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Employment History

English and Spanish Teacher

Lakewood High School

Part-Time Lawyer


law degree

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

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About BlissFire

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Fifty-three-year-old Diane Hoty-Bliss, an English and Spanish teacher at Lakewood High School and a part-time lawyer, calls her new show, “Blissfire,†a “politically perverse†program “unabashedly challenging trends that undermine the American values and the American Dream.â€

The show debuted in April on WERE 1300 AM and airs Friday evenings from 8 p.m.to 9 p.m. The premise of “Blissfire,†Hoty-Bliss says, is this: The show addresses “hot social, cultural and political topics with an entertaining twist.†And the twist? The host. “First of all, it’s a female voice,†says Hoty-Bliss, alluding to the fact that the most identifiable political talk show hosts, such as Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Chris Matthews, are male. “And as far as cultural change, I’ve seen how men have been emasculated in this country.
Hoty-Bliss grew up in a poor section of Athens, Greece, on Oct. 4, 1950.
It’s not exactly a rags-to-riches story, but it is the story of a hard-working immigrant family making a life for itself here in the U.S., Hoty-Bliss says. “I feel like I’m the fulfillment -- or at least an example, as many immigrants have done it -- of the American dream,†Hoty-Bliss says.
While attending Lakewood High School -- Hoty-Bliss graduated in 1969 -- she met her husband, Thomas Bliss. The two were “best buds for seven years†before marrying on July 7, 1973, a month after both graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. They’ve been married now for 31 years. Hoty-Bliss returned to Lakewood High to teach English, Spanish and Russian while her husband attended law school. She then took night classes at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law to earn her law degree in 1982, and left the teaching ranks to join her husband’s law firm. Hoty-Bliss cites some of the life challenges that followed as part of her inspiration for pursuing a career in radio. The Blisses’ first son, Drew, born in 1983, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 2. After a 16-and-a-half-year battle with the disease, Drew died in 2002.
Their second son, Daniel, born in 1987, developed a severe form of autism at the age of 2. Meanwhile, the Blisses adopted a 6-year-old girl, Elizabeth (born in 1989), who was a victim of fetal alcohol syndrome and drug abuse. Hoty-Bliss returned to Lakewood High in 1997 to teach English and Spanish, and she still practices law part-time at Bliss Hoty-Bliss.
Back to the original question: Why the radio show? Hoty-Bliss says that the sum total of her experiences has given her a unique perspective on life. “After 53 years of formal and informal education, and straddling two cultures, I caught a glimpse of the big picture and want to share it,†she says. “I have a lot to say.†She says she was particularly inspired by her son, Drew, and his valiant battle with cancer. Drew graduated from St. Edward High School with a 3.825 GPA, played several sports and was accepted to The Ohio State University before finding out his cancer was terminal. But the most important aspect of Drew’s story, Hoty-Bliss says, is that he touched the lives of others,as evidenced by the “thousands of people†at his funeral.“He was a social butterfly,†Hoty-Bliss says. “Everything always happened at our house.†Drew’s bravery and his ability to connect with people and touch their lives inspired Hoty-Bliss to pursue a career in radio.“I did my homework and called WTAM, but they were booked,†Hoty-Bliss says.
She was able to gain a spot on WERE, although just for one night a week. But while she was negotiating her contract for one night a week, the 5:30 p.m. Monday-through-Friday spot opened up, and Hoty-Bliss snatched it up. And “Blissfire†was born.

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