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.

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07/02/15  - Sometimes it takes know-how to save money. On Thursday’s Topical Currents we begin with The Sun-Sentinel’s consumer columnist, Doreen Christensen.  She’s proud to have never paid full price for anything . . . and has tips for you to do the same. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s annual “Mango Madness” program, with Dr.

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07/01/15 - Most aging boomers are baffled by ever-changing personal technology:  what percentage of smart phone functions do you understand?  The average is but 6%. Wednesday’s Topical Currents features former New York Times tech columnist David Pogue.

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06/30/15 - Tune in for Tuesday’s Topical Currents, when we speak with Securities Arbitration Attorney, Jake Zamansky.  He works on behalf of investors who’ve suffered fraud, misrepresentation and other misdeeds by their stockbrokers. Some have lost retirement and life savings accounts, or suffered elder abuse. Of course, we’ll take your calls . . . Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm.

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06/29/15 - On Monday’s Topical Currents we ponder some of Miami’s best tourist locales . . . 

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06/25/15 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview David Foulquier, owner Fooq’s Miami restaurant. We talk summer cooking tips and easy summer entertaining.  He has an unusual wine list and will talk with Fred about it.

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06/25/15 - On Thursday’s Topical Currents, we begin with contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of South Florida’s weekly “Watchdog Report.” He’ll discuss our region’s government, politics . . . and personalities. And more.  Linda Gassenheimer gives cooking and entertaining tips for the summer months ahead . . .

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06/24/15 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents for Neda Ulaby.  She reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk. Ulaby’s stories reflect political and economic realities, cultural issues, obsessions and transitions . . . which overlap the worlds of art, music, TV, film, new media and literature. Neda Ulaby is in South Florida tonight at ArtServe Fort Lauderdale - we get the details on Topical Currents today at 1pm.

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06/23/15 - Join us for our June Topical Currents call-in edition with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupke and animal behaviorist Edel Miedes. We’re “At Your Service” for questions Tuesday, especially about those loyal family members who can’t voice their concerns . . . pets.  They need special attention when a storm approaches. Listen in . . . and phone in . . .

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06/22/15 - On Monday’s Topical Currents we visit with a native Miamian who has the peculiarity of moving from a defendant . . . to a defense attorney. He’s David Lee Windecher, a former gang member, drug dealer and crime ring leader. After 13 arrests, he saw the light.  Last May he was sworn in as an attorney, in the same courtroom where he appeared in han.dcuffs and jumpsuit. We discuss his book The American Dream: HisStory in the Making.”  That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at 1pm.

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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.

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