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

(4-17-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents is devoted to the rich history and culture of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

An unincorporated territory of the United States in the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Ricans are natural-born citizens of the U-S.

We’ll get an overview of Puerto Rican past and present from F-I-U Anthropology Professor Jorge Duany, author of PUERTO RICO: What Everyone Needs to Know.

(4-13-2017)  Today we speak with David Grutman.  He’s the managing partner of LIV at the Fontainebleau, Story and Komodo Restaurant and his newest restaurant concept OTL in the Design District. We’ll discuss his new concept at OTL and the booming Miami nightlife. He also brings food for us to taste.

(4-13-2017) It's another “Doreen’s Deals” segment, with  Sun-Sentinel consumer columnist, Doreen Christensen.  Get tips for discount tickets to Miami Marlins baseball, as well as a myriad of saving offers on “tax day,” this year on April 18th.

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(4-12-2017) Never has our culture been as child-centric as today—yet never has childhood been as strained and structured as now.  Kids are considered “adults-in-training” and may have plans for college by the third grade.

We visit with author, educator and philosopher Christopher Phillips, PhD,  whose latest book is, THE PHILOSPOPHY OF CHILDING, which promotes the joy of being a child . . . at any age.

(4-11-2017) Today’s Topical Currents addresses our most vital South Florida issue:  protecting the fragile groundwater and ecosytems essential to drinking water and human health.

South Florida has been deemed the “ground zero” of sea level rise.

We have experts on hand to discuss threats to our aquifer, salt water intrusion and rising waters . . . and what innovative solutions can be created to mitigate them.

(4-10-2017) At first thought, being a game warden would be a fairly mundane vocation, mostly to check fishing and hunting licenses, or finding a lost hiker or canoer.

Today’s Topical Currents is with Bob Lee, who’s spent 30 years as a Florida wildlife officer.  We’ll hear about shoot-outs, rescues and powerboat chases from his book, BAD GUYS, BULLETS AND BOAT CHASES:  True Stories of a Florida Game Warden.

(4-6-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features resident Chef Linda Gassenheimer, who explores the blend of Mediterranean influences and indigenous ingredients which make up Argentinian cuisine.

We speak with Chef Max Alvarez who, with his brother Christian, owns the Miami restaurant Fiorito.

(4-4-2017) Today we’re with someone who began his incredible broadcast career in Miami and now returns to celebrate with us after 60 years in the business.

(4-3-2017) Today on our Topical Currents “Members Only” edition, Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman discuss the benefits of South Florida public radio.

We have a good time chatting with many steadfast members who make our unique radio programs possible.

Never has membership been more important!

(3-30-2017) The Jewish Festival of Freedom—Passover—begins Monday.  While it’s a serious and joyous religious period . . . humor isn’t forbidden . . . nor is a visit by South Florida icon, Dave Barry.

We hope.

He’s co-written a mirthful spoof of Passover called, FOR THIS WE LEFT EGYPT? A Passover Haggadah for Jews And Those Who Love Them.

It’s Linda Gassenheimer’s special Food & Dining edition . . . with Dave Barry. 

(3-29-2017) On today's Topical Currents, we discuss innovations in interventional cardiac procedures and management of risk factors for heart disease. Our guests include Ramon Quesada, M.D., Medical Director of Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Research and Structural Heart Program at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at Baptist Hospital, Edward Savage, MD, Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Center Director for the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida, and Paul Lipton, who underwent quintuple bypass surgery  in 2016.

(3-28-2017) Today is an “At Your Service” pet care edition, with veterinarian Dr. Ian Kupke of the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic, and pet behaviorist Edel Miedes, of K-9 Advisors.

We take questions about pet care . . . as well as offer tips on walking your dog.  An act so seemingly simple can result in trauma, medical issues or lawsuits.

(3-27-2017) Florida Legislators have filed bills which could give Condo and Homeowner Association boards a double-take.

If passed, a volunteer board member could face criminal penalties if Association records are stonewalled, or if there are fraudulent elections.

Might residents avoid trouble by choosing to stay off condo boards?

Learn more on the Topical Currents “At Your Service” condo call-in edition.

(3-23-2017) In studio interview with Chef Jeff Maxfield from Brava by Brad Kilgore at the Arscht Center.  He will be participating in the Deering Bay Seafood Festival, Sunday, March 26.  He brings the seafood dish he’ll be offering at the festival and gives us tips on how to buy and cook seafood.

Dinner in Minutes:

Snapper Parmesan with Spinach Penne Pasta

Restaurant News: Carlos Frias, Miami Herald Food Editor,he discusses this week’s restaurant news and where to eat this weekend. 

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(3-23-2017) As many brick and mortar stores struggle for air, Amazon is growing by leaps and bounds.  Its latest venture…Amazon Fresh.

Hello, it’s BB.  It’s an online grocery service now available in South Florida.  Our shopping guru and Sun Sentinel columnist, Doreen Christensen gives us the details and the best deals around town.

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