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 #18-04

Airing live on WFDU on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 3-5pm Re-broadcast (with a bonus hour) on Saturday February 3, 2018 and Tuesday February 6, 2018 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 … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist #18-03

Airing live on WFDU on Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 3-5pm Re-broadcast (with a bonus hour) on Saturday January 27, 2018 and Tuesday January 30, 2018  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 … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist #18-02

Airing live on WFDU on Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 3-5pm Re-broadcast (with a bonus hour) on Saturday January 20, 2018 and Tuesday January 23, 2018 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 … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist #18-01

Airing live on WFDU on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 3-5pm Re-broadcast (with a bonus hour) on Saturday, January 13, 2018 and Tuesday,January 16, 2018 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 … → read more

Ron’s Favorites of 2017

Before 2017 becomes a distant image in the rear view mirror, I would like to share my ten favorite recordings from last year. Although 2018 is brand new, I am beginning to receive CDs and files — the first one arriving on January 2! I’ve also had the honor to … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist #17-52

Airing on Tuesday December 26, 2017 from 10pm-1am and Saturday December 30, 2017 from 6:30-9:30pm BluesAndRootsRadio.com A two hour edited version was re-broadcast on Sunday December 30, 2017 on WFDU-FM With the year coming to a close, I shared my 10 favorite folk recordings from 2017. To read more about … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist #17-51

Airing on Tuesday December 19, 2017 from 10pm-1am and Saturday December 23, 2017 from 6:30-9:30pm BluesAndRootsRadio.com A two hour edited version was re-broadcast on Sunday December 24, 2017 on WFDU-FM The 38th annual Traditions Christmas Party.  Traditional carols and contemporary seasonal songs from artists heard weekly on Traditions. This week’s show was … → read more