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 September 7, 2013
marc on the blues

E. C. Scott Went From Gospel To Blues Stardom

E.C. Scott and Smoke's European Tour Summer 2009
courtesy of the artist's facebook page

Jerry Wexler is the Atlantic co-founder who produced Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. When he calls Blues and R & B vocalist E. C. Scott “one honest-to-God Soul singer,” maybe we should pay attention.

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9:00am

Sat August 31, 2013
marc on the blues

Junior Wells May Have Been The Godfather Of Pimp Style

Junior Wells, 1983, Urbana, Illinois
Bubba73 Wikimedia Commons

If there ever was a gangster of the Blues, surely it was Junior Wells. A sharp dressed, strutting tough guy on stage with a ripping Blues harp style and an intense powerful voice.

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9:00am

Sat August 24, 2013
marc on the blues

T-Bone Walker Was a Legend Who Influenced Legends

T-Bone Walker at the American Folk Blues Festival in Hamburg, March 1972.
Heinrich Klaffs Wikimedia Commons

I chose T-Bone Walker’s “I’m About to Lose My Mind” as the opening theme for The Nine O’clock Blues…yes, the title suits my personality, but T-Bone Walker has influenced my own playing and many other Blues artists.

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9:19am

Sat August 17, 2013
marc on the blues

The Piazza’s: The Family That Plays And Stays Together

Rod and Honey at the 2007 Legendary Rhythym and Blues Cruise
seefarky Flickr - Creative Commons

Rod Piazza has been recording longer than his mentor George “Harmonica” Smith, longer than Big Walter Horton or Sonny Boy Williamson and longer than Little Walter Horton lived!

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9:00am

Sat August 10, 2013
marc on the blues

The Hill Country Blues Began With Mississippi Fred McDowell

Black and white portrait, Mississippi Fred McDowell in 1972
Fred Seibert 1972 Wikimedia Commons

The North Mississippi Hill Country is only a couple dozen miles from the part of the state known as the Mississippi Delta. Each has given birth to its own distinctive style of the Blues.

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