Marc Applegate

Announcer/Producer

I am a carbon-based life form from the planet Earth who specializes in making noise. I have been audible since 1951. Early on I laughed, cried and gurgled, then, to the dismay of many; I spent several years talking until I stopped long enough to hear a better way of making noise from the Beatles. Since then I've made noise with guitar, bass and voice. Those noises supported me for many years and took me across the US and to Europe.


My politics are between Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs and my philosophies have been shaded by Alan Watts, Baba Ram Dass, and The Firesign Theater.


The last decade I've played early blues and rags and, due to limited demand for those, I've had time to make noise on KUNC and share my primary love-music. I like Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake, Hot Tuna, The Grateful Dead and kind people.

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9:00am

Sat October 19, 2013
marc on the blues

Two Top Guitar Pioneers Had More Than A Musical Impact

Lonnie Johnson in 1960
Christiern Albertson Wikimedia - Creative Commons

Alfonso “Lonnie” Johnson was a Blues and Jazz pioneer who played banjo, but it was on the guitar that he had his greatest musical impact.

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9:00am

Sat October 12, 2013
marc on the blues

Roosevelt Sykes Put The ‘Blue’ In The Blues

The album cover of Roosevelt Sykes' 1961 release 'The Honeydripper.'
Credit Original Blues Classics

If you think the Blues world consists of tortured men and women crying their hearts out over lost loves and wasted lives, you need to check out Roosevelt Sykes. He was a cigar chomping, rollicking mountain of good natured, good timing, fun loving entertainment. And he often needed a parental warning.

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9:00am

Sat October 5, 2013
marc on the blues

We Owe A Unique Debt To Johnny ‘Clyde’ Copeland

Johnny Copeland (March 27, 1937 – July 3, 1997), American Texas blues guitarist and singer. Photograph by Deborah Feingold.
Wikimedia Commons

The whole Blues world owes a lot to Johnny Copeland. We owe him, not only for his great and powerful music, ingenious song writing, or fathering the great Shemekia Copeland, but especially for his influence on the major record labels.

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9:00am

Sat September 28, 2013
marc on the blues

If You Like Stevie Ray Vaughan, You Ought To Love Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, July 2009.
annrkiszt Flickr - Creative Commons

If the 1990s are the good old days to you, I’m betting you think of Stevie Ray Vaughan when you think Texas Blues guitar. For those of us whose good old days were the 60s and 70s the man, I mean THE MAN, is Johnny Winter.

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9:00am

Sat September 21, 2013
marc on the blues

It's Home To The Blues For Hall Of Famer Dion

Dion DiMucci
Ronzoni Wikimedia Commons

Dion Francis DiMucci was a 1989 inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Known mononymously as Dion, he ought to be in the Halls of Fame of Doo Wop, R & B, Pop and soon, maybe, the Blues too.

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