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January 10, 2020

Kelly Farquhar

Friday, January 10, 2020-Episode 300-Montgomery County historian Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar discusses an audio tour along the Erie Canal Bikeway in that county.  Bob Cudmore reads three vignettes—Fort Klock, the Noses and the Putman Canal Store.

January 05, 2020

Patrick Madden

Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590's Talk of the Town today, Sunday, January 5, 2020 is Troy Mayor Patrick Madden.  Mayor Madden discusses concerns over a downtown parking garage, the city budget and the start of his second term in office.  Hear Talk of the Town every Sunday on Magic 590 and 100.5, plus in the Lake George/Glens Falls area on 1410 and 96.9.

January 03, 2020

Year End Review

Historians Podcast-Episode 299-Excerpts from 12 of 2019’s podcasts.  The guests are Norm Bollen, Nick Bunker, Patricia Walsh Chadwick, Richard Ratajak, Beth Hill, Maeve McEneny, Rod Pyle, Curt Breneman, Dan Weaver, Samantha Hall-Saladino, Charles Postel, Bill Buell and Leigh Eckmair. 

December 27, 2019

Marty Brounstein

Friday, December 27, 2019-Episode 298-Marty Brounstein is author of “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.”  The book tells the story of Frans and Mien Wijnakker, two Dutch Christians who sheltered Dutch Jews in World War II.

December 20, 2019

Wayne Van Der Wal

Friday, December 20, 2019-Episode 297-Wayne Van Der Wal is the author of the historical fiction novel, "The Gospel of Santa Claus – Inspired by the True Story of Saint Nicholas."

December 15, 2019

Sara Foss

Sunday, December 15, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Daily Gazette news columnist Sara Foss.

December 13, 2019

Leigh Eckmair

Friday, December 13, 2019-Episode 296-Leigh Eckmair is village of Gilbertsville and town of Butternuts historian in Otsego County, New York.  She explains why the entire village of Gilbertsville has been named an historic district.

December 08, 2019

Gary McCarthy

Sunday, December 8, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy.

December 06, 2019

Kevin Wilson

Friday, December 6, 2019-Episode 295- Kevin Wilson tells the story of his uncle who was killed in action in World War II in Sicily.  Salvatore “Sully” Fringi was the first soldier from Granville, N.Y., to die in that war.  Wilson has written a young adult historical fiction novel called “Sully’s Squad.”

December 01, 2019

Marta McDowell

Episode 294-Marta McDowell discusses her book about a 19th century American poet, “Emily Dickinson's Gardening Life.”  McDowell was gardener-in-residence at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts, last year.

November 24, 2019

Michael Cinquanti

Sunday, November 24, 2019-Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town is Amsterdam Mayor-elect Mike Cinquanti.

November 22, 2019

William Schaberg

Friday, November 22, 2019-Episode 293-William Schaberg takes a detailed look at the early history of Alcoholics Anonymous in his book “Writing the Big Book: The Creation of A.A.”

November 17, 2019

Phil Barrett

Sunday, November 17, 2019-Clifton Park town supervisor Phil Barrett is Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town.

November 15, 2019

Diana Waite

Friday, November 15, 2019-Episode 292-Diana Waite on “The Architecture of Downtown Troy: An Illustrated History.” Waite, who lives in Troy, served a decade as executive director of the Preservation League of New York State.

November 10, 2019

Patricia Fennell

Sunday, November 10, 2019-Patricia Fennell of Albany Health Management Associates is Bob Cudmore’s guest on Magic 590’s Talk of the Town.  She counsels clients on chronic illness and trauma.

November 08, 2019

Bill Buell

Friday, November 8, 2019-Episode 291-Bill Buell discusses his new book on Schenectady’s socialist mayor, “George Lunn: The 1912 Socialist Victory in Schenectady.”  Buell is Schenectady County historian and worked many years as a reporter and feature writer for the Daily Gazette.

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.

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