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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 393: Rev. Bob Stuckey, 1967Add to your cart.
Discusses living in Indonesia through the communist coup attempt.
Item 394: William Taylor, 1967Add to your cart.
Discusses Southern Illinois University summer  theater productions.
Item 395: Ralph Taake, 1966Add to your cart.
Discusses people-to-people tour of Russia.
Item 396: Loren Eddleman, 1964Add to your cart.
Unit district discussion.
Item 397: Herman Eeley, 1973Add to your cart.
Discusses talking to plants.
Item 398: Barbara Diefenbach, 1972Add to your cart.
Discusses Thanksgiving and reasons to be thankful in spite of adversity.
Item 399: Otto Dingledein, 1975Add to your cart.
Dingledein was a silversmith.
Item 400: Scotty Renner, 1971Add to your cart.
Renner was the representative from the Secretary of State's office for the driver's license division.
Item 401: Dr. Roy Wagner, 1967Add to your cart.
Wagner was a Southern Illinois University anthropologist and discusses his experiences living in remote New Guinea.
Item 402: Rev. Boyd Wagner, 1966Add to your cart.
Wagner was a Methodist pastor and discusses his missionary work in central America.
Item 403: Harold Deweese, 1966Add to your cart.
Deweese was in charge of Southern Illinois University's instructional program in Vietnam.
Item 404: Bob "Zeke" Davidson, 1975Add to your cart.
Discusses his experiences working as an extra in Hollywood.
Item 405: Howard DavieAdd to your cart.
Discusses bee keeping.
Item 406: Jeanne Dixon, 1967Add to your cart.
Discusses fortune telling.
Item 407: Mike DiminicoAdd to your cart.
Diminico was the general manager of the National Mobile Homes Plant.
Item 408: Jeanne Dixon, 1967Add to your cart.
Discusses the speech and dinner of Bishop Zurowest held in Belleville, Illinois.
Item 409: Gerald DawesAdd to your cart.
Discusses his experiences in Spain.
Item 410: Jeanne Dixon, 1970Add to your cart.
Discusses fortune telling.
Item 411: Dr. Nicholas Nyaradi, 1965Add to your cart.
Nyaradi was the director of international studies at Bradley University and discusses the cold war underground in Hungary.
Item 412: Gerald Neher, 1971Add to your cart.
Neher was an agricultural missionary in Nigeria.
Item 413: Dan Harmon, 1970Add to your cart.
Harmon was the narcotics detective in Cape Girardeau.
Item 414: Rue StarrAdd to your cart.
Discusses the Retired Senior Volunteer program.
Item 415: Dr. Jack Stroehlein, 1971Add to your cart.
Stroehlein was from the University of Arizona and a native of Cobden. Discussed his agricultural work in Brazil.
Item 416: Bob Clark, 1973Add to your cart.
Clark was a nuclear chemist and discusses moon dust and a manned space flight.
Item 417: Ray Cole, 1966Add to your cart.
Discusses Union County civil defense.
Item 418: David Diefenbach, 1968Add to your cart.
Diefenbach was an astronaut in training in Union County. Some time after this interview he was killed in a crash.
Item 419: Robert ChaseAdd to your cart.
Discusses child-community development work.
Item 420: Clyde Choate, 1973Add to your cart.
Discusses his retirement from the Illinois House of Representatives.
Item 421: Ned Foley/Eudy/ Chamness/ Davis, 1971Add to your cart.
Candidates for Union County Commissioner.
Item 422: Russ CloverAdd to your cart.
Clover was one of the three men who screened personnel for SVC on Airforce 1.
Item 423: Tom Crotser, 1974Add to your cart.
Discusses the search for Noah's Ark.
Item 424: Wayne Smith, 1969Add to your cart.
Discusses the revival of the fox hunting program in Southern Illinois.
Item 425: Coy Maze, 1974Add to your cart.
Discusses the Social Security Audience Participation Program.
Item 426: Dr. Robert Rader, 1965Add to your cart.
Rader was a surgeon and discusses his experiences and changes in the profession.
Item 427: Mel Skelton, 1975Add to your cart.
Skelton was a blind Ham radio operator.
Item 428: George Slankard, 1975Add to your cart.
Slankard was the editor for "Cars and Parts" magazine based in Sesser, Illinois.

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