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Kaleidoscope

Series produced by Loyola Productions, Inc.

Caption: Kaleidoscope, Credit: FooNar
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Kaleidoscope 

Documentational/Musical Narratives from the Peabody award winning radio series — KALEIDOSCOPE.

Selections from the definitive library of former Detroit broadcaster Mike Whorf's "Kaleidoscope" radio series. Initially aired on WJR Detroit and surrounding Michigan stations from the 1960s to the end of the century, this collection explores over 1,000 different subjects through easily understood one-hour installments. Categories include: History, Society, the Arts, Science, Religion, and much more.

These recently re-discovered programs are excellent complements to your holiday and thematic show schedules. Educate and inform your listeners with a piece of classic broadcasting from the Mike Whorf Kaleidoscope library!

*General Editorial Notes: Programs in the Kaleidoscope Series average 48 minutes and contain four program breaks.

*Fun Facts: Each program was first recorded on 1/4" 2-track stereo reel-to-reel tape as early as the 1960s with included music from vinyl records. Accordingly, tape hiss, record pops, and other artifacts from these media should be expected. Enjoy these classic examples of radio programming!

ABOUT the Producer/Artist:

wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Whorf

A George Foster Peabody Award winner, American radio personality Mike Whorf spent nearly forty years of his announcing and program-hosting career at WJR in Detroit, Michigan. There he developed his ever-popular documentary/narrative program, "Kaleidoscope," which draws on a blend of storytelling, interviews, historic recordings, and music of the ages to create a captivating portrait of various topics.

Whorf's work in radio, beginning with the United States Air Force and continuing through to his time at WJR, also involved the creation of Mike Whorf, Inc., which enabled schools, libraries, and individuals to purchase copies of his shows for personal and educational purposes. Currently retired, his extensive catalog of over 1,110 hour-long programs now resides with Loyola Productions, Inc. where the tapes are undergoing restoration and transfer to digital media. Hide full description

Selections from the definitive library of former Detroit broadcaster Mike Whorf's "Kaleidoscope" radio series. Initially aired on WJR Detroit and surrounding Michigan stations from the 1960s to the end of the century, this collection explores over 1,000 different subjects through easily understood one-hour installments. Categories include: History, Society, the Arts, Science, Religion, and much more.These recently re-discovered programs are excellent complements to your holiday and thematic show schedules. Educate and inform your listeners with a piece of classic broadcasting from the Mike Whorf Kaleidoscope library!*General Editorial Notes: Programs in the Kaleidoscope Series average 48 minutes and contain four program breaks.*Fun Facts: Each program was first recorded on 1/4"... Show full description


20 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Pilgrims, Credit: turtlemom4bacon
Just who were the Pilgrims and what did they want?

Bought by WRFA-LP and KREV-LP


  • Added: Oct 24, 2011
  • Length: 46:15
  • Purchases: 2
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Karol Wojtyla's path to papacy is laid out in this episode of Kaleidoscope.

  • Added: May 02, 2011
  • Length: 46:52
Caption: Memorial Day Poster, Credit: Beverly & Pack
Part one of a two-hour remembrance for Memorial Day... Since the ending of the Civil War in 1865, America has lost over 700,000 soldiers. For Memor...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2011
  • Length: 44:32
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Song, poetry, and prose for our moms on Mother's Day.

  • Added: Apr 26, 2011
  • Length: 47:59
Caption: Kaleidoscope, Credit: FooNar
The Detroit “Knights” take to the jousting field. It's a marvelously humorous baseball yarn set in jolly ole England.

  • Added: Apr 14, 2011
  • Length: 48:06
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“Whoever would understand the heart and mind of America had better learn the game of baseball...” As this quotation sums up our attitude toward the...

Bought by KREV-LP


  • Added: Apr 06, 2011
  • Length: 58:48
  • Purchases: 1
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Jesus, in this narrative, emerges from the shadows to walk in a world peopled by simple hard-working men in a town called Nazareth. A town where a ...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2011
  • Length: 48:58
Caption: Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Credit: Randy OHC
Nobleman, soldier, gambler, womanizer, priest, theologian, and founder of the Society of Jesus—and all this of just one man!

  • Added: Mar 11, 2011
  • Length: 46:50
Caption: Iveagh Gardens - Dublin City, Credit: William Murphy
The life, times, and music of Irish tenor, John McCormack.

  • Added: Feb 17, 2011
  • Length: 50:54
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Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with this edition of Kaleidoscope. From Mose the Firefighter to terminology and Irish practices, here is a look at th...

Bought by KREV-LP


  • Added: Feb 14, 2011
  • Length: 47:56
  • Purchases: 1
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Dedicated to the late broadcaster, J.P. McCarthy—Detroit's #1 Irishman—here is a two-hour celebration for St. Patrick's Day. In song, poetry, and p...

Bought by KHEN-LP and KREV-LP


  • Added: Feb 11, 2011
  • Length: 01:33:41
  • Purchases: 2
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Traditions, trivia, and history of St. Valentine's Day. Also included is a brief story by Charles Westcott about a little girl and her homemade val...

Bought by KREV-LP


  • Added: Jan 17, 2011
  • Length: 50:32
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Martin Luther King press conference, Credit: Marion S. Trikosko
On the anniversary of his birth, the life and work of the civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His own voice and words make this a mean...

Bought by WCSU-FM


  • Added: Dec 07, 2010
  • Length: 44:36
  • Purchases: 1
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An exploration of the days following December 25th, including their significance and some common household traditions. Also included are readings o...

Bought by WRNC-LP, KRPS, KUHF, KREV-LP, and Kansas Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 30, 2010
  • Length: 47:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Merry Christmas, Credit: Vincent Lock
Mike Whorf's "Kaleidoscope" guides us into the Christmas mood with a few musings on the spirit of the season.

Bought by WVRU


  • Added: Nov 30, 2010
  • Length: 48:22
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Japanese Surrender, Credit: Marion Doss
A fictional account of the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri.

  • Added: Nov 22, 2010
  • Length: 46:57
Caption: Hallelujah Chorus, Credit: Paulo Ordoveza
An account of the life and works of George Frederick Handel, most notably the writing of "Messiah."

Bought by KREV-LP


  • Added: Nov 19, 2010
  • Length: 45:47
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Pearl Harbor, Credit: Rich Engelbrecht
A poignant tale of a returning veteran who witnessed December 7, 1941.

  • Added: Nov 16, 2010
  • Length: 47:48
Caption: Mayflower II, Credit: joiseyshowaa, Keith Tyler
Our Pilgrim Fathers & Mothers—Mike Whorf details the first few years of the Plymouth colony and the natives they befriended.

  • Added: Nov 09, 2010
  • Length: 44:09
Caption: Jack Benny, Flamingo, 1958, Credit: Dan Perry
Great names and great memories—Thanksgiving with Stan Freberg, Jack Benny, and Eve Arden.

Bought by KMXT and WRFA-LP


  • Added: Nov 08, 2010
  • Length: 45:13
  • Purchases: 2