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July 15, 2017

Master of Alaska/Roger Seiler

Episode 172-Roger Seiler has written an historical novel “Master of Alaska,” based on the story of Aleksandr Baranov, a merchant who served as governor of Russian Alaska from 1799 to 1818.

July 09, 2017

Bob Cudmore/Daily Gazette Stories

Episode 171-Bob Cudmore discuss two of Bob’s Daily Gazette columns—the story of Amsterdam, N.Y., opera singer Albert Sochin DaCosta and late 19th century folk artist Kris Vogt, a homeless man who made sketches of the homes of others.

Youtube recording of Amsterdam, N.Y., native Albert Sochin DaCosta, a prominent opera singer until his untimely death in 1967.

July 05, 2017

Mohawk Valley Conference 2017

Episode 168-Part One. American Revolution in The Mohawk Valley Conference was held Thursday, June 8-Sunday, June, 11, 2017. There was a tour of Mohawk Country Historic Sites. These sites included the following: Fort Plain/Fort Rensselaer (the Fort Plain Museum), the 1747 Nellis Tavern, Fort Klock, the Stone Arabia battlefield, the Stone Arabia Church, the Grave of Colonel John Brown (the Hero of the Battle of Stone Arabia), and Old Fort Johnson. The Historians with Bob Cudmore covered the event.

July 04, 2017

Mohawk Valley Conference/Part Two

Episode 169-Part Two- Coverage of the 2017 American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Conference. Loyalist historian Gavin Watt, professor William Fowler on George Washington, history blogger Peter Feinman, author and reenactor Phil Weaver.

July 02, 2017

Ron Fierstein/The Kodak Patent War

Episode 170- Ron Fierstein is author of “A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War.

June 16, 2017

Top Ten Amsterdam N.Y. Broadcasters

Episode 162-Bob Cudmore provides his Top Ten List of Amsterdam, N.Y., broadcasters.


June 14, 2017

Wayne Lenig/Fort Plain Museum

Episode 161-Archaeologist and historian Wayne Lenig discusses Mohawk chief Joseph Brant’s 1780 raids in the Mohawk Valley.

June 11, 2017

David Garrow/Rising Star

Episode 167-Pulitzer prize winning author David Garrow discusses his critical and massive book on the formative years of the 44th President of the United States, “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.

June 10, 2017

Norm Bollen/Fort Plain Museum

Episode 163-Norm Bollen of the Fort Plain Museum previews this year’s American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Conference. The event includes ten speakers, two bus tours of historic sites, a documentary film sceening and more. More information is at

June 04, 2017

Simon Seabag Montefiore

Episode 166- Best-selling author Simon Sebag Montefiore discusses the Romanov tsars of Russia, the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries.  Montefiore has written “The Romanovs: 1613-1918.

May 29, 2017

Minutiae/Episode 5

Minutiae, Episode Five, is the latest installment in the McDonald's saga, and it brings the family closer to finding their son's killer. Jason is also seen in flashbacks and in his writing as his family and friends' lives interconnect and move toward an uncertain future. Produced in Amsterdam, NY, and performed in front of a live audience." A Jay Towne Production. All The Minutiae Episods are available here on The Historians. Scroll Down.

May 28, 2017

Matthew Keagle/Fort Ticonderoga

Episode 165- The curator at Fort Ticonderoga, Matthew Keagle, gives a fascinating account of the history of this important northern New York 18th century fort, held at various times by the French, the British and American revolutionaries.

May 25, 2017

Cosby Gibson/Tom Staudle/Erie Canal

Episode 158-Folksingers Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle perform songs from the early days of the Erie Canal. Construction of the canal began two hundred years ago this year.

May 21, 2017

Wanda Burch/Home Voices

Episode 164-Author Wanda Burch discusses her book, “The Home Voices Speak Louder than the Drums: Dreams and the Imagination in Civil War Letters and Memoirs.” (McFarland Publishing, Summer 2017)  Singer-songwriter John Kenosian has set some of these letters and memoirs to music.  Kenosian and Burch are performing a concert series in New York’s Montgomery County called “Home Voices: The American Civil War Experience through Words and Music.

May 06, 2017

Peter Betz/The Soda Wars

Episode 159-Peter Betz has stories about the Gloversville soda battle of 1933, Prohibition and the 1949 visit of the Freedom Train,  Peter writes a biweekly history column for the Leader Herald newspaper in Gloversville.

May 02, 2017

Minutiae Episode 4/May 2, 2017

Episode 4, Minutiae, The Jay Towne Production.

Minutiae is a serial radio drama based in Amsterdam, NY. The saga deals with a family grieving for a lost son, Jason, a possible murder victim, by keeping him alive in their memories using flashbacks and short fiction from Jason’s diary. By doing so they memorialize him and serve the story as moral fable. Scroll down to catch up with Episodes 1-3.

April 30, 2017

Dennis Webster/The Historians

Episode 160-Dennis Webster looks back at a precedent setting murder case in his new book, “Murder of a Herkimer County Teacher: The Shocking 1914 Case of a Vengeful Student.”

April 18, 2017

Mohawk Valley Web/You Tube


Bob Cudmore on line. Links to Mohawk Valley Web and You Tube Video. Bob Cudmore's Recent Focus on History Columns in The Daily Gazette and past programs on You Tube. Click the links. The Historians on the program schedule at WMHT Public Radio in Albany.

April 17, 2017

Nicholas Reynolds/Hemingway

Episode 157-Former CIA historian Nicholas Reynolds discusses author Ernest Hemingway’s involvement with American and Soviet spy agencies in the 1940s.  Reynolds is author of “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy.

April 16, 2017

Mohawk Valley Stories/Bob Cudmore

The Historians with Bob Cudmore is now featured on Apple ITunes and GooglePlay. Search The Historians or Eastline Studio. Episode 127-Bob Cudmore with two stories: how a single mother made a living boarding soldiers who were guarding the New York Barge Canal in World War I and how a German native became an American war hero in World War II.

April 15, 2017

Hudson Mohawk Gateway

Episode 153-Michael Barrett has an account of the eastern end of the Erie Canal in the 1880s which had numerous locks and a reputation for payoffs and rowdiness. Barrett is executive director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway in Troy.

April 09, 2017

Christina Baker Kline/The Historians

Episode 155-Christina Baker Kline discusses her historical novel “A Piece of the World.” The book deals with artist Andrew Wyeth and Christina Olson, pictured in his provocative 1948 painting, “Christina’s World.” Kline was author of the best-selling historical novel, “Orphan Train.”

April 08, 2017

Amsterdam Reads Program

Episode 149-History teacher Doug Kaufman discusses the 1911 Triangle shirtwaist factory fire in New York City. Steve Jankowski of Broadalbin, N.Y., tells how he escaped from the scene of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001. They spoke at an event sponsored by Amsterdam (N.Y.) Reads on the historical novel “A Fall of Marigolds” by Susan Meissner.

April 01, 2017

Minutiae/Episode 2

Minutiae-Episode two continues the saga of the McDonald family, recovering from their son Jason’s untimely death. An episodic moral fable, utilizing the techniques of flashbacks, memories, and readings of short fiction by Jason, Minutiae moves toward the mystery of his death, and toward the family’s understanding of each other. Produced by Jay Towne in Amsterdam, New York. A new episode of Minutiae is broadcast each month on WCSS Radio in Amsterdam 1490AM and on line.

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