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"The Historians" is a weekly audio interview podcast that features authors and other guests who discuss the rich heritage of the region and the nation.

Bob Cudmore is host and producer of “The Historians.”

Cudmore is author of three books, "The Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley" and "Stories from the Mohawk Valley," both published by History Press, and the self-published satirical collection “You Can’t Go Wrong.”

He writes the weekly Focus on History column for the Daily Gazette and has narrated and co-produced historical documentaries for WMHT television. From 2004 through 2014 he hosted the morning radio show in his hometown of Amsterdam, N.Y.

The most recent episodes of "The Historians" are archived here. To suggest guests or topics for the program or to discuss advertising, contact bobcudmore@yahoo.com.

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Audio Archives

September 24, 2017

Episode 181-Bob Cudmore tells the story of an exclusive hunting and fishing club that existed for most of the twentieth century in western Quebec province in Canada.  Amsterdam native Tom Pikul contributed anecdotes for the story.

Mohawk Valley Weather-Sunday, September 24, 2017-Sunny, High 89

Cudmore: Playing in the Mohawk Mills Band
Core of the group worked in the factory.
Bob Cudmore Daily Gazette https://dailygazette.com/article/2017/09/22/cudmore-playing-in-the-mohawk-mills-band As an Amsterdam reviewer wrote of the 2-year-old Mohawk Mills Band in 1929........

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple is the guest today on Talk of The Town with Bob Cudmore on Magic 590and100.5 FM WROW http://www.albanymagic.com/ Listen on line each Friday at 12:05 pm.

This Friday, September 29, 2017 the guest on Talk of the Town is Christopher Koetzle, supervisor of the Town of Glenville.

Solomon Northup Class Planned For SUNY Adirondack By David Fiske New York History Blog http://newyorkhistoryblog.org/2017/09/20/class-on-solomon-northup/ This October, a class offered through SUNY Adirondack’s Continuing Education division will provide details on the life of Solomon Northup. Northup was a free black man who was kidnapped from Saratoga Springs, New York in 1841, and sold into slavery.

Bob Cudmores interview with David Fisk on The Historians.

Episode 99-David Fiske is author of “Solomon Northup’s Kindred: The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War.”

I Love NY New York Fall Foliage Report https://www.iloveny.com/things-to-do/fall/foliage-report/

The Schenectady County Historical Society (SCHS) has announced opening plans for the 1731 Brouwer House, its newly acquired Stockade property. The Brouwer House was donated to the SCHS by the Kindl family, who previously resided in the historic home. New York History Blog http://newyorkhistoryblog.org/2017/09/08/opening-set-for-newly-acquired-1731-schenectady-house/ Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 4 pm.

Historic beer tours of the Stockade District will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6 pm.Hosted by the Schenectady County Historical Society, the “Schenectady Suds” tours will meet at the Schenectady County Historical Society and end at the Van Dyck / Mad Jack Brewery. New York History Blog http://newyorkhistoryblog.org/2017/08/31/schenectady-suds-a-historic-stockade-district-beer-tour/

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino informed county officials this week about the 2017 Harvest Festival set for October 7, 2017 at the Fulton County Museum in Gloversville by Mike Anich Leader Herald http://www.leaderherald.com/news/local-news/2017/09/harvest-festival-set-for-october/

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Cooridor has announced that their next round of grant applications are now available. Applications are due no later than 4 pm, Friday, October 27, 2017 and grant award announcements will be made after the first of the year. https://eriecanalway.org/resources/preserve-plan

Erie Canalway Interactive Website:https://eriecanalway.org/explore/boating/watertrail

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September 17, 2017

Episode 180-C.S. Taylor discusses his historical novel, “Nadya’s War,” that describes how Russian women piloted bombers and fighter planes in World War II, most notably in the prolonged battle at Stalingrad.

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September 16, 2017

Minutiae Episode 8, A Jay Towne Production. Episode 8 of Minutiae marks a transition, the beginning of several new dramatic threads which will expose the truth about several characters, and explore new themes of truth, justice, and the American Way. " Episodes 1-7 Scroll Down.

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September 15, 2017

Albany City School Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams is the guest on Talk of The Town with Bob Cudmore on Magic 590and100.5 FM WROW www.albanymagic.com/

Listen on line each Friday at 12:05 pm. Ms. Adams is a Louisiana native and longtime Nevada educator. 9700 students in The Albany City School District.

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September 10, 2017

 

Episode 179-Curator Dennis Malcolm talks about the eclectic collections at the Village of Ames Museum. Ames, between Canajoharie and Sharon Springs, is one of the smallest incorporated villages in New York State. Author E.B. White’s talking mouse, Stuart Little, visited Ames and liked it very much.

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September 08, 2017

 

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden is the guest on Talk of The Town with Bob Cudmore on Magic 590and100.5 FM WROW http://www.albanymagic.com/. 

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August 30, 2017

 

Episode 178-Christopher Kelly on his new book written with Stuart Laycock, “America Invaded: A State by State Guide to Fighting on American Soil" Amazon; www.amazon.com/America-Invaded-S…Christopher+Kelly 

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August 20, 2017

 

Episode 177-Amsterdam N.Y. city historian Robert von Hasseln, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, discusses the history of the Order of the Purple Heart and other military topics.  He also has an update on a study of a former carpet mill power house in Amsterdam.

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August 18, 2017

 

Bob Cudmore interviews astronomer Richard Monda about the solar that took place on Monday, August 21, 2017. Talk of The Town on Magic 590 WROW each week. http://www.albanymagic.com/

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August 14, 2017

 

This week on Talk of the Town on Magic 590 plus 100.5 FM, Bob Cudmore’s guest is Drew Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

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August 13, 2017

Episode 176-Historian Jerry Snyder looks at the history of electric trolleys in Amsterdam, N.Y.  Snyder recently spoke on the topic at a meeting of Historic Amsterdam League.

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August 06, 2017

Episode 175-Baltimore sports writer John Eisenberg discusses his book “The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball’s Most Historic Record.” Eisenberg tells the story of baseball’s legendary “Iron Men,” Cal Ripken Jr. and Lou Gehrig, who each achieved the record of most consecutive games played.

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August 03, 2017

Episode 173-Bob Cudmore covers the restoration project at the Green’s Corners one-room school, built in the  1800s in West Glenville, N.Y.  Featured is a conversation with Ann Belfance Farina who is 100 years old and who attended the school in the 1920s.

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August 02, 2017

Episode 174-Tugboat captain and historian Art Cohn discusses canal schooners, the tractor trailers of the Erie Canal.  Cohn was interviewed during the summer tour of the replica canal schooner Lois McClure. Picture shows canal schooner Lois McClure docked at Amsterdam's Riverlink Park.  Also on this episode, a visit to an authors’ fair at the Fulton County Museum in Gloversville.

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August 01, 2017

 

Episode 7-Minutiae, A Jay Towne Production.Minutiae is a serial drama, based in Amsterdam, NY, and Episode 7 serves as a turning point for the series, with Jason on his deathbed, in the valley of decision, weighing his own past actions against the moral imperative he has dodged his whole life. With appearances by those he loved most, plus a special guest, Episode 7 threatens to be a worthwhile listen. ...or, whatever.

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July 18, 2017

Minutiae-Episode 6 Jay Towne Production.Minutiae is a serial radio drama, set and produced in Amsterdam, NY, in a time of great change for the McDonald family, who learn how their favored son, Jason, was kidnapped, attacked, and left to die in a South Side,  Amsterdam field. Their struggle to cope with the family's loss forms the backbone of the show, and leads them to understand their world in a differently similar light. Produced with the help of a wonderfully talented cast and crew, Minutiae can also be currently heard on WCSS 1490 AM on a semi-regular basis.

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July 15, 2017

Episode 172-Roger Seiler has written an historical novel “Master of Alaska,” based on the story of Aleksandr Baranov, a merchant who served as governor of Russian Alaska from 1799 to 1818.

