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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 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 25, 2016
New York State News for Sunday, September 25, 2016 from Eastline Studio, where we produce The Historians with Bob Cudmore; programs for RISE, WMHT's service for the blind and print disabled; and New York State News. Download MP3
September 25, 2016
Mohawk Valley Weather, Sunday Afternoon, September 25, 2016 Sunday-Tuesday Download MP3
September 24, 2016
Bob Cudmore interviews Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan each week on Magic590WROW. Also on 100.5FM Download MP3
September 22, 2016
Bob Cudmore updates the Go Fund Me Information. Thank You 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
September 04, 2016
The Historians with Bob Cudmore is now featured on Apple ITunes. Search The Historians or Eastline Studio. Episode 127-Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene 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. 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 16, 2016
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. 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 Soundcloud.com/Eastline Studio 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 09, 2016
Episode 101- 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
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 16, 2015
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
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 29, 2015
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. The Historians 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
June 04, 2015
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. Our Go Fund Me campaign continues at www.gofundme/thehistorians If you’d rather not donate online,you can send a check made out to Bob Cudmore, 125 Horstman Drive, Scotia, N.Y. 12302. If you have a topic idea, please email me. The program is recorded at Dave Greene’s Eastline Studio in Saratoga County. The Historians Podcasts are available at www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians and at www.soundcloud.com , search for Eastline Studio. And the program is heard twice a week on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled and can be accessed at http://www.wmht.org/radio/rise/historians/ 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 29, 2015
On The Historians podcast Heidi Hill of Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site and Albany attorney and educator Richard Bader tell the story of how founding father Alexander Hamilton married Elizabeth Schuyler from Albany. Hamilton wrote some of the Federalist Papers at Schuyler Mansion. 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 19, 2015
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." 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
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