Podcast: Ride That Train, part 2
Episode #16-19 | airing 5-11-16

This week we on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine conclude our two part feature on Train Songs. We’ll include songs and tunes from Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks, Anne Hills, Jimmie Rodgers and many more including “the best damn train song ever written.” LISTEN: … → read more

Podcast: Halloween Spooktacular
Episode #15-44 | airing 10-28-15

Bluegrass Ghost by Terry Irwin

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a combination of the Autumnal weather and the brilliant colors but also sinister songs of the supernatural intertwined with tradition are very appealing. We’ll hear classics from Archie Fisher, Anne Hills and Tim O’Brien along with some new music for the season … → read more

Spoon River Murder Ballads

“At first I suspected something” Tucked in between covers of Bruce Springsteen’s “Johnny 99” and Norman Blake’s “Billy Gray” on Mark Erelli and Jeffrey Foucault’s excellent murder ballad compilation, Seven Curses, is the short, mysterious “Tom Merritt.” It is a song of suspicions, fleeting glimpses, and a final, fatal confrontation. I listened … → read more

Podcast: The Midwest, Part 2
Episode #15-29 | airing 7-15-15

John Prine

This week we conclude our Summer travels through the Midwest on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine-Midwestern Routes Pt. 2. These programs are dedicated to the master folksinger Art Thieme who passed on May 26. We’ll hear some of the best known songwriters and lesser known traditional players including some Polka! … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-19: Tell Me A Story
(airing the week starting 5-06-15)

Emmylou Harris and Oscar

The Classics of literature have frequently been inspiration for songwriters. Sometimes they put a tune to established verse and sometimes the literary piece only serves as inspiration for a new piece of music. This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we’ll hear music inspired by great literature all intended … → read more

Ron Olesko’s Favorites of 2014

Ron Olesko on the air at WFDU-FM on June 15, 2004

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for January 4, 2015 Everyone has favorites, and these are mine. I hesitate from calling this list a “best of” because we all have different opinions and I firmly believe that art has no limits to what can be achieved. The list below represents new CDs that … → read more