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

5-8-2017 We’ve passed the seventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil explosion, in 2010.  A spill impacted 68,000 miles of ocean, and washed ashore along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida.

We speak with Connie May Fowler about her memoir of the event, called “A Million Fragile Bones.”

(5-4-2017) Food & Dining: In-studio interview with Colleen Adams, Founder and Executive Director of Empowered Youth, and 2 members of the Vibe 305 Food Truck team. Empowered Youth serves inner city boys between the ages of 13 and 17. Their goal is to provide these young men the opportunity and support to redirect their lives and become successful. Their Vibe 305 Food Truck trains the youth in the food industry and helps to support some of the program.  They will be coming to the station in their food truck for a Facebook live video and will bring food  for us to taste.

(5-4-2017) A captivating aspect of South Florida life and geography is the string of islands comprising the historic Florida Keys.  Today’s Topical Currents features a highlight of the new Florida Keys History & Discovery Center, in Islamorada.

www.keysdiscovery.com


(5-1-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with University of Miami History Professor Gregory Bush, a longtime advocate for South Florida’s urban environmental conscience, public land use, South Florida history, and much more.

After decades at U-M, Professor Bush has decided to leave the sub-tropical Miami area for the opposite pole: the state of Maine, with its average temperature of 42 degrees.

He has significant thoughts about leaving the region.

(5-2-2017) On today’s Topical Currents,  we celebrate National Teachers’ Day, with three outstanding educators from both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Teaching isn’t the highest paid profession . . . nor the easiest.

We chat with exceptional teachers, and find what motivates, inspires, and even confounds them.

4-27-2017 Linda Gassenheimer, with Irvin Lin, author of Marbled, Swirled & Layered, his cookbook of homemade cake and cookie twists.

Are you tempted by a beer-battered brownie?

(4-27-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with an ongoing program to reach the Miami-Dade stray and free-roaming cat population. 

It’s the COMMUNITY ACTION TARGETED TRAPPING INITIATIVE.  Teams of volunteers trap kitties . . . for neutering and release.

amoise@miamidade.gov

pets@miamidade.gov

305-418-7193, or dial 311

(4-25-2017, originally aired 1/4/2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with a self-proclaimed “difficult person,” Sarah Elliston.

She says most “hard to get along-with” people have no idea they’re such.  Clueless.

Once she saw the light, she changed . . . and began to help other “difficult” types take on different exteriors.

Perhaps her message will resonate with . . . YOU.  

(4-24-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the Key Clubhouse of South Florida, which helps those with mental illness disorders reintegrate into the workplace and community.

Key Clubhouse is a close-knit membership group of adults living with mental illness.  Some 42-percent are employed, and have greatly improved physical and mental health, plus reduced occurrences of psychiatric hospital stays.

www.keyclubhouse.org

305-693-3508

(4-20-2017)  Joining us today is Mark Kelly, PR manager for Lodge Cast Iron.  Cast Iron Cooking has become very popular.  Handled right, cast iron skillets are naturally nonstick.  We’ll talk about what they are, and how to use and care for them. (You might remember that Ken Lyon uses only cast iron skillets in his restaurant.)  Linda brings pizza and cookies made in cast iron skillets for us to taste. 

Restaurant news with Matt Meltzer

Dinner in Minutes:

Onion Mushroom Pizza

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(4-20-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with info about Earth Day events you might attend.

For one, there’s Saturday’s Baynanza Biscayne Bay Cleanup, at more than 20 locations in Miami Dade.  We have details.

(4-19-2017)  Today, we explore the deep and ancient connection between humans and the domestic cat, with natural history and conservation writer Thomas McNamee. 

Some people consider cats as aloof creatures.  That they mostly depend on us for but food and shelter. 

Not so, says McNamee.

His latest book is, THE INNER LIFE OF CATS:  The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions.

(4-18-2017) What fundamentals drive memorable advertising campaigns?  How will social media and ecommerce evolve to sway our perceptions and product choices?

Today’s edition is with F-I-U Professor of Advertising, Margo Berman.  Her years in the business cover all aspects.  She even formed her own ad agency. Professor Berman’s written numerous books, including The Blueprint for Strategic Advertising, and The Copywriter’s Toolkit.

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