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

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06/18/15 - Make your reservations for Linda Gassenheimers Restaurant Roundabout call-in on Thursday’s Topical Currents. We bring a panel of South Florida reviewers to the table, and take your input about areas dining spots. Perhaps an out-of-the-way café . . . a vegetarian oasis . . . or a scrumptious neighborhood pizza delight. That’s Topical Currents . . . the Restaurant Roundabout . . . with Matt Meltzer, Miami Editor of the Thrillist Media Group, covering Broward County; Evan Benn, Miami Herald Food Editor covering Miami Dade; and Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker.  Thursday at 1pm.

06/16/15 - On Tuesday’s Topical Currents we continue our ongoing series, “All In a Day’s Work.”  

   We’ll learn about the crucial work of the medical pathologist, with two experienced ones:  Hadi Yaziji and Enma Saiz.The pathologist is unknown to patients, but is considered the “doctor’s doctor,” who provides essential patient data and insight. That’s Topical Currents . . . Tuesday at 1pm.

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06/15/15 - On the next Topical Currents, we visit with author, psychologist, and grief  specialist Claire Bidwell Smith.    She analyzes the question, “When Life is Over, Where Do We Go?” Humans have always wondered – and always will — about death and its aftermathHeaven?  Reincarnation?  Unification with others?

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06/11/15 - Join us Thursday on Topical Currents for an hour food and dining program with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. Her topic is of deep interest to many: food allergies. Our expert is Dr. Michael Pacin, founder of the Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care.

06/10/15 - Today on Topical Currents: Miami’s vast feral chicken population has become streetwise.  They avoid those charged with rounding them up as adroitly as a street drug dealer.

06/09/15 - Everyone makes prejudicial judgments . . . but exposure to groups and individuals can mitigate them. 

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06/08/15 - Tune in for Monday’s Topical Currents when we examine how physicians adapt and enhance treatment for special needs patients. The Americans with Disabilities Act has been in effect for 25 years, yet a new survey finds some 20% of doctors remain inaccessible to those with special needs. It can be a major challenge for parents, as well as patients who need treatment and understanding. That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at 1pm.

06/04/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Amy Yu, city launcher for Instacart, a same day grocery membership delivery service.  Groceries are delivered to your door within 1 hour of placing the order.  You can choose groceries from Whole Foods, Costco, and Winn Dixie.  Amy explains what i

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06/04/15 - On the next Topical Currents, it’s our At Your Service mode.  June is here, and another brutal summer looms.  Is your air conditioning OK for the brutal months ahead?  We’ll have an expert on hand.

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