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July 09, 2017

Episode 171-Bob Cudmore discuss two of Bob’s Daily Gazette columns—the story of Amsterdam, N.Y., opera singer Albert Sochin DaCosta and late 19th century folk artist Kris Vogt, a homeless man who made sketches of the homes of others.

Youtube recording of Amsterdam, N.Y., native Albert Sochin DaCosta, a prominent opera singer until his untimely death in 1967. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=662wKJQLl8k

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July 05, 2017

Episode 168-Part One. American Revolution in The Mohawk Valley Conference was held Thursday, June 8-Sunday, June, 11, 2017. There was a tour of Mohawk Country Historic Sites. These sites included the following: Fort Plain/Fort Rensselaer (the Fort Plain Museum), the 1747 Nellis Tavern, Fort Klock, the Stone Arabia battlefield, the Stone Arabia Church, the Grave of Colonel John Brown (the Hero of the Battle of Stone Arabia), and Old Fort Johnson. The Historians with Bob Cudmore covered the event.

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July 04, 2017

Episode 169-Part Two- Coverage of the 2017 American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Conference. Loyalist historian Gavin Watt, professor William Fowler on George Washington, history blogger Peter Feinman, author and reenactor Phil Weaver.

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July 02, 2017

Episode 170- Ron Fierstein is author of “A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War.

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June 16, 2017

Episode 162-Bob Cudmore provides his Top Ten List of Amsterdam, N.Y., broadcasters.

 

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June 14, 2017

Episode 161-Archaeologist and historian Wayne Lenig discusses Mohawk chief Joseph Brant’s 1780 raids in the Mohawk Valley. http://www.fortplainmuseum.com/index.aspx

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June 11, 2017

Episode 167-Pulitzer prize winning author David Garrow discusses his critical and massive book on the formative years of the 44th President of the United States, “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.

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June 10, 2017

Episode 163-Norm Bollen of the Fort Plain Museum previews this year’s American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Conference. The event includes ten speakers, two bus tours of historic sites, a documentary film sceening and more. More information is at www.fortplainmuseum.com

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June 04, 2017

Episode 166- Best-selling author Simon Sebag Montefiore discusses the Romanov tsars of Russia, the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries.  Montefiore has written “The Romanovs: 1613-1918.

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May 29, 2017

Minutiae, Episode Five, is the latest installment in the McDonald's saga, and it brings the family closer to finding their son's killer. Jason is also seen in flashbacks and in his writing as his family and friends' lives interconnect and move toward an uncertain future. Produced in Amsterdam, NY, and performed in front of a live audience." A Jay Towne Production. All The Minutiae Episods are available here on The Historians. Scroll Down.

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May 28, 2017

Episode 165- The curator at Fort Ticonderoga, Matthew Keagle, gives a fascinating account of the history of this important northern New York 18th century fort, held at various times by the French, the British and American revolutionaries.

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May 25, 2017

Episode 158-Folksingers Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle perform songs from the early days of the Erie Canal. Construction of the canal began two hundred years ago this year.

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May 21, 2017

Episode 164-Author Wanda Burch discusses her book, “The Home Voices Speak Louder than the Drums: Dreams and the Imagination in Civil War Letters and Memoirs.” (McFarland Publishing, Summer 2017)  Singer-songwriter John Kenosian has set some of these letters and memoirs to music.  Kenosian and Burch are performing a concert series in New York’s Montgomery County called “Home Voices: The American Civil War Experience through Words and Music.

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May 06, 2017

Episode 159-Peter Betz has stories about the Gloversville soda battle of 1933, Prohibition and the 1949 visit of the Freedom Train,  Peter writes a biweekly history column for the Leader Herald newspaper in Gloversville.

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May 02, 2017

Episode 4, Minutiae, The Jay Towne Production.

Minutiae is a serial radio drama based in Amsterdam, NY. The saga deals with a family grieving for a lost son, Jason, a possible murder victim, by keeping him alive in their memories using flashbacks and short fiction from Jason’s diary. By doing so they memorialize him and serve the story as moral fable. Scroll down to catch up with Episodes 1-3. www.facebook.com/Minutiaedrama/

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April 30, 2017

Episode 160-Dennis Webster looks back at a precedent setting murder case in his new book, “Murder of a Herkimer County Teacher: The Shocking 1914 Case of a Vengeful Student.”

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April 18, 2017

 

Bob Cudmore on line. Links to Mohawk Valley Web and You Tube Video. Bob Cudmore's Recent Focus on History Columns in The Daily Gazette and past programs on You Tube. Click the links. http://mohawkvalleyweb.com/montgomery/focusonhistory.php https://youtube.com/watch?v=HmNVbaMt3Wc https://youtube.com/watch?v=N50rdqgMXdA https://youtube.com/watch?v=82NVFqOh-LY The Historians on the program schedule at WMHT Public Radio in Albany. http://www.wmht.org/radio/rise/historians/

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April 17, 2017

Episode 157-Former CIA historian Nicholas Reynolds discusses author Ernest Hemingway’s involvement with American and Soviet spy agencies in the 1940s.  Reynolds is author of “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy.

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April 16, 2017

The Historians with Bob Cudmore is now featured on Apple ITunes and GooglePlay. Search The Historians or Eastline Studio. Episode 127-Bob Cudmore with two stories: how a single mother made a living boarding soldiers who were guarding the New York Barge Canal in World War I and how a German native became an American war hero in World War II.

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April 15, 2017

Episode 153-Michael Barrett has an account of the eastern end of the Erie Canal in the 1880s which had numerous locks and a reputation for payoffs and rowdiness. Barrett is executive director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway in Troy.

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April 09, 2017

Episode 155-Christina Baker Kline discusses her historical novel “A Piece of the World.” The book deals with artist Andrew Wyeth and Christina Olson, pictured in his provocative 1948 painting, “Christina’s World.” Kline was author of the best-selling historical novel, “Orphan Train.”

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April 08, 2017

Episode 149-History teacher Doug Kaufman discusses the 1911 Triangle shirtwaist factory fire in New York City. Steve Jankowski of Broadalbin, N.Y., tells how he escaped from the scene of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001. They spoke at an event sponsored by Amsterdam (N.Y.) Reads on the historical novel “A Fall of Marigolds” by Susan Meissner.

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April 01, 2017

Minutiae-Episode two continues the saga of the McDonald family, recovering from their son Jason’s untimely death. An episodic moral fable, utilizing the techniques of flashbacks, memories, and readings of short fiction by Jason, Minutiae moves toward the mystery of his death, and toward the family’s understanding of each other. Produced by Jay Towne in Amsterdam, New York. A new episode of Minutiae is broadcast each month on WCSS Radio in Amsterdam 1490AM and on line. http://wcss1490.com/

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April 01, 2017

Minutiae Episode three continues the saga of the McDonald family, recovering from their son Jason’s untimely death. An episodic moral fable, utilizing the techniques of flashbacks, memories, and readings of short fiction by Jason, Minutiae moves toward the mystery of his death, and toward the family’s understanding of each other. Also on Soundcloud/EastlineStudio

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March 31, 2017

Minutiae-Episode 1-Minutiae is the saga of one family in Amsterdam, New York, who face a new reality after the death of their gifted only son, Jason. The story revolves around the choices the family makes in dealing with their loss and the fallout in their communities. An episodic moral fable created by Jay Towne. A new episode of Minutiae is broadcast each month on WCSS Radio in Amsterdam 1490AM and on line. http://wcss1490.com/

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March 29, 2017

 

Episode 156-Sam Maggs discusses her book on women who made often unheralded contributions, “Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History.”

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March 27, 2017

Episode 152-Reverend Walter Smith of northern New York discusses his lifelong fascination with railroads. Reverend Smith writes the Reminiscing column in the Bulletin of the Bridge Line Historical Society.All The Historians Podcast are on ITunes and GooglePlay.

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March 22, 2017

From the Archives-Episode 143, December 23, 2016-Gloversville Leader Herald history columnist Peter Betz with stories about animals making history, an attempted bombing of a Fulton County deputy sheriff’s car and a nostalgic look back at the introduction of television.

