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August 03, 2018

The Historians

Friday, August 3, 2018-The Historians Episode 226- Scott Haefner, site manager, talks about Old Fort Johnson, the 1749 limestone house William Johnson built on the Mohawk River in colonial New York.  It was fortified for protection during the French and Indian Wars.

July 29, 2018

Talk of The Town

Excerpts are heard from the popular new documentary: Harnessing Nature-Building the Great Sacandaga Lake. One of the producers, Saratoga County historian Lauren Roberts, discusses how the film came to be. Talk of The Town broadcast each Sunday on Magic590WROW. Also on 100.5FM

July 27, 2018

The Historians with Bob Cudmore

Friday, July 27, 2018-Historians Episode 225-Eric Schnitzer is a park ranger/historian at Saratoga National Historical Park. He discusses the German soldiers, commonly called Hessians, who fought for the British in the northern campaign of the American Revolution in 1777. 

July 22, 2018

Talk of The Town

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple on Magic590 WROW.

Also on 100.5FM

July 15, 2018

Talk of The Town


Bob Cudmore’s guest today, Sunday, July 15, 2018 on Talk of the Town is Yasmine Syed, who defeated a ten-year incumbent last year to become Supervisor of the Schenectady County Town of Niskayuna.  Hear Talk of the Town each Sunday at 6:30 on Magic 590 and 100.5. Posted as a podcast on The Historians.

July 13, 2018

The Historians

Historians Episode 223-Julian Shabazz is author of the book “Black Stars of Professional Wrestling: Second Edition.  It’s the story of the Black athletes who have participated in one of America's most popular sports entertainment events—professional wrestling. 

July 10, 2018

The Historians

Historians Episode 224-Bob Cudmore talks about a factory building in Fort Plain that was the 20th century home of Luxuray, makers of women’s underwear and talks about the Mohawk Carpet Mills in Amsterdam in the middle of the 20th century

July 08, 2018

Talk of The Town

Daily Gazette news columnist Sara Foss is my guest on Talk of the Town today, Sunday, July 8, 2018. She will discuss GE’s financial problems, the Poor People’s campaign, one woman’s crusade against drunken driving and other topics. Listen each week at 6:30 a.m. on Magic 590 and 100.5 then hear the podcast on and Albany

July 06, 2018

The Historians

Friday, July 6, 2018-Historians Episode 222-Jennifer DeBruin is the author of three historical novels and is working on a non-fiction-book on Loyalist espionage during the American Revolution. Many Loyalists ended up, as did DeBruin’s ancestors, settling in Canada. She was a speaker at this year’s conference on the American Revolution sponsored by the Fort Plain Museum. 

July 02, 2018

Dan Weaver

Historians Episode 221-Amsterdam Recorder history columnist Dan Weaver discusses Philips Park, a recreational site in the town of Florida, N.Y., in the Mohawk Valley that closed after brutal murders in 1950.  Weaver also looks at the history of an early settlement of free African Americans in the area.  He operates the Bookhound bookstore in Amsterdam, N.Y. 

June 25, 2018

Fort Hunter

Monday, June 25, 2018-Fort Hunter-In today’s edition of The Story Behind the Story, Bob Cudmore has information on life in then bustling Fort Hunter, New York, in the 1930s and 1940s.  The story just appeared in print as Bob’s latest Focus on History column in the Daily Gazette. Fort Hunter, the hamlet at the confluence of the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River in the town of Florida, used to have a hotel, broom shops, stores, a coal yard and a military band.

In Print Cudmore: The old days in Fort Hunter- Bob Cudmore Daily Gazette


June 24, 2018

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is Bob Cudmore’s guest on Talk of the Town this week.  Mayor Sheehan talks about recent incidents of violence in Albany and what the city is doing about it.  Listen each week at 6:30 a.m. on Magic 590 plus 100.5 

June 22, 2018

Russell Shorto

Friday, June 22, 2018-Historians Episode 220-Russell Shorto spoke earlier this month at the Fort Plain N.Y. Museum’s American Revolution conference.  He is author of the best-seller “The Island at the Center of the World.” Shorto discusses his new book, “Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom.”

June 17, 2018

Patrick Madden/Troy Mayor

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden on Talk of The Town, Sunday, June 17, 2018 on Magic 590WROW

June 15, 2018

Bundy Museum

The Historians Episode 219-Andy Pragacz from the Bundy Museum of History and Art in Binghamton, New York, tells us about the museum and the Bundy family company, makers of time clocks.  The firm was a predecessor of IBM.  The Bundy Museum’s new community radio station, WBDY, carries episodes of The Historians Podcast Sundays at 4:30 p.m.

June 11, 2018

Bob Cudmore/The Historians

Monday, June 11, 2018-Coin Toss-Amsterdam sports booster and service station owner Robert “Whitie” Murray once lost out on a chance to take his hockey team to Madison Square Garden with the flip of a coin. Bob Cudmore has the Story Behind the Story. 

In Print:Hockey team missed out on Madison Square Garden Bob Cumore: Focus on History Daily Gazette

Amsterdam gasoline station proprietor Robert “Whitie” Murray once lost out on a chance to take his hockey team to Madison Square Garden with the flip of a coin.

June 10, 2018

Chris Churchill/TU

Bob Cudmore's guest this weekend on Talk of the Town is Albany Times Union news columnist Chris Churchill. Topics include legalizing marijuana, the aftermath of an Albany murder and a project in which high school kids are growing food for the needy. Listen each week at 6:30 on Magic 590 and 100.5-Later posted as a podcast hear on The Historians.

June 08, 2018

Tim Welch

Friday, June 8, 2018-Historians Episode 218 –Producer Tim Welch discusses his documentary on the history of Wilton, the town that led the economic resurgence of Saratoga County New York in the last half of the 20th century.

June 04, 2018

Talk of The Town/Bob Cudmore

Tim Welch, president of the Friends of Grant Cottage is Bob Cudmore’s guest on Talk of the Town this week to discuss the Ulysses S. Grant cottage and a new documentary on the history of the town of Wilton in Saratoga County. (Yes---the same Tim Welch who was a popular weather man at WRGB television who left CBS 6 in 1987 for a career as a college professor and public relations man. Talk of The Town broadcast each Sunday on Magic590 WROW. Now posted as a podcast on The Historians.

June 03, 2018

The Historians

The Historians Episode 217-Michael Mauro DeBonis discusses his New York History Blog article on Canastota, N.Y., boxing champion Carmen Basilio.

May 27, 2018

Talk of The Town/Gary McCarthy

Bob Cudmore’s Talk of the Town guest today, Sunday, May 27, 2018 is Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy.

Talk of The Town broadcast each Sunday on Magic590 WROW. 

May 25, 2018

Rachel Slade/El Faro

Friday, May 25, 2018-Historians Episode 216- Rachel Slade is the author of “Into the Raging Sea: 33 Mariners, One Megastorm and the Sinking of El Faro.”  The container ship sank and all on board died during Hurricane Joaquin in the Atlantic Ocean in 2015.

May 20, 2018

Dan McCoy

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy is Bob Cudmore’s guest this week on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town.  Listen at 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning on Magic 590 plus 100.5 and posted as a podcast on The Historians

May 18, 2018

Bob Cudmore/The Historians

Friday, May 18, 2018-Historians Episode 215- Michael Doyle is the author of “The Ministers’ War: John W. Mears, the Oneida Community, and the Crusade for Public Morality.”  A new book on a 19th century utopian community in upstate New York. 

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