The Linda to Celebrate 40 Years of “The Hudson River Sampler” Show, October 8th

ALBANY – “The Hudson River Sampler,” a show that began four decades ago on September 18th, 1982 —three days after the first edition of USA Today came off the presses — continues strong to this day. Presented by WAMC with the same, original host, Wanda Fischer, the show features folk and acoustic music from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. Celebrating the show’s longevity, The Linda will be hosting a show on Saturday, October 8th, featuring several prominent national and local folk music acts.

The line-up for the event includes:

Additionally, the show will be broadcast live during The “Hudson River Sampler’s” normal time slot of 8:00 to 10:00 pm on WAMC’s network and streaming on

The Linda is pleased to welcome the artists who will be here on October 8. These performers present a cross-section of the music Wanda plays every week. This will be a special night.

Peter Hughes, director of The Linda

With a background that goes back many years, Fischer has been involved in this type of music since her father introduced her to it as a child. She’s also been a singer herself, having appeared at coffeehouses in the Boston area in the 1960s and ‘70s and has recorded a CD called, interestingly enough, Singing Along with the Radio. She and her husband Bill relocated to the Capital District in 1979. She held full-time jobs in the region while doing “The Hudson River Sampler” on Saturdays until her retirement from full-time work in 2014. During lockdown from the pandemic, she did her show live from the WAMC studio.

Fischer has been a volunteer on several boards of directors in the region, including Old Songs, Caffe Lena and the Eighth Step. She’s also a volunteer reader for the Reading is Fun program in the Schenectady City Schools and has published a novel and several short stories. A competitive local tennis player, she’s served as the captain of a United States Tennis Association team since 1988.


The show will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets for Wanda Fisher 40th Anniversary Live! Hudson River Sampler are $25 and are on sale on Friday, August 5th here.

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