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

(8-8-2016) Today's Topical Currents looks at the plight of captive animals, and the growing movement to free or retire them.

We visit with the founder and director of Animal Hero Kids, Susan Hargreaves, as well as activist Wendy King, and Dr. Ian Kupkee of Sabal Chase Animal Clinic in Miami.


Linda Gassenheimer celebrates the world’s tastiest bi-valve:  the oyster.  We’ll learn how they’re harvested—21st century style—and how to best enjoy.


Aug 4, 2016

(08-04-2016) Today’s Topical Currents features the two-way traffic app, WAZE.  It’s a citizen’s connection, which keeps aware of delays, as you drive.  Enter a destination . . . keep it open . . . and know about construction or accidents.  And help others, by pointing out delays.

(08-03-2016) Those who worry a lot have some advantages.  They’re on top of things.  And they aren’t surprised by change.

Today’s Topical Currents is with University of North Carolina medical school psychiatrist, Dr. Reid Wilson.  He’s the author of STOPPING THE NOISE IN YOUR HEAD.

His antidote for worry is counterintuitive:  to embrace it, and say “I actually WANT this feeling.”

(08-02-2016)  Today’s Topical Currents is an inside look at the plight of South Florida’s homeless, and what lifelines are available and effective.

We’ll have observations from experts with 24/7 street-awareness in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.

Those without homes are at-risk for violence—including hate crimes—disease, and despair.

Homeless outreach contact info:

Miami - 877-994-4957

(08-01-2016) Today’s Topical Currents looks at how to best take advantage of self-directed retirement accounts.

Ten thousand “boomers” leave the work force each day.  Many will experience a dip in their standard of living.

Though many Americans distrust Wall Street, more than half of us have stock market investments.

So, listen for an “At Your Service” edition of Topical Currents. 

(07-28-2016) On today’s Topical Currents we talk about parks and the community.  If you live in Miami-Dade, your Parks Department goes back some 75 years, and still maintains some of the nation’s unique recreation areas.  We’ll visit with Parks Director, Jack Kardys.

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At Your Service - Traffic Control and Planning in FDOT District 4, which includes Broward and Palm Beach Counties, among others. Today's guests are FDOT District 4 Traffic Operations Engineer Mark Plass, and FDOT District 4 Transportation Systems Management and Operations Engineer Melissa Ackert.

With much recent attention on the L-G-B-T community—and violence against it—we discuss past struggles, of the 1970s, when what was termed “gay liberation” began gaining momentum.

This month is the 47th anniversary of the pivotal “Stonewall Riot” of 1969.

On today’s Topical Currents we speak with Connecticut College professor Jim Downs, who’s chronicled events from that decade in his book, “STAND BY ME:  The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation.”

This week’s Food and Dining: What’s New from the Fancy Food Show. Linda talks about new food trends and will bring in her favorite picks for Joe and Bonnie to taste.

Chocolate and booze were two ingredients found in many products.  Sweet and tangy Chocolate Balsamic vinegar was a favorite.  Or, here’s a hot one - sweet and very spicy Orange Hatch Vodka Jamalade (not a misspelling). The hatch pepper is hotter than a habanero one. Linda also liked a maple syrup aged in 12-18 year old bourbon barrels. Fred Tasker gives his wine suggestions.   

Dinner in Minutes:

7-20-2016 - Today’s Topical Currents explores how scientific research and conclusions are often viewed skeptically.

We’ll speak with science advocate, novelist and screen writer Shawn Otto, the author of THE WAR ON SCIENCE:  Who’s Waging It . . . Why It Matters . . .  What We Can Do About It.

How does scientific study become frontline in climate change, public health and economic debates?   

07/19/2016 (Re-broadcast from 01/26/16)  - South Florida’s Coral Gables is among the most historic suburbs in America. Its Mediterranean Style homes and buildings, local stone, the parks, waterways, pools—and the University of Miami campus—make it an iconic “planned city.” On Today’s Topical Currents, we speak with historian Arva Moore Parks about her new, definitive biography of Coral Gables founder George Merrick--the genius behind “The City Beautiful.” The book is “George Merrick, Son of the South Wind: Visionary Creator of Coral Gables.” 

Six weeks into hurricane season, yet only slight tropical activity.  Could it be the “calm before a storm?”

Today’s Topical Currents is with renowned meteorologist Bryan Norcross.  An inspirational figure during Hurricane Andrew’s ravage, he’s now Senior Hurricane Specialist of the Weather Channel.

Our region hasn’t been struck since 2005.  Thousands of residents have no storm experience.

So get updated storm tips on Topical Currents 

Today's guest is top race car and film stunt driver, Ben Collins.  He has tips from professionals which apply to those with only a daily commute.