Grete Dollitz Announces Her Retirement
After a quarter-century of service to WCVE Public Radio and years before that behind the microphone for WCVE’s predecessor, WRFK, Grete Dollitz, has announced her retirement.
Mrs. Dollitz is best known for her long running program The Hour with the Guitar but also earned a reputation as a guitar teacher and noted guitarist, an advocate for showcasing local classical musicians, as an on-air radio host and all around music authority.
During her career she interviewed classical guitar greats from Andres Segovia, in her early radio years, to Jason Vieaux in January of this year. She was also the first teacher of Andrew York, perhaps best known as a one time member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
“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.”
“We applaud Grete for her tireless efforts for the station,” said WCVE Public Radio VP and General Manager, Bill Miller. “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. Grete’s annual Thanksgiving Day program exclusively featuring performances by local musicians illustrates her commitment to the promotion of local artists. We wish Grete all the best away from the station and are honored to know that she considers those of us at WCVE her friends.”
The Hour with the Guitar will run its scheduled course through December of this year. A feature on Grete Dollitz is currently in production and will air on WCVE Public Radio in the weeks to come.
WCVE Public Radio’s Peter Solomon has this retrospective on her life and career.