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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 106: C.A. RawlingsAdd to your cart.
Discusses lie detectors.
Item 107: Buren RobbinsAdd to your cart.
Robbins was the head of broadcasting at Southern Illinois University.
Item 108: Don NelsonAdd to your cart.
Nelson was a missionary broadcaster for KJNP radio and TV at the North Pole.
Item 109: Dr. Carroll Loomis, 1969Add to your cart.
Loomis was a medical missionary to Ethiopia and Anna native.
Item 110: Scotty RennerAdd to your cart.
Renner was from the office of the Illinois Secretary of State.
Item 111: Merie FisherAdd to your cart.
Fisher was a representative of the Red Cross and discusses requirements for donors.
Item 112: Art Karsteter/Joe ThomasAdd to your cart.
Karsteter and Thomas are authors of "Go Find an Arrowhead". Discusses Union County Native Americans.
Item 113: Bob Rickman, 1975Add to your cart.
Rickman was a WRAJ announcer and discusses visiting Poland.
Item 114: R.W. LichtenbergerAdd to your cart.
Lichtenberger represented Superior Spray Builders and discusses new methods of construction.
Item 115: Major Don LewisAdd to your cart.
Lewis was a pilot in Vietnam and discusses the war.
Item 116: Mrs. Susan Nuyge, 1967Add to your cart.
Discusses the Vietnam War.
Item 117: Joe NorthAdd to your cart.
North was a game warden and discusses snakes in Southern Illinois.
Item 118: Jack LewisAdd to your cart.
Lewis was the creator of Bunny Bread and discusses its history.
Item 119: Dr. William BurrowsAdd to your cart.
Burrows was a micro-biologist and discusses cholera and epidemics.
Item 120: Norman BauerAdd to your cart.
Discusses the Anna fair.
Item 121: Roy Boone, 1972Add to your cart.
Boone was the Anna chief of police.
Item 122: Anna Maria UjoAdd to your cart.
Ujo was a Brazilian exchange student.
Item 123: Dean BarringerAdd to your cart.
Barringer was a candidate for Illinois comptroller.
Item 124: Jamie BuckinghamAdd to your cart.
Buckingham was an author and discusses re-tracing the path of Moses as research for a novel.
Item 125: Mary Etta BellAdd to your cart.
Discusses Peace Corps work in Brazil.
Item 126: Col. Harold Brown, 1966Add to your cart.
Discusses National Security seminar held at Southern Illinois University.
Item 127: Rev. Lucien BozarthAdd to your cart.
Discusses Guatemala trip.
Item 128: Joe BriceAdd to your cart.
Discusses parents without partners program.
Item 129: Norman BreedenAdd to your cart.
Discusses the persecution of Jehovah's witnesses in Malawi.
Item 130: Ron BittleAdd to your cart.
Discusses energy conservation research.
Item 131: Wayman Presley/ William Lirely, 1973Add to your cart.
Discuss Bald Knob Cross controversy.
Item 132: Dr. David BoydAdd to your cart.
Discusses trauma network.
Item 133: Mike Brown, 1968Add to your cart.
Brown was a native of Anna, and discusses his move to New York and career as an art gallery manager.
Item 134: Norman BauerAdd to your cart.
Discusses India.
Item 135: Sgt. Harold Blunt, 1966Add to your cart.
Discusses Green Berets.
Item 136: William BradyAdd to your cart.
Brady was a native of Anna, and CEO of Corn Products co.
Item 137: Bill BoydAdd to your cart.
Boyd was an Anna native and discusses the Mariner Mars program and the Titan 2 missile program.
Item 138: Robert BurtonAdd to your cart.
Burton was a district ranger in the Shawnee National Forest.
Item 139: Bill BalanceAdd to your cart.
Discusses Native Americans in Arizona.
Item 140: Bill BoysenAdd to your cart.
Discusses glass blowing.
Item 141: Margaret ChoateAdd to your cart.
Discusses AJ Teen Town operation.

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