Roy Prescott has been a radio and music lover since listening to 60’s rock ‘n roll on Boston’s WRKO and WMEX. Back when they played music. In Arlington, MA, he and his friends would set up a faux radio station in the basement and spin the 45’s they had, plus the ones they “borrowed” from siblings. Pretending to be playing “the most from coast to coast”. Later on Cape Cod, Roy and his friend Doug, would sit in a car across the street from WCOD in Hyannis, where the DJ was set up in the front window. Roy would say, “I’m gonna do that someday.” Fast forward to 1978. Roy moved to the Mount Washington Valley on October 1st, working at then Crest Chevrolet. Getting to know the community, Roy moved on to tending bar at the Mountain Valley Court Club. Here he got acquainted with WMWV. They had a Sports Talk program and Roy being a sports fan and Wrestling fan (another long story), would make guest appearances on the program. By the way, it’s said that Roy’s resume reads like a tome, although maybe not so scholarly! Fast forward to 1993. Roy and his lovely wife Janet, opened the Community Market & Deli in Madison. They had fantastic food and did a live broadcast of the daily lunch specials on WMWV. Mark Johnson of WMWV was starting a Blues show and Roy lent him his meager collection and the Blues Summit was born. Roy would join Mark in the studio from time to time, learning the ropes and the board. At one point, Mark became ill with pneumonia and there was no one to host the show. Unbeknownst to the powers that be, Roy filled in for Mark. Almost giving a heart attack to then station manager Jesse Mosston! The big thing? He played all the commercials! Fast forward to 1999. Mark Johnson passed the reins of the Blues Summit to Roy. The show at that point was on Sunday nights. At last count the Blues Summit library boasts 3300 Blues CDs! Fast forward to 2000. Roy and Janet sold the Deli AND long time staple on the WMWV airwaves, George Cleveland, took the job running the Gibson Center for Senior Services in North Conway. Roy started his dream job working full time at WMWV, doing afternoons. Roy remembers that during the job interview, Skip Sherman, who had owned the station since the 1950’s asked, “What are your intentions with my radio station?” Feeling like he was asking for a daughter’s hand, Roy replied, “To play the best damn music and not embarrass myself.” I guess he passed the audition! Since that time, Roy has taken over the co-hosting duties of Morning Drive and continues to host the Blues Summit, now on Wednesday nights 6-9 pm. A giant part of Roy’s job is also getting out into the community for live remote broadcasts, where he says it’s great to actually see the listeners. He quips, “It’s nice to see the people that love (and sometimes don’t love) WMWV. You sit in the studio talking into a mic and hope that you make an impact, no matter how small, on listener’s lives. Radio is very powerful!” Roy is also Assistant Music Director, working with PD/MD Mark Johnson to put together the daily playlist. It’s a labor of love that makes WMWV one of the coolest radio stations in the country! Sometimes dreams come true.
Gair MacKenzie was born in New York City but convinced his dad to move the family out to the Connecticut suburbs when he was three years old.He attended schools in Darien before moving to Westfield New Jersey for a few years, where he landed a plumb job as a high school sophomore at The Music Staff, one of two record stores in town. It was there he developed a fierce passionfor all kinds of music and enjoyed seeing concerts by artists like Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers Band, Renaissance and Loggins and Messina. Returning to Connecticut, he graduated from Darien High School and then attended Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, where he earned a bachelors degree in English. He then became the head counselor at Camp Owatonna in Harrison, Maine, a boys summer camp he and his brothers enjoyed attending for many years. From there, he played bass and sang for a year in a band fronted by popular singer songwriter Carolina Edwards, who had previously scored a top 10 hit in Nova Scotia. He was then commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy and served on various ships over a 12-year period as a surface warfare officer and public affairs officer, before resigning as a lieutenant commander. During his Navy career, he did advance work for the first-ever NATO ship visits to Bulgaria and Estonia – and even arranged for his ship squadron to rent the official Olympic Stadium in Barcelona for a day! After matriculating at Boston University – and earning a masters degree in broadcast journalism – he worked briefly at WLBZ News Center Two in Bangor, Maine as a general assignment television reporter. He started
working at WMWV in December 2006 as news director and on-air radio reporter and enjoys writing, interviewing interesting people and using sound – for news stories and drive time interviews about the people and events in the valley area and western Maine. He also enjoys almost daily “critter encounters” during his commute from western Maine. In his spare time – of which he has very little – he enjoys reading
(news and non-fiction), listening to music, boating and weeding.
Mark Johnson searches far and wide to find the music you’ll hear on WMWV, he is the architect of our sound. When Mark isn’t doing radio, he’s often spinning tunes for weddings in and around the Valley. Conventional wisdom is that he has “married” roughly fifty percent of the local population.
Dennis Quinn is the host of Scarlet Begonias Radio, Saturday nights from ten ’til midnight. It’s a Grateful Dead radio show, and it’s been on the air in Mount Washington Valley for fourteen years, playing the endless supply of quality live recordings of the Grateful Dead and related bands for 2 hours every Saturday night. Dennis started our first website, back when we switched from reel-to-reel tapes and razorblades to the digital era, and he’s lurking in the background of this lastest incarnation. He also does concert sound for The Arts Council of Tamworth, and digital oddjobs.