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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. 

June 02, 2019

Paul Tonko

Sunday, June 2, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Capital District Congressman Paul Tonko.

May 31, 2019

Beth Hill/Fort Ticonderoga

Friday, May 31, 2019-Episode 268-Beth Hill is president and CEO of Fort Ticonderoga.  Hill discusses the historic site’s emphasis on 1758 in this season’s activities, a year in which a large British army was unable to capture the fort, defended by a much smaller French garrison.

May 26, 2019

Beth Hill/Talk of The Town

Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town today, Sunday, May 26, 2019 is Beth Hill, CEO of Fort Ticonderoga.  The fort is a popular North Country historic site and tourist destination.  Listen Sunday at 6:30 a.m. on Magic 590 plus 100.5 and on these North Country stations, 1410 and 96.9. Posted as a podcast hear on The Historians

May 24, 2019

Linda Thompson

Friday, May 24, 2019-Episode 267- Linda Thompson is author of the historical novel “The Plum Blooms in Winter.”  The book is based on the 1942 American air raid on Tokyo led by pioneer aviator Jimmy Doolittle.

May 19, 2019

Talk of The Town/Patricia Chadwick

Sunday, May 19, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Patricia Walsh Chadwick, author of “Little Sister,” the story of her childhood in a Roman Catholic commune.

May 17, 2019

Hidden History

Friday, May 17, 2019-Episode 266-Bob Cudmore has stories from the Mohawk Valley: Amsterdam’s downtown movie theaters, a syndicated journalist from Fonda and a Civil War surgeon who was born in Root, N.Y.

May 12, 2019

Matt Ossenfort

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort is Bob Cudmore’s guest this weekend on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town. Ossenfort is now opposed to a planned industrial park in the Montgomery County town of Mohawk, noting that the unemployment rate in his county has declined substantially because of previous business growth. Listen each Sunday on Magic 590 and 100.5 in Albany and 1410 and 96.9 in the North Country. Posted as a Podcast hear on The Historians

May 10, 2019

Peter Betz April 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019-Episode 265-Leader Herald newspaper history columnist Peter Betz has stories about a murderer who wanted to hang and a salesman who stole the goods he was supposed to sell.  

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