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 #17-29

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

TRADITIONS playlist #17-28

Airing live on WFDU on Sunday, July 9th, 2017 from 3-5pm Re-broadcast Saturday, July 15, 2017 (with a bonus hour) on BluesAndRootsRadio.com An exploration of the use of trains in folk songs was heard during the first hour (exclusive to the BluesAndRoots Radio.com broadcast). We also shared new music from … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for July 2, 2017

Re-broadcast Saturday July 8, 2017 (with a bonus hour) on BluesAndRootsRadio.com Starting this week, TRADITIONS is being broadcast as a two-hour program on WFDU-FM on Sunday afternoons. The full three-hour show can be heard on BluesAndRootsRadio.com the following Saturday night each week at 6:30pm. Plans are afoot for the three-hour … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for June 25, 2017

(Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from 3pm to 6pm Eastern Timeover 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, are archived … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for June 18, 2017

Re-broadcast Saturday June 24, 2017 on www.bluesandrootsradio.com A preview of the 27th Annual Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music and Dance (www.oldsongs.org) was featured on this weeks show, plus songs for Father’s Day!  Also, a tribute to Rosalie Sorrels who passed away on June 11th at the age of … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for June 11, 2017

Re-broadcast Saturday June 17, 2017 on www.bluesandrootsradio.com George Mann joined me in the studio this week. A former labor union organizer and activist, George talked about life on the road for a socially relevant musician and he performed several songs live in the studio. We also discussed a compilation CD … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for June 4, 2017

Re-broadcast Saturday June 10, 2017 on www.bluesandrootsradio.com New music from Tom Chapin, Loretta Hagen, Beth DeSombre, Emma’s Revolution and more. (Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from 3pm to 6pm Eastern Timeover WFDU-FM 89.1 in the NYC/Northern New Jersey area,or on the web at www.wfdu.fm or iHeartRadio.com. The show … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for May 28, 2017

Re-broadcast Saturday June 3, 2017 on www.bluesandrootsradio.com A special Memorial Day weekend edition, focusing on songs honoring the men and women of our armed services who gave their lives defending this country, and songs of hope and peace to end these conflicts. Plus, a special visit from Ramblin’ Bob (aka … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for May 21, 2017

Re-broadcast Saturday May 27, 2017 on www.bluesandrootsradio.com This week’s guests were Rick Massimo, author of I Got A Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival and Stevie Connor, Music Director and co-owner of www.bluesandrootsradio.com. New music from The McIntosh County Shouters, Harpeth Rising, Joe Jencks and Lindsay Straw. (Tune … → read more