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March 18, 2017

Episode 154-Lynn Herzig describes life in a hamlet on New York’s Tug Hill Plateau over fifty years ago. Herzig is author of “Where’d you go?” “Out!” “What’d you do?” “Nothing!”: Unique memories of growing up in Beaver Falls, N.Y. during the 1950s. “Spike” grew up in the Adirondacks, graduated from Central City Business Institute, hired on as a part-time tour escort for High Adventure Tours in Syracuse and two years later became President of the company.

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March 15, 2017

From the Archives, Episode 30. Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Larson, author of “The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789" (Harper Collins-William Morrow, 2014)

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March 11, 2017
Talk of The Town with Bob Cudmore and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. Magic590WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
March 08, 2017
Barbara Blaisdell has been portraying Susan B. Anthony for 24 years on behalf of The National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House in Rochester, N.Y. Barbara (and Susan B. Anthony) explore the opinions of the human rights leader on women’s rights, slavery, temperance and more on Bob Cudmore’s Historians Podcast. Download MP3
March 04, 2017
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590 WROW. Also on 100.5FM Listen on Google Play Music Download MP3
February 26, 2017
Liz Covart is host of “Ben Franklin’s World,” a history podcast focusing on the American Revolution and the early years of the American Republic. She is writing a book on the impact of the American Revolution in the Albany area. Ms.Covart earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of California in Davis. With her podcast, blogs and other writing she strives to bridge the gap between academic and popular history. Download MP3
February 25, 2017
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan eack week on Magic590WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
February 19, 2017

Episode 151-Amsterdam (N.Y) Recorder history columnist Dan Weaver describes actress: Debbie Reynolds’s connection to Amsterdam. Weaver also talks about the Cabbage Patch doll and Coleco and the story of Derby, the blind proprietor of a newsstand in the city post office.***Night lunch wagons were popular a century ago. Bob Cudmore story on Mohawk Valley Web-http://mohawkvalleyweb.com/index.php?id=809

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February 18, 2017
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan with Bob Cudmore on Talk of The Town. Magic590WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
February 15, 2017
From the Archives-Episode 54, March 29, 2015 Heidi Hill of Schuyler Mansion in Albany and Albany attorney Richard Bader on Alexander Hamilton’s Albany connections Download MP3
February 12, 2017
Episode 150-Bob Cudmore interviews Kyle Jenks who portrays President James Madison. Madison and Thomas Jefferson toured New York and New England in 1791. The episode was recorded at a meeting of Historic Amsterdam League. Download MP3
February 11, 2017
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
February 08, 2017

The Historians Podcast guest is Don Papson of Plattsburgh, one of the founders of the North Star Underground Railroad Museum. Papson and Tom Colarco are co-authors of "Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City: Sydney Howard Gay, Louis Napoleon and the Record of Fugitives." http://northcountryundergroundrailroad.com/

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February 04, 2017
Each week Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
February 01, 2017
From the Archives-Episode 101, March 6, 2016-A journalism professor who lives in Nova Scotia, Dean Jobb is the author of “Empire of Deception,” the story of Chicago swindler Leo Koretz. Download MP3
January 28, 2017

Episode 148-Mary Lou Reid takes a look at life in the convent fifty years ago when she was a novice in the order of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Reid, who left the religious order for a career in media and financial planning, discusses this historical topic in the context of her self-help program, The Convent Diet.http://conventdiet.com/

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January 25, 2017
From the Archives-Episode 45, January 19, 2015-Railfan Jim Bachorz of the Bridge Line Historical Society, which chronicles the history of the Delaware & Hudson Railroad.http://www.dhbridgeline.org/ Download MP3
January 22, 2017

Episode 147-Alice Flynn discusses her book about the World War II Battle of the Bulge, “The Heroes of Hosingen.” Flynn’s father fought in the battle and she has helped descendants of other Battle of the Bulge veterans learn more about what happened to their loved ones.http://www.heroesofhosingen.com/ Also on ITunes

