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

(1-3-2017) Today’s Topical Currents considers . . . the Life Coach.  Have you ever considered using one? 

Is there energy, wisdom and skills waiting to have you thrive . . . if only they could be set in motion?

We discuss areas where coaching is effective, what qualifies someone to be a coach, and what sort of results are common.  There is no state regulation or licensing requirements for coaches.  

(12-29-2016)   Today’s Topical Currents begins with a look at upcoming “Special Olympics Florida” happenings at regional Publix Markets. 

Each store will hold a “Torch Icon” event from New Year’s Eve through January 21st. 

We learn more about the “Healthy Community” efforts of the Special Olympics.

Special Olympics FL 954-901-9232 

www.specialolympicsflorida.com

Lucanus Developmental Center 954-981-4019

(12-29-2016) Food & Dining - In studio interview with Miami Herald Food Editor, Carlos Frias. Topic: Restaurant Retrospective; major trends in 2016 (openings, closings, celebrity chefs) and what to expect in 2017. 

Dinner in Minutes: Sirloin Steak in Cognac Sauce with Saffron and Pepper Orzo

A perfect, quick dinner for this holiday week.

Fred Tasker gives his News Year’s wine suggestions and restaurant wine trends.

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(12-28-2016, Originally aired 5-9-2016)  On today’s Topical Currents, we recount the terrible events which caused the collapse of Florida’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Writer and editor Bill DeYoung, has researched events for the book, SKYWAY:  The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge, and the Man Who Brought It Down.

Thirty-five people lost their lives on May 9th, 1980, when a 20-thousand-ton vessel rammed a support pier.

(It shouldn’t have happened.)

(12-27-2016, Original air date 1-19-2016)  On today’s Topical Currents,  we speak with writer Jeff Wilser, author of the unconventional book, The Good News About What’s Bad For You . . . and the Bad News About What’s Good For You.

S-t-r-e-s-s-i-n-g moderation, one can eat more steak, drink whiskey, eschew kale and juice cleanses . . . while taking more naps.

And ouch:  a study shows gluten-free may cause weight gain.

(12-26-2016 ** Rebroadcast from 3-29-2016) Today’s program looks at the fight against cancer, and MoonShot 2020, in a Topical Currents rebroadcast.

Just as J-F-K pledged a lunar landing in the 1960s, “2020” brings together the pharmaceutical industry, biotechs, oncologists, academics and others with a focused mission:  to radically change how cancer is treated. 

We speak about “MoonShot 2020”, with University of Miami Medical Professor and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Director, Dr. Stephen Nimer.   

(12-22-2016) We're joined by The Continental Starr Restaurant's Chef Richard Torres, and General Manager, Stephanie Hart.  We’ll be talking about Christmas Celebrations – Japanese Style – with a very American twist.  Fried Chicken and Chocolate Cake???  

Dinner in Minutes-

Steak au Poivre (Steak with Pepper and Mushroom Sauce) with Garlic Rosemary Potatoes

A perfect quick dinner for the holiday season.

Fred Tasker  gives his Christmas wine suggestions.

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(12-22-2016)   Have you ever been COMFOOZLED by FETID EFFLUVIA?  That is, overcome by a noxious odor? 

Today’s Topical Currents begins with Bryan Kozlowski, who’s written “What the Dickens:  Distinctly Dickensian Words & How to Use Them.”

(12-21-2016) Has the holiday shopping grind put you in an “enough-already!!” mood? 

Then, why not consider more meaningful gifts?  No parking woes, no bar-codes . . . and no re-gifting. 

Today’s Topical Currents considers simple holiday presents.  Perhaps the gift of time.  Chronicle family history for siblings. Enlarge and frame a great picture.  Or, splurge for your niece’s trumpet lessons.  Her mother will love it.  

(12-20-2016) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition . . . on pet care.  With us is Dr. Ian Kupke, who heads the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic, and pet behavior specialist, Edel Miedes.

The Holidays can present pet situations, including animal stress or as unwanted gifts.

We take listener calls about our four-legged family members, and get the views of professionals.

(12-19-2016) What industry magnate owned the Miami Beach estate where the great Fontainebleau Hotel arose?

Hello, BB here. 

It was Harvey Firestone.  Of-THE-Firestones.

Hear numerous historical tidbits, such as that, on Monday’s Topical Currents.

It’s one of our South Florida History Quiz editions, with Dr. Paul George.

Oh . . . & what’s with the weird origin of the name Tamarac, in Broward?

(12-15-2016) Caterer extraordinaire, Bill Hansen from Bill Hansen Catering.  He’s known as the luxury catering and event planner. With the holidays coming up, it’s time to think about planning parties and events. He talks about the secrets to a successful party and planning an event, and how to approach a caterer.  Also his new Executive Chef, Dewey Losasso is with us and has brought some of his signature dishes to taste.

Dinner in Minutes-

Turkey and Black Bean Burrito – quick and easy for this busy time of year.

Fred Tasker gives his party wine suggestions.

(12-15-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents begins with “Doreen’s Deals” practitioner Doreen Christensen, of the Sun Sentinel.  For holiday shoppers, Free Shipping Day is Friday for about one-thousand online retailers. Many have cash-back or coupon code rebates.

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shop.entertainment.com

www.idtheftinfo.org

www.sunsentinel.com/shop 

(12-13-2016)   Today’s Topical Currents is a visit with tech and consumer expert David Pogue.

His “Pogue’s Basic” series continues with Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) About Beating the System.

From saving money on toothpaste to paying your income tax via credit card, Pogue has unique angles on not leaving money on the table.

12-12-2016   Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with regular contributor Donna Ballman.  She’s an employee rights attorney and author. 

Ballman thinks some employees might have to scramble for coverage should the Affordable Care Act be rescinded, particularly those with preexisting conditions.

Of course, we take listener calls on a wide variety of matters.

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www.ballmanfirm.com

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