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

(3-9-2017) – Nancy Scanlon, Author of My Mother’s Cookbook: Freshly Real. Topic: How to write an eBook cookbook when you don’t know what you’re doing.  She talks about how she recreated the stories and recipes from her mother’s cooking and created an ebook with them. She also gives tips for others who might want to compile or publish their family recipes and brings food from the book for us to taste.

Restaurant News: Jen Karetnick talks about a special new restaurant on Brickell. 

Dinner in Minutes

Tuna Skillet Pie: memories of my mother’s cooking

(3-9-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins at a walk . . . for animals, that is.  Saturday is the annual event for the Broward Humane Society where thousands of people--and their pets—walk about a mile to raise funds for the Society. 

(3-8-2017) Today’s Topical Currents profiles the President and C-E-O of HistoryMiami, Jorge Zamanillo.

HistoryMiami is the largest museum in Florida, and has garnered the prestigious Smithsonian Affiliation.

Zamanillo grew up in Little Havana, with an appreciation of South Florida’s unique crossroads flavor.  He’s an F-S-U graduate, and has been at HistoryMiami for nearly 20 years.

(3-7-2017) It’s a common assumption that if one has health insurance; the company routinely covers the bulk of medical charges. 

Correct?  The answer is only a “maybe.”

Today’s Topical Currents looks at the confusing aspects of navigating the medical billing process, with patient advocate Kenneth Klein, Founder/Manager of Human Health Advocates, LLC, in Boca Raton.  He provides assistance to patients with medical bill and health insurance related concerns.

(3-6-2017) Many Americans are anxious about healthcare options.  Will the Affordable Care Act be repealed or modified? And what medical landscape will face uninsured and low-income individuals?

(3-1-2017) Has any city had as much influence on Miami as the one to the south, separated by ocean and politics?

That city of course, is Havana. With five centuries of history, it struggled with piracy and slavery, was in constant revolution against Spain, and a tenuous relationship with the Americans.

We speak with author Mark Kurlansky, whose latest work is HAVANA:  A Subtropical Delirium.

(3-2-2017) Charcoal Restaurant Chef/owner Ken Lyon. He’s a caterer, past owner of Fratelli Lyon in the Design District and now his new venture is in  Wynwood Yard. The restaurant is constructed from used shipping containers.  It has a unique menu based on two Josper ovens.  These are closed ovens that are fueled by charcoal. He will bring food to taste.

Restaurant News: Laine Doss gives a restaurant review. 

Dinner in Minutes:

Wasabi Crusted Salmon with Pan Roasted Ginger Corn and Broccoli  - a simple sauce gives salmon an Asian flavor – and in minutes

(3-2-2017) Today’s Topical Currents focuses on The Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews, now named "MCCJ", its annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner, and the prestigious Silver Medallion Award, for advancing respect among people of all cultures, religions and races.

(2-28-2017) On today’s Topical Currents, we visit with Dr. John Kelly, the President of Florida Atlantic University.  FAU serves more than 30,000 students on six campuses along more than 100 miles of Florida’s east coast.  Its main campus is in Boca Raton, but it is the lead state university for Broward County.  It operates the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in St. Lucie County’s Fort Pierce.

Learn more about F-A-U with its President, Dr. John Kelly

(2-27-2017, originally aired 8-31-2016) Today’s Topical Currents recounts the history of Miami’s Virginia Key, and its place in South Florida civil rights history.

Historically, Virginia Key Beach had been an area of approved African-American recreation area.  They were prohibited on all other beaches.  In the ‘50s and ‘60s, it was a vibrant, but still strictly segregated area.

(2-23-2017) The Mango Gang Reunited -  interviews with 3 of the original gang, in studio, Chef Norman Van Aken and Chef Allen Susser, by phone Chef Mark Militello.  They talk about how the gang started and how their style of cooking changed the South Florida Culinary scene. Also a look at the South Florida restaurant scene with Matt Meltzer.

(2-23-2017) How many listening now really have a handle on what services your mobile phone offers, what you’re using, and what fees are involved?

Today’s Topical Currents begins with Sun-Sentinel columnist Doreen Christensen, and “Doreen’s Deals.”  She’s done the work . . . just listen for answers, concerning new deals on cell phone services.

(2-22-2017) Today’s Topical Currents celebrates 70 years of UNICEF:  The United Nations International Children’s Education Fund.  Worldwide, countless numbers of children have been helped . . . but the work also goes on in South Florida, in both high school and University.

(2-22-2017) On today's Topical Currents, we look at the art of living clutter free. 

Impossible?  Probably.  So we’ll speak with professional organizer, Amanda Sullivan.

She’s even helped hoarders, so what you consider a mess is probably easy to consolidate.

One trick:  Just take a minute or two before bed to tidy up a bit.  She calls it, “a last sweep.”

(2-21-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents features Sebrina Maria Alfonso, conductor of Fort Lauderdale’s South Florida Symphony Orchestra.

The talented Maestra answersthe question, “why aren’t there more female classical music conductors?” 

In concerts throughout our region next week, Sebrina Maria Alfonso conducts works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff and Nielsen.

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