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Don Michel "Insight" Radio Program collection, 1960-1978 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Abigail Wheetley

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Collection Overview

Title: Don Michel "Insight" Radio Program collection, 1960-1978Add to your cart.

ID: 1/6/MSS 290

Primary Creator: Michel, Don (1931-)

Extent: 15.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The programs are preserved on audio tape reels in boxes numbered to facilitate their retrieval by referring to the computerized listing which is sortable by name of persons interviewed, by subjects and by date of the broadcasts.

Date Acquired: 08/28/2009

Subjects: Anna (Ill.) - History, Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 - Assassination, Michel, Don, 1931-, Oswald, Lee Harvey., Radio broadcasters, Radio broadcasters - Illinois - History, Radio stations, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Forms of Material: Agnew, Spiro T., 1918-1996 - Interviews, Cronkite, Walter. - Interviews, Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983 - Interviews, Godfrey, Arthur, 1903-1983 - Interviews, Hope, Bob, 1903-2003 - Interviews, Jennings, Peter, 1938-2005. - Interviews, Landers, Ann. - Interviews, Morris, Delyte W., 1906-1982 - Interviews, Nader, Ralph. - Interviews, Radio interviews, Reagan, Nancy, 1923- - Interviews, Reasoner, Harry, 1923-1991. - Interviews, Sanders, Harland, 1890-1980 - Interviews, Simon, John Y. - Interviews, Simon, Paul, 1928-2003. - Interviews, Sound recordings, Thomas, Danny - Interviews, Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Veterans - Interviews

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

"Insight," a public affairs program, was broadcast on radio station WRAJ in Anna (Union County), Illinois, between 1965 and 1977.  Don Michel, owner and operator of WRAJ, hosted "Insight" and interviewed interesting people both in WRAJ's studios and at various locations around the nation.

The collection of 453 interviews includes such national celebrities as Walter Cronkite, Bob Hope, Arthur Godfrey, Colonel Sanders, Spiro Agnew, Ann Landers, Peter Jennings, Danny Thomas, Nancy Reagan, and Ralph Nader. Michel also interviewed many local people, from Anna church elders to the chief of police to the winner of a youth competition at the Anna fair. Southern Illinois University figures on record include Delyte Morris, John Y. Simon, and Buckminster Fuller. Michel also interviewed returning Vietnam veterans and former prisoners of war.  Together, this collection of interviews brings to life the social, cultural, and political currents of the 1960s and 1970s in southern Illinois and beyond.

Alerted by tickertape, Don Michel covered the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy from Anna, contacting the Dallas police by phone and talking to an officer who arrested Lee Harvey Oswald.  Michel's continuing interest in the assassination led to interviews in New Orleans with Oswald's landlord, a co-worker, and others, as well as coverage of the Warren Commission findings and the investigations of New Orleans prosecutor Jim Garrison.

The series was sponsored on WRAJ by the First National Bank of Cobden.

Biographical Note

Don Michel was born in 1931 and moved to Anna, Illinois in 1957 to begin his career in broadcasting. He began work as an engineer, announcer, program director and salesman at the WRAJ radio station while starting a family with his wife Marian. The couple had two children, and lived in Anna during Michel's long career in broadcast radio. As a radio broadcaster he was able to interview many big names, including Walter Cronkite, Bob Hope, Harry Reasoner, and Senator Paul Simon, but also kept a great deal of local color involved in the broadcast, interviewing local politicians and long time residents. He was on the air the day of John F. Kennedy's assassination, and was able to interview the police officer who arrested Lee Harvey Oswald. Don Michel eventually bought the radio station in 1975, later selling it as his children grew up and went on to careers in television.  In 1992 Michel was the coordinator of  Southern Illinois Citizens for Perot,  part of the Illinois Citizens for Perot, which collected petitions to get Ross Perot on the ballot in Illinois for U. S. President.

Subject/Index Terms

Anna (Ill.) - History
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 - Assassination
Michel, Don, 1931-
Oswald, Lee Harvey.
Radio broadcasters
Radio broadcasters - Illinois - History
Radio stations
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Alternate Extent Statement: 514 reel-to-reel tapes

Access Restrictions: Reel-to-reel tapes have been digitized.  Researchers should contact repository for access to the digitized recording.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Technical Access Note: Digital surrogates will only be provided for research use.

