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

January 23, 2015
Author Richard Norton Smith discusses “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller” (Random House, 2014). Rockefeller was New York governor for 14 years and U.S. vice president for 3 years.
January 16, 2015
In this episode, the legacy of Mario Cuomo and a visit to the Glen-Mohawk Seniors in Fonda. Stories include one about a man who grew up in Perth, N.Y. whose name may have been etched on a plaque left on the moon.
January 09, 2015
The author of the novel Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline discusses the program that transported thousands of destitute children from New York and other Eastern cities to foster homes located mainly in rural areas of the Midwest. Kline’s novel is the 2015 book selection of Amsterdam Reads, based at Amsterdam Free Library.
January 02, 2015
Adirondack expert Philip G. Terrie is author of the book “Contested Terrain: A New History of Nature and People in the Adirondacks.” (Syracuse University Press, revised edition 2008)
December 26, 2014
This week’s episode includes a story about Christmas in the declining mill town of Nero from Bob Cudmore’s book, “You Can’t Go Wrong.” Bob also reads a recent Daily Gazette column on Christmas through the years in Amsterdam, N.Y.
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 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)