant, Harry’s Pizza and now Fi’lia at the SLS Brickell (Honest Italian Food) and Tim Piazza, Chef de Cuisine at Fi’lia. They give us tips for our own Super Bowl celebrations and bring food to taste.

Dinner in Minutes

Mexican Pork and Bean Chili – great for a Super Bowl Crowd

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(2-2-2017) The past few nights have been chilly by South Florida standards...so we wondered how these temperature dips affect South Florida plants and landscapes.  We hear from Jennifer Rehage, PhD, Associate Professor, Earth & Environment Department, Southeast Environmental Research Center, Florida International University. 

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