Obituary: Classical radio host and bassist Bliss Michelson, 71

Posted on: March 18, 2021

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Bliss Michelson, a classical host for WRTI since 2014, an interviewer for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, and an accomplished double bass player,” reads an unsigned article on Monday (3/15) at WRTI radio (Philadelphia). “Bliss died in New Jersey on Sunday, March 14th from complications of COVID-19. He was 71 years old. His wife, oboist Peggy Wiltrout, died February 26th in New York City, also of COVID-19…. Born on June 13, 1949 in West Chicago, Illinois, Bliss went to West Chicago University and studied music at Roosevelt University. He joined the staff of Trinity University’s KRTU in San Antonio in 1981 as a summer replacement announcer and eventually joined KPAC, San Antonio’s all-classical station. In 1987, Bliss became an announcer/producer for Buffalo’s WNED-FM…. From 1992 through 2011 he served as production manager for WWFM in West Windsor, NJ before coming to WRTI in late 2014 … filling in frequently, and on the air every Monday from 10 AM to 2 PM…. Bliss and Peggy freelanced in the Delaware Valley and beyond…. A radio tribute in Bliss’s memory will be held on Classical Coffeehouse with Debra Lew Harder on Saturday, March 20th.”