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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 465: Christina RichartAdd to your cart.
Richart was a dietitian from India.
Item 466: Kenneth SharpAdd to your cart.
Sharp was a Salvation Army captain.
Item 467: Howard Saar, 1969Add to your cart.
Saar was the academic dean of the Shawnee Junior college.
Item 468: Dr. Alfred Richardson, 1967Add to your cart.
Richardson was professor at Southern Illinois University specializing in electro-anesthesia.
Item 469: Rom Crotser, 1974Add to your cart.
Discusses the search for Noah's Ark.
Item 470: Jerome Feldman, 1976Add to your cart.
Discusses solar energy research and development.
Item 471: Richard GrigsbyAdd to your cart.
Grigsby was the executive director of "Mover" organization.
Item 472: Don Michel, 1971Add to your cart.
Discusses gas wars.
Item 473: Ernest Ben Dunn, 1972Add to your cart.
Dunn was a prisoner of war in Japan.
Item 474: Robert Dickson, 1970Add to your cart.
Dickson was a Union County Hospital administrator.
Item 475: Robert EttingerAdd to your cart.
Ettinger was the author of the book "Prospect of Immortality" which discusses the cryogenic preservation of humans.
Item 476: Peter Munch, 1965Add to your cart.
Munch was a Southern Illinois University anthropologist who lived on Tristan Da Cunha.
Item 477: Paul Douglas, 1965Add to your cart.
Douglas was a United States Senator.
Item 478: Wilburn Capel, 1965Add to your cart.
Capel was a druggist, discusses medicines and narcotics.
Item 479: Carl Wilkins, Wallace Rich, 1965Add to your cart.
Discusses the Cobden gas system proposal.
Item 480: Bob Shamburger, 1965Add to your cart.
Shamburger was the founder of the Christian Universal Life Insurance Company.
Item 481: John Reily, 1965Add to your cart.
Discusses the U.S. State Department Agency for International Development.
Item 482: Greig Richardson, 1965Add to your cart.
Richardson was the warden of the new maximum security prison in Marion.
Item 483: Jack Lewis, 1965Add to your cart.
Discusses the Bunny Bread history and views.
Item 484: Violet Medlin, 1965Add to your cart.
Medlin was the overseas secretary of United States A.I.D. in Paris.
Item 485: Paul Shierhouse, 1965Add to your cart.
Discusses new Medicare program on the 30th birthday of Social Security.
Item 486: Jerry Holman, 1965Add to your cart.
Discusses being recently back from Vietnam.
Item 487: John C. Hughes, 1965Add to your cart.
Discusses Vietnam experiences.
Item 488: Jim Redden, 1965Add to your cart.
Redden was the central technician for pyro-technical items for NASA.
Item 489: Joe Wilkins, 1966Add to your cart.
"Our Man in Vietnam" Report #1.
Item 490: Joe Wilkins, 1966Add to your cart.
"Our Man in Vietnam" Report #2.
Item 491: Geoffrey Hughes, 1965Add to your cart.
Hughes was an executive secretary of Southern Illinois Inc.
Item 492: Bob Defrees, 1965Add to your cart.
Discusses Gemini-5 space flight.
Item 493: Gordon Cummings, 1965Add to your cart.
Cummings was a parachutist who made more than 120 jumps.
Item 494: Clyde ChoateAdd to your cart.
Incomplete.
Item 495: Leon Whitney, 1965Add to your cart.
Whitney was a member of the chamber of commerce and discusses the future of Anna.
Item 496: E. Carl Wiegands, 1965Add to your cart.
Wiegands was a professor of economics at Southern Illinois University. Discusses world traveling and his wife's travel agency.
Item 497: Ralph Dunn, 1969Add to your cart.
Dunn was a candidate for Illinois constitutional convention.
Item 498: Bill Lewis, 1970Add to your cart.
Discusses the drug problem.
Item 499: Bill Lewis, 1971Add to your cart.
Lewis was a circuit judge.
Item 500: David Kenney, 1969Add to your cart.
Discusses the Constitutional Convention.
Item 501: Ed Knowles, 1969Add to your cart.
Knowles was a parole supervisor for the lower fifty four counties of Southern Illinois.
Item 502: Don MichelAdd to your cart.
Shawnee College Candidates: Robinson, Hormon, Broom, Moore and Boyd.
Item 503: Dr. Loel Verble, Jr., 1974Add to your cart.
Discusses the district 37 referendum for bond issue.
Item 504: Don Michel, 1972Add to your cart.
Presidential preference poll.
Item 505: Don MichelAdd to your cart.
Presidential preference poll.
Item 506: Presidential preference poll.Add to your cart.
Item 507: Don Michel, 1976Add to your cart.
Gubernatorial preference poll.
Item 508: Yousef Karsh, 1974Add to your cart.
Karsh's photographs included a famous portrait of Winston Churchill
Item 509: Buckminster Fuller, 1966Add to your cart.
Item 510: Buckminster Fuller, 1967Add to your cart.
Part 1 of 2
Item 511: Buckminster Fuller, 1967Add to your cart.
Part 2 of 2
Item 512: Buckminster Fuller and Walter Cronkite, 1969Add to your cart.
A composite of two previous programs
Item 513: Buckminster Fuller, 1971Add to your cart.
Part 1 of 2
Item 514: Buckminster Fuller, 1971Add to your cart.
Part 2 of 2
Item 515: Gary Mack, April 19, 1989Add to your cart.
JFK Assassination Researcher on the 25th anniversary of the Warren Commission Report

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