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

(6-8-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach’s inventive IncreMental-U adult summer program.  Some 60 courses are offered . . . such as How to Sing, Invasive Species, and even White House Scandals. 

http://wpb.org/mycitylibrary/

(6-7-2017) South Florida abounds in condominiums—and associations—so today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with an association expert.  She’s attorney Donna Berger.

We touch on bills passed in this year’s legislative session, including those calling for criminal penalties for condo fraud, and term-limits for board members.

Of course, we take your Condo and Homeowner’s Board questions during the hour.

(6-6-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at specialized efforts to prepare individuals with autism spectrum disorder for productive employment.

Technology, self-advocacy, and decision making skills offer new worlds of independence for A-S-D adolescents and adults.

We engage a panel of experts from regional universities and foundations to update the remarkable progress in the field.

www.umcard.org

1-800-9-autism

(6-5-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with renowned architect Bernard Zyscovich, whose large firm is involved in numerous projects worldwide, as well as projects in South Florida.  Zyskovich Architects designed the Midtown Miami urban market and housing area, as well as the redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center.  Its current proposal is the “Plan Z” development along the Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami-Dade.  The Causeway would become more recreation and bicycle friendly.

Facebook live: https://www.facebook.com/ZyscovichArchitects/?fref=nf

(6-1-2017) Restaurant Roundabout with Laine Doss, Food Editor for Miami New Times, and Jen Karetnick, Miami Magazine Restaurant Critic. We talk about the many new restaurant openings and closings and ask listeners for their favorite local restaurant.

Dinner in Minutes

Poached Salmon with Hot Arugula Pasta- salmon steaks an alternative to salmon fillet

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(5-31-2017) Today's Topical Currents features an examination of the connection between the potential for great talent and conditions commonly thought to be “disabilities”, with Gail Saltz, MD, author of The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius.

(5-30-2017) Think about a troubled adolescent or teenage girl faced with a juvenile justice system designed for wayward boys.  It’s not an advantageous position.

Today’s Topical Currents features the PACE Center for Girls, which operates in 19 Florida counties.  It’s recognized for its proficiency in keeping these young women out of the justice system, amidst a fostering and productive atmosphere.

786-254-2460

pacecenter.org

(5-25-2017)   Chef Niven Patel, Chef/Owner of the new restaurant, Ghee Indian Kitchen.  The restaurant is located in rapidly developing Downtown Dadeland, the area across Kendall Dr. from the Dadeland shopping mall.  He serves Indian home-style dishes that are unusual and not seen in the US.  He uses Indian vegetables grown in his own Homestead garden.  He also has a water story. His only water source for the restaurant is recovered from the humidity in the restaurant. It makes 150 gallons of water a day.

Restaurant news: Matt Meltzer gives his restaurant news

(5-25-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with Sun-Sentinel consumer columnist Doreen Christensen, and her mission to quell invasive “robo” calls. She has many tips, which include “googling” your own phone number, and getting smartphone apps to thwart ad calls.

(5-22-2017, originally aired 1-18-2017)   Today’s Topical Currents is with Nova Southeastern University Social Media and the Law professor, Ethan Wall.

The upsurge in social media use by professionals generates legal and ethical questions, which require care and consideration when promoting products and services.

Does an attorney’s Twitter comment on an issue constitute advertising?

(5-18-2017) Old-salt NPR listeners have heard this tag innumerable times:   “Our theme music was composed by B.J. Leiderman.” He’s someone who’s left an indelible mark on public radio . . . having never uttered a word.

We meet him on Today’s Topical Currents.

(5-18-2017)  We visit with Dr. Chris Winter, author of THE SLEEP SOLUTION:  Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It.

(5-17-2017) If you’re a person of at least modest wealth, chances are you employ a financial advisor.  But how does one rate such an advice-giver?  And what’s the best method to find one?

We visit with Kevin Neal, the founder and president of a firm called, “Moenio,” an independent client advocacy and consulting firm.

They work with, and evaluate the performance of financial advisors, to ensure the best performance for an individual.  

(5-16-2017)  Sometimes, an older person asserts, “I wouldn’t have changed a thing in my life.” 

Really?

We discuss a popular internet item called, “The 37 Things You’ll Regret When You're Old.”  And take calls about them. 

Perhaps it was staying in a really bad relationship.  Maybe, it was failing to ever learn another language.  Did you miss the chance to say “I Love You?”

What are your ultimate regrets?

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