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

(701102017) Do you have a customer service torment story you love to tell?  Of course, doesn’t everyone?

But think of the hilarious stories told by service reps about no-clue customers.

Today we have a session with customer relations professionals from the famed Dale Carnegie Training organization, and learn how fast and courteous customer service doesn’t have to be a relic of more genteel times.

(7-10-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with photojournalist, author and blogger, Al Crespo.

He’s been an ardent and high-profile critic of Miami City & County governments for decades, and has chastised area news media, as well.

His “Crespo-gram” Report is a strongly-worded attack on public corruption, with stinging accusations against government officials.

We hear about his long career and anti-corruption crusades.

(7-6-2017) July is National Ice Cream Month, and Federico Di Franco, co-owner with his wife, Carla, of Bianco Gelato in Coconut Grove is with us.  His gelato is made with organic milk, and has dairy free, low fat and low sugar options.  Bianco was voted one of America’s top 18 ice cream shops on Yahoo Food.  He brings gelato to taste.

Restaurant news: Jen Karetnick, Miami Magazine Food Critic gives her restaurant tips

Dinner in Minutes: Beef and Berry Pasta Salad, a cool salad for hot summer evenings.

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(7-6-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features the Unity360 Summer  Race Dialogue from the South Florida People of Color organization.

Two Saturday sessions in Miami Shores discuss how race, bias and bigotry shape society and daily interactions.

(7-5-2017) .  Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with Florida employment lawyer, Donna Ballman.

She updates the latest info about wrongful termination, non-compete agreements, harassment, independent contractor designations, and whistleblower cases.

Donna Ballman is also the author of “How to Stand Up for Your Rights Without Getting Fired.”

(6-29-2017) Today we're joined by Chef Jim Pastor and Mixologist Oscar Amaya from the Rusty Pelican.  They will give tips for a sparkling 4th with food and drink. They have a special party/dinner at the Rusty Pelican for Independence Day.  They bring food and drinks for us to taste. 

Restaurant news: Laine Doss, Miami New Times Food Editor will give her restaurant tips

Dinner in Minutes: Texas Turkey Burger with Corn and Black Bean Salad. Celebrate July 4th with a sparkling burger that gets its bang from jalapeno peppers.

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(6-28-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with social media law attorney, author, professor & consultant, Ethan Wall.  He’s a legal authority on all things Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram . . . and has advice for companies and individuals seeking how to best market on social media.

Of course, we take your calls.

(6-27-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at bicycles as a key to the future of South Florida urban transformation.  Over the last decade bike commuting grew 47-percent in the U.S. . .  and 73-percent in our largest cities.

Another plus for bikes:  48-percent of adolescents who bike are less obese than peers.

We’ve assembled a panel to discuss bikes and South Florida . . . and of course, to take your calls.

(6-26-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents has an expert outlook on the 2017 hurricane season. 

  Veteran General Contractor Kia Ricchi has the essentials for home preparedness measures.

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(6-22-2017) In-studio interview with The Restaurant at the Raleigh Chef, Josh Elliot. Topic: Grilling. He concentrates on grilled foods at the restaurant.   He gives tips on how to grill the perfect, steak, burger, fish, chicken, vegetables.  He also bring food to taste.

Restaurant news: Matt Meltzer, Miami Editor for the Thrillist Group will give his restaurant tips.

Dinner in Minutes: Mike Golic’s Barbecue Blitz Chicken Wraps

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(6-22-2017) Today it's a “Doreen’s Deals” feature, with Sun-Sentinel Consumer Columnist Doreen Christensen.  Many of her consumer deals are of the digital variety, with discounts by the Big Four mobile carriers and selected Amazon Prime discounts.

(6-20-2017) If you don’t have enough to worry about, consider “Zoonotic” diseases, when illnesses are spread between animals and people.  It’s more common than you think.

Today's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition about pet care, with Dr. Ian Kupkee of the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic, and Animal Behavior specialist, Edel Miedes.

Also, why does a pet just KNOW a vet trip is imminent?  If yours freaks out . . . we have advice about curbing that anxiety.

(6-19-2017) We know sleep is essential for all species.  Most humans have comfortable quarters to attain it, and no reason to fear attack while in bed.  Then why is there often such frustration over it?

Today’s Topical Currents is with journalist and English professor Benjamin Reiss.  He’s written WILD NIGHTS:  How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World.

Can you believe there’s a sleep magazine?  It’s called, Van Winkle’s!

(6-15-2017) Pre-Father's Day conversation with Sushi Maki owner, Abe Ng and his father, Canton owner, Allan Ng. We discuss the role Abe’s father played in his becoming a restaurateur and how his father came to America and started his successful restaurant chain.  They bring food to taste.

Restaurant news: Carols Frias Miami Herald Food Editor

Dinner in Minutes: Open-face steak sandwich – perfect for Dad on his day

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(6-15-2017) Today's pre-Father’s Day Topical Currents features the Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida.  It works for the full involvement of fathers in children’s lives, with workshops, conferences . . . and even the Fatherhood Reading Squad.

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