The Historians

"The Historians" is a weekly audio interview podcast that features authors and other guests who discuss the rich heritage of the region and the nation.

Bob Cudmore is host and producer of “The Historians.”

Cudmore is author of three books, "The Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley" and "Stories from the Mohawk Valley," both published by History Press, and the self-published satirical collection “You Can’t Go Wrong.”

He writes the weekly Focus on History column for the Daily Gazette and has narrated and co-produced historical documentaries for WMHT television. From 2004 through 2014 he hosted the morning radio show in his hometown of Amsterdam, N.Y.

The most recent episodes of "The Historians" are archived here. To suggest guests or topics for the program or to discuss advertising, contact

(Background picture: Amsterdam, N.Y.'s Painted Rocks by Rufus Grider)

Audio Archives

December 19, 2014
Leader Herald newspaper history columnist Peter Betz regales us with tales of crime from Northville, Gloversville and Johnstown.
December 12, 2014
Jerry Snyder of Historic Amsterdam League on bygone eateries including diners frequented by Kirk Douglas's father,to a fine dining restaurant built in an abandoned rock quarry.
December 05, 2014
Episode 37: Bob Cudmore interviews Tessa Edick about her book, “Hudson Valley Food and Farming: Why Didn’t Anyone Ever Tell Me That” (History Press, 2014)
November 22, 2014
On this episode Jeff Wilkin of Daily Gazette on newspaper coverage of local history, Dan Weaver of Historic Amsterdam League and a few minutes from the final broadcast of Bob Cudmore's WVTL radio show on 11-14-14.
November 15, 2014
Episode 35: Boston University graduate student Jamie Bologna interviews Bob Cudmore. Bob left his radio job as morning host at WVTL in Amsterdam on 11/14/14
November 07, 2014
Julia Blackwelder, history professor, Schenectady County native and author of “Electric City: General Electric in Schenectady”
October 31, 2014
David Fiske with stories about 19th century hangings in Ballston Spa
October 31, 2014
Pianist Stan Wiest with tales about life on the road as a musician in the 20th century.
October 24, 2014
Episode 32 - Kyle Jenks, producer of the outdoor drama “Drums Along the Mohawk”
October 24, 2014
Four stories from Bob Cudmore's Focus on History in the Daily Gazette: Sousa and St. Johnsville, an immoral production, Fort Plain inventor and Carpet City airport
October 17, 2014
Former Assemblyman and historian Jack McEneny of Albany on politics, the Pine Hills, the Qauackenbush House and more
October 17, 2014
Author Don Williams, "Adirondack Tales of Tragedy and Tidings Between the Sacandaga River Bridges"
October 10, 2014
Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Larson, author of “The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789" (Harper Collins-William Morrow, 2014)
October 03, 2014
Episode 29 continues with Angela Cave, author of the book “Keeping Time,” the remarkable story of 98-year old drummer Fred Randall from Schenectady