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January 21, 2017
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple on Talk of The Town with Bob Cudmore. Talk of The Town is a weekly feature on 590WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
January 18, 2017
David Pietrusza is the guest on The Historians with Bob Cudmore discussing his latest book: “1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR--Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny.” Download MP3
January 17, 2017
Episode 146-Bob Cudmore discuss bowling and pinsetting in upstate New York during the twentieth century.*** The 2017 fund drive is now underway to support The Historians Podcast! Your donation at https://www.gofundme.com/historians2017 helps cover technical costs and other production expenses. Here’s how to donate by mail. Make the check out to Bob Cudmore. Send the check to Bob Cudmore, 125 Horstman Drive, Scotia, NY 12302.*Additional audio and information about The EastlineStudio Podcasts including The Bob Cudmore Podcasts, can be found "hear." Click the link: https://soundcloud.com/obudmore Download MP3
January 14, 2017
Talk of The Town. Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
January 12, 2017
Episode 145-Jerry Snyder talks about the many mansions built in the industrial heyday in Amsterdam, N.Y., the subject of this year’s Amsterdam Icons Calendar, produced by Historic Amsterdam League.*** Looking for Mohawk Valley News. Links to The Recorder, Leader-Herald and Mohawk Valley Compass. http://recordernews.com*** http://leaderherald.com*** http://mohawkvalleycompass.com To order a signed copy of one of Bob Cudmore’s books-Lost Mohawk Valley, Hidden History and Stories from the Mohawk Valley-please send a check for $25 made out to Bob Cudmore to 125 Horstman Drive, Scotia, N.Y. 12302. The mail order price includes postage, handling and sales tax if applicable. http://bobcudmore.com/lost-mohawk-valley.asp • Bob’s books are also sold at Liberty Fresh Market, 4867 State Highway 30 in Amsterdam; The Bookhound, 16 East Main St., Amsterdam; Mysteries on Main, 144 West Main St. in Johnstown; Open Door Bookstore, 128 Jay St. in Schenectady; Barnes & Noble at Colonie Center and on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Bob+Cudmore *Additional audio and information about The EastlineStudio Podcasts including The Bob Cudmore Podcasts, can be found "hear." Click the link: https://soundcloud.com/obudmore Download MP3
January 11, 2017
From the Archives-Episode 111- Dr. David Wittner is director of the Utica College Center for Historical Research where they digitize historic documents, sponsor frequent public talks and encourage contributions to their history blog. Their students research subjects such as the Ku Klux Klan in New York, the movement for transgender rights and the history of Bosnian women in Utica. The 2017 fund drive is now underway to support The Historians Podcast! Your donation at https://www.gofundme.com/historians2017 helps cover technical costs and other production expenses. Here’s how to donate by mail. Make the check out to Bob Cudmore. Send the check to Bob Cudmore, 125 Horstman Drive, Scotia, NY 12302. Download MP3
January 10, 2017
Episode 140-History and social media--@ExploringBySign on Instagram that’s spreading the word about New York State historic markers; the Web site Exploring Upstate; the question game Narratopia, a way to gather oral history. The speakers held forth at a meeting of the Mohawk Valley Museum Consortium. All the Bob Cudmore Podcasts are available on Soundcloud/EastlineStudio and WMHT Public Radio in Albany and ITunes. https://soundcloud.com/obudmore http://www.wmht.org/radio/rise/historians/ Download MP3
January 04, 2017
From the Archives-Episode 95, January 24, 2016-Jewelry designer and historian Aja Raden with an account of how jewels have affected the course of history. Raden is author of “Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession and How Desire Shapes the World.” ***Additional audio and information about The EastlineStudio Podcasts including The Bob Cudmore Podcasts, can be found "hear." Click the link: https://soundcloud.com/obudmore Download MP3
December 31, 2016
Episode 144-Michael Cinquanti has stories about the Titanic, a priest who wrote best sellers, a federal official in the Civil War who pioneered in hiring women to work in government and many more tales from “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam N.Y. Birthdays: Second edition.” (Genium, 2016) https://amsterdamnybirthdays.com/ Download MP3
December 28, 2016
From the Archives-Episode 130, September 23, 2016-Tara Hime Norman has worked five years on her book “The Vindication of Lewis M. Roach. which makes the case that a Montgomery County trial convicted the wrong man in a sensational 1913 murder. *Additional audio and information about The EastlineStudio Podcasts including The Bob Cudmore Podcasts, can be found "hear." Click the link: https://soundcloud.com/obudmore Download MP3
December 24, 2016
Episode 143-Gloversville Leader Herald history columnist Peter Betz with stories about animals making history, an attempted bombing of a Fulton County deputy sheriff’s car and a nostalgic look back at the introduction of television in the 1940s and 1950s. Download MP3
December 21, 2016
From the Archives-Episode 51, March 12, 2015, Leader Herald history columnist Peter Betz with Fulton County stories from the Civil War and the former Sacandaga Park in the Adirondacks. *Additional audio and information about The EastlineStudio Podcasts including The Bob Cudmore Podcasts, can be found "hear." Click the link: https://soundcloud.com/obudmore Download MP3
December 17, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590 WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
December 16, 2016
Episode 142-Peter Ames Carlin, author of “Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon.” (Henry Holt, 2016) Download MP3
December 14, 2016
From the Archives-Episode 49, March 2, 2015 Larry Gooley, author of "Terror in the Adirondacks," the story of serial killer Robert Garrow. Download MP3
December 11, 2016
Episode 141-Bob Cudmore and Bob’s newspaper column readers look at the local history of “duck and cover”: Civil Defense in the atomic age. All the Bob Cudmore Podcasts are available on BobCudmore.com, Soundcloud/EastlineStudio, WMHT Public Radio in Albany and ITunes. Download MP3
December 10, 2016
Bob Cudmore and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
December 08, 2016
Dan Weaver and Bob Cudmore talk about Kirk Douglas on WCSS 1490AM Amsterdam. http://wcss1490.com/ Kirk Douglas is an American actor, producer, director, and author. After an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and six sisters, he had his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers with Barbara Stanwyck. Download MP3
December 07, 2016
From the Archives-Episode 80, October 4, 2015-Mary Zawacki, Michael Maloney and Kaitlin Morton-Bentley give an overview of the Schenectady County Historical Society at their two facilities: the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction and the Grems-Doolittle Library and Schenectady History Museum in the historic Stockade district of Schenectady. Download MP3
December 03, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
November 30, 2016
From the Archives-Episode 56, April 12, 2015-Times Union reporter and historian Paul Grondahl on CBS commentator Andy Rooney and Albany public relations man Ed Lewi.http://www.timesunion.com/ All the Bob Cudmore Podcasts are available on BobCudmore.com, Soundcloud/EastlineStudio, WMHT Public Radio in Albany and ITunes. Download MP3
November 26, 2016
Episode 139-T. Martin Bennett, author of “Wounded Tiger” (Onstad Press, 2016): The true story of the pilot who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, whose life was transformed by an American prisoner and by a girl he never met. Also on ITunes Download MP3
November 22, 2016
From the Archives-Episode 113, May 27, 2016-Bob Cudmore discuss veterans’ housing projects built in Amsterdam and other New York cities after World War II. Bob also tells stories of two local connections to the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. Download MP3
November 20, 2016
Episode 138-Bob Cudmore interviews authors who attended the recent Chronicle Book Fair in Glens Falls. Topics include the Grant cottage in Wilton, the Battle of Lake George, a murder in the town of Palatine and the life of a woman who was an icon of the women’s suffrage movement.Also on ITunes Download MP3
November 18, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590WROW. Also on100.5FM Download MP3
November 16, 2016
From the Archives-Episode 112, May 20, 2016-Dan Weaver tells the story of how Montgomery County men made it possible for Ulysses S. Grant to spend his last days writing his memoirs at Mount McGregor in Saratoga County. Dan Weaver owns Amsterdam’s Bookhound bookstore and writes a history column for the Amsterdam Recorder. http://recordernews.com Also on ITunes Download MP3
November 12, 2016
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan with Bob Cudmore on Talk of The Town. Magic 590 WROW and 100.5FM Topics this week, the election and issues in the city of Albany. Download MP3
November 11, 2016
Episode 137-Christopher Kelly, editor of “An Adventure in 1914: The True Story of an American Family’s Journey on the Brink of World War I” by T. Tileston Wells. Also on ITunes Download MP3
November 09, 2016
From the Archives, Wednesday, November 9, 2016- Episode 114, June 3, 2016- documentary filmmaker Mark Zwonitzer is author of “The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism.” Also on ITunes Download MP3
November 04, 2016
Episode 136-Annette Libeskind Berkovits is author of “In the Unlikeliest of Places.” The memoir tells the story of her father, Nachman Libeskind, who survived the Nazis in Poland and the gulags of the Soviet Union, ending up as a respected artist in the United States. Also on ITunes Download MP3
November 02, 2016
From the Archives- Episode 110, May 6, 2016-Brandeis University professor Jonathan Sarna has stories from his book “Lincoln and the Jews.” Also on ITunes Download MP3
October 29, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590 WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
October 28, 2016
