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 April 19, 2014
marc on the blues

'Hawkeye' Herman Teaches Children How The Blues Had A Baby

Hawkeye Herman at the Blues Foundation's office in Memphis, Tenn., 2006.
Robert Stolpe courtesy of the artist

Michael “Hawkeye” Herman passes along his love of the Blues and lets young people know the importance of the music in the development of American culture through the Blues in the Schools program.

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9:00am

Sat April 12, 2014
marc on the blues

Musicians Aren’t the Only Stars, Songs Can Be Headliners Too

St James Infirmary, a local watering hole in Reno, NV - also the name of an oft-covered blues classic.
Thomas Hawk Flickr - Creative Commons

For possibly three centuries the song “St. James Infirmary” and its antecedents have been widely played and loved. Musicians in a wide variety of genre have interpreted the basic idea under a variety of names.

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9:00am

Sat April 5, 2014
marc on the blues

Hubert Sumlin Was A Blues Giant Who Walked With Giants

Hubert Sumlin at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota jazzfest, July 2006.
Xmith Xmith Flickr - Creative Commons

If you could have held your own playing guitar in the same bands with the Royalty of the Blues like Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, you might have been as great a guitarist as Hubert Sumlin.

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9:00am

Sat March 29, 2014
marc on the blue

'Big Joe' Williams Belted The Blues With A Gritty Intensity

“Big Joe” Williams pounded out the Blues, usually on a nine string guitar of his own design. Despite a very raw, unpolished and proto-Punk sound, he seldom failed to win over an audience.

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9:00am

Sat March 22, 2014
marc on the blues

Alberta Hunter, A Pioneer Even If She Hadn’t Been An Early Blues Diva

Album art from Alberta Hunter's 1981 release 'The Glory of Alberta Hunter.'
CBS Records

Alberta Hunter sang the Blues having two careers with great success, and in between she was a pioneer of African-American work rights. Either credit should qualify her as someone very special indeed.

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