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 celebrated the birthday of BB King and played some honky tonk blues for Hank Williams' birthday. He also debuted new CDs by Tony Joe White, Colin James, Johnny Rawls, JW Jones and some zydeco by Joe Hall.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay celebrated the September birthdays of Barbecue Bob, Jazz Gillum, Shari Kane and John "Juke" Logan. He also debuted some new CDs by Mark Hummel, Frank Bey, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Amada Fish and Hidden Sayers.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast, Robert Barclay offered a tribute to Louisiana swamp blues singer & harp player, Lazy Lester, including his work with Lightnin' Slim & Lonesome Sundown. Lester loved vintage country music so Robert surrounded him with some of Lester's favorites: Merle Haggard, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Ray Price and Bob Wills. Robert also played four more tunes by Aretha and noted the centennial of the birth of acoustic bluesman Archie Edwards.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast Robert Barclay celebrated the centennial year of the births of Chicago bluesmen Elmore James and Johnny Young including their recordings with Junior Wells, Big Walter Horton, Sam Myers and Otis Spann. FYI: Robert will spin his triibute to the late Lazy Lester next week.

This week at "The Juke Joint" Robert Barclay, the Duke of Juke, offered a tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. He played a selection of her work along with music by her mentors and friends including Sam Cooke, Dinah Washington, Clara Ward, Ray Charles, Mahalia Jackson and James Cleveland. In the coming weeks and months he will continue to salute Aretha by spinning four tunes each program from throughout her career. Robert also previewed the Blues by the Bay Festival in East Tawas, Michigan and the Marquette Blues Festival in Marquette, Michigan.