Acquisition Source: Don Michel

Acquisition Method: Donated by Don Michel.

Separated Materials: Don Michel Papers/Southern Illinois Citizens for Perot, SCRC, Morris Library, SIUC

Related Materials: Don Michel 'Insight' Radio Interviews (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) For more information please see http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/sic_insight.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Don Michel "Insight" radio programs collection, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Other Note: Wollensack recorder returned to donor, 2016.


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Item 1: Bill Gulley, 1972Add to your cart.
Gulley was the White House communications chief. Discusses Nixon's journey to China.
Item 2: Bill Gulley, 1972Add to your cart.
Gulley was the White House communications chief. Discusses Nixon's journey to China.
Item 3: Bill Gulley, 1975Add to your cart.
Gulley was the White House communications chief. Second interview in 1975.
Item 4: Bill LearAdd to your cart.
Lear was the inventor of the Lear jet and the 8-track tape.
Item 5: Dr. M.S. MazelAdd to your cart.
Mazel was the inventor of the Urokinase program.
Item 6: Dr. M.S. MazelAdd to your cart.
Dr.Mazel was the inventor of the Urokinase program.
Item 7: Ralph NaderAdd to your cart.
Nader discusses his book, "Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile"
Item 8: Ralph NaderAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Bob HopeAdd to your cart.
Interviewed at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Item 10: Bob HopeAdd to your cart.
Interviewed at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Item 11: George Wallace, 1968Add to your cart.
Wallace during his 1968 presidential campaign.
Item 12: Dr. Michael Debakey, 1972Add to your cart.
First interview.
Item 13: Dr. Michael DebakeyAdd to your cart.
Re-interview guideposts magazine art.
Item 14: Dr. Michael DebakeyAdd to your cart.
Background of patient.
Item 15: Dr. Michael DebakeyAdd to your cart.
Program with interview.
Item 16: Dewitt WallaceAdd to your cart.
Wallace was the founder of Reader's Digest.
Item 17: Dr. Joseph HafelyAdd to your cart.
Discusses Clock paradox experiment.
Item 18: Pierre SalingerAdd to your cart.
Salinger was John F. Kennedy's press secretary.
Item 19: Ezra LevinAdd to your cart.
Vio-Bin Corp. on coming food shortages.
Item 20: Dr. Kenneth TaylorAdd to your cart.
Taylor was the translator for the The Living Bible as well as the publisher.
Item 21: Dr. Kenneth TaylorAdd to your cart.
Taylor was the translator for The Living Bible as well as the publisher.
Item 22: Dr. Kenneth TaylorAdd to your cart.
Taylor was the translator for The Living Bible as well as the publisher.
Item 23: Arthur GodfreyAdd to your cart.
Interviewed at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Item 24: Corrie Ten BoomAdd to your cart.
Boom was the author of the book "The Hiding Place" as well as a holocaust survivor.
Item 25: Corrie Ten BoomAdd to your cart.
Boom was the author of the book "The Hiding Place" as well as a holocaust survivor.
Item 26: John StroehleinAdd to your cart.
Anna graduate who went to Mayo's medical school.
Item 27: John StroehleinAdd to your cart.
Further specialization in gastroenterology.
Item 28: Walter CronkiteAdd to your cart.
Interviewed in Carbondale, Illinois, at the Buckminster Fuller dome.
Item 29: Harland David Sanders (Colonel Sanders)Add to your cart.
Interviewed in Anna at the WRAJ studios.
Item 30: Lee Harvey OswaldAdd to your cart.
Subject of New Orleans special investigation program.
Item 31: Lee Harvey OswaldAdd to your cart.
Subject of New Orleans special investigation program.
Item 32: Oliver CaldwellAdd to your cart.
Triple agent during WWII.
Item 33: Penn Jones, 1967Add to your cart.
Jones was a Texas newspaper man who reported on the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Item 34: Penn Jones, 1975Add to your cart.
Jones was a Texas newspaper man who reported on the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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