Episode 135-James Richmond, author of “War on the Middleline – The Founding of a Community in the Kayaderossras Patent in the Midst of the American Revolution.” (Lulu.com, 2016) Events described in Richmond’s book took place in Saratoga County, New York. Also on ITunes. Download MP3
October 26, 2016
From the Archives-Episode 50, March 8, 2015-David Brooks has excerpts from an 1869 journal written by a Fort Hunter man. David is education coordinator at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter. Also on ITunes Download MP3
October 21, 2016
Episode 134-Tom Lindsay, who performs with Michael Eck as the Lost Radio Rounders, has songs from American Presidential elections going back to an 1840 musical tribute to Martin Van Buren. Also on ITunes Download MP3
October 19, 2016
From the Archives- Episode 60, May 10, 2015-Bob Cudmore with interviews from the 2015 conference on the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley: Jim Kirby Martin, Don Hagist, Kyle Jenks, Jacqueline Murphy, John Warren and Brian Mack. Also on ITunes Download MP3
October 15, 2016
Talk of The Town with Bob Cudmore and Troy Mayor Patrick Madden on Magic590 WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
October 14, 2016
Episode 133-Matt Ryan of WMHT public television discusses his documentary, “Mario Cuomo: Poetry and Prose,” that makes use of archival video from the long-running statewide program “Inside Albany.” Also on ITunes Download MP3
October 12, 2016
From the Archives-Episode 49, February 27, 2015-Lawrence Gooley, author of "Terror in the Adirondacks," the story of serial killer Robert Garrow. Download MP3
October 08, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan each week on Magic590WROW also on 100.5FM Download MP3
October 07, 2016
Episode 132-Don Rittner discusses his latest book, “The History of the Vale: Schenectady’s Historic Rural Cemetery.” Rittner is a former city and county historian in Schenectady. Also on ITunes Download MP3
October 05, 2016
From the Archives- Episode 34, November 07, 2014-Julia Blackwelder, history professor, Schenectady County native and author of “Electric City: General Electric in Schenectady” Also on ITunes Download MP3
October 01, 2016
Talk of The Town with Bob Cudmore and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
September 30, 2016
Episode 131-Janet Lee Berg discusses her historical novel “Rembrandt’s Shadow.” (Post Hill Press, 2016) Her book is based on the true story of her husband Bruce Berg’s family during the Holocaust in the Netherlands. Two of his ancestors were art dealers who traded valuable paintings to the Nazis for Jewish lives. Download MP3
September 29, 2016
From the Archives-Episode 30, October 10, 2014-Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Larson, author of “The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789" (Harper Collins-William Morrow, 2014) Download MP3
September 25, 2016
Episode 130-Tara Hime Norman has worked five years on her book “The Vindication of Lewis M. Roach” that makes the case that a Montgomery County trial convicted the wrong man in a sensational 1913 murder. Download MP3
September 24, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan each week on Magic590WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
September 21, 2016
From the Archives-Episode 46, February 06, 2015-Maria Riccio Bryce tells of her musical Hearts of Fire that tells the story of the burning of Schenectady by the French and Indians in 1690. She has re-issued the CD of the original cast recording. Download MP3
September 17, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
September 16, 2016
Episode 129-Sports historian Mike Hauser explores Fulton County connections to major league baseball. For example, Jack McKeon, who played for the Gloversville Glovers in 1950, managed the Florida Marlins to a World Series victory in 2003. The Historians is also featured on ITunes. Download MP3
September 14, 2016
From the Archives-Episode 54, March 29, 2015, Heidi Hill of Schuyler Mansion in Albany and Albany attorney Richard Bader on Alexander Hamilton’s Albany connections. Download MP3
September 11, 2016
Episode 128-In 1962 Gary Slaughter was on board a U.S. destroyer in what could have been a disastrous confrontation with a Russian submarine; the Russian vessel was armed with a nuclear tipped torpedo. Slaughter’s new book is “Sea Stories: Memoir of a Naval Officer (1956-1967).” Download MP3
September 10, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Talk of The Town. Magic590WROW also on 100.5FM Download MP3
September 07, 2016
From the Archives-Episode 44, January 23, 2015-Author Richard Norton Smith discusses “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller.” Rockefeller was New York governor for 14 years and U.S. vice president for 3 years. Download MP3
August 31, 2016
From the Archives-Episode 103 from March 23. 2016-Our most downloaded podcast: Two young historians, town of Palatine historian Eddie Watt and graduate student Abby Cretser of Ephratah, discuss their work. Download MP3
August 28, 2016
Episode 126-Christopher Kelly talks about the Romans, Garibaldi, Mussolini and more in discussing his latest book with Stuart Laycock, “Italy Invades: How the Italians Conquered the World.” Download MP3
August 27, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590 WROW also on 100.5FM Download MP3
August 24, 2016
From the Archives-Wednesday, August 24, 2016-Episode 57 from April 19, 2015, Victoria Tokarowski of the National Racing Museum in Saratoga Springs describes their exhibit on the horse breeding Sanford family of Amsterdam. Sam Hildebrandt discusses efforts by the Friends of the Sanford Stud Farm to restore buildings at the historic farm. Download MP3
August 21, 2016
Episode 125-Daily Gazette feature writer Bill Buell discusses his recent story on several vacancies in Schenectady area municipal historian positions. Download MP3
August 20, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Talk of The Town. Magic590 WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
August 18, 2016
Bob Cudmore on The Jewish View. Audio from the 30 minute You Tube Presentation. Bob has authored three books about the Mohawk Valley in which he discusses the area’s connection to Kirk Douglas, Sam Goldwyn, Lucius Littauer and Rabbi Bloom. Two mayors of Amsterdam were Jewish. There were many non-Jewish connections as well that would surprise you such as Ed Sullivan and Fredric Remington. This is a fascinating recollection of the Mohawk Valley communities of Amsterdam, Gloversville and Fonda, yes, Henry, Peter and Jane Fonda’s roots are from the Mohawk Valley. Download MP3
August 16, 2016
From the Archives of The Historians-Episode 42, January 9, 2015 the author of the novel Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline discusses the program that transported thousands of destitute children from New York and other Eastern cities to foster homes located mainly in rural areas of the Midwest. Kline’s novel is set in Maine and this month Kline has written a New York Times article explaining how her parents “inadvertently started a family compound when they bought a home in Maine.” Download MP3
August 14, 2016
Episode 124-History professor Bruce W. Dearstyne discusses his recent NewYork History Blog post: “Five Opportunities to Promote New York History.” Download MP3
August 13, 2016
Bob Cudmore and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Talk of The Town on Magic590 WROW Download MP3
August 12, 2016
Jay Towne from Amsterdam is in production with his new radio play "Minutiae" The drama will air on WCSS 1490AM Download MP3
August 10, 2016
From the Archives-Episode 106 from April 12, 2016-Brien Bouyea, the author of “Bare Knuckles & Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey.” Brien is communications officer of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs. Download MP3
August 07, 2016
Episode 123-Instructor Diana Carter reports on archaeological digs along the Mohawk River and in the Stockade section of Schenectady done by the Community Archaeology Program at Schenectady County Community College. Download MP3
August 06, 2016
Troy Mayor Patrick Madden is the guest on this week’s Talk of the Town with Bob Cudmore on Magic 590 AM and 100.5 FM. Troy is seeing some major downtown development but the neighborhoods in the city need work. Madden tackles issues ranging from infrastructure and finances plus he takes a look back at the political campaign that elected him mayor. Download MP3
July 30, 2016
Episode 122-Leader Herald history columnist Peter Betz has two stories about elephants in Fulton and Montgomery Counties plus the tale of a failed effort to keep a Northville summer theater going in the 1960s. Download MP3
July 30, 2016
This week in Talk of the Town with Bob Cudmore on Magic 590 AM and 100.5 FM the guest is Colonie town supervisor Paula Mahan. Download MP3
July 25, 2016
Episode 121-Jack Kelly discusses topics as diverse as the origin of the Mormon religion and how Americans learned how to make cement in his book “Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016) Download MP3
July 24, 2016
Episode 116-Christopher Kelly, co-author of “America Invades: How We've Invaded or Been Militarily Involved With Almost Every Country on Earth.” Download MP3
July 17, 2016
Episode 120-Jamie Bologna of WBUR-FM’s Radio Boston interviews Bob Cudmore on Cudmore’s years as a radio reporter in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, when General Electric was beginning to downsize its operations there. Download MP3
July 16, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590 WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
July 11, 2016
Episode 119-Bruce Venter discusses his book “The Battle of Hubbardton: the Rear Guard Action that Saved America.” (Arcadia, 2015) Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene talk about Montgomery County political boss Jacob Snell and Fonda newspaper columnist and minister, Washington Frothingham. Download MP3
July 05, 2016
Episode 118 featuring Lois Huey, co-author of “Molly Brant: A Legacy of Her Own;” Phil Weaver with the history of the “Jersey Grays” who served in the Mohawk Valley region in 1776 and President James Madison on the founding of America as portrayed by actor Kyle Jenks. A future episode will include an interview with Bruce Venter, author of “The Battle of Hubbardton: the Rear Guard Action that Saved America.” The second annual conference was organized by the Fort Plain Museum and featured talks by historians, tours of Mohawk Valley Revolutionary War sites and dinner at an historic home. Over 200 people attended from the United States and Canada. Next year’s conference will take place June 8 – 11, 2017. The program also airs on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and visually impaired in the Capital District of New York. Download MP3
