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

(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. 

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(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.

(3-22-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with technology lawyer, negotiator and author, Mark Grossman.  He’s a pioneer in the field, with a practice dating back to 1995.

Grossman covers many technology issues, and discusses the unique legal aspects of self-driving cars, the recent developments in the 2014 Russian hacks of Yahoo, and advice on legal negotiations. 

Of course, we take your calls.

( 3-21-2017, Originally aired 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.

In a rebroadcast, we speak with Caregiver Magazine publisher Gary Barg . . . and take your calls.

(3-16-2017) Martin Lynch from John Martin’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Coral Gables joins us.  He talks about St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and brings food to taste.

(3-16-2017) Today’s Topical Currents features a good spring cleaning.

Few of us enjoy housework, so efficiency is essential.  We speak with Melissa Maker, author of “Clean My Space.”

(3-14-2017) .  Today’s Topical Currents goes on the police beat . . . with City of Miami Beach Police Chief, Daniel Oates.

Chief Oates served the New York City police for more than 20 years.  There, he reached the position of Deputy Chief and Executive Officer.

He came to Miami Beach in 2014, after being Police Chief in Aurora, Colorado.

We cover numerous Miami Beach issues, and of course . . . and take your calls.

(3-13-2017) Neurocognitive disease, such as Alzheimer’s, is expected to double worldwide over the next 50 years.

Today’s Topical Currents is with Dr. Marc Agronin, an expert in treatment and research of memory disorders.

Based at Miami Jewish Health, he’s the author of Building a Better Brain.

www.miamijewishhealth.org

hotline: 305-514-8710

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