Bliss MichelsonClassical Host
WRTI Mourns The Passing of Beloved Classical Host Bliss Michelson (March 14th, 2021)
Great music has been the main passion of Bliss Michelson since the 8th grade when he was introduced to the double bass. It has played a role in virtually all aspects of his life; from high school, through his time at Roosevelt University in Chicago, to his nearly 13 years in the San Antonio Symphony and his work in radio.
Bliss 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 — then a brand new entity in South Texas. In 1987, Bliss became an announcer/producer for Buffalo's WNED-FM and also appeared on camera for joint affiliate Channel 17. From 1992 through 2011 he served as production manager for WWFM in West Windsor, NJ before coming to WRTI in late 2014.
Bliss and his oboist wife Peggy Wiltrout continue to freelance in the Delaware Valley and beyond, often performing together with such ensembles as the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea and the MostArts Festival in Alfred, NY. When not playing the bass, voice acting or announcing at WRTI, he can be found tending sheep and a menagerie of other animals outside of Hightstown, NJ.
Hear Bliss during classical hours every Monday from 10 AM to 2 PM, as a frequest substitute host, and as an interviewer backstage during Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts.
As the newly appointed principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Nathalie Stutzmann can now add an additional honor to her resumé—her newest album, Contralto, with her Baroque ensemble Orfeo 55.