The Hudson River Sampler

Saturdays, 8pm - 10pm

Wanda Fischer began as the host of "The Hudson River Sampler" on September 18, 1982.  She began listening to the type of music she broadcasts more than six decades ago, at the feet of her father, who was a schoolmate of members of the famous Carter Family in southwestern Virginia.  Although her father was from southwestern Virginia, her mother was a Bostonian, and she grew up in the Boston area.  In the 1960s, Wanda frequented a number of the now-legendary coffeehouses, such as the Club 47, the Unicorn, the Sword in the Stone and the Golden Vanity, and had the opportunity to see the budding careers of such folk music greats as Tom Rush, Tom Paxton, the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Eric Andersen, James Taylor, and so many others.  In 1967, she attended the Newport Folk Festival and heard a young Arlo Guthrie perform a song about avoiding the draft--"Alice's Restaurant."

Wanda is also a singer and sometimes songwriter in her own right and has recorded one CD, "Singing Along with the Radio" (what else could it be called?).  She is often invited to MC folk music events and attends annual folk music conferences, such as the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and the International Folk Alliance.

In 2005, the Capital District folk music organization, the Pick 'n' and Sing 'n' Gather 'n' selected Wanda to receive its annual Lena Spencer award in recognition of her work to promote folk and acoustic music in the area. 

If you have questions about the music played on the show, or would like to make a request, please send Wanda an e-mail at wanda@wamc.org.

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WAMC Programs
10:02 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Wanda’s Choice of Best CDs of 2014

Every year, WAMC  receives hundreds of CDs  of new music for consideration for airplay for The Hudson River Sampler.  These may arrive via the mail, or sometimes I pick them up directly from the artists at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance meeting in Kerhonksen, New York, in November, or at the Folk Alliance International meeting in Kansas City in February. 

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri September 14, 2012

30th Anniversary of Hudson River Sampler

Wanda with Arlo Guthrie

WAMC’s folk music program, “The Hudson River Sampler,” has been hosted by Wanda Fischer on the WAMC airwaves since September 18, 1982 and is one of the longest, continuously-running radio programs in the Northeast, hitting the 30-year mark with an on-air celebration planned for Saturday, September 15 from 8-10 pm. We welcome Wanda to the show to talk about her show's big 3-0!

WAMC Programs
2:49 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Wanda's "Hudson River Sampler" Turns 30!

WAMC's Wanda Fischer

Albany, NY -- WAMC’s folk music program, “The Hudson River Sampler,” has been hosted by Wanda Fischer on the WAMC airwaves since September 18, 1982 and is one of the longest, continuously-running radio programs in the Northeast, hitting the 30-year mark with an on-air celebration planned for Saturday, September 15 from 8-10 pm.

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