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

    (8-30-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is about female pilots on the flight decks of commercial airlines.

Can you guess the percentage of women who fly those planes?  It’s but five-percent. 

We’ll speak with two South Florida-based female pilots, and learn how they broke the male dominated “glass ceiling.”

(8-29-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is with Lynn University history professor and author Robert Watson.

His latest work explains one of history’s worst maritime disasters, which caused some three-times the number of Titanic casualties.  Little is known of this major tragedy.

It’s THE NAZI TITANIC:  The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II.

The victims were concentration camp prisoners.


(8-25-2016) Linda Gassenheimer’s annual “back-to-school” lunch edition.  We learn what’s in store for school meals and after school activities in Broward & Dade.


Penny Parham, Administrative Director, Department of Food and Nutrition, Miami-Dade County Schools Mary Mulder, Director Food Nutrition Services for Broward County Schools 

Dinner in Minutes:

Roast Chicken Pasta Salad

Fred gives his wine suggestions.

    (8-25-2016) Today’s Topical Currents features a blend of songs and stories about our National Park Service, with Biscayne National Park rangers Gary Bremen and Megan Davenport.  Besides incredible vistas and wildlife, the Parks contribute moving human stories.

(8-24-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with a focus on employee rights and legalities in the workplace.  We’ll visit with regular contributor, attorney and author, Donna Ballman.

She’s the author of STAND UP FOR YOURSELF WITHOUT GETTING FIRED, and represents employees in workplace disputes.

We take listener calls throughout the hour.

(8-23-2016) Today’s Topical Currents considers how individuals and small organizations can have meaningful impact on regional issues.

The bromide, “You can’t fight City Hall,” is commonplace . . . for many citizens feel helpless before government officials and special interests.

We hear from two experts who know the ropes:  Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, and public defense attorney and quintessential community activist, Sara Yousuf. 

(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.

(8-18-2016) Food and Dining: Miami Spice Months with  Bill Talbert, President and CEO Greater Miami Convention and Business Bureau, and Beaker and Gray Chef, Brian Nasajon. Bill gives us tips on how to navigate the offering for this year’s Miami Spice – August and September -  $39 for a 3 course dinner, $23 for lunch. Brian will talk about why he decided to participate and will bring us a taste of his Miami Spice menu.

Dinner in Minutes:

Thai Beef Pasta Salad

Fred Tasker gives his wine suggestions

(8-18-2016)  Do you pride yourself on getting the best bargains? Then don’t miss today’s Topical Currents. We chat with the Sun-Sentinel columnist who never pays full-price for ANYTHING . . . Doreen Christensen. 

Learn about oodles of back-to-school deals - even including new student loan discounts.

(8-17-2016)  Identity theft is now so commonplace that it’s nearly a “not IF, but  WHEN” situation.

On Today’s Topical Currents we learn just how pervasive these attacks are.  There really are NO airtight passwords, and internet and social media use helps criminals discover User-ID questions.


(8-16-2016) Now’s the most chancy part of hurricane season.  Have you thought about pet care during a storm?

A good idea is to get a microchip for dogs and cats at the vet.  And where will that kitty or pooch ride out the storm?

Some shelters allow pets, others don’t.

Listen for our veterinarian “At Your Service” pet care edition of Topical Currents, where we share significant information, and also, take your calls.


(8-15-2016) Today’s Topical Currents chronicles Florida’s worst disaster:  the Hurricane of 1928.  In total, some 7,000 lives were lost, about 2,500 in Florida.

The storm tossed the waters of mammoth Lake Okeechobee into the marshes to the south.  In the aftermath, some 700 African-Americans were buried in a mass grave.

We learn more of the tragedy from reporter and historian Elliott Kleinberg, author of BLACK CLOUD.

(8-9-2016) In the Sunshine State, one would assume solar to be a dominant energy source. 

So why is Florida one of only four U.S. states without distributed consumer solar power?

Today’s Topical Currents reviews the state’s solar issues, including two state Constitutional questions:  Amendments One and Four.  Amendment Four is on the August 30th primary ballot, but Amendment One is slated for November.

We also discuss the latest in solar and “green” technologies.

(8-8-2016) Today's Topical Currents looks at the plight of captive animals, and the growing movement to free or retire them.

We visit with the founder and director of Animal Hero Kids, Susan Hargreaves, as well as activist Wendy King, and Dr. Ian Kupkee of Sabal Chase Animal Clinic in Miami.


Linda Gassenheimer celebrates the world’s tastiest bi-valve:  the oyster.  We’ll learn how they’re harvested—21st century style—and how to best enjoy.