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September 06, 2019

Paul Perreault

Friday, September 6, 2019- Episode 282-Malta N.Y. town historian Paul Perreault details the history of a rocket test site, operated by GE in Malta.  Also stories about NASA pioneers Rocco Petrone and Stan JevittNorm Bollen of Fort Plain Museum explains why he is concerned with treasure seekers using metal detectors on museum property. 

August 30, 2019

Jim Richmond

Friday, August 30, 2019-Episode 281-Jim Richmond, the coordinator of the Saratoga County History Roundtable, discusses the growth of interest in local history in that county. 

August 25, 2019

Antonio Delgado

Bob Cudmore’s guest on Talk of the Town today, Sunday, August 25, 2019 is Congressman Antonio Delgado from the 19th Congressional District.  Delgado talks about gun violence, problems facing upstate farmers, health care and other issues.  Talk of the Town on Magic 590 and 100.5 plus 1410 and 96.9 in the North Country.

August 23, 2019

Mohawk Stories

Friday, August 23, 2019-Episode 280-Bob Cudmore has stories about the 1957 Mohawk Indian encampment in Fort Hunter, how Amsterdam’s wealthy Sanford family inspired a 1938 motion picture starring Katharine Hepburn and how a florist, rabbi and judge in the Mohawk Valley were known for their speaking abilities.

August 18, 2019

Jim Richmond

Today on Magic 590, Bob Cudmore’s guest on Talk of the Town talks about the growth of interest in the history of Saratoga County.  From horse racing to rocket engines, Saratoga County has historically important stories according to Jim Richmond of the History Roundtable.  

August 16, 2019

James Kaplan

Friday, August 16, 2019-Episode 279-Walking tour historian Jim Kaplan looks at the history of Fourth of July celebrations in New York City.  Video of this year’s Fourth of July parade organized by the Lower Manhattan Historical Association can be watched here

August 11, 2019

Michael Davi

Bob Cudmore’s guest on Talk of the Town today, Sunday, August 11, 2019 is a retired Schenectady GE engineer, Michael Davi who has written a book about his experiences over a 40 year career.  Hear Talk of The Town on Magic 590 plus 100.5 and 1410 and 96.9 in the North Country

August 10, 2019

Sherri Cash

Sherri Cash, history professor at Utica College, talks about the ginseng root, which grew wild in upstate New York in the 18th century. A colonial global trading network shipped ginseng to China, where it was prized as a health tonic, in return for tea.

August 04, 2019

Michael Riley

Sunday, August 4, 2019-On Magic 590’s Talk of the Town, Michael Riley discusses his book, Bridge Dams on the Mohawk.

August 02, 2019

Dan Weaver

Dan Weaver (owner of The Bookhound in Amsterdam) talks about his new book "The Willigee Negroes: Sir William Johnson, Sir Peter Warren and an 18th Century Free Black Community in the Mohawk Valley.”

July 28, 2019

Sara Foss

Topics on Magic 590's Talk of the Town this weekend include a closer than expected primary election for Schenectady Mayor, resident complaints at a housing complex on Hamilton Hill and whatever happened to Schenectady’s replica of the Statue of Liberty?  Sara Foss, news columnist for the Daily Gazette, is Bob Cudmore’s guest. Listen  each Sunday morning at 6:30 on Magic 590 and 100.5, also heard in the North Country on 1410 and 96.9. 

July 26, 2019

Kevin Franklin

Friday, July 26, 2019-Episode 276-Colonie town historian Kevin Franklin explains the historic importance of Schuyler Flatts, now a town park between Menands and Watervliet but previously a home of the prominent Schuyler family.

July 21, 2019

Frank Leak/Talk of The Town

Bob Cudmore’s guest on Talk of the Town this weekend is Frank Leak, mayor of the village of Colonie. The 92-year old mayor was honored during South Colonie high school graduation last month and addressed the students on how he overcame being bullied. Mayor Leak did not attend his own high school graduation because he had left for basic training in World War II in the U.S. Navy. Listen on Magic 590 plus 100.5 and on 96.9 and 1410 in the North Country. Posted as a Podcast hear on The Historians

July 19, 2019

Moon Shot

Friday, July 19, 2019-Episode 275-Perspectives on the 1969 moon landing by American astronauts from Rod Pyle of NASA, author of “First on the Moon,” and Curt Breneman, dean of science at RPI in Troy, N.Y.

July 14, 2019

Moon Shot

Sunday, July 14, 2019-On Magic 590’s Talk of the Town Rod Pyle of NASA and Curt Breneman, dean of science at RPI, discuss the 1969 moon landing.

July 12, 2019

David Fiske/July 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019- Episode 274-David Fiske discusses an 1840s enslavement case (similar to Solomon Northup) involving an African American named Eli Terry of Indiana.  Fiske, previously co-author of a book on Northup

July 05, 2019


Friday, July 5, 2019- Episode 273-Bob Cudmore has stories about the Charleston Historical Society, Adirondack YMCA Camp Agaming and a Washington D.C. area physician’s memories of Amsterdam, N.Y.

June 30, 2019

Mary Moller

Bob Cudmore’s guest on Talk of the Town today has advice on Alzheimer’s Disease.  Social worker Mary Moller is author of the book, “Alzheimer’s Through the Stages: A Caregiver’s Guide.” Listen Sunday at 6:30 a.m. on Magic 590 plus 100.5 and on 96.9 and 1410 in the North Country. Posted as a podcast hear on The Historians

June 28, 2019

Michael Riley

Friday, June 28, 2019-Episode 272- A long stretch of New York’s Mohawk River became a canal in the early 1900s.  Bridge dams made that possible and are still in use today.  Michael Riley is author of the book “Bridge Dams on the Mohawk: David A. Watt’s Marvelous Creation.”  Riley is the guest on this week’s Historians Podcast.

June 23, 2019

Albany History

Sunday, June 23, 2019- Bob Cudmore’s guests on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town are Albany’s Historic Cherry Hill executive director Deborah Emmons-Andarawis and Albany city tour guide Maeve McEneny.

June 21, 2019

Maeve McEneny

Episode 271-Albany, N.Y., history tour guide Maeve McEneny talks about her native city and tours she has created on historic landmarks, literature and even pubs.  McEneny is Education and Heritage Coordinator at the Albany Visitor Center.

June 16, 2019

Sara Foss

Sunday, June 16, 2019- Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Daily Gazette news columnist Sara Foss.

June 14, 2019

Deborah Emmons-Andarawis

Friday, June 14, 2019-Episode 270-Deborah Emmons-Andarawis is executive director at Historic Cherry Hill, an 18th century house museum on South Pearl Street in Albany New York.  Hear about the lives of the former residents and the gripping tale of a murder at Cherry Hill in the 1800s.

June 07, 2019

Andrea Culkova

Episode 269-Czech filmmaker Andrea Culkova discusses her current project, The Magic Carpet.  The documentary is about a carpet manufacturer in the Czech Republic but Culkova’s research took her to Amsterdam, N.Y., for a video shoot and interviews regarding the years when Amsterdam was called the Carpet City. 

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