A few years after moving to Albany for her husband’s medical residency, Wanda Fischer was the mother of two toddlers, a folk musician who’d hosted a radio show in her native Massachusetts and a volunteer at WAMC Northeast Public Radio. David Galletly, then an executive with the Albany-based WAMC, asked to hear tapes of her former show.
The result was “The Hudson River Sampler,” which debuted on WAMC on Sept. 18, 1982. Fischer was the host, and she remains so today. Together with folk musicians who have appeared on the weekly show as guests and/or had their music featured often on “Hudson River Sampler” over 40 years of Saturday nights, Fischer will present a live broadcast and concert — on Saturday, naturally, at WAMC’s The Linda auditorium. The Oct. 8 show will also be available for live-streaming and future downloads.