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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 322: Josephine ManganoAdd to your cart.
Mangano was an anesthetist at Union County hospital.
Item 323: Ken LawlerAdd to your cart.
Discusses alcoholism.
Item 324: Dr. Harvey Fisher, 1968Add to your cart.
Fisher was a Southern Illinois University ornithologist. Discusses Gooney birds on Midway Island.
Item 325: Bob Meskill, 1972Add to your cart.
Discusses Lincoln Heritage Trail Foundation.
Item 326: Dr. Ralph McCoy, 1966Add to your cart.
McCoy was the Southern Illinois University director of libraries.
Item 327: Betty GarrottAdd to your cart.
Discusses her trip to Asia.
Item 328: Robert E. Gebhart, 1966Add to your cart.
Gebhart was an FBI federal agent in the Springfield division.
Item 329: Dr. Lee Guemple, 1967Add to your cart.
Guemple was a Southern Illinois University anthropologist. Discusses living among Belcher Island Eskimos.
Item 330: Allen Garber, 1970Add to your cart.
Discusses taxes.
Item 331: L.G. EasterdayAdd to your cart.
Discusses the Gideon Bible Society.
Item 332: John S. Rendleman, 1966Add to your cart.
Rendleman was the vice-president for business at Southern Illinois University.
Item 333: Rudolph Rivera, 1976Add to your cart.
Discusses the Guatemala City earthquake of February 6, 1976.
Item 334: Ken SmithAdd to your cart.
Discusses "no fault" insurance.
Item 335: Peter Nero, 1971Add to your cart.
Nero was a pianist, interviewed in the parking lot of the DuQuoin State Fair.
Item 336: Paul Reese, 1966Add to your cart.
Reese was a long-time Union County judge. Discusses changes in law.
Item 337: George MacdonaldAdd to your cart.
Discusses Wicklyffe bible translations.
Item 338: Phares Martin, 1965Add to your cart.
Martin was a Mennonite pastor. Discusses life styles of Mennonites.
Item 339: Sgt. Willard McHughes, 1965Add to your cart.
McHughes was a soldier wounded in Vietnam.
Item 340: Diane Parks, 1974Add to your cart.
Discusses Peace Corps work.
Item 341: Roy Johnson, 1971Add to your cart.
Johnson was the new superintendent of Anna Jonesboro Community High School.
Item 342: Bob Jones, 1970Add to your cart.
Discusses causes and treatments of stuttering.
Item 343: Elbert Jordan, 1968Add to your cart.
Discusses computer programing.
Item 344: George Rice, 1971Add to your cart.
Rice was a superintendent and teacher.
Item 345: Joe Reppert, 1975Add to your cart.
Reppert was an Anna native and advance man for Dole campaign.
Item 346: Shari Rhodes, 1976Add to your cart.
Rhodes was a casting director for Hollywood.
Item 347: Frank Spurlock, 1966Add to your cart.
Discusses the life experiences of a 15-year-old blind boy.
Item 348: Robert J. Williams, 1975Add to your cart.
Williams was the Illinois director of agriculture.
Item 349: Judy Travelstead/Jane Brown, 1975Add to your cart.
Discuss Williard House preservation efforts AJCHS.
Item 350: Eddie Resch, 1967Add to your cart.
Resch was the postmaster for Anna, Illinois.
Item 351: John Geittman, 1970Add to your cart.
Geittman was an insurance adjuster and investigator.
Item 352: Tom Gehrles, 1968Add to your cart.
Gehrles was an astronomer at the University of Arizona. Discusses work on ultra-violet rays.
Item 353: Robert GiloolyAdd to your cart.
Gilooly was an assistant adjutant for the American Legion.
Item 354: John Gilbert, 1967Add to your cart.
Gilbert was an Illinois State Senator of the 56th district.
Item 355: Ken Gray, 1968Add to your cart.
Gray was a congressman and discusses current events.
Item 356: Barry Goldwater, 1969Add to your cart.
Goldwater was the Republican candidate for president and a ham radio operator.

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