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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 285: Coy Maze, 1970Add to your cart.
Discusses Social Security Audience Participation program.
Item 286: Doug Linson, 1976Add to your cart.
Discusses Laotian refugees.
Item 287: Dr. Arthur E. Lean, 1967Add to your cart.
Discusses operation of Southern Illinois University's facility in Vietnam during the war.
Item 288: Jim PearlAdd to your cart.
Pearl was the winner of the governor's trophy, "Go Boy Cyclone" at the Illinois State Fair.
Item 289: Irvin Peitmann, 1971Add to your cart.
Peitmann was an archeologist, and part Cherokee. Discusses discoveries in the Chester area.
Item 290: Cord Finch/ Mickey Kelley, 1975Add to your cart.
Discusses paying property tax bills under protest.
Item 291: Rocky Pomerance, 1972Add to your cart.
Pomerance was the Miami Beach police chief. Discusses being prepared for the national political conventions.
Item 292: Gene PlottAdd to your cart.
Plott was the Union County supervisor of assessments.
Item 293: Neol Patton, 1969Add to your cart.
Patton was the president of Central Technologies.
Item 294: Linda Patterson, 1969Add to your cart.
Patterson was a resident of Jonesboro and discusses her experiences in Russia.
Item 295: Bernard Harvey, 1973Add to your cart.
Discusses Union County hospital administration.
Item 296: Norman Mesa, 1970Add to your cart.
Mesa was bicycling across the country and stopped in Anna.
Item 297: Stanley Machiesky, 1966Add to your cart.
Machiesky was the warden of the New Vienna state penitentiary.
Item 298: Dr. Robert Macvicar, 1968Add to your cart.
Macvicar was the vice-president of academic affairs at Southern Illinois University and former acting president.
Item 299: Byron Pickering, 1968Add to your cart.
Discusses Sikorsky aircraft.
Item 300: Cord Finch, 1971Add to your cart.
Finch was the incumbent State's Attorney, running for re-election.
Item 301: Wayman Presley, 1972Add to your cart.
Discusses his tour business.
Item 302: Robert "Pud" Williams, 1975Add to your cart.
Williams was the Illinois director of agriculture.
Item 303: Joe Thomas, 1966Add to your cart.
Thomas was the founder of the Cobden Museum, and researcher of Native American life as well as a wood carver.
Item 304: Dr. James Tweedy, 1976Add to your cart.
Tweedy was the Southern Illinois University expert on turf management from the SIU vice-president's office.
Item 305: Duane Grisham, 1966Add to your cart.
Grisham was the manager of the Florsheim shoe plant and the chamber of commerce president.
Item 306: Margit Jensen, 1976Add to your cart.
Jensen was an exchange student from Denmark.
Item 307: Don Nelson, 1971Add to your cart.
Nelson was a KJNP radio and television broadcaster. Discusses the Alaska pipeline development.
Item 308: Ray Cohee, 1967Add to your cart.
Discusses the Social Security Audience Participation Program.
Item 309: Miles CameryAdd to your cart.
Camery was a United States game management agent and discusses migratory birds.
Item 310: Marilyn CrudoAdd to your cart.
Discusses miraculous healing from car accident injuries.
Item 311: Jim LeatonAdd to your cart.
Leaton was the Republican candidate for Union County State's Attorney.
Item 312: Reed Lewis, 1976Add to your cart.
Discusses the LaSalle expedition of 1681 and re-enactment.
Item 313: Jean Bell MosleyAdd to your cart.
Mosely was a Cape Girardeau author.
Item 314: Cecelia Muckelroy, 1973Add to your cart.
Discusses Willard Hall preservation effort.
Item 315: Pat RobertsonAdd to your cart.
Robertson was a pastor. Discusses "Shout it From the Housetops" Christian Broadcasting Network.
Item 316: Dave Koch, 1974Add to your cart.
Koch was the Southern Illinois University rare book librarian and resident of Anna.
Item 317: Linda Patterson, 1968Add to your cart.
Patterson was a Red Cross worker and discusses her experiences in Korea.
Item 318: Dr. James Meller, 1973Add to your cart.
Discusses Union County scouting program.
Item 319: Herb MeppelinkAdd to your cart.
Discusses the mid-American teen challenge in Cape Girardeau.
Item 320: Cecelia Marsh, 1973Add to your cart.
Marsh discusses first Presley tour of Russia.
Item 321: Herb Klein, 1970Add to your cart.
Klein was President Nixon's director of communications.

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