Lois Reitzes has outlasted every radio personality in Atlanta - and at one station to boot.
She joined 90.1/WABE-FM in 1979 when Jimmy Carter was still in office, Donna Summer was the queen of disco and the Atlanta Braves were a sad, sad joke.
I wrote a profile of her for our print edition as she enters her 35th year on air. The story is available in full for subscribers here at myajc.com.
She is as gracious in person as she is on the air. Her voice is as distinctive as any in town, save for maybe Clark Howard. She loves what she does and is grateful she is able to impart her knowledge and love of classical music every weekday on WABE on "Second Cup" from 9 a.m. to noon. In many ways, she has been the bulwark that has kept classical music on the FM dial in Atlanta while NPR news/talk fans have complained. She is that beloved and crucial to the station.
Better yet, she doesn't take herself seriously - at all. When a fan of hers at Adult Swim in 2011 asked her to do a tongue-in-cheek promo for the station, she agreed. Here it is:
Earlier this year, she and her colleague John Lemley did a jokey video to promote WABE pledges by becoming the cast of "Breaking Bad" (a show she happened to love.) It's dubbed, "Baking Bad."
She even has very young fans: