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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 178: Dr. Nathan Azrin, 1965Add to your cart.
Discusses the behavior research lab at the Anna State Hospital.
Item 179: Dr. Delyte Morris, 1966Add to your cart.
Morris was the president of Southern Illinois University.
Item 180: Peter Jennings, 1965Add to your cart.
Jennings was an ABC-TV network news anchor.
Item 181: Dr.George OtrichAdd to your cart.
Discusses a proposed junior college.
Item 182: Bob Frink, 1967Add to your cart.
Frink was a commercial artist and brother of Carolyn Dammann.
Item 183: RIchard Ogilvie, 1968Add to your cart.
Ogilvie was a candidate for governor of Illinois.
Item 184: Allen HynekAdd to your cart.
Hynek was the chairman of the astronomy department at Northwest University. Discusses U.F.Os.
Item 185: U. Alexis JohnsonAdd to your cart.
Johnson was the ambassador and deputy to the undersecretary of state. Discusses the national security seminar.
Item 186: Starr West Jones, 1974Add to your cart.
Jones was the senior editor for Guidepost magazine international editions.
Item 187: Gene HuckstepAdd to your cart.
Discusses Emergency services.
Item 188: Richard Phelps, 1975Add to your cart.
Phelps was the president of Pet Products, Inc.
Item 189: Don MichelAdd to your cart.
KMOX interview by Jim White.
Item 190: Scotty RennerAdd to your cart.
Discusses Drivers license division of the Illinois Secretary of State's office.
Item 191: Doris Putzke, 1976Add to your cart.
Discusses life in London, England.
Item 192: Jim Mitchell, 1979Add to your cart.
Discusses U.S. Census
Item 193: Tom Haggai, 1973Add to your cart.
Discusses "Values for Living" program.
Item 194: Larry Lorenz, 1965Add to your cart.
Lorenz was the UPI National wire editor during the John F. Kennedy assassination coverage.
Item 195: Carol Kimmel, 1976Add to your cart.
Kimmel was the national president of the P.T.A.
Item 196: Ed KnowlesAdd to your cart.
Knowles as the printer with experience in government and politics.
Item 197: Loel Williams/Glen DempseyAdd to your cart.
Discusses Lick Creek Water District developments.
Item 198: Charles LamkinAdd to your cart.
Discusses the Lamkin shows (carnival rides/shows) at the Anna fair.
Item 199: Robert LEher, 1975Add to your cart.
Discusses the Southern Illinois University school of medicine.
Item 200: Richard Ogilvie, 1972Add to your cart.
Ogilvie was the Governor of Illinois.
Item 201: Wayne Vittanen, 1972Add to your cart.
Discusses the New Madrid, Missouri earthquake.
Item 202: Frank FolioAdd to your cart.
Discusses the miraculous healing of daughter after brain surgery.
Item 203: Haydn FoxAdd to your cart.
Fox was a meteorologist.
Item 204: Max FryeAdd to your cart.
Frye was the warden at the Menard State Penitentiary.
Item 205: Dale Beard/Agnes NicholsAdd to your cart.
Discusses Fellowship House.
Item 206: Louella Dirksen, 1969Add to your cart.
Dirksen was the wife of Senator Dirksen, speaks to WRAJ on Thanksgiving Day 1969.
Item 207: Carolyn DammannAdd to your cart.
Dammann was a dietitian at Union County hospital.
Item 208: Treva PearsonAdd to your cart.
Discusses the foster care program.
Item 209: Cord FinchAdd to your cart.
Discusses Expo 67.
Item 210: Lois FeigenbaumAdd to your cart.
Feigenbaum was Powder Puff Derby flyer.
Item 211: Bill Dwyer, 1973Add to your cart.
Discusses the Marquette voyage historical re-enactment.
Item 212: Ralph Crawford, 1971Add to your cart.
Crawford was the president of the Search Foundation, which focuses on the search for Noah's Ark.
Item 213: Cpl. Richard DayAdd to your cart.
Discusses his experiences in Vietnam.

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