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November 03, 2019

Ned Jones/Siena College

Sunday, November 3, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Ned Jones, director of enrollment management at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. 

November 01, 2019

Arthur Piccolo

Friday, November 1, 2019-Episode 290-Arthur Piccolo has stories about the fascinating history of New York City’s oldest public park, Bowling Green in lower Manhattan. You Tube

October 27, 2019

Sara Foss

Sunday, October 27, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Daily Gazette news columnist Sara Foss.

October 25, 2019

Kimberly Collins

Friday, October 25, 2019-Episode 289-Kimberly Collins focuses on women’s involvement in the 1912 Appalachian Coal Mine Wars in her native West Virginia in her historical novel “Blood Creek.”

October 20, 2019

Maggie Mancinelli Cahill

Sunday, October 20, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Maggie Mancinelli Cahill of Capital Rep Theatre in Albany.

October 18, 2019

David Cooney

Friday, October 18, 2019-Episode 288-Army veteran and Utica College student David Cooney discusses his research on upstate New York prisoner of war camps where German soldiers  were housed in World War II.  One such camp was near today’s Fort Drum and another was in Utica.

October 13, 2019


Two members of the Capital District chapter of Better Angels, Riley Hart and Bruce France, join Bob Cudmore on Talk of the Town today.  Better Angels brings people with different political views together to find common ground.  Broadcast each Sunday on Magic 590 plus 100.5 and 1410 and 96.9 in the Glens Falls area.

October 11, 2019

David Fiske September 2019

Friday, October 11, 2019-Episode 287-Historian and retired librarian David Fiske questions the persistent claim that Ballston Spa native and Civil War general Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball in Cooperstown, N.Y.

October 06, 2019

Mike Saccocio

Sunday, October 6, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Mike Saccocio of the Schenectady City Mission.

October 04, 2019

Charles Postel

Friday, October 4, 2019-Episode 286-Charles Postel, author of “Equality: An American Dilemma 1866-1896,” follows three organizations: the Grange, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and the Knights of Labor.

September 27, 2019

Eric Schnitzer

Friday, September 27, 2019-Episode 285-Eric Schnitzer, national historical park ranger, is author of “Don Troiani's Campaign to Saratoga-1777: The Turning Point of the Revolutionary War in Paintings, Artifacts, and Historical Narrative.” Don Troiani is an historical and military artist.  

September 22, 2019

Miriam Dushane

Talk of the Town with Bob Cudmore takes a look at the Capital District job market.  The guest is Miriam Dushane who advises local companies on how to hire and keep good employees.  Listen each Sunday on Magic 590 plus 100.5 and on 1410 and 96.9 in the North Country. Podcast posted hear on The Historians

September 20, 2019

Duncan White

Friday, September 20, 2019-Episode 284–Duncan White talks about Howard Fast (who wrote the novel that was the basis for Kirk Douglas’s movie Spartacus), Boris Pasternak and other authors in White’s book: “The Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged The Literary Cold War.” 

September 15, 2019

Sara Foss

Sunday, September 15, 2019-Sara Foss, news columnist for the Daily Gazette, is Bob Cudmore’s guest at 6:30 this morning on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town.  Foss comments on the St. Clare’s Hospital pensioners plight and topics, including a fee for new state license plates.

September 13, 2019

Samantha Hall Saladino

Friday, September 13, 2019-Episode 283-The role of the glove industry in Fulton County is being explored in a series of displays and programs called the Year of the Glove.  Fulton County historian Samantha Hall-Saladino, a Gloversville native, discusses this project.

September 08, 2019

Paul Tonko

Sunday, September 8, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Talk of the Town at 6:30 a.m. on Magic 590 AM and 100.5 FM is Amsterdam Congressman Paul Tonko

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.

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