June 26, 2016
Episode 117-Interviews from the 2016 American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Conference: the entrepreneurship of George Washington, four stolen cannons in Revolution-era Massachusetts and the story of the online Journal of the American Revolution. Download MP3
June 25, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan each week on Magic590WROW Albany. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
June 12, 2016
Episode 115-Historic Site Manager Wade Wells on “The Price of Loyalty: The Confiscation of Johnson Hall in Johnstown” at the start of the American Revolution. Download MP3
June 07, 2016
Thank You for the support. Bob reports a good turn out at the Oneida County Historical Society in Utica. The link posted here is to an interview recorded on Thursday, June 2, 2016 on WUTQ 100.7 Radio in Utica. Download MP3
June 04, 2016
Episode 114-Mark Zwonitzer is author of “The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism.” Author and public speaker Mark Twain and Secretary of State John Hay were friends for many years. Hay began his career in public service as Abraham Lincoln’s private secretary during the Civil War. Download MP3
May 29, 2016
Episode 113-Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss veterans’ housing projects built in Amsterdam and other New York cities after World War II. Bob also tells stories of two local connections to the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. Download MP3
May 22, 2016
Episode 112-Dan Weaver tells the story of how some Montgomery County men made it possible for Ulysses S. Grant to spend the last days of his life writing his memoirs at Mount McGregor in Saratoga County. Dan Weaver owns Amsterdam’s Bookhound bookstore and writes a column for the Amsterdam Recorder. danieltweaver@gmail.com Download MP3
May 07, 2016
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan talks to Bob Cudmore on the latest broadcast of Talk of The Town on Magic590WROW Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
May 06, 2016
Episode 110, May 6, 2016- Brandeis University professor Jonathan Sarna has stories from his book “Lincoln and the Jews,” co-authored by Benjamin Shapell. Download MP3
May 01, 2016
Episode 109-Albany Times Union reporter Paul Grondahl talks about his recent series of articles on the history of immigration in the Capital District. Since joining the Times Union in 1984, Paul Grondahl has covered both news and features and has been recognized with numerous awards. He holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Puget Sound and a master's in English literature from the University at Albany. He is the author of ''Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma'' and "I Rose Like a Rocket," a biography of Theodore Roosevelt's early political career in Albany. Contact him at (518) 454-5623 or by e-mail at pgrondahl@timesunion.com. Download MP3
April 30, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590 WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
April 24, 2016
Episode 108-Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss two of Bob’s recent Daily Gazette columns. One is on Monsignor William Browne, who founded Amsterdam’s St. Mary’s Hospital and the other is a history of the Amsterdam Free Library. Download MP3
April 23, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Talk of The Town. Download MP3
April 17, 2016
Episode 107-David Kinney, co-author of “The Devil’s Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich.” Download MP3
April 16, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590 WROW. Download MP3
April 12, 2016
Episode 106-Brien Bouyea, the author of Bare Knuckles & Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey. Brien is communications officer of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs. Download MP3
April 06, 2016
Episode 105-Leader Herald history columnist Peter Betz explores various theories on the origin of the name of the Montgomery County hamlet of Tribes Hill. He also recounts horse runaway stories from Fulton County. Download MP3
March 29, 2016
Episode 104-Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss the history of Bowler’s Brewery in Amsterdam, a horrific trolley accident in Gloversville in 1902 and a Vail Mills native credited with inventing email. Download MP3
March 26, 2016
Each week on Magic590WROW, Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. Also on: 100.5FM Download MP3
March 23, 2016
Episode 103-Two young historians, town of Palatine historian Eddie Watt and graduate student Abby Cretser of Ephratah, discuss their work. Also on Soundcloud.com/EastlineStudio Download MP3
March 19, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan each week on Magic590WROW and 100.5FM. Also on: Download MP3
March 16, 2016
Episode 102- Neil Yetwin, a history teacher, is author of a book on a War of 1812 hero who became the first Jewish New York State Assemblyman, “To My Son: The Life and War Remembrances of Captain Mordecai Myers.” Also on Soundcloud.com/Eastline Studio Download MP3
March 12, 2016
Each week on Magic590WROW, Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. Also on Soundcloud.com/EastlineStudio Download MP3
March 05, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590WROW and 100.5FM Download MP3
March 02, 2016
Episode 100-Phillip Bowler has tales of Bowler’s Brewery in Amsterdam and his own world travels. Phillip Bowler writes, "I am on a four month road tour from Burlington, Vt., Knoxville, I-40 west to Las Vegas, Monterey, Long Beach, CA., and I am now generally headed east along I-10 to Sebring, Florida. I will be back in Burlington in late April/early May. I have traveled about 5700 miles so far. I do a quasi-daily travelogue on my adventures." Download MP3
February 24, 2016
Episode 99-David Fiske is author of “Solomon Northup’s Kindred: The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War.” Download MP3
February 20, 2016
Each week Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. On Magic590WROW and 100.5FM Download MP3
February 17, 2016
Episode 98-Timothy Starr has written 15 books on Saratoga County and Capital District history. He focuses on the history of the town of Milton in this episode. Download MP3
February 13, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehen on Magic590WROW Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
February 10, 2016
Episode 97-Bob Cudmore explores a sensational murder case that took place in 1895 in Amsterdam. Another topic: research done on a Walt Disney subsidiary that did cartoon TV ads for Mohawk Carpets in the early 1950s. Download MP3
February 06, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehen. Each week on Magic590WROW and now on 100.5 FM Download MP3
February 01, 2016
Episode 96-Danielle Sanzone of WMHT explains how the Capital District PBS station is sharing information on local people and their ancestry on social media in conjunction with the national program “Finding Your Roots.” Download MP3
January 30, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Talk of The Town. Magic590WROW and 100.5FM. Download MP3
January 27, 2016
Episode 95-Aja Raden on The Historians with Bob Cudmore Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World. As entertaining as it is incisive, Stoned is a raucous journey through the history of human desire for what is rare, and therefore precious. What makes a stone a jewel? What makes a jewel priceless? And why do we covet beautiful things? In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history, jeweler and scientist Aja Raden tells an original and often startling story about our unshakeable addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desire. Also on: Download MP3
January 23, 2016
January 23, 2016 Bob Cudmore talks with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan on Magic590WROW Download MP3
January 20, 2016
Episode 94, January 20-Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss a landlocked “lighthouse” that helped motorists on a busy Mohawk Valley highway. Another topic: A quest to find recordings of radio talks done by a popular Amsterdam rabbi years ago. Download MP3
January 17, 2016
Welcome to the World of Internet Radio - Radio George! Over 100 channels specializing in oldies from 1955-1975 and Smooth Jazz. Enjoy. George Woods. Click Soundcloud.com/EastlineStudio to link with RadioGeorge Download MP3
January 13, 2016
Jerry Snyder talks about this year’s Historic Amsterdam League calendar focusing on that city’s vanished industries. Plus Kelly Farquhar and Norm Bollen report on a recently found letter from a Revolutionary leader in the Mohawk Valley that makes reference to the Boston Tea Party. Download MP3
January 09, 2016
Talk of The Town/Bob Cudmore with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. Saturday January 9, 2016 Broadcast on Magic590WROW. Now on 100.5FM Download MP3
January 06, 2016
Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene set the wayback machine back to 1947 for tales of carpet school, the mill shutdown and big bands. Download MP3
December 23, 2015
Retired Fulton County historian and Leader Herald columnist Peter Betz has stories from 1890s Christmas letters to Santa. Also on: Download MP3
December 19, 2015
Talk of The Town with Bob Cudmore and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. Broadcast each week on Magic590 WROW Albany. Download MP3
December 16, 2015
Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene explore the history of the Great Sacandaga Lake in the southern Adirondacks. Plus a story about a Mohawk Valley man’s collections. Also on Soundcloud.com/EastlineStudio Download MP3
December 09, 2015
Craig Tolosky today on The Historians with Bob Cudmore. Craig Tolosky, secretary/treasurer of the East Line Union Cemetery in Malta, with his perspective on challenges facing cemeteries in New York State. Also on Soundcloud.com/EastlineStudio Download MP3
November 30, 2015
Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss three Amsterdam, N.Y. tragedies remembered by many: the Schuyler Street fire, the explosion on High Street and the deaths of eight Mexican railroad workers hit by a speeding train. Download MP3
November 24, 2015
