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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 429: Jeanne Dixon, 1970Add to your cart.
Discusses fortune telling.
Item 430: Jeanne Dixon, 1972Add to your cart.
Discusses fortune telling.
Item 431: Jeanne Dixon, 1967Add to your cart.
Discusses fortune telling and an appearance at the dinner for Bishop Zurowest in Belleville, Illinois.
Item 432: Don Michel, 1967Add to your cart.
The year end program for 1967.
Item 433: Ella Vendrig, 1971Add to your cart.
Vendrig was an exchange student from Holland.
Item 434: Joe Frankowski, 1975Add to your cart.
Frankowski was a lieutenant colonel at a Vietnamese refugee center.
Item 435: Don Michel, 1968Add to your cart.
Year end program for 1968.
Item 436: Bill Tschudy, 1973Add to your cart.
Tschudy was a P.O.W. in Hanoi for seven and a half years.
Item 437: Dave WilkersonAdd to your cart.
Wilkerson was the teen-challenge movement founder, and author of "Cross & Switchblade".
Item 438: Randall TolbertAdd to your cart.
Tolbert was an Illinois State trooper.
Item 439: Bill Sands, 1969Add to your cart.
Sands was an ex-convict from San Quentin and author of the book "My Shadow Ran Fast".
Item 440: R. Spicer, 1968Add to your cart.
Spicer was a captain in the Salvation Army.
Item 441: John Rayburn, 1967Add to your cart.
Rayburn was an Anna native and a television sportscaster in Denver.
Item 442: Gene Sorrels, 1966Add to your cart.
Sorrels was an Anna native and discusses his experiences in Bolivia.
Item 443: George Wilson, 1972Add to your cart.
Wilson was the Interlochen Music Camp director.
Item 444: Nancy Reagan, 1968Add to your cart.
Reagan was the wife of Ronald Reagan and was interviewed during his campaign.
Item 445: Paula Rice, 1968Add to your cart.
Discusses her experiences in Costa Rica.
Item 446: Jane Rader, 1973Add to your cart.
Discusses A-J Teen Town.
Item 447: Hughery Tweedy, 1974Add to your cart.
Tweedy was the A-J High School superintendent.
Item 448: Jim Thompson, 1976Add to your cart.
Thompson was a candidate for Illinois governor.
Item 449: Orville WhiteAdd to your cart.
Discusses the Special Education program.
Item 450: Hughey Tweedy, 1975Add to your cart.
Tweedy was the president of the Illinois High School Association.
Item 451: Steve Rowan, 1970Add to your cart.
Rowan was a CBS newsman, interviewed aboard an airline flight.
Item 452: John Simon, 1970Add to your cart.
John Simon was a historian and president of the Ulysses S. Grant Association at Souther Illinois University.
Item 453: Frank Samuel, 1968Add to your cart.
Samuel was the director of Duquoin fair publicity.
Item 454: Gordon Ropp, 1972Add to your cart.
Ropp was the Illinois director of agriculture.
Item 455: Mitchell Ware, 1971Add to your cart.
Ware was from the Illinois Bureau of Investigation.
Item 456: Don White, 1970Add to your cart.
White was a cryogenic engineer and discusses super-cold gasses.
Item 457: Melvin Vandeloo, 1966Add to your cart.
Vadeloo was the pastor at St. Mary's Catholic church. Discusses changes in Catholicism.
Item 458: John Volpe, 1968Add to your cart.
Volpe was the Governor of Massachusetts and runner up for Republican vice-president.
Item 459: McCormick, Choate, Buzbee, 1970Add to your cart.
Candidates for State Representative.
Item 460: Lloyd Sitter, Harold Ury, Ron Bittle, 1972Add to your cart.
Candidates for coroner.
Item 461: Richard Schnedier, 1973Add to your cart.
Schneider was the senior editor of Guideposts Magazine.
Item 462: Donald Sullivan, 1969Add to your cart.
Sullivan was an FBI special agent in the Springfield division.
Item 463: Robert Rands, 1968Add to your cart.
Discusses Mayan culture.
Item 464: Dr. Alfred Richardson, 1968Add to your cart.
Richardson was a bio-physicist from Southern Illinois University. Discusses human heart transplants.

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