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

(12-8-2016)  Today’s Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer, with her annual “kitchen gadget” review program.

Perhaps you’ll pick up gift ideas.  Some of the items cost under 20-dollars.

There’s a “customized” ice cream scoop available, and a powerful electric indoor grill capable of deep searing.  

Dinner in Minutes:

Pork Scaloppini with Cauliflower Parmesan

Fred  gives his gift wine suggestions

(12-7-2016) This week we’ve talked on the air about public radio membership.  And of course, many listeners have been long-time members of the station.

So when did you first make a first pledge?

Perhaps there’s a story about it . . . so give us details.

Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman present the popular “Members Only” edition.  We chat with esteemed members, have some fun, and get to know each other a little better.  

12-06-2016 (rebroadcast) On t0day’s Topical Currents  we visit with frequent contributor Dr. Paul George, and discuss South Florida history.  We present some little known facts about times past in the growth of some of our communities:  including, for example, Fort Lauderdale.  Before there was an actual City, there were three Army forts named Lauderdale during the Second Seminole War.

(12-5-2016) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the current state of solar energy use in the Sunshine State.

The two solar energy-related Florida Constitution Amendment questions went the way favored by environmentalists:  Yes for One, No on Four

So where are we now?  Is it now time to invest in generating more solar at your home?

We have experts on hand . . . and take your calls.

www.flsun.org

www.zinasunshine.com

(12-01-2016) Today's guests, Lin Arison and Diana Stoll are co-authors of The Desert and The Cities Sing: Discovering Today’s Israel. This is actually a box with a collection of four books about the country’s arts and culture, dining, recreation, agriculture and industry. It also contains 4 films, including the Academy Award-winning “Strangers No More”, a flash drive highlighting Israel’s innovations, 26 frameable photographs and a limited edition scarf by an Israeli designer.  

Today we concentrate on the food, wine and agriculture sections. 

Dinner in Minutes:

12-01-2016 Today’s Topical Currents features a focus on Voices for Children of Broward County.  The group works to give abused, neglected and abandoned children a Guardian ad Litem voice, while tending to their health, education and social needs.  

www.voicesbroward.org

www.chroniclebooks.com

(11-30-2016) At Your Service: condo and homeowner association issues with community association law attorney, Donna Berger, of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.

dberger@bplegal.com

954-364-6031

www.communityassociationlawblog.com 

(11-29-2016, Original broadcast 3-23-2016) Today’s Topical Currents discusses how a family somehow functions after catastrophe:  a random murder of an adolescent by strangers.

Jonathan Kushner was aged eleven in 1973, his surviving brother, only four.  But the survivor is now the acclaimed 47-year-old journalist, David Kushner.

David Kushner has written of the Southwest Florida crime, and how his bereaved family coped.

We hear the story behind the book, ALLIGATOR CANDY.

(11-28-2016, Original air date 06-28-2016)

Miami-Dade College President Dr. Eduardo Padron.  He was recently presented a 2016 Presidential Freedom Award at the White House.  

(11-22-2016) The role of “caregiver” can be thrust upon one without much say in matters.  It can be exhausting, frustrating, even thankless.

Today’s Topical Currents looks at the many aspects of taking care of debilitated family members.  A caregiver’s family relations are often strained.

We speak with Caregiver Magazine publisher Gary Barg, and Caregiver Specialist Nancy Victoria, of the Alliance for Aging . . . and take your calls.  

www.caregiver.com     1-877-829-2734

(11-21-2016) Today, it’s a signature “At Your Service” edition of Topical Currents.  We give advice on how to navigate small claims and such, with Miami-Dade Consumer Advocate Holly Beth Hillington.  She protects the public interest in unfair and deceptive practices and misleading advertising.

Also, consumer protection attorney Michael Schiff takes listener calls.

consumer@miamidade.gov

www.consumeradvocates.org 

Consumer Hotline:  786-469-2333

(11-17-2016) Today’s Topical Currents begins with our “Doreen’s Deals” feature, with South Florida Sun-Sentinel consumer sage, Doreen Christensen. 

 Beware! Black Friday lurks.  She has handy survival tips for the souls who choose to brave it.

(2016-11-16) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the life of Joan Kroc.  Of course, her husband Ray created the world’s largest fast-food dynasty after buying out two Southern California brothers named . . . McDonald.  

But his third wife—Joan—intrigued in her own right.

We speak with Lisa Napoli about her book, Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away.  

(11-15-2016) – Longtime South Florida political figure Gwen Margolis is profiled.  A former Florida Senate President and Miami-Dade Commissioner, she has now retired.  

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