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 on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay, the Duke of Juke, shared some stories about George "Harmonica" Smith, John Mayall, Son Seals, Tom Waits, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rod & Honey Piazza, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Albert Collins and Hound Dog Taylor, along with their music. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broacast Robert Barclay, the Duke of Juke, played selections from these CDs including the new releases from Marcia Ball, Kid Ramos and Paul Thorn. He made sure to also spin some Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Koko Taylor, Lightnin' Hopkins, BB King and some T-Bone Walker. 

This week Robert Barclay, the Duke of Juke, celebrated his 33rd anniversary broadcast of "The Juke Joint." He shared some of his favorite soundbites from his interviews with blues musicians, including stories about Hound Dog Taylor, Ruthie Foster, John Hammond, John Lee Hooker, Tommy Castro, James Harman and Jimi Hendrix along with their music. He also debuted the new CDs from Marcia Ball, James Harman and Paul Thorn. 

This week on "The Juke Joint" broacast, the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay, celebrated two centennial birthdays: blues harp master Big Walter Horton and tenor saxophonist JT Brown. Big Walter recorded with Muddy Waters, Johnny Shines, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor and Johnny Young. JT Brown was a member of Elmore James' band, The Broomdusters.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, the Duke of Juke, Robert Barclay featured "Curtis Salgado, Part 2." During his interview, Curtis discusses his emergence into the San Francisco Bay area blues scene of the 1970s with Sonny Rhodes, Luther Tucker and Jimmy McCracklin and shares some stories about Albert Collins, Buddy Ace and Dorothy Love Coates. He also played requests for music by James Brown and Jimmie Vaughan.