The Historians Podcast covers the Chronicle Book Fair The Historians Podcast debuts an audio report om the recent Chronicle Book Fair in Glens Falls, New York. Podcast host Bob Cudmore was among the writers at the well-attended event. Cudmore’s latest history book is “Lost Mohawk Valley.” History authors interviewed for the program included Larry Gooley, (“Escape from Dannemora”); Don Papson, (“Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City”); Sheila Myers, (the historical novel “Imaginary Brightness”); John Briggs, (young adult biographies of Pete Seeger and Judy Garland); and David Fiske, (“Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave”). Also interviewed were book fair organizer Cathy DeDe plus authors Chuck D’Imperio (“Unknown Museums of Upstate New York”); Barry Damsky (“The Peas Were Cold”); Russell Dunn (“Adventures Around The Great Sacandaga Lake”) and Jim LaBate (“Mickey Mantle Day in Amsterdam”). The Historians Podcast is found on www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians and on www.soundcloud.com, search for Eastline Studio. The program is aired twice a week by RISE, WMHT’s service for the visually impaired in the Capital District. Download MP3
November 21, 2015
Talk of The Town. Saturday November 21, 2015 Bob Cudmore and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. Magic590WROW Download MP3
November 14, 2015
Bob Cudmore and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. Magic590WROW Download MP3
November 09, 2015
Abby Chandler, a history professor at the University of Massachusetts, joins Bob Cudmore on The Historians Podcast. Chandler is the author of “Law and Sexual Misconduct in New England, 1650-1750.” Also on Soundcloud.com/Eastline Studio Download MP3
November 01, 2015
Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene chat about two local history stories—pioneer radio broadcaster credited with saving historic church in Montgomery County and a superhighway, never built, that would have linked Amsterdam and northern Maine. Also on Soundcloud.com/Eastline Studio Download MP3
October 30, 2015
Bob Cudmore on The Roundtable on WAMC Albany Public Radio. WAMC's The Roundtable is an award-winning, nationally recognized eclectic talk program. The show airs from 9am to noon each weekday and features news, interviews, in-depth discussion, listener call-ins, music, and much (much) more! Hosted by Joe Donahue and produced by Sarah LaDuke, The Roundtable tackles serious and lighthearted subjects, looking to explore the many facets of the human condition with civility, respect and responsibility. Also on: Download MP3
October 27, 2015
Today on The Historians with Bob Cudmore. Peter Feinman of the Institute of History, Archaeology, and Education says the New York State Path through History program has not lived up to its early promises. Download MP3
October 24, 2015
Talk of The Town October 24,2015. Bob Cudmore talks to Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan each week on Magic590 WROW. Also on: Soundcloud.com/EastlineStudio Download MP3
October 22, 2015
Jerry Snyder of Historic Amsterdam League talks to Bob Cudmore about that group’s Green Hill Cemetery tour, Ghosts of the Past. ------------------------------------- Also on Soundcloud.com/Eastline Studio Download MP3
October 17, 2015
Each week on Magic590 WROW Bob Cudmore talks with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan Also on Soundcloud.com/Eastline Studio Download MP3
October 14, 2015
Brian Mack from The Fort Plain Museum Today on The Historians with Bob Cudmore. The Fort Plain Museum features exhibits focusing on the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley. Brian Mack from the museum has stories from history and tells of efforts to encourage American Revolution tourism in the region. Podcast also on Soundcloud.com/Eastline Studio Download MP3
October 13, 2015
Today on The Historians with Bob Cudmore Mary Zawacki, Michael Maloney and Kaitlin Morton-Bentley give an overview of exhibits and genealogical resources at the Schenectady County Historical Society at their two facilities: the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction and the Grems-Doolittle Library and Schenectady History Museum in the historic Stockade district of Schenectady. Download MP3
September 28, 2015
More Lost Mohawk Valley Stories. Also on Soundcloud.com/Eastline Studio Download MP3
September 23, 2015
Dennis Webster on The Historians with Bob Cudmore Dennis Webster has written “Old Main: New York State Lunatic Asylum in Utica, N.Y.” Opened it 1843, it was the first insane asylum in New York State and the second one in the nation. ------------------------ Bob Cudmores new book "Lost Mohawk Valley". Enjoy “Coffee with Cudmore” as Bob does his first book signing from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, September 26 at Old Peddler’s Wagon, 175 Church St. / Rt. 67 in Amsterdam. ----------------- Also on Soundcloud.com/Eastline Studio Produced at Eastline Studio Download MP3
September 22, 2015
On The Historians Podcast Michael Cinquanti, who publishes a daily blog celebrating birthdays of people born in his home town of Amsterdam, N.Y. http://amsterdamnybirthdays.com Cinquanti also keeps track of the birthdays of major sports stars. His Pinstripe Birthday Blog was the tenth most-read blog on the Major League Baseball Web site.. Listen or download at www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians or https://soundcloud.com/obudmore The Historians Podcast is also heard Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled. The program is produced at Dave Greene’s Eastline Studio in Ballston Lake. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com Please support The Historians Podcast with a donation to www.gofundme/thehistorians or send a check to Bob Cudmore, 125 Horstman Drive, Scotia, N.Y. 12302. Bob Cudmore's books: Lost Mohawk Valley, Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley, Stories from the Mohawk Valley and You Can't Go Wrong Download MP3
September 06, 2015
Nick Bunker is author of “An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America.” The book is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and is available at Amazon.com www.amazon.com/Empire-Edge-Brita…words=Nick+Bunker The Historians with Bob Cudmore www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians/ is produced at Eastline Studio. Download MP3
September 04, 2015
Dave Northrup is editor of Hugh Donlon's “The Mohawk Valley.” Written during the 1930’s when he was a reporter and columnist for the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, “The Mohawk Valley” is Donlon’s history of his native region from the end of the ice age to 1940. Part 1 Also on Soundcloud.com Eastline Studio The Historians is produced at Eastline Studio e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com Download MP3
September 04, 2015
Dave Northrup is editor of Hugh Donlon's “The Mohawk Valley.” Written during the 1930’s when he was a reporter and columnist for the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, “The Mohawk Valley” is Donlon’s history of his native region from the end of the ice age to 1940. Part 2 Also on Soundcloud.com Eastline Studio Produced at Eastline Studio e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com Download MP3
August 23, 2015
Capital District Genealogical Society-Part 1 Genealogy is the topic on The Historians Podcast, featuring Eric Johnson on African American history; Terri Moran with a family history that stretches from Upstate New York to Sweden; and Jim Richmond, author of The Middleline, the story of the founding of a Saratoga County community. All three are members of the Capital District Genealogical Society. Listen or download at www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians or https://soundcloud.com/obudmore The Historians Podcast is also heard Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled. The program is produced at Eastline Studio. Download MP3
August 23, 2015
Capital District Genealogical Society-Part 2 Genealogy is the topic on The Historians Podcast, featuring Eric Johnson on African American history; Terri Moran with a family history that stretches from Upstate New York to Sweden; and Jim Richmond, author of The Middleline, the story of the founding of a Saratoga County community. All three are members of the Capital District Genealogical Society. Listen or download at www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians or https://soundcloud.com/obudmore The Historians Podcast is also heard Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled. The program is produced at Eastline Studio. Download MP3
August 19, 2015
Bob Cudmore’s Historians Podcast features coverage of the first annual American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Conference. Recorded this past spring. The Historians Podcast may be downloaded at www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians and at www.soundcloud.com search for Eastline Studio. The show also airs Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled in Albany. The half hour episode features interviews with conference participants Jim Kirby Martin, co-author of “Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution; Jack Kelly, author of “Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence;” and Don Hagist, author of “The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers Behind the Photographs.” Also on the program will be conference attendees Kyle Jenks of “Drums Along the Mohawk Outdoor Drama,” retired Montgomery County Historian Jacqueline Murphy and John Warren, editor of the New York History Blog. Brian Mack of Fort Plain Museum will be heard as well. Mack, Norm Bollen and other members of the Fort Plain Museum organized the first annual conference which included a full day of history talks held at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie and a bus tour of Revolutionary era historic sites in western Montgomery County. More than 100 people attended. Historic sites in western Montgomery County include Fort Plain Museum, Nellis Tavern, Fort Klock, Isaac Paris House, Van Alstyne Homestead, Stone Arabia Church, Palatine Church and the Margaret Reaney Library in St. Johnsville, all within minutes of Thruway Exit 29 in Canajoharie. Download MP3
August 10, 2015
