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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 357: Dr. William George, 1967Add to your cart.
Southern Illinois University professor. Discusses bird life in Southern Illinois.
Item 358: Ron Early, 1967Add to your cart.
Early was a member of the NRA and discusses gun control.
Item 359: William Gill, 1971Add to your cart.
Discusses better news coverage.
Item 360: Loren Eddleman, 1970Add to your cart.
Eddleman was an Union County school superintendent.
Item 361: Reavis BushAdd to your cart.
Bush was a St.Louis teen challenge director.
Item 362: Capt. John Reppert, 1974Add to your cart.
Reppert was an Anna Native and  a commander at the U.S. Russia Institute in Garmish, Germany.
Item 363: Dr. Alice ThompsonAdd to your cart.
Discusses learning disabilities and education.
Item 364: Bjarne Slind, 1967Add to your cart.
Slind was the lunar orbiter program deputy project manager at Boeing Aircraft.
Item 365: John WeimarAdd to your cart.
Weimar was the author of a book on auto repair.
Item 366: Leon Whitney, 1966Add to your cart.
Discusses his experiences visiting England and Europe.
Item 367: Rev. Bill Warner, 1968Add to your cart.
Discusses his Iron Curtain visit.
Item 368: Kamil Winter, 1970Add to your cart.
Winter was a professor at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and was previously involved in the underground Czech television.
Item 369: Dan Walker, 1972Add to your cart.
Walker was an independent candidate for Democratic nomination for governor.
Item 370: Charles Wright, 1974Add to your cart.
Wright was a veteran WBYS broadcaster and discusses his Associated Press mideast tour.
Item 371: H.V. WinklerAdd to your cart.
Discusses antique clocks.
Item 372: Richard WIley, 1974Add to your cart.
Wiley was the chairman of the FCC. Interview recorded in Washington D. C.
Item 373: Ted Waltonsky, 1975Add to your cart.
Discusses "Magic Flush", a new type of toilet to minimize water usage.
Item 374: Don Welge, 1976Add to your cart.
Welge worked for Glister Mary Lee Corporation as a leader in private label foods.
Item 375: Jim Seed, 1975Add to your cart.
Seed was the executive vice-president of Southern Illinois incorporated.
Item 376: Jerry MooreAdd to your cart.
Moore was the producer of the film "Shawnee Hills".
Item 377: Herbert Marshall, 1972Add to your cart.
Marshall was a Southern Illinois University professor and discusses his experiences in Russia during the early Soviet days.
Item 378: Dr. Pang L. ManAdd to your cart.
Discusses acupuncture.
Item 379: Kathryn Loomis, 1966Add to your cart.
Discusses her two and a half month trip to Europe and Africa.
Item 380: John Rayburn, 1974Add to your cart.
Rayburn was an Anna native and television anchor in Denver.
Item 381: Dr. Carroll Loomis/ Dr. Becky Loomis, 1975Add to your cart.
Discuss their medical missionary work in Honduras.
Item 382: Steven Rowan, 1970Add to your cart.
Rowan was a CBS newsman. Interview took place aboard an airline flight.
Item 383: Mokunda Stresta, 1968Add to your cart.
Stresta was a Nepal native.
Item 384: Don Nelson, 1974Add to your cart.
Discusses the winter in Alaska compared to the autumn in Illinois.
Item 385: Gene Sorrels, 1973Add to your cart.
Discusses experiences with Japan during trade delegation.
Item 386: Ed Winkler, 1972Add to your cart.
Winkler was a researcher in electronics at Southern Illinois University.
Item 387: Gene Seibert, 1967Add to your cart.
Seibert was the manager of the Southern Illinois airport.
Item 388: Paul Simon, 1975Add to your cart.
Simon was a congressman and discusses current political matters.
Item 389: Wallace Rich, 1968Add to your cart.
Discusses the Union County Planning Commission.
Item 390: Jim Rust, 1971Add to your cart.
Discusses the new communications system for Southern Illinois law enforcement.
Item 391: Dr. John Yopp, 1972Add to your cart.
Discusses organic gardening.
Item 392: Margaret Smith, 1967Add to your cart.
Discusses differences in medicine between England and United States.

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