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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 69: Spiro AgnewAdd to your cart.
Agnew was running for vice-president on the Republican ticket.
Item 70: Esther Mary AyresAdd to your cart.
Ayres was a long-time resident of Anna and discusses Anna history.
Item 71: Pam WoodardAdd to your cart.
Discusses a 4-H youth exchange with Scotland.
Item 72: Dmitri TurkAdd to your cart.
Discusses teen challenge mid-America.
Item 73: Carrie TellorAdd to your cart.
Discusses selective service.
Item 74: Larry TrippAdd to your cart.
Larry Tripp was the sheriff of Union County.
Item 75: Herb VogenAdd to your cart.
Discusses gymnastics.
Item 76: Col. James VoylesAdd to your cart.
Voyles was the deputy director of the Illinois selective service.
Item 77: Peggy WalkerAdd to your cart.
Discusses child abuse as a representative of the department of children and  family services.
Item 78: Loel Verble, Jr.Add to your cart.
Verble was the superintendent of the Anna City School system.
Item 79: Dr. Harold VisotskyAdd to your cart.
Discusses mental health.
Item 80: Dan SearcyAdd to your cart.
Searcy was a member of the U.S. border patrol.
Item 81: Jose SilasAdd to your cart.
Silas was a Spanish exchange student in the Southern Illinois University journalism department.
Item 82: Clyde ChoateAdd to your cart.
Choate was a medal of honor winner and prominent Democratic politician.
Item 83: Mr. and Mrs. Elmer ClarkAdd to your cart.
The Clarks were educators.
Item 84: Tom CrotserAdd to your cart.
Discusses his search for Noah's Ark.
Item 85: Adlai Stevenson III, 1966Add to your cart.
Stevenson was the son of Adlai Stevenson and discusses his father's run for Illinois Treasurer.
Item 86: Brenda StevensAdd to your cart.
Stevens was an Air Illinois flight attendant.
Item 87: Paul Simon, 1976Add to your cart.
Simon was a congressman from Illinois.
Item 88: Bob DilleAdd to your cart.
Dille was the son of the creator of Buck Rogers.
Item 89: Joe Wilkins, 1969Add to your cart.
Wilkins was an employee of WRAJ and a Vietnam vet. Discusses his air intelligence experiences.
Item 90: Louis UnferAdd to your cart.
Discusses earthquake studies.
Item 91: Dan SearcyAdd to your cart.
Searcy was a federal game warden.
Item 92: Coy MazeAdd to your cart.
Maze took social security questions from listeners.
Item 93: Adlai Stevenson III, 1972Add to your cart.
Discusses ending the war in Vietnam.
Item 94: Bill SchreiberAdd to your cart.
Schreiber was a Crab Orchard and Egyptian Railroad builder and operator.
Item 95: Paul StarkAdd to your cart.
Discusses Stark Nurseries and a $20,000 apple tree at Maxam Orchard.
Item 96: Dr. R. C. SteckAdd to your cart.
Steck was the superintendent of Anna State Hospital.
Item 97: Charles GloverAdd to your cart.
Glover was a Union County farm adviser.
Item 98: Bill GrayAdd to your cart.
Discusses small business administration.
Item 99: Betty MalzAdd to your cart.
Discusses life after life experience (Guidepost magazine feature).
Item 100: Ken Gray, 1966Add to your cart.
Gray was a congressman.
Item 101: Dr. William GarnerAdd to your cart.
Discusses South American Governments.
Item 102: Don Goss, 1967Add to your cart.
Discusses telephones of the future.
Item 103: Ken Gray, 1970Add to your cart.
Gray was a congressman.
Item 104: John GuliAdd to your cart.
Guli was the translator of the bible into the Higgi language spoken in Africa.
Item 105: Sarah Ariet GiloAdd to your cart.
Discusses Ethiopian friend, Dr. Loomis's open heart surgery.

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