Norm Whitman was born in the Miami Valley, and literally surrounded by the music from birth. While having been exposed to all types of music, he has always been involved in Folk music as a multi instrumentalist, singer-songwriter performing solo and with various groups. In the mid 1960s he was inducted into the Army where he was trained in radio. In the early 1980s he came to WYSO hosting a program called Stories We Could Tell, then followed by Acoustic Alchemy, followed by Alchemy. He was also co-host of Midnight Ramble with his friend Ramblin' Ray for over a decade. He is the current host of Detours.
If you've grown tired of marching to everyone else's drummer, tired of others telling you what is good or bad, tired of following fads and you feel like you're wondering through a sterile desolate landscape of music that seems to lack purpose, relevance or any aspect of meaning for you, then you're ready to take a journey with me--a detour. We can avoid the fast lane and journey down back roads to places less known and less traveled. Along the way you might find yourself laughing, crying, singing along-it can be a time out, a break. Who knows what wonders, what adventures you might find along the way. The music on Detours is an eclectic mix of Celtic, Folk, Singer-songwriter, Old Time, Early Country - just a little of everything.