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 for February 19, 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 February 12, 2017

Last week, in response to a recent post I made here in the Folk Music Notebook (“We Can Turn This Ship Around” – January 18, 2017 ), Christine Lavin sent out the word to the singer-songwriter contingent of the folk music community that I was both receptive to and welcoming new topical songs. … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for February 5, 2017

WFDU-FM’s annual February Fund Drive began this week.  We are asking our listeners to help support public radio and our folk community.  Keep folk music on the air in the NYC/NJ area – give today: CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO WFDU-FM’S AND TRADITIONS (Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for January 29, 2017

New music from Tom Paxton, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Bev Grant and John McCutcheon were featured. This week’s show aired in the days following President Trump’s orders limiting immigration and a number of songs were played that dealt with the treatment of immigrants and their role in the building … → read more

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