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

(11-8-2016)  Today’s Topical Currents highlights one of South Florida’s top events, the Miami Book Fair International, now in its 33rd year.

Esteemed worldwide, the Book Fair is produced and presented by Miami Dade College, with some 450 authors, a myriad of events, and of course, the gigantic street fair.

We visit with Co-founder, Mitchell Kaplan, and Director of Programs, Lisette Mendez.

www.miamibookfair.com 305-237-3258

(11-7-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is a Florida-flavored analysis of Tuesday’s General Election, with a call-in program featuring members of the WLRN/Miami Herald News Team, including editors Tom Hudson and Tim Padgett.

Co-hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman take a look at key state, regional and municipal races, as well as Florida Constitutional and local ballot initiatives.

(11-3-2016)  Today’s Topical Currents centers on a persistent Miami-Dade battle:  the creation of a “Pets Trust” . . . funding for spay and neutering services . . .  and a no-kill policy for adoptable pets by the Animal Services Department.

A straw-ballot, non-binding resolution in favor was voter approved in 2012, but the Miami-Dade Mayor and some Commission members balk at implementing it.

Why?

We discuss the issue, and take your calls .  

www.petstrustmiami.com

(11-02-2016)   Ponder how many obituaries have appeared in the New York Times since 1851, and how those obits reflect cultural, social and political history.

Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with Obituary Editor, William McDonald, and his remarkable book of “obits,” called The New York Times Book of the Dead.

What was written, for example, about Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie or Coco Chanel?  

(11-1-2016)   With South Florida’s abundant array of wildlife, and its human population, some contact is inevitable:  and often at the expense of an animal.

Touesday’s Topical Currents is about those who care for injured or orphaned creatures.

We highlight the South Florida Wildlife Center in Broward, as well as the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station on Miami’s Biscayne Bay.

Guests: 

(10-31-2016) Today’s Topical Currents revisits domestic violence and abuse, with updates from key South Florida figures who work to aid victims, including undocumented immigrant women.

Somi Ali is the founder of No More Tears, which has helped nearly one-thousand adult women and children.

We also hear from immigration law attorney Callan Garcia, who specializes in human trafficking and domestic violence cases, as well as custody and divorce attorney Nicole Netti.

(10-27-2016) South Florida’s “season” is soon underway . . . that means a hefty increase in restaurant business.

Thus, the Topical Currents “Restaurant Roundabout,” with Chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.

We cover the area dining scene with reviewers, and of course, take calls about your favorites.  

Guests include: 

Jen Karetnick, Miami Magazine Restaurant Critic

Laine  Doss, Food Editor for Miami New Times 

Matt Meltzer, Miami Editor of the Thrillist Media Group   

(10-26-2016) Today’s Topical Currents looks at the Dade Heritage Trust . . . South Florida’s largest historic preservation organization.

Founded in 1972, the Trust has been instrumental in numerous campaigns to save not only historic buildings, but the rich culture of the area.

It’s housed in the original 1905 office building of Dr. James Jackson, the namesake of the midtown hospital complex.

We learn much more about what important buildings are targeted for preservation.  

(10-25-2016) Today’s Topical Currents profiles Florida International University President, Dr. Mark Rosenberg, the fifth president in the University’s history. 

F-I-U has the second largest student body in Florida, and the fourth largest in the U.S.

Dr. Rosenberg is a political scientist who specializes in Latin America, and also Chairs the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

(10-24-2016) When Hurricane Matthew flirted with landfall at the tip of the peninsula this month, you probably tuned to a broadcast signal for information.

On today’s Topical Currents we discuss Florida broadcasting history, via the book, Towers In the Sand, with its author, Donn R. Colee, Jr.

The 1st radio broadcast station in the state was Tampa’s WDAE, in 1922.  Miami’s WTVJ Channel 4 was the first TV outlet, in 1949.  And WIOD Radio was founded by pioneer Carl Fisher, in 1926. 

www.towersinthesand.com 

(10-20-2016, rebroadcast) Topical Currents Food & Dining with resident chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer.

Linda gives a report of the big industry convention called the Fancy Food Show, a gargantuan event held each year in New York City.

It's where new trends in the food industry are most likely to begin.

(10-19-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is about Bonnie's favorite full-time pastime:  Cats.

If you love kitties as much as she does, don’t miss the nation’s most insightful feline observer, Pam Johnson-Bennet.  Her latest book about them is CATWISE:  America’s Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions.

You’ll learn her original “think like a cat” approach .

(10-18-2016) Topical Currents is our radio home for history, and Today’s fits the bill . . .

We visit with historian Dr. Paul George of History/Miami, and learn all about South Florida in the decade of . . . the 1950s.

Think “Ike,” post-war housing and air conditioning . . . plus the Interstate, hula-hoops, poodle skirts, and of course, rock ‘n’ roll.

(10-17-2016)  Today is our Topical Currents “Members Only” edition, when hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman discuss the benefits of South Florida public radio membership.

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

Lynn Parks Lynn Parks Photography via Miami Herald

(10-13-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is devoted to the South Florida restaurant industry . . . and why some establishments prosper . . . while some with admirable cuisines and service fail.

Chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer visits with successful restaurateurs Steve Perricone and Chef Michelle Bernstein for a “Restaurant Survival” guide.

Dinner in Minutes:

Onion, Pepepr and Mushroom Pizza

Fred Tasker gives his wine suggestions.

www.dinnerinminutes.com

 

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