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

(1-3-2017) Today’s Topical Currents considers . . . the Life Coach.  Have you ever considered using one? 

Is there energy, wisdom and skills waiting to have you thrive . . . if only they could be set in motion?

We discuss areas where coaching is effective, what qualifies someone to be a coach, and what sort of results are common.  There is no state regulation or licensing requirements for coaches.  

(12-29-2016)   Today’s Topical Currents begins with a look at upcoming “Special Olympics Florida” happenings at regional Publix Markets. 

Each store will hold a “Torch Icon” event from New Year’s Eve through January 21st. 

We learn more about the “Healthy Community” efforts of the Special Olympics.

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(12-29-2016) Food & Dining - In studio interview with Miami Herald Food Editor, Carlos Frias. Topic: Restaurant Retrospective; major trends in 2016 (openings, closings, celebrity chefs) and what to expect in 2017. 

Dinner in Minutes: Sirloin Steak in Cognac Sauce with Saffron and Pepper Orzo

A perfect, quick dinner for this holiday week.

Fred Tasker gives his News Year’s wine suggestions and restaurant wine trends.

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(12-28-2016, Originally aired 5-9-2016)  On today’s Topical Currents, we recount the terrible events which caused the collapse of Florida’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Writer and editor Bill DeYoung, has researched events for the book, SKYWAY:  The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge, and the Man Who Brought It Down.

Thirty-five people lost their lives on May 9th, 1980, when a 20-thousand-ton vessel rammed a support pier.

(It shouldn’t have happened.)

(12-27-2016, Original air date 1-19-2016)  On today’s Topical Currents,  we speak with writer Jeff Wilser, author of the unconventional book, The Good News About What’s Bad For You . . . and the Bad News About What’s Good For You.

S-t-r-e-s-s-i-n-g moderation, one can eat more steak, drink whiskey, eschew kale and juice cleanses . . . while taking more naps.

And ouch:  a study shows gluten-free may cause weight gain.

(12-26-2016 ** Rebroadcast from 3-29-2016) Today’s program looks at the fight against cancer, and MoonShot 2020, in a Topical Currents rebroadcast.

Just as J-F-K pledged a lunar landing in the 1960s, “2020” brings together the pharmaceutical industry, biotechs, oncologists, academics and others with a focused mission:  to radically change how cancer is treated. 

We speak about “MoonShot 2020”, with University of Miami Medical Professor and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Director, Dr. Stephen Nimer.   

(12-22-2016) We're joined by The Continental Starr Restaurant's Chef Richard Torres, and General Manager, Stephanie Hart.  We’ll be talking about Christmas Celebrations – Japanese Style – with a very American twist.  Fried Chicken and Chocolate Cake???  

Dinner in Minutes-

Steak au Poivre (Steak with Pepper and Mushroom Sauce) with Garlic Rosemary Potatoes

A perfect quick dinner for the holiday season.

Fred Tasker  gives his Christmas wine suggestions.

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(12-22-2016)   Have you ever been COMFOOZLED by FETID EFFLUVIA?  That is, overcome by a noxious odor? 

Today’s Topical Currents begins with Bryan Kozlowski, who’s written “What the Dickens:  Distinctly Dickensian Words & How to Use Them.”

(12-21-2016) Has the holiday shopping grind put you in an “enough-already!!” mood? 

Then, why not consider more meaningful gifts?  No parking woes, no bar-codes . . . and no re-gifting. 

Today’s Topical Currents considers simple holiday presents.  Perhaps the gift of time.  Chronicle family history for siblings. Enlarge and frame a great picture.  Or, splurge for your niece’s trumpet lessons.  Her mother will love it.  

(12-20-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition . . . on pet care.  With us is Dr. Ian Kupke, who heads the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic, and pet behavior specialist, Edel Miedes.

The Holidays can present pet situations, including animal stress or as unwanted gifts.

We take listener calls about our four-legged family members, and get the views of professionals.

(12-19-2016) What industry magnate owned the Miami Beach estate where the great Fontainebleau Hotel arose?

Hello, BB here. 

It was Harvey Firestone.  Of-THE-Firestones.

Hear numerous historical tidbits, such as that, on Monday’s Topical Currents.

It’s one of our South Florida History Quiz editions, with Dr. Paul George.

Oh . . . & what’s with the weird origin of the name Tamarac, in Broward?

(12-15-2016) Caterer extraordinaire, Bill Hansen from Bill Hansen Catering.  He’s known as the luxury catering and event planner. With the holidays coming up, it’s time to think about planning parties and events. He talks about the secrets to a successful party and planning an event, and how to approach a caterer.  Also his new Executive Chef, Dewey Losasso is with us and has brought some of his signature dishes to taste.

Dinner in Minutes-

Turkey and Black Bean Burrito – quick and easy for this busy time of year.

Fred Tasker gives his party wine suggestions.

(12-15-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents begins with “Doreen’s Deals” practitioner Doreen Christensen, of the Sun Sentinel.  For holiday shoppers, Free Shipping Day is Friday for about one-thousand online retailers. Many have cash-back or coupon code rebates.

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(12-13-2016)   Today’s Topical Currents is a visit with tech and consumer expert David Pogue.

His “Pogue’s Basic” series continues with Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) About Beating the System.

From saving money on toothpaste to paying your income tax via credit card, Pogue has unique angles on not leaving money on the table.

12-12-2016   Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with regular contributor Donna Ballman.  She’s an employee rights attorney and author. 

Ballman thinks some employees might have to scramble for coverage should the Affordable Care Act be rescinded, particularly those with preexisting conditions.

Of course, we take listener calls on a wide variety of matters.

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