Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Grete Dollitz (1924-2013)

Grete Dollitz, whose “Hour With the Guitar” was a fixture of programming at Richmond’s public radio station WCVE-FM and its predecessor, WRFK-FM, for decades, has died at 88.

Dollitz, who emigrated with her family from Germany to the U.S. in the 1930s, was known not just for her classical-guitar program but also for imaginative and venturesome programs spanning a wide spectrum of classical music and for conducting insightful interviews with guitarists and other musicians.

Her deep, throaty, accented voice was one of the most recognizable on Richmond’s airwaves. The warm personality she projected through the microphone was not a broadcaster’s artifice – what you heard was who she was.

She retired from broadcasting last December.

WCVE’s Peter Solomon recalls Grete Dollitz: