"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

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 10, 2014
Historian Peter Betz on his Leader Herald column on the White Caps of Northville, a vigilante group.
October 03, 2014
Episode 29 of The Historians, part one, Jerry Snyder of Historic Amsterdam League on their Ghosts of the Past Tour; Barry Wygel of Time Warner Cable News on the 100th anniversary of the Glove Theatre in Gloversville; Bob Cudmore’s story of two local Medal of Honor recipients, one black and one white, who fought in the Civil War
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
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