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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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Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 142: Norman BauerAdd to your cart.
Discusses youth competition at the Anna fair.
Item 143: Rev. Les PreushnerAdd to your cart.
Discusses the "Key 73" program.
Item 144: Don NelsonAdd to your cart.
Discusses report on Alaskan pipeline construction and KJNP, North Pole.
Item 145: John Huk, 1967Add to your cart.
Discusses Russia.
Item 146: Tom Haggai, 1967Add to your cart.
Discusses "Values for Living" program.
Item 147: Tom Haggai, 1970Add to your cart.
Discusses "Values for Living" program.
Item 148: Mike Hickey, 1971Add to your cart.
Discusses New Zealand and Russia.
Item 149: Robert HastingsAdd to your cart.
Hastings was the author of the book "A Nickel's Worth of Milk" and discusses life in Illinois during the Great Depression.
Item 150: Wallace JohnsonAdd to your cart.
Johnson was the vice-chairman for Holiday Inn.
Item 151: Wayman Presley/ William Lirely, 1968Add to your cart.
Discusses the building of Bald Knob Cross.
Item 152: Dr. John Bardeen, 1973Add to your cart.
Discusses his second Nobel Peace Prize for his work in super-conductivity.
Item 153: Roger Tatarian, 1966Add to your cart.
Tatarian was the national editor for United Press International.
Item 154: John Cameron Swayze, 1967Add to your cart.
Discusses television news.
Item 155: Everett Dirksen, 1967Add to your cart.
Dirksen was a U.S. Senator and discusses the political scene.
Item 156: Marvin Kalb, 1967Add to your cart.
Kalb was a CBS news personality an discusses television news and the Vietnam war.
Item 157: Ann Landers, 1973Add to your cart.
Discusses her columns.
Item 158: Norman Vincent Peale/Catherine Marshall, 1973Add to your cart.
Discusses religion writing, and Guideposts workshop.
Item 159: Charles ColsonAdd to your cart.
Discusses prison fellowship program.
Item 160: John McCartyAdd to your cart.
McCarty was a psychological stress evaluator.
Item 161: Dave MarshallAdd to your cart.
Discusses service to the disabled.
Item 162: George Parks, 1966Add to your cart.
Parks was a long-time Anna druggist/historian.
Item 163: Wayman Presley/William Lirely, 1975Add to your cart.
Discusses Cobden Convention Center.
Item 164: Charles Percy, 1966Add to your cart.
Percy was a candidate for U.S. Senate. Discusses Vietnam.
Item 165: Tom Haggai, 1970Add to your cart.
Discusses "Values for Living" program.
Item 166: John Kurtz, 1972Add to your cart.
Discusses the Southern Illinois University broadcast program.
Item 167: Diane KristAdd to your cart.
Krist was a recipient of a kidney transplant.
Item 168: Vernon KupelAdd to your cart.
Kupel was a Illinois Department of transportation highway engineer.
Item 169: Renard Kampstra, 1967Add to your cart.
Kampstra was the superintendent of Anna's new Florsheim shoe plant and a former prisoner of war during World War II.
Item 170: David KennedyAdd to your cart.
Discusses Illinois conservation efforts.
Item 171: Jane Rader, 1976Add to your cart.
Discusses University of Illinois.
Item 172: Antero Pietila, 1967Add to your cart.
Pietila was a Finnish newsman studying American politics at Southern Illinois University.
Item 173: Merlin CarothersAdd to your cart.
Carothers was the author of a book on praising God.
Item 174: Carol Kimmel, 1966Add to your cart.
Kimmel was the national president of the P.T.A.
Item 175: Bill O'Brien, 1971Add to your cart.
O'Brien was a football referee on national television broadcasts.
Item 176: CDR.T. Hammack, 1965Add to your cart.
Discusses selective service.
Item 177: Guy BellamyAdd to your cart.
Discusses orchid growing.

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