About Ron Olesko

For over 40 years, Ron has been a radio programmer with WFDU-FM in Teaneck, New Jersey. He created WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS in 1980, a show that he continues to host and produce every Sunday afternoon from 3 to 6pm Eastern Time. He's the president of and booker for the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and is a regular contributor to Sing Out! as well as the host of the Folk Music Notebook blog on this site. Ron can also be found emceeing concerts and festivals around the NYC/NJ area. A lifelong Mets fan and a rabid soccer geek, Ron is a Red Bull season ticket holder since their inception and will most likely be in his seat when not in the studio.

We Can Turn this Ship Around

Christine Lavin gets political!

Remember last summer when we couldn’t wait for the election to be over so we could get back to normalcy? Remember our hopes of uniting this country again and finding common ground? With the inauguration of Donald Trump looming this coming week, our lives seem anything but normal. A line … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for January 8, 2017

(Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from 3pm to 6pm Eastern Time over WFDU-FM 89.1 in the NYC/Northern New Jersey area, or on the web at www.wfdu.fm or iHeartRadio.com. The show can also be heard Saturday evenings at 6:30pm ET at www.bluesandroots.radio.com. On-demand streams of shows, including this one, … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for January 1, 2017

A new year, a new show! We welcomed in the New Year with new music from Tom Paxton, John McCutcheon, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Catie Curtis, David Broza and more. (Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from 3pm to 6pm Eastern Time over WFDU-FM 89.1 in the NYC/Northern … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for December 25, 2016

A warm welcome to winter and a celebration of friendship and community on this holiday broadcast. (Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from 3pm to 6pm Eastern Time over WFDU-FM 89.1 in the NYC/Northern New Jersey area, or on the web at www.wfdu.fm or iHeartRadio.com. The show can also … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for December 18, 2016

The annual Christmas show, which I’ve had the honor of hosting on the Sunday before Christmas every year since 1980. I’ve seen the number of “folk” holiday offerings grow considerably over the years, and this edition of Traditions features of blend of classic carols and folk songs along with contemporary … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for December 11, 2016

My annual “favorites” show.  Each year, I share 10 of my favorite CDs that were released during the past year. 2016 provided a challenge – I was impressed by dozens of new recordings that came my way. This list is just my opinion, your mileage may vary. I would LOVE to hear … → read more

Caffè Lena Set to Re-Open on December 30

On December 30, the historic Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York will once again open their doors following six months of construction and renovation. The eager patrons of the landmark venue have quickly snapped up tickets and the “re-opening” night concert featuring The Suitcase Junket is now officially sold … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for December 4, 2016

On this week’s show, I welcomed acclaimed Israeli singer-songwriter and humanitarian David Broza to the studio. David performed live in the studio and discussed the documentary and companion CD “East Jerusalem West Jerusalem,” a project that brought Israeli and Palestinian artists together in an East Jerusalem studio for eight days … → read more