Bonnie Berman’s life changed when a friend inspired her to volunteer with the WLRN Radio Reading Service for the sight impaired, ushering her into the world of radio and communications. Bonnie discovered her love for broadcasting as the door opened to more voiceover and on-air jobs. She narrated documentaries and voiced promotional announcements for WLRN 91.3 FM, the NPR member station in South Florida.
From there, she became the identifying voice for the PBS member sister station, Channel 17 WLRN. After several years at WLRN, Bonnie landed a dream position that incorporated two of her passions: classical music and radio. She hosted and produced the program Music of the Night at South Florida’s revered commercial classical music station, WTMI 93.1FM.
Music of the Night connected Bonnie directly to her South Florida audience. With a bourgeoning web presence and listeners from around the globe, Bonnie was able to interact immediately and spontaneously with her listeners. She took requests and shared listener stories about music, but also about love, animals, friends and families…creating one of the most unique programs on public radio.
After WTMI sold its signal to Cox Communications in July 2000, Bonnie had the bittersweet privilege of signing this beloved station off the air. She continued to connect with South Florida listeners through her work at WLRN Radio. As the identifying voice of the station, to hosting Morning Edition and Midday, her countless hours of fund-raising during pledge drives, producing and conducting interviews – there are few positions Bonnie hasn’t held at WLRN.
Some of Bonnie’s interview subjects have included Martin Goldsmith, Emmanuel Ax, Aaron Rosand, James Judd, Glenn Cortese, Yo Yo Ma, Rene Fleming and Quartetto Gelato. Her interviews and performances have led to further assignments to narrate documentaries, promotional announcements and advertisements, such as Peter and the Wolf, The Pied Piper of Hamlin, and the celebrated program for Dade County Public Schools, SCI-TV.
In September 2012, Bonnie became co-host and associate producer of Topical Currents –WLRN’s flagship program since 1999. Topical Currents exposes the community to a diverse array of regional, national and international guests. On Topical Currents, Bonnie does what she does best: engages listeners in discussions of current events, politics, food, history, books and endless other topics.
She relishes listener calls, emails and tweets, creating her own brand of audience interaction with world events and with one another.
Bonnie invites you to share more music, stories, ideas, and bite-size slices of life whenever you like. She’s always waiting to hear from you.