Long-time Public Radio Classical Music host Grete Dollitz Dies at Age 88
A familiar radio voice in Richmond for four decades when she retired in late 2012, Grete Dollitz was an original staff member of WCVE Public Radio when it went on the air in 1988. Her weekly Hour with the Guitar was one of the longest running public radio programs in the country. She interviewed famed guitarists Andres Segovia, Charlie Byrd and Jason Vieaux, among other artists. She also taught and encouraged aspiring artists and recognized local talent on her annual Thanksgiving program. Our friend and colleague passed away last Friday, May 10, 2013.
“Grete Dollitz is one of the most popular figures in the Richmond area not only for the guitar but also for classical music in general,” said VCU associate professor of guitar, John Patykula. “With her complete understanding of the classical guitar and its repertoire and her great sensitivity to music, she has been able to inform and entertain her listeners for many years through her program The Hour with the Guitar. She has also helped encourage and promote many young guitarists as they develop into artists. We owe a great debt to Grete.”
“Richmond public radio listeners will remember Grete Dollitz and her years of early morning weekend and holiday air shifts. Her low, dulcet tones warmed listener’s ears and became a sort of music unto itself,” said WCVE Public Radio VP and General Manager, Bill Miller.
A native of Germany, Grete migrated with her family to the United States in the 1930s. Peter Solomon has this retrospective on her life and career.