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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 249: Major Charles Pisoni, 1973Add to your cart.
Pisoni was a Herrin native and took part in the search for Representative Hale Boggs.
Item 250: Everett Shelton, 1974Add to your cart.
Shelton was the inventor of the automotive solution control device.
Item 251: Ralph Crawford, 1971Add to your cart.
Discusses the search for Noah's Ark.
Item 252: Tom HaggaiAdd to your cart.
Discusses his recent Acapulco trip.
Item 253: Mike Howlett, 1976Add to your cart.
Howlett was the Illinois Secretary of State and was running for Governor.
Item 254: Jim Hart, 1974Add to your cart.
Hart was a quarterback for the St. Louis Football team the Cardinals.
Item 255: Matthew HillAdd to your cart.
Hill was an archeologist and curator of the Southern Illinois University museum. Discusses early Native American civilization.
Item 256: Duck Hensley, 1975Add to your cart.
Discusses the Social Security Audience Participation Program.
Item 257: C.E. Harris, 1969Add to your cart.
Harris was the warden for the new Marion, Illinois federal prison.
Item 258: Jimmy Michels NebughrAdd to your cart.
Discusses ecology.
Item 259: Dan Malkovich, 1974Add to your cart.
Malkovich was the publisher of Outdoor Illinois Magazine.
Item 260: Al Mickelson, 1968Add to your cart.
Discusses the tree nursery at the State Forest in Union County.
Item 261: Frank Mankiewicz, 1969Add to your cart.
Mankiewicz was press secretary to the late Senator Robert Kennedy.
Item 262: Ron and Judy Houseman, 1974Add to your cart.
The Housemans had won $36,000 on a horse race.
Item 263: Richard Shouse, 1970Add to your cart.
Discusses hijacking victims.
Item 264: Dr. Jermone HandlerAdd to your cart.
Handler was a Southern Illinois University anthropologist who was constructing a replica of the Hidatsa Lodge.
Item 265: Dr. Albert Hibbs, 1969Add to your cart.
Hibbs was a jet propulsion lab senor staff scientist and engineer.
Item 266: Bill HayesAdd to your cart.
Discusses Duquoin state fair history.
Item 267: Dr. Michael Hoshiko, 1969Add to your cart.
Discusses research on human hearing and electrical impulses.
Item 268: Darryl and Diane Parks, 1973Add to your cart.
Discuss a four month camping trip through Europe.
Item 269: Chung Hi KimAdd to your cart.
Kim was an exchange student studying agriculture.
Item 270: Joseph Kupcek, 1968Add to your cart.
Kupcek was a professor at Southern Illinois University and discusses the Soviet occupation of Czechslovakia.
Item 271: Alivn Knause, 1970Add to your cart.
Knause was a new administrator at Union Count hospital.
Item 272: Loren Kalus, 1968Add to your cart.
Klaus was the president of Shawnee Junior College.
Item 273: Joe Putnam, 1971Add to your cart.
Putnam was a DC7B pilot and discusses the flying classroom.
Item 274: Captain Stan PutzkeAdd to your cart.
Putzke was the commanding officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker in Antarctica.
Item 275: Ralph KalishAdd to your cart.
Kalish was a U.S. Patent attorney and discusses the procedure for obtaining patents.
Item 276: Bob Nebuhr, 1967Add to your cart.
Discusses rattlesnake collecting.
Item 277: Joe Newcome, 1973Add to your cart.
Larue-Pine Hills wilderness area management.
Item 278: Clinton Lang, 1970Add to your cart.
Discusses the Grand Master Lodge.
Item 279: Jim and Shirley HarrisAdd to your cart.
The Harris' were school teachers in Buenos Aires, Argentina and discuss their experiences.
Item 280: Levi Ury, 1970Add to your cart.
Ury was a Union County hospital administrator.
Item 281: William Lewis, 1969Add to your cart.
Lewis was the director of the fish research lab at Southern Illinois University. Discusses catfish farming.
Item 282: Bill Lewis, 1967Add to your cart.
Lewis was the Union County State's Attorney on wills and inheritance taxes.
Item 283: Bill Lewis, 1967Add to your cart.
Lewis discusses his recent appointment at U.S. State's Attorney.
Item 284: Karen Mallams, 1970Add to your cart.
Mallams was an Anna Native and Miss Southern Illinois.

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