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 June 29, 2013
marc on the blues

Buddy And Rory Are One Name Artists To Guitar Aficionados

Buddy Guy at the 2011 Blues on the Fox, Aurora, IL
Bryan Thompson Flickr - Creative Commons

When Eric Clapton says someone is “The World’s Greatest Guitarist” you can disagree, but you sure ought to take notice. Clapton has said exactly that about Buddy Guy.

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9:00am

Sat June 15, 2013
Marc on the Blues

The Blind Man's Blues

Blind Willie McTell, with 12-string guitar, hotel room, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1940
United States Library of Congress

Blind Willie McTell, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller and the most iconic name in the Blues, Blind Lemon Jefferson. It makes you wonder why so many blind people have been drawn to a career playing the Blues.

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9:00am

Sat June 1, 2013
marc on the blues

If You Think The Old Guard Is All Gone, Think James Cotton

James Cotton at the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival
Bryan Thompson Flickr - Creative Commons

Over the last 50 years more great Blues musicians have played with Blues harp player James Cotton than just about anyone.

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9:00am

Sat May 25, 2013
marc on the blues

Some Musicians Take the Slang Term "Cookin'" to Extremes

Bill Wharton at the 2008 Ottawa Bluesfest, gumbo pot in hand
ActiveSteve Flickr - Creative Commons

Food and music go together like any of those combinations in the song “Love and Marriage,” but few people mix the two like Bill Wharton, aka the “Sauce Boss.”

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9:00am

Sat May 18, 2013
marc on the blues

There's Been More Than One "King of the Blues"

Screencap from YouTube of Freddie King blues legend - Goin' Down (Live)
YouTube - Dave Murphy

Once upon a time there were three kings: B. B., Albert and Freddie. Most Blues fans know B. B. and Albert, but Freddie died too young to get the recognition he truly deserved.

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