Jane Spellman on The Historians with Bob Cudmore/Part 1. Jane Spellman is author of “Women Belong in History Books: Herkimer and Oneida Counties, 1700-1950.” Among the women in the book is Catherine Petrie Herkimer, mother of Revolutionary War hero Nicholas Herkimer. Download MP3
August 10, 2015
Jane Spellman on The Historians with Bob Cudmore/Part 2. Jane Spellman is author of “Women Belong in History Books: Herkimer and Oneida Counties, 1700-1950.” Among the women in the book is Catherine Petrie Herkimer, mother of Revolutionary War hero Nicholas Herkimer. Download MP3
August 04, 2015
David Claire Jennings Part 1-- David Claire Jennings on The Historians with Bob Cudmore today Sunday August 2, 2015. David Claire Jennings is author of the historical novel After Bondage and War. www.davidclairejennings.com The novel tells of people impacted by slavery through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Jennings returned to college at age 70 to study history. www.amazon.com/After-Bondage-War…nal/dp/0692466584 The Historians with Bob Cudmore is produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com Download MP3
August 04, 2015
David Claire Jennings Part 2-- David Claire Jennings on The Historians with Bob Cudmore today Sunday August 2, 2015. David Claire Jennings is author of the historical novel After Bondage and War. www.davidclairejennings.com The novel tells of people impacted by slavery through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Jennings returned to college at age 70 to study history. www.amazon.com/After-Bondage-War…nal/dp/0692466584 The Historians with Bob Cudmore is produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com Download MP3
July 21, 2015
Jessica Parr on The Historians with Bob Cudmore. Jessica Parr is author of “Inventing George Whitefield: Race, Revivalism, and the Making of a Religious Icon.” (Mississippi, 2015) Whitefield is regarded as a founding father of American Christian evangelicalism in the 1700s. Benjamin Franklin was impressed that Whitefield had a speaking voice that could be heard for ten city blocks. The Historians is produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com Download MP3
July 08, 2015
Sheila Myers is the author of the novel, “Imaginary Brightness: A Durant Family Saga.” The story is based on the family who marketed Adirondack great camps as vacation homes for wealthy American industrialists. Available on Amazon.http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00K2YTA0A Thanks to Sheila Myers for her donation to The Historians Podcast Go Fund Me Drive. The Historians is produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com Download MP3
June 30, 2015
Steven Engelhart of Adirondack Architectural Heritage is the guest on The Historians Podcast with Bob Cudmore. Steven has fascinating comments on Adirondack structures--bridges, fire towers, great camps and even prisons.The Historians is produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com Download MP3
June 24, 2015
Bernard Cornwell is the author of “Waterloo:The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles.” (Harper, 2015) The author of best-selling historical novels, “Waterloo” is Cornwell’s first work of non-fiction. The Historians with Bob Cudmore is produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com Download MP3
June 19, 2015
Historian, Ken Davis, is the author of “The Hidden History of America at War: Untold Tales from Yorktown to Fallujah.” (Hachette, 2015) Davis is author of the Don’t Know Much About series of history books, with more than 4 million copies in print worldwide. Podcast produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com Download MP3
June 12, 2015
Performer and teaching artist Dave Ruch from Buffalo is Bob Cudmore's guest on The Historians Podcast.Hear Dave Ruch on The Historians Podcast on Bob Cudmore dot com and on Soundcloud, search Eastline Studio. The Historians also airs twice each week on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled.Podcast produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com Download MP3
June 06, 2015
Tom Calarco is an authority on the history of the Underground Railroad in which slaves sought to escape from captivity in the United States to Canada. Calarco and Don Papson are co authors of “Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City: Sydney Howard Gay, Louis Napoleon and The Record of Fugitives.” Podcast produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com Download MP3
May 20, 2015
This week The Historians Podcast with Bob Cudmore welcomes Daily Gazette features writer Bill Buell as the guest. Bill Buell is the author of history books on Schenectady and Albany; he is working on a book on Schenectady’s Socialist Mayor, George Lunn. A native of Glenville and resident of Schenectady's Stockade section, Bill is a 1971 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake graduate and a 2001 University at Albany graduate, with a degree in history. He started working with the Gazette as a sports writer in 1977. As a features writer he currently covers diverse topics including history, religion and the theater. The Historians Podcast is available on www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians and on www.soundcloud.com , search for Eastline Studio. The Historians Podcast is aired every Monday at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 11 a.m. on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled in the Albany area.The Historians is produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail davegreeneproductions@gmail.com Download MP3
May 03, 2015
Bruce Dearstyne is a history professor and former director of the state archives. He is author of “The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State’s History." Sunday May 3 Download MP3
April 29, 2015
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April 26, 2015
"The Historians" podcast features David Fiske with the story of the “Old Chocolate Factory” in Ballston Spa. David also has the latest on his research on the life of Solomon Northrup, who was author of “Twelve Years a Slave. Listen or download at www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians or https://soundcloud.com/obudmore The Historians Podcast is heard on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled Wednesdays at 11 a.m. http://www.wmht.org/radio/rise/ The program is produced at Dave Greene’s Eastline Studio in southern Saratoga County. Help support The Historians Podcast with a donation to www.gofundme/thehistorians Or send a check by mail to Bob Cudmore, 125 Horstman Drive, Scotia, N.Y. 12302. Download MP3
April 19, 2015
On The Historians Podcast Victoria Tokarowski of the National Racing Museum in Saratoga Springs describes it's new exhibit on the horse breeding Sanford family of Amsterdam. Sam Hildebrandt, son of Sanford jockey Lou Hildebrandt, has more on efforts by the Friends of the Sanford Stud Farm to restore remaining buildings at the historic farm. Download MP3
April 13, 2015
Bob Cudmore was the guest on Dan Weaver’s Valley Vox on 1490 AM WCSS in Amsterdam, online at http://www.wcss1490.com/ Download MP3
April 12, 2015
"The Historians" podcast features author and Albany Times Union Reporter Paul Grondahl. Grondahl has an update on his biography-in-progress on CBS news commentator Andy Rooney. Plus Grondahl discusses the career of long time Albany promoter Ed Lewi. Grondahl collaborated with Lewi on the book “A Wild Ride: Bears, Babes and Marketing to the Max.” Grondahl has also written books on longtime Albany Mayor Erastus Corning and Theodore Roosevelt. The Historians podcast can be downloaded at www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians and at www.soundcloud.com , search for Eastline. And The Historians podcast is heard every Wednesday at 11 a.m. on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled in the Albany area. Download MP3
March 22, 2015
Ann Peconie of the Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley talks about the lives of women factory workers years ago in Amsterdam’s carpet making industry. Ann also discusses the elephant’s foot and other objects at the museum, donated by the family of big game hunter Robert Frothingham. Download MP3
March 12, 2015
Peter Betz writes a history column for the Leader Herald and has stories in this episode about the Civil War and also a tale from the former Sacandaga Park in the Adirondacks. Download MP3
March 05, 2015
David Brooks has excerpts from an 1869 journal written by a Fort Hunter man. David is education coordinator at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter. Download MP3
March 02, 2015
Lawrence Gooley, author of "Terror in the Adirondacks," the story of serial killer Robert Garrow Download MP3
February 28, 2015
Enjoy history, click New York History blog.org Historical News and Views from the Empire State. Download MP3
February 13, 2015
Norm Bollen of Fort Plain Museum on the new Mohawk Country Heritage Association. The association promotes eight American Revolution-era historic sites in western Montgomery County. Download MP3
February 06, 2015
Maria Riccio Bryce tells of her musical Hearts of Fire that tells the story of the burning of Schenectady by the French and Indians in 1690. She has re-issued the CD of the original cast recording. Download MP3
January 23, 2015
Author Richard Norton Smith discusses “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller” (Random House, 2014). Rockefeller was New York governor for 14 years and U.S. vice president for 3 years. Download MP3
January 09, 2015
The author of the novel Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline discusses the program that transported thousands of destitute children from New York and other Eastern cities to foster homes located mainly in rural areas of the Midwest. Kline’s novel is the 2015 book selection of Amsterdam Reads, based at Amsterdam Free Library. Download MP3
November 22, 2014
On this episode Jeff Wilkin of Daily Gazette on newspaper coverage of local history, Dan Weaver of Historic Amsterdam League and a few minutes from the final broadcast of Bob Cudmore's WVTL radio show on 11-14-14. Download MP3
November 07, 2014
Julia Blackwelder, history professor, Schenectady County native and author of “Electric City: General Electric in Schenectady” Download MP3
October 17, 2014
Former Assemblyman and historian Jack McEneny of Albany on politics, the Pine Hills, the Qauackenbush House and more Download MP3
October 17, 2014
Author Don Williams, "Adirondack Tales of Tragedy and Tidings Between the Sacandaga River Bridges" Download MP3