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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 214: Barbara Walter, 1967Add to your cart.
Walter was an Anna native and discusses her experiences at Oxford.
Item 215: Dr. Elizabeth Eames, 1974Add to your cart.
Discusses cataract surgery.
Item 216: Earl Edmonds/Odell MoselyAdd to your cart.
Discusses Australian school.
Item 217: Glen Evans, 1969Add to your cart.
Discusses Henderson settlement Methodist school in Appalachia.
Item 218: Richard EvansAdd to your cart.
Evans was the organist for the tabernacle choir.
Item 219: Cord Finch, 1972Add to your cart.
Finch was an Anna native and a lawyer.
Item 220: Tom FossAdd to your cart.
Discusses rehabilitation.
Item 221: Al Orton, 1971Add to your cart.
Orton was a manager for the Associated Press in Illinois.
Item 222: Val OshelAdd to your cart.
Oshel was a candidate for congress.
Item 223: Harry Reasoner, 1968Add to your cart.
Reasoner was a CBS-TV personality and newsman.
Item 224: Marvin Kalb, 1967Add to your cart.
Kalb was a CBS-TV personality and diplomatic correspondent in Washington D.C.
Item 225: Roger Mudd, 1969Add to your cart.
Mudd was a CBS-TV personality and newsman.
Item 226: Don NelsonAdd to your cart.
Nelson was a KJNP radio-TV missionary broadcaster working at the north pole.
Item 227: John PelletrauAdd to your cart.
Pelletrau was the operation supervisor for UPI National News Operation.
Item 228: Clement Stone, 1972Add to your cart.
Discusses having a positive mental attitude.
Item 229: Ed Thompson, 1969Add to your cart.
Thompson was the senior editor of Reader's Digest.
Item 230: Danny Thomas, 1974Add to your cart.
Thomas was the founder of St.Jude's research hospital.
Item 231: Rev. Marion FarmerAdd to your cart.
Discusses the Methodist Children's Home in Mt.Vernon, Illinois.
Item 232: Charles Clayton, 1966Add to your cart.
Discusses his recent year-long stay in Hong Kong.
Item 233: Cecil ChurchAdd to your cart.
Discusses antique autos.
Item 234: Ned Foley/George DillowAdd to your cart.
Discuss the county commissioner election of 1971.
Item 235: Clyde Choate, 1971Add to your cart.
Choate was the house minority leader in the Illinois house of representatives.
Item 236: Clyde Choate, 1971Add to your cart.
Choate was the house minority leader in the Illinois house of representatives.
Item 237: Dr. David Derge, 1972Add to your cart.
Derge was the president of Southern Illinois University.
Item 238: Blanche Casper, 1968Add to your cart.
Casper appeared on her 102nd birthday.
Item 239: Earl Hendricks, 1969Add to your cart.
Hendricks was a candidate for constitutional convention from Murphysboro.
Item 240: Clyde Choate, 1968Add to your cart.
Choate was the minority whip in the Illinois house of representatives, special session.
Item 241: Barbara DiefenbachAdd to your cart.
Discusses Australia.
Item 242: Carolyn DammannAdd to your cart.
Dammann was the president of the Southern Illinois Dietetics Association.
Item 243: William ClarkAdd to your cart.
Clark was the Attorney General  and candidate for the U.S. Senate seat of Dirksen.
Item 244: Joe ClintonAdd to your cart.
Clinton was the chief investigator for a NASA project on structural design and space.
Item 245: Clyde Choate, 1970Add to your cart.
Choate was the minority whip in the Illinois House of Representatives and discusses 1970 during the early part of that year.
Item 246: Captian Earl KirkAdd to your cart.
Discusses drugs.
Item 247: Gene DzendoletAdd to your cart.
Dzendolet was the founder and operator of Air Illinois.
Item 248: Loren Eddleman, 1968Add to your cart.
Eddleman was the AJ High School superintendent and discusses the bond issue.

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