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March 04, 2022

Jim Kaplan(Marinus Willett)

Friday, March 4, 2022-Episode 412-New York City correspondent Jim Kaplan discusses the life of Marinus Willett.  Willett is well known to historians because of the work he did during the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley.  But Willett was born downstate and returned to New York City after the war to serve in public office.

February 25, 2022

Jim Coulthart

Episode 411 Jim Coulthart is an aviation historian. He has a collection of WWII aircraft incidents, and accidents with ties to Central New York. 

February 18, 2022

Peter Betz(Grave Stone)

Friday, February 18, 2022-Episode 410-Historian Peter Betz explains how he was able to help a Perth NY family acquire a gravestone at no cost for a deceased family member, Howard Forgette, who was a US Army veteran.  Betz also discusses a program on Fulton County immigrants taking place at the museum in Gloversville.  And he has the story of a bear who did groundhog weather forecasting work in Sacandaga Park.

February 13, 2022

WGY 100 Years (Mike Patrick)


WGY’s Mike Patrick interviews Bob Cudmore on Bob’s years at the 100 year old radio station.

February 11, 2022

James Kirby Martin

Friday, February 11, 2022-Episode 409-James Kirby Martin is executive producer of the documentary Benedict Arnold: Hero Betrayed.  The film is based on Martin’s 1997 book Benedict Arnold Revolutionary Hero.  The documentary is streaming on several TV platforms, narrated by Martin Sheen and stars Peter O’Meara.  Three men from the Mohawk Valley area created the documentary: Niskayuna native Chris Stearns, Saratoga Springs native Tom Mercer and Fort Johnson native Anthony Vertucci.

February 04, 2022

WGY Podcast

Radio station WGY is celebrating its 100th year on February 20, 2022.  Bob Cudmore, who hosted a WGY talk show from 1980 to 1993, has audio featuring pioneer WGY air personalities Kolin Hager, Martha Brooks, Howard Tupper, Elle Pankin and Earl Pudney.  Current WGY news anchor Mike Patrick describes podcasts Patrick has done with many WGY veterans.

January 28, 2022

Devin Lander

Friday, January 28, 2022-Episode 407-New York State historian Devin Lander discusses plans to observe the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution.

January 21, 2022

Stories from Focus on History

Friday, January 21, 2022-Episode 406-Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss polo player and carpet executive Laddie Sanford, a 1940 Northville fire and a newspaper contest from the early 1900s.

January 14, 2022

Jerry Snyder


Episode 405-Jerry Snyder of  Historic Amsterdam League has stories from a new booklet on Amsterdam’s arts, focusing on visual artists, actors, singers and more with ties to Amsterdam, New York. 

January 07, 2022

Jim Kaplan(December2021)

Friday, January 7, 2022-Episode 404-Evacuation Day was November 25, 1783, the day the British left New York City finally ending the American Revolution.  Attorney and historian Jim Kaplan discusses the significance of Evacuation Day and how the day has been commemorated through the years.

December 31, 2021

Highlights Edition 5

Friday, December 31, 2021-Episode 403-2021 Highlights Episode #5-The Lincoln assassination; reviving New York City’s Broadway theaters; an Adirondack lumber baron; a woman bandit from the Wild West; whatever happened to Judge Crater and Trancendentalism in Concord Massachusetts in the 1800s.

December 24, 2021

Marta McDowell

Friday, December 24, 2021-Episode 402-Marta McDowell on Unearthing the Secret Garden, a look at Frances Hodgson Burnett’s class.ic children’s book.

December 17, 2021

Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle

Friday, December 17, 2021-Episode 401-Musicians Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle have a new CD and concert featuring history songs about the labor union movement in America.

December 10, 2021

Robert Gross

Episode 400-Robert Gross, author of The Transcendentalists and Their World-Emerson, Thoreau and Concord, Massachusetts in the 1800s. 

December 03, 2021

Stephen Riegel

Episode 399 Stephen Riegel is author of Finding Judge Crater: A Life and Phenomenal Disappearance in Jazz Age NY.

November 26, 2021

John Boessenecker

Friday, November 26, 2021-Episode 398- John Boessenecker, author of Wildcat: The Untold Story of Pearl Hart, the Wild West's Most Notorious Woman Bandit.

November 19, 2021

Jim Kaplan(McManus)

Episode 397-New York City correspondent Jim Kaplan explains the role played by Democratic Party district leader Jimmy McManus in reviving the Broadway theater industry and the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan.

November 12, 2021

Travis Proulx

Friday, November 12, 2021-Episode 396-Travis Proulx discusses preservation efforts at the Adirondack home of lumber baron Theodore Basselin in Croghan, New York.

November 06, 2021

John Rhodehamel

Episode 395-John Rhodehamel is author of America’s Original Sin: White Supremacy, John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Assassination. 

October 29, 2021


Friday, October 29, 2021- Episode 394-Highlights Episode-Jim Kaplan on Rich Rescorla’s heroism in the 2001 World Trade Center attack, Bob Cudmore has stories from his history columns in the Daily Gazette and Amsterdam Recorder, Joyce Stah on the history of WMHT’s audio service for the blind, Katie Turner Getty on Britain’s use of prison ships in the American Revolution, Dana Cudmore on the history of caving in Schoharie and Albany counties.

October 22, 2021

David Brooks

Friday, October 22, 2021-Episode 393-David Brooks of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter, N.Y., explains how Erie Canal boats were able to cross the fast-flowing Schoharie Creek.

October 15, 2021

Dana Cudmore


Dana Cudmore is the author of Underground Empires: Two Centuries of Exploration, Adventure and Enterprise in New York’s Cave Country.  Cudmore focuses on caves of Schoharie and Albany counties, including the Howe Caverns tourist attraction. 

October 08, 2021

Tessa Bridal

Episode 391-Tessa Bridal, a native of Uruguay, tells the stories of people who disappeared during South American political turmoil in the 1970s in her book The Dark Side of Memory. 

October 01, 2021


Friday, October 1, 2021- Episode 390-A highlights edition with five podcast excerpts-Spiritualism in Lilydale; the Freethought Trail; race relations in Utica, NY; Pennsylvania industrialist Sarah Cochran; the Fourth of July 200 years ago in Johnstown, NY.

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