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.

TRADITIONS playlist #17-36

Airing live on WFDU on Sunday, September 3, 2017 from 3-5pm Re-broadcast Saturday, September 9, 2017 (with a bonus hour) on BluesAndRootsRadio.com The Chapin Sisters joined me in the studio to share some live music and to discuss the upcoming Hudson West Folk Festival. Lily and Abigail Chapin, the daughters … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist #17-35

Airing live on WFDU on Sunday, August 29, 2017 from 3-5pm Re-broadcast Saturday, September 2, 2017 (with a bonus hour) on BluesAndRootsRadio.com Aztec Two-Step’s Rex Fowler and singer-songwriter Amy Allison visited the show this week. Rex discussed the new Aztec Two-Step CD Naked and Amy performed live in the studio … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist #17-34

Airing live on WFDU on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 3-5pm Re-broadcast Saturday, August 26, 2017 (with a bonus hour) on BluesAndRootsRadio.com Tim Erbach was my guest this week. The Jersey City based singer-songwriter performed live in our studio and discussed the upcoming Hudson West Folk Festival – the city’s … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist #17-33

Airing live on WFDU on Sunday, August 12, 2017 from 3-5pm Re-broadcast Saturday, August 19, 2017 (with a bonus hour) on BluesAndRootsRadio.com This week’s was prepared as a reaction to the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia and the aftermath. We shared songs about the Civil Rights movement as well … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist #17-32

Airing live on WFDU on Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 3-5pm Re-broadcast Saturday, August 12, 2017 (with a bonus hour) on BluesAndRootsRadio.com (Tune in to for the 2-hour version of WFDU’s TRADITIONS each Sunday from 3pm to 5pm Eastern Time over WFDU-FM 89.1 in the NYC/Northern New Jersey area, or … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist #17-31

Airing live on WFDU on Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 3-5pm Re-broadcast Saturday, August 5, 2017 (with a bonus hour) on BluesAndRootsRadio.com (Tune in to for the 2-hour version of WFDU’s TRADITIONS each Sunday from 3pm to 5pm Eastern Time over WFDU-FM 89.1 in the NYC/Northern New Jersey area, or … → read more

2017 NERFA Formal Showcase Artists Announced

I have been attending the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) since the late 1990s. This annual gathering of artists, DJs, promoters, presenters and fans has been a gathering that has a profound influence on me. NERFA provides an opportunity to meet with old friends, hear “new” artists and to … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist #17-30

Airing live on WFDU on Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 3-5pm Re-broadcast Saturday, July 29, 2017 (with a bonus hour) on BluesAndRootsRadio.com Anne Saunders, artistic director of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, joined us to discuss the history of this influential festival and to preview the 29th edition coming up … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist #17-29

Airing live on WFDU on Sunday, July 16th, 2017 from 3-5pm Re-broadcast Saturday, July 22, 2017 (with a bonus hour) on BluesAndRootsRadio.com July 19th marks the 15th anniversary of the passing of singer-songwriter Dave Carter. His loss shocked the folk community as we lost a friend whose influence and talent … → read more

Old Songs 2017: A Review

Readers of this blog will note that I have frequently discussed, reviewed and extolled the virtues of the Old Songs Festival that takes place each June in Altamont, New York. I am happy to report that the 2017 edition, the 37th Annual Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music and … → read more