Welcome to the Blues Summit Pages

The Blues Summit debuted in 1993 and will celebrate it’s 20 Anniversary in January, 2013!. PD/MD and original host, Mark Johnson named the show for the B.B. King release of that year, and the fact that WMWV is in the White Mountains of NH. At that time, he asked assistance from Blues fan Roy Prescott, borrowing from Roy’s modest record collection. The show aired on Sunday evenings for two hours.

Mark started reporting to Jim McGrath for Living Blues for a time and started developing relationships with Blues labels and genre contacts. Roy continued to co-produce and guest host on the show. In April,1999, Roy took over the hosting duties. When Roy went full-time at WMWV and took over the Morning Drive, the Blues Summit moved to Wednesday nights and went to three hours. During Morning Drive on Wednesdays, Roy plays “A Taste of the Blues Summit” at 8:30. This gives him a chance to promote the show and the Blues. WMWV plays a large amount of Blues in its AAA format on a daily basis. Usually one song per hour.

As early as 1989, Roy had been lobbying for a Blues program on WMWV. As that was about to happen, Roy started playing bass in a local band, The Brownfield Blues Band, shelving the radio idea.

Roy continues to report to Living Blues and at least 90 contacts in the Blues industry monthly. He went to the 2000 W.C. Handy Awards and to the 2008 BMAs. Putting faces to the contacts that he has created relations with. Both times venturing to the Delta for fact finding missions.

A big part of the Blues Summit is the interviews with musicians, labels, promoters, Blues authors and historians. The listeners really enjoy this part of the program. Roy has had the honor of interviewing: Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy (3), Odetta, Johnny Otis, John Brim, John Hammond, Bruce Iglauer (3), Bob Koester (2), Bill Wax, Duke Robillard, Maria Muldaur (2), Chris Vachon, Bob Margolin (at least 2), Son Seals, Ann Rabson, Eddy Clearwater, Big Bill Morganfield, Big Jack Johnson, Super Chikan, Nick Moss, Coco Montoya, Rory Block, Taj Mahal and Bob Corritore. Authors Elijah Wald and Ted Gioia. Promoter Betsie Brown and Jay Sieleman of the Blues Foundation. The Blues Summit is the only Blues radio program ever to interview the elusive Jim McGrath, the keeper of the Living Blues Charts! Plus literally hundreds more.

The Blues Summit library has grown from it’s humble beginnings to over 4000 titles, all meticulously maintained by Roy. At any given moment you’ll hear Blues from the 1920′s to the release opened that day! Listener suggestions are usually at the fingertips, as they try to stump the DJ. If you don’t get the exact track you asked for you’ll always get one from that artist.

Mt. Washington Radio & Gramophone’s Greg Frizzell, owner of WMWV says, “As much fun and enjoyment as Roy Prescott has hosting the Blues Summit, he’s serious about the quality of the show and preserving the Blues legacy. The Blues Summit is a staple in WMWV’s programming.”

Roy is a member of the Blues Foundation and subscribes to Living Blues and Blues Revue magazines.

The Blues Summit is sponsored each summer by the White Mountain Boogie ‘n’ Blues Festival. A “Keeping The Blues Alive” award winning festival in Thornton, NH. Roy always has Paul Benjamin on the show to promote the KBA winning North Atlantic Blues Festival, just a few hours drive away in Rockland, Maine every July.

Don’t miss the Blues Summit every Wednesday evening, 6-9 PM!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

William Gibson November 20, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Judi Dulap is my sister. She listens to your Blues Summit. Please play her a song for me if you can. Maulted Milk, Clapton style..Thanks so much. William Gibson….

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Kevin (in Madison) July 4, 2013 at 12:03 am

Roy,

Thanks for the live streamin’. I can whistle the harp lines while I’m working on the computer.

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sara December 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Thank you for the Blues Roy!
All I want for Christmas is to be able to download the Blues Summit so that I am can listen to it all week a-la-podcast. Looks like there is something like that available for Scarlet Begonia radio. Pretty please can you make a Blues Summit podcast, I have been VERY good this year!

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gene bahr March 31, 2012 at 11:19 pm

hi guys
really sorry to hear roy’ going,gonna miss his great voice.i listen all day, love your station .you have introduced me to some great music and artist,that i would otherwise, not have known. also i live in sebago which is a town you never mention. smile gene

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Greg April 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Dear Gene,
Thanks for listening. Roy will be missed by all of us here as well. As far as music goes… Mark Johnson is our Music Director and always has been. So as far as the music on WMWV… that will not change. As far as Sebago goes… Gair our new director actually lives over that way and I will let him know that we have some fans in the area and to start giving Sebago some love on air. Again, thanks for listening.
Sincerely,
Greg Frizzell
GM/Owner

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Laurie Mack September 1, 2011 at 12:14 am

there’s just nothing like kickin’ back on the deck on a beautiful summer night and listening to some delta blues courtesy of Roy Prescott and the Blues Summit…

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Roy September 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Thank you Laurie!!! Miss you, hope to see you soon!, Roy

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Milwaukee Slim February 26, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Hey how about playin some of my buddy Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin Alter Boys from Shake Your Boogie Mailbox Blues written by one of my Favs Slim Harpo has my cousin Madison Slim aka Mark Koenig on Harp

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Roy February 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Hey Slim!
I’ll get to it this week! I like that CD!
Thanks for the suggestion.
Roy

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Cathy Lemons November 3, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Hey Roy and WMWV! Johnny Ace and I (Cathy Lemons) both enjoyed doing the radio inerview (Part I & II) re. our new CD “Lemonace” on Vizztone. All power to Roy Prescott for keeping the blues alive and well for 18 years on his show “The Blues Summit!” Great playlist! Thanks again and all the best.

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Bill Patrick August 12, 2010 at 9:29 am

The Blues Summits is one of the most outstanding BLUES program around all in little North Conway. Expand play time more of them Blues

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Roy August 12, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Hey Now! Thanks for lovin’ the Blues! If I had my way, I’d do a couple of shows a week! WMWV plays more Blues in regular rotation than any other station I’ve ever heard. That’s a good thing!
Thanks for listening, Roy

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Ken Smith July 15, 2010 at 12:57 am

Hey man… you rocked.. great getting to listen to the Blues Summit from home! Blues on man..

Ken

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