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

(11-10-2016) Mi Ae Lipe, author of Bounty from the Box: the CSA Farm Cookbook, and Art Friedlich, President of the Urban Oasis Project. The topic is tropical produce and how to use it and how to connect with CSA Community Supported Agriculture farms. They both will be at the Miami Book Fair. There will be a special Kitchen Stadium food tent with cooking demonstrations and food discussions this year. Art will be running a farmer's market and Mi Ae will be speaking. Art brings produce for us to...

(11-10-2016) Starting with toddlers, parents exhort kids to NOT speak with strangers. Familiarity could lead to who-knows what . . . So, Today’s Topical Currents begins with Kio Stark. She loves to speak with those she doesn’t know . . . it enriches her life. We’ll talk about her book, WHEN STRANGERS MEET .

(11-9-2016) . Today’s Topical Currents is a South Florida post-election program, which highlights how our region will be affected by vote results. We feature Florida Bulldog Editor Dan Christensen, as well as Barry University Political Science professor, Sean Foreman. We also take your post-election calls.

(11-8-2016) To day’s Topical Currents highlights one of South Florida’s top events, the Miami Book Fair Intern ational, now in its 33 rd year. Esteemed worldwide, the Book Fair is produced and presented by Miami Dade College, with some 450 authors, a myriad of events, and of course, the gigantic street fair. We visit with Co-founder, Mitchell Kaplan, and Director of Programs, Lisette Mendez. www...

(11-7-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is a Florida-flavored analysis of Tuesday’s General Election, with a call-in program featuring members of the WLRN/Miami Herald News Team, including editors Tom Hudson and Tim Padgett. Co-hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman take a look at key state, regional and municipal races, as well as Florida Constitutional and local ballot initiatives.

(11-3-2016) Today’s Topical Currents centers on a persistent Miami-Dade battle: the creation of a “Pets Trust” . . . funding for spay and neutering services . . . and a no-kill policy for adoptable pets by the Animal Services Department. A straw-ballot, non-binding resolution in favor was voter approved in 2012, but the Miami-Dade Mayor and some Commission members balk at implementing it. Why? We discuss the issue, and take your...

(11-02-2016) Ponder how many obituaries have appeared in the New York Times since 1851, and how those obits reflect cultural, social and political history. Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with Obituary Editor, William McDonald, and his remarkable book of “obits,” called The New York Times Book of the Dead . What was written, for example, about Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie or Coco Chanel?

(11-1-2016) With South Florida’s abundant array of wildlife, and its human population, some contact is inevitable: and often at the expense of an animal. Touesday’s Topical Currents is about those who care for injured or orphaned creatures. We highlight the South Florida Wildlife Center in Broward, as well as the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station on Miami’s Biscayne Bay. Guests: Dr. Renata Schneider, DVM, Dir. of...

(10-31-2016) Today’s Topical Currents revisits domestic violence and abuse, with updates from key South Florida figures who work to aid victims, including undocumented immigrant women. Somi Ali is the founder of No More Tea rs, which has helped nearly one-thousand adult women and children. We also hear from immigration law attorney Callan Garcia, who specializes in human trafficking and domestic violence cases, as well as...

(10-27-2016) South Florida’s “season” is soon underway . . . that means a hefty increase in restaurant business. Thus, the Topical Currents “Restaurant Roundabout,” with Chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. We cover the area dining scene with reviewers, and of course, take calls about your favorites. Guests include: Jen Karetnick, Miami Magazine Restaurant Critic Laine Doss, Food Editor for Miami New Times Matt Meltzer...

(10-26-2016) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the Dade Heritage Trust . . . South Florida’s largest historic preservation organization. Founded in 1972, the Trust has been instrumental in numerous campaigns to save not only historic buildings, but the rich culture of the area. It’s housed in the original 1905 office building of Dr. James Jackson, the namesake of the midtown hospital complex. We learn much more about what important...

(10-25-2016) Today’s Topical Currents profiles Florida International University President, Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the fifth president in the University’s history. F-I-U has the second largest student body in Florida, and the fourth largest in the U.S. Dr. Rosenberg is a political scientist who specializes in Latin America, and also Chairs the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

(10-24-2016) When Hurricane Matthew flirted with landfall at the tip of the peninsula this month, you probably tuned to a broadcast signal for information. On today’s Topical Currents we discuss Florida broadcasting history, via the book, Towers In the Sand, with its author, Donn R. Colee, Jr. The 1 st radio broadcast station in the state was Tampa’s WDAE, in 1922. Miami’s WTVJ Channel 4 was the first TV outlet, in 1949. And WIOD Radio was founded by pioneer Carl Fisher, in 1926. www...

(10-20-2016, rebroadcast) Topical Currents Food & Dining with resident chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. Linda gives a report of the big industry convention called the Fancy Food Show, a gargantuan event held each year in New York City. It's where new trends in the food industry are most likely to begin.

(10-19-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is about Bonnie's favorite full-time pastime: Cats. If you love kitties as much as she does, don’t miss the nation’s most insightful feline observer, Pam Johnson-Bennet. Her latest book about them is CATWISE: America’s Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Question s. You’ll learn her original “think like a cat” approach .

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