"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
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 email@example.com
(Background picture: Amsterdam, N.Y.'s Painted Rocks by Rufus Grider)
September 19, 2014Popular historian Thomas Cahill discusses his most recent book, "Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created our World"
September 19, 2014April 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, 2014Episode 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, 2014Episode 26-Craig Gravina, co-author with Alan McLeod of “Upper Hudson Valley Beer” (History Press) – Albany ale and more
September 05, 2014Episode 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, 2014Episode 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, 2014Theme 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, 2014Episode 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, 2014Episode 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, 2014John 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, 2014Part 2 of the interview with John Warren
August 08, 2014David 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, 2014Bob Cudmore’s Focus on History column, Man on the Moon; Beverly Bridger, author of “Great Camp Sagamore: the Vanderbilts Adirondack Retreat”
July 25, 2014Tom 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, 2014Tom Calarco interview, Part 2
July 18, 2014Norm Bollen is from the Fort Plain Museum that commemorates the history of Fort Plain/Fort Rensselaer which figured in the American Revolution. The museum recently acquired a photo of a Revolutionary War soldier who was stationed at Fort Plain, taken when the man was over 100 years old.
July 18, 2014Peter Feinman lives in Westchester and writes a blog about New York History http://newyorkhistoryblog.org/author/pfeinman/ He is the founder and president of the Institute of History, Archaeology, and Education, a non-profit which provides enrichment programs for schools, professional development program for teachers, and public programs.