Richard Ives

Senior Producer

Richard Ives came to WLRN in September 2000 to begin a new career in radio. Born in Fort Lauderdale, his family moved to Long Island, New York, where he grew up. After graduation from college and an unsatisfying stint in a job that, as he puts it, "paid the bills but for which I had no passion" he found himself contemplating a midlife career change after being laid-off.

With the assistance of supportive family members who were once again residing in Florida he returned to the Fort Lauderdale area and went back to school for broadcasting. Richard found the passion that his previous job lacked when he discovered public radio. Upon finishing school he sought out an internship at WLRN. That proved to be "a stroke of good fortune in the extreme" as he came under the tutelage of Joseph Cooper who along with other WLRN radio staff helped him to further develop the skills necessary for a career in Public radio.

Though "it's a bit of a struggle to find the time" he still likes to run, listen to live music, get tattooed, and socialize with family and friends. "I love to meet new people and working at WLRN has afforded me the opportunity to meet, and work with, an amazing assortment of people. The experience has enriched my life beyond anything I would've imagined."

Richard Ives can be contacted at 305-995-7664 or rives@wlrn.org

(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.  

(11-14-2016) On today’s Topical Currents, we take a trip back to “old Florida,” the one before Interstate Highways and the theme park craze.

Is it possible to retrace the routes promoted in the Florida tour guide of 1930 by the Federal Writers Project?

Cathy Salustri says yes.  She’s written BACKROADS OF PARADISE:  A JOURNEY TO DISCOVER OLD FLORIDA.  

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