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

(1-24-2017)   Today’s Topical Currents is a special two-hour edition, which embodies the strength of true friendship under ominous and inconceivable conditions.

"An Unbroken Bond:  A Story of Survival," tells the story of Howard Chandler and Martin Baranek, two boyhood friends from the same small Polish town of Starachowice that not only survived the Holocaust but also continued their mutual devotion well into the 21st Century. 

(1-23-2017) Today’s Topical Currents discusses the Criminal Mental Health Project, and ways to treat disorders outside of county correctional institutions.

It’s been a fifteen year project, and has already lowered incarceration rates, and saved millions in non-jail treatment programs.

There are still many hurdles, however.  

South Florida Behavioral Health Network www.sfbhn.org  305-858-3335

(1-17-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with Miami-based journalist Brett Sokol, whose beat is the region’s distinctive arts world. 

He’s the arts editor of Ocean Drive Magazine, and a frequent New York Times contributor.

Sokol is co-founder of “Letter 16 Press,” which explores the works of talented Miami photographers from the 1960s through the ‘90s.

He also appraises December’s Art Basel International Art Fair.  

(1-19-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  There’s a great need for more volunteer mentors to participate . . . as we’ll learn, from both Broward and Miami-Dade reps.

www.bbbsbroward.org 954-584-9990

www.bbbsmiami.org

(1-19-2017) Today's topic: Fairchild Garden Chocolate Festival (Jan 20,21.22, 2017).  In studio: Francisco and Ana Moreno, ambassadors for Pacari Chocolates.  They will have a booth at the Festival. Pacari Chocolates is a family-owned company that produces high quality chocolate from Ecuador.  They will discuss how chocolate is made and why their methods protect the environment.  They bring some for us to taste.

Dinner in Minutes

Fish Tacos – It has become a favorite American sandwich.

Fred Tasker gives his wine suggestions

www.dinnerinminutes.com 

(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.

For example, does an attorney’s Twitter comment on an issue constitute advertising?

We take calls on this Topical Currents At Your Service edition

www.socialmedialawandorder.com

(1-16-2017) Today’s Topical Currents talks Florida history, in the realm of pioneering women and minority figures, from the 1960s into the 21st Century.

We visit with longtime journalist and Political Science professor, Susan McManus, of the University of South Florida.

She’s written the book FLORIDA’S MINORITY TRAILBLAZERS.  

(1-12-2017) Miami Chef Patrick McCurry, Senior Instructor at the Miami Culinary Institute.  Topic: Sous Vide (under vacuum): This method of cooking in a sealed plastic pouch has been used in top restaurants for many years.  It’s now easily available for home use in many forms. We discuss what it is, why is it useful, how to use it and if it's safe. 

Dinner in Minutes-

Ham and Lentil Soup: perfect for a winter night.

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(1-12-2017)   Today’s Topical Currents begins with South Florida Sun-Sentinel consumer columnist, Doreen Christensen.  With the holidays over, she has tips on how to save money in many areas:  particularly around the home.

www.sunsentinel.com/fpl

www.sunsentinel.com/shop

www.miamicruisemonth.com

(1-11-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with investigative reporter Adam Tanner.  He follows how personal and medical data are used.

His latest book is, OUR BODIES, OUR DATA:  HOW COMPANIES MAKE BILLIONS SELLING OUR MEDICAL RECORDS.

Much of this is about marketing and selling new medications, by determining which doctors are most likely prescribe certain drugs.

Large pharmaceutical chains are most likely to release the information.

Learn more on Topical Currents   

(1-10-2017) Just look about: this must be a prosperous place.  Construction cranes scattered about mid-town and Miami Beach, luxury cars at valet stations, and South Florida a big destination for foreign investment.

But the region remains poverty-ridden, and women have lost ground in take-home-pay since the year 2000.

We learn more about the report from Miami-Dade Commissioner Danielle Levine Cava, and take your calls.

(1-9-2017, Original air date 8-22-2016)  Today’s Topical Currents looks at a rising inequality gap, and how it can modify a kid’s family life, neighborhoods and schools.

The rich have always had advantages . . . but in today’s landscape, it’s increasing.

We visit with Harvard Public Policy professor Robert Putnam, whose latest work is OUR KIDS:  The American Dream in Crisis.  Putnam also wrote the highly praised Bowling Alone book.  

(1-5-2017) Face it:  there’s NO CURE for the common cold.  It’s an infectious illness caused by a virus.

Neither Vitamin C or warm clothes prevent colds.  Hand washing does.

We have more helpful tips for symptoms.  

(1-5-2017) With Chef/Author Bill Jones.  Topic: Truffles and Mushrooms – how to buy and use them.  Truffle flavored items are on many restaurant menus; truffle oil and other products are now big sellers. But, what are we really eating and buying?  We learn the good, bad and truth about truffles and other mushrooms.  His book is The Deerholme Mushroom Book: From Foraging to Feasting.  He is a chef and farmer in the Cowichan Valley, British Columbia.   

(1-4-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents is with a self-proclaimed “difficult person,” Sarah Ellison.

She says most “hard to get along-with” people have no idea they’re such. 

Clueless.

Once she saw the light, she changed . . . and began to help other “difficult” types take on different exteriors.

www.sarahelliston.com

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