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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 34: Randall ScottAdd to your cart.
Mormon church elder.
Item 35: Leanord StearnsAdd to your cart.
Stearns was a former sheriff in Union County. Interview topics include Union County history and coin collecting.
Item 36: Bess KirkpatrickAdd to your cart.
Anna Pottery family descendant.
Item 37: John SharknikAdd to your cart.
CBS-TV producer of "20th Century". Interview topics include behavior research.
Item 38: Eric SevareidAdd to your cart.
CBS-TV commentator interviewed in Washington, D.C.
Item 39: Eric SevareidAdd to your cart.
CBS-TV commentator interviewed in Washington, D.C.
Item 40: Beurt ServaussAdd to your cart.
Servauss was the publisher of the Saturday Evening Post.
Item 41: Frederick BurmhinghamAdd to your cart.
Birmingham was the managing editor for the Saturday Evening Post.
Item 42: Dr. Ivan PavkovichAdd to your cart.
Pavkovich was the acting superintendent of the Anna State Hospital.
Item 43: Lisa Well, 1967Add to your cart.
New U.S. Citizen, emigrated from Germany.
Item 44: Hans GallusAdd to your cart.
Gallus of the Creast Stained Glass Studios.
Item 45: Will Gay BottjeAdd to your cart.
Bottje was an Southern Illinois University music professor on electronic music.
Item 46: Bon HartlineAdd to your cart.
Hartline was the long time official weather observer in Union County.
Item 47: Dr. Milton AltschulerAdd to your cart.
Altschuler was an SIU anthropologist. Interview discusses living in Equador.
Item 48: Dr. H. Koepp-BakerAdd to your cart.
Southern Illinois University professor. Discusses hunting with falcons.
Item 49: Henry BarkhausenAdd to your cart.
Discusses conservation.
Item 50: Jim Garrison, 1968Add to your cart.
American University speech. Speaks of the John F. Kennedy Assassination and possible CIA link.
Item 51: Norman BauerAdd to your cart.
Pilot for TWA, traveled around the world, as was an Anna resident.
Item 52: Dr. Equa Chou, 1976Add to your cart.
Discusses the political system in China and Richard Nixon's visit to the country.
Item 53: Vincent CrossettAdd to your cart.
Crossett was a former Alto Pass Pastor and missionary to China.
Item 54: Dr. Allen HowardAdd to your cart.
Discusses SIU history, and compilation election returns from 1824 to the time of the interview.
Item 55: Lou BedfordAdd to your cart.
OPS director Old Orchard homes plant.
Item 56: Fred BuckAdd to your cart.
Discusses the Masonic order.
Item 57: Bob ArkellAdd to your cart.
Arkell was the representative for the governor's office in Southern Illinois.
Item 58: John AltorferAdd to your cart.
Altorfer discusses his bid as republican candidate for governor of Illinois.
Item 59: AJ Bond IssueAdd to your cart.
Discussion of the Anna Jonesboro High School bond issue proposal.
Item 60: Phil BridwellAdd to your cart.
Discusses junk business.
Item 61: Dr. Walter BorstAdd to your cart.
Discusses solar home heating.
Item 62: E. E. BallardAdd to your cart.
Ballard was an Anna native and discusses his role as president of All American Life/Casualty Company.
Item 63: Dr. Nathan AzrinAdd to your cart.
Dr.Azrin was a pioneer in stuttering prevention.
Item 64: Myrl AlexanderAdd to your cart.
Administrator of U.S. Prisons System from 1964 to 1970.
Item 65: Anna's of WorldAdd to your cart.
Program featuring Anna, Illinois, Texas, Ohio and the Soviet Union.
Item 66: Keith BuschAdd to your cart.
Busch was the editor of the Daily Egyptian and discusses Japanese life.
Item 67: Ron AndersonAdd to your cart.
Anderson was a nursery man.
Item 68: Malcom WalkerAdd to your cart.
Discusses Australia.
Item 69: Rev. Phil AsburyAdd to your cart.
Discusses the holy land.

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