by Chris Clemens
New York is filled with folklore and legends. Traditions passed on through storytelling, crime sprees ending in spooky resolutions, spiritual lore with unexplained details, and infamous people with fascinating backgrounds have each become part of the common thread stitching each region of the state together.
The Hudson Valley has its own collection of weird history that begs to be retold. That’s why, over a year ago, Toni Odell started Hudson Valley Legends, a podcast dedicated to stories of oddities emanating from the region.
During the course of the last twelve months, Toni and Hudson Valley Legends producer, Michael MacDermant, have been creating audible stories of the most intriguing individuals to have spent time in the Hudson Valley area. As a content producer myself, I know how much time, research, and dedication goes into telling the stories of our region, and I’ve always appreciated how much great work they’ve done. I also know how difficult it is to balance projects like these against the responsibilities of adult life and a full time job. And, that’s why I totally understood Toni’s announcement that she would have to be retiring the HVL podcast right away.
So, why am I just now telling you about something that has come to end?
Firstly, you can still go back and listen to all the wonderful stories on HVL right on their website.
Secondly, it might not have to come to an end. This is an opportunity for you!
In the interest of wanting to allow their project to survive and continue, HVL is looking for someone to take over the podcast and tell new stories. If you are someone who loves digging into off-the-beaten path history and would be interested in telling the stories of weird, spooky, or odd legends in the Hudson Valley, this is your opportunity to take over an existing podcast with great traffic and a lot of listeners.
If being the new host of Hudson Valley Legends sounds exciting, send an email to Toni Odell at firstname.lastname@example.org and introduce yourself! You can also get in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Chris Clemens is the Founder/Publisher of Exploring Upstate. From his hometown in Rochester, he spends as much time as possible connecting with the history, culture, and places that make Upstate New York a land of discovery. Follow him on Twitter at @cpclemens