Robert Barclay


Robert Barclay launched "The Juke Joint" broadcast on WCMU in April 1985. It has been a Sunday night fixture from 8:00-11:00 pm ever since. A devoted listener dubbed him the "Duke of Juke." He includes nearly a century's worth of blues history on his program including traditional and contemporary blues along with boogie woogie, soul music, rhythm & blues, zydeco and gospel music. 


In 2004, the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee honored him with the "Keeping the Blues Alive Award" in the radio category. The ceremony was hosted by Bob Porter, a noted blues producer and author.  The Blues Foundation is an international organization that promotes blues music and maintains the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis. 


In 2015, the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters presented him with the Public Media Impact Award for "outstanding contributions to Public Broadcasting." 


Since 1988 he has been a contributing photographer to Living Blues magazine, published by the University of Mississippi, and his work has been published on CD covers for a variety of blues artists. 


He was the Director of Photography in the University Communications office at CMU where he was employed since 1980. He retired in 2013 and was granted emeritus status. 


He and his wife, Peggy Brisbane, photographically documented the history of WCMU's "Our Front Porch" concert series for several decades and continue to document the Wheatland Music Festival. 

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This week, the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, was out enjoying the Chicago Blues Festival, so we dug up an archived episode of "The Juke Joint" from August 21, 2016! Featured on this episode was blues music recorded during the years directly after World War II.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay, the Duke of Juke, invited CMU President George Ross, the Marquis of R&B, to help program three hours of R&B and soul music. They included music by Bo Diddley, Ike & Tina Turner, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Sly & the Family Stone, Percy Sledge, Little Richard, Fats Domino and James Brown.

This week on "The Juke Joint," Robert Barclay previewed the upcoming 15th annual Alpena Blues Festival with Ed Hickock and Pyschoman from the Alpena Blues Coalition sharing the details. Here are two of the bands that will appear at the festival.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay featured the 2018 Blues Music Award winners that were presented recently in Memphis. Some of the winners included Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Rick Estrin & the Night Cats, Robert Cray, Curtis Salgado, Ruthie Foster, Mavis Staples and others depicted in this photo.

This week at "The Juke Joint" the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, spun music by the 2018 Blues Hall of Fame inductees shown in this photo. He also played five blues songs and selections from one album that will be inducted as "Classics of Blues Recordings" by BB King, Booker T & the MGs, Albert King, Bo Diddley, Big Joe Turner and Ma Rainey.