"The Historians" on WVTL

"The Historians," a weekly segment on WVTL radio's Bob Cudmore Show airs most Fridays from 9:05 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Eastern time in Amsterdam. The station frequencies are 104.7 FM and 1570 AM, plus you may listen on the World Wide Web at www.wvtlfm.com


The program features Mohawk Valley historians and other guests who discuss the rich heritage of the region.


"I am passionate about the importance of local history," Cudmore said.

Cudmore is author of two books, "The Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley" and "Stories from the Mohawk Valley," both published by History Press. He writes the weekly Focus on History column for the Daily Gazette and has narrated and co-produced historical documentaries for WMHT television.

Some of "The Historians" episodes are archived here. For more information or to suggest guests or topics for the program, contact bobcudmore@yahoo.com

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

Audio Archives

September 26, 2014
Episode 28 with Peter Betz and a story of an early drowning—or not—at Sacandaga Reservoir. Peter writes a bi-weekly local history column for the Leader Herald in Gloversville
September 26, 2014
Laura Winter Falk of Ithaca is author of the new book, “Culinary History of the Finger Lakes: From the Three Sisters to Riesling” (History Press)
September 19, 2014
Popular historian Thomas Cahill discusses his most recent book, "Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created our World"
September 19, 2014
April Smith with a little known story from history about the Gold Star Mothers. April is author of the novel, "A Star for Mrs. Blake"
September 12, 2014
Episode 26–Earl Swift, author of “Auto Biography: A Classic Car, An Outlaw Motorhead and 57 Years of the American Dream”. The story of a 1957 Chevy
September 12, 2014
Episode 26-Craig Gravina, co-author with Alan McLeod of “Upper Hudson Valley Beer” (History Press) – Albany ale and more
September 05, 2014
Episode 25–Robert Wells, former professor at Union College, author of “Facing the King of Terrors.” Robert Wells discusses rituals that were observed following British Indian agent Sir William Johnson’s death in 1774 by Europeans and members of the Iroquois nation. He is doing an 11 a.m. talk tomorrow (Sept. 6) at Johnstown High School sponsored by Johnson Hall State Historic Site.
September 05, 2014
Episode 25-Don Hagist is the author of "British Soldiers, American War" (Westholme Publishing, 2012) built around the personal narratives of nine individual British soldiers who served during the American Revolution. Hagist is now writing “The Revolution's Last Men: the Soldiers behind the Photographs.” He will speak at the Fort Plain Museum, Thurs. Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
September 05, 2014
Theme music for The Historians is “Gloucester Wassail”, performed by Liaisons Plaisantes from their CD, “A Plaisantes Christmas” http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/liaisonsplaisantes Liaisons Plaisantes plays music from the 1700s. Members include Ron Burch, Olof Jansson, Marilee Urbanczyk, Sue-Ann Wheadon and Susan Casler. Instruments are harpsichord, fiddle, cello, clarinet and whistles.
August 29, 2014
Episode 24- Susan Krysiak of the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities in Cape May, New Jersey tells the story of how the group built a political consensus in the 1970s to help support the tourism industry through historic preservation. http://www.capemaymac.org/
August 29, 2014
Episode 24–Historian and author David Fiske tells the story of Thaddeus Scribner, a Revolutionary War Veteran from Saratoga County plus tales of people described in his new book, “Forgotten on the Kennebec.” http://strangemaine.blogspot.com/2014/04/review-forgotten-on-kennebec-by-david.html
August 15, 2014
John Warren founded http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/ John, who lives in Chestertown, also edits http://newyorkhistoryblog.org/ He has worked in media for many years as a print journalist, documentary television producer and now in new media. He is the author of two local history books and is working on a book on John Morrissey, the boxer who helped create Saratoga Racetrack.
August 15, 2014
Part 2 of the interview with John Warren
August 08, 2014
David Brooks at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter with upcoming events; Kelly Farquhar, Montgomery County historian, on African Americans and abolitionists buried at Amsterdam’s Green Hill Cemetery
August 08, 2014
Bob Cudmore’s Focus on History column, Man on the Moon; Beverly Bridger, author of “Great Camp Sagamore: the Vanderbilts Adirondack Retreat”
July 25, 2014
Tom Calarco, author of “The Search for the Underground Railroad in Upstate New York.” Tom will do a book signing 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Book Hound on Main Street in Amsterdam and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Elwood Museum on Church Street in Amsterdam on Saturday, August 9
July 25, 2014
Tom Calarco interview, Part 2