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

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11/15/12 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview  celebrity chef Joanne Weir.  Her latest book is Cooking Confidence.  She’ll give us tips for cooking Thanksgiving dinner - with confidence and more cooking and kitchen tips. 

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11/15/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with discussion of the anthology HOMEGROWN IN FLORIDA.  It’s a collection of essays which address growing up in Florida – perhaps a child’s remembrance of “paradise.”  Writing by Zora Neale Hurston, Carl Hiaasen, Jeff Klinkenberg and even Tom Petty is included.  Also, Palm Beach Post reporter and author Carlos Frias, whose essay is included in the book.

11/13/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at South Florida “brownfield” remediation.  Brownfields are hazardous, contaminated sites, usually in older and disadvantaged areas.  They may qualify for federal and state grants for clean-up.  These stipends spur economic development in several ways--including job creation from the restoration project.  They also infuse funds into the community.  The acclaimed Mid-Town Miami development was once tainted with arsenic and petroleum residues.

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11/12/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with Damien Echols, who spent 18-years on death row.  He was convicted in 1993 of murdering three young boys in West Memphis,  Arkansas.  He was even married on 

death-row, with DNA results eventually setting him free.  His memoir relates his youth, a highly publicizes trial, and the travails of nearly two-decades of solitary confinement.  Damien Echols has written LIFE AFTER DEATH.

Video trailer for the new film "West of Memphis" 

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10/23/12 - Tuesday's  Topical Currents features British-born conductor James Judd, and the story behind his ambitious Miami Music Project.  Judd conducted the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from 1987 to 2001.  Financial difficulties forced the ensemble’s closure.  Some 25,000 public school students – many in underserved communities -- have been exposed to classical music through the performances of the Project.

 

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09/20/12 - Thursday's Topical Currents is an edition of our popular “Restaurant Roundabout” with Linda Gassenheimer and dining critics from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.  Learn about new hot spots and chefs old favorites and best values. Critics Jen Karetnik, Rochelle Koff and Jan Norris will take calls.  Plus Fred Tasker gives his wine suggestions.  That’s Topical Currents with hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman 09/20/12 at 1pm on 91.3 WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.

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08/08/12 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is a 20th Century “Social Justice Hall of Fame,” compiled by Occidental College professor Peter Dreier.  It chronicles activists, thinkers and politicians who challenged injustice and promoted democracy.  His list of vignettes includes Clarence Darrow, Helen Keller, Noam Chomsky, Studs Terkel . . . and even Bruce Springsteen.

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08/07/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the rivalry between big business and government. It’s a historical struggle between public and private power.  We’ll speak with David Rothkopf  about his book, POWER, INC.The Epic Rivalary Between Big Business and Government – And the Reckoning That Lies Ahead.

The High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Jul 31, 2012
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07/31/12 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with journalist Elizabeth Cline, author of OVERDRESSED: The High Cost of Cheap Fashion.  The days of buying quality clothes at local shops or department stores – even having garments mended – have gone the way of the phonograph. The New York City garment district is mostly history.

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