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

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.”

(7-27-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with the Florida Unclaimed Property Division.  It holds money and property from dormant bank accounts, safe-deposit boxes, utility deposits, and insurance payouts. 

(7-26-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features two award-winning veteran journalists:  Palm Beach Post reporter and columnist Tony Doris, and Florida Bulldog founder and editor, Dan Christensen.

We discuss a variety of South Florida issues and newsmakers with particular emphasis on Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

(7-25-2017, originally aired 5-16-2017) Sometimes, an older person asserts, “I wouldn’t have changed a thing in my life.”  Really?  We discuss a recent internet item called, “The 37 Things You’ll Regret When You're Old.”  Was it staying in a really bad relationship?  Maybe, it was failing to ever learn another language.  Did you miss a poignant chance to say “I Love You?”

What are your ultimate regrets?

(7-24-2017) Today’s Topical Currents highlights a Miami-Dade effort to shape and update the Comprehensive Development Master Plan.

This is a Florida state requirement, and occurs every seven years.

There’s an EAR2018 website, where residents can give detailed responses about county issues, especially in regard to development, traffic and environmental concerns.

(7-20-2017) Today's topic is Kid-friendly food. We have 2 guests plus 1 taster.  

Joining us is Senetta Carter, President of the Rayfield Family Literacy facilitates.  She is responsible for providing and organizing free food for 155 camps in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. The kids have a choice of 2 meals a day, choosing from breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner.  The program is supported by the Children’s Trust and paid for with Florida state funding.

(7-20-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features a look at the 2017 Knight Foundation Cities Challenge winners from Miami.  They include two innovative civic engagement plans, as well as a “Green Mobility Network” transportation project.

( 7-19-2017) You wouldn’t think Topical Currents would yield to celebrity adoration, but alas, we too have sold out.

With a public radio twist, of course . . .

We look at celebrity from the viewpoint of Julie Klam, the author of THE STARS IN OUR EYES:  The Famous, The Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much About Them.

(7-18-2017) Today we learn about the history of Florida Native tribes . . . the era of what is called the Seminole Wars . . . and how tribes evolved to the modern era. 

The Choctaw, Calusa, Timucua, Tequesta and others lived here in Florida.  The Miccosukee and Seminole remain the only federally recognized Tribes.

(7-17-2017) Today’s Topical Currents goes all-out for experimental music . . . and “sound art.”

The Subtropics-24 experimental music & sound art festival is underway in South Florida.  We visit with its founder—composer and sound artist Gustavo Matamoros--and feature “binaural” recording selections.

Non-driving listeners may want to use earbuds or headphones during the broadcast.

(7-13-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features South Florida Sun-Sentinel consumer columnist, Doreen Christensen.

She scoffs at “paying full price—for anything”—and gives her best savings tips for listeners.

(7-13-2017) Bastille Day is July 14. Today we chat with Café Bonjour co-owner Veronique Youbi.  She and her husband came from Paris and opened this small café in South Miami.  They serve French classics and GREAT pastries. She brings some for us to taste. 

Dinner in Minutes: Moules a la Mariniere (Mussels in White Wine)

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