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 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

TRADITIONS playlist for May 14, 2017

Re-broadcast Saturday May 20, 2017 on www.bluesandrootsradio.com Mother’s Day is celebrated in song with music from Cathie Ryan, David Roth, Bing Futch and others.  We featured a brand new song from Tom Chapin about Julia Ward Howe which will appear on a new CD that will be released in early … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for May 7, 2017

Re-broadcast Saturday May 13 on www.bluesandrootsradio.com What can I say about a broadcast that features a conversation with music legend Melanie and an in-studio performance from the amazing contemporary folk duo The Levins? Not to mention great new music from Joel Mabus, Katy Moffatt, Fred Gillen Jr. and a new … → read more

Pat Wictor’s Vision of Phil Ochs

One of the most remarkable recordings that crossed my threshold in recent months is Pat Wictor’s This Is Absolutely Real: Visions and Versions of Phil Ochs. Keeping himself busy as a member of Brother Sun, it has been eight years since Pat last released a solo recording. As the trio … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for April 30, 2017

Re-broadcast Saturday May 6 on www.bluesandrootsradio.com By coincidence of their separate touring schedules, two outstanding artists joined me in the studio today – Alice Howe and Bing Futch. Boston-based singer-songwriter Alice Howe recently released an impressive EP titled You’ve Been Away So Long that has received strong reviews and comparrisions … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for April 23, 2017

Re-broadcast Saturday April 29 on www.bluesandrootsradio.com A number of listener requests on this week’s show, plus new music from Taj Mahal & Keb Mo, Merlin Snider, Lisa Bastoni, Russ Rentler and others. (Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from 3pm to 6pm Eastern Timeover WFDU-FM 89.1 in the NYC/Northern … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for April 16, 2017

Re-broadcast Saturday April 22 on www.bluesandrootsradio.com This week’s show marked a personal anniversary for me, and also this radio series.  On Easter Sunday, April 10, 1977, WFDU-FM aired the first one-on-one interview that I conducted for the station. It was also the first broadcast dedicated solely to folk music on … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for April 9, 2017

New songs from Judy Kass, Zoe & Cloyd, Oka Vanga, Adam Miller, Davey O. & more. Plus, recordings from Steve Goodman, Jack Hardy, the Wailin’ Jennys, Joel Mabus and other listener favorites. (Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from 3pm to 6pm Eastern Timeover WFDU-FM 89.1 in the NYC/Northern New … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for April 2, 2017

New music from The Down Hill Strugglers, Joanne Rand, Calan, Taarka and more. Plus, a return from Ramblin’ Bob (Rob Carlson) with a new and important topical song (click on the link below to listen). (Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from 3pm to 6pm Eastern Time over WFDU-FM … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for March 26, 2017

My guest this week was children’s author Susanna Reich who discussed her new book Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice. The book is the first illustrated biography of Pete that is geared toward children. The book covers the many struggles that Pete was … → read more