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 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

TRADITIONS playlist for December 18, 2016

The annual Christmas show, which I’ve had the honor of hosting on the Sunday before Christmas every year since 1980. I’ve seen the number of “folk” holiday offerings grow considerably over the years, and this edition of Traditions features of blend of classic carols and folk songs along with contemporary … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for December 11, 2016

My annual “favorites” show.  Each year, I share 10 of my favorite CDs that were released during the past year. 2016 provided a challenge – I was impressed by dozens of new recordings that came my way. This list is just my opinion, your mileage may vary. I would LOVE to hear … → read more

Caffè Lena Set to Re-Open on December 30

On December 30, the historic Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York will once again open their doors following six months of construction and renovation. The eager patrons of the landmark venue have quickly snapped up tickets and the “re-opening” night concert featuring The Suitcase Junket is now officially sold … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for December 4, 2016

On this week’s show, I welcomed acclaimed Israeli singer-songwriter and humanitarian David Broza to the studio. David performed live in the studio and discussed the documentary and companion CD “East Jerusalem West Jerusalem,” a project that brought Israeli and Palestinian artists together in an East Jerusalem studio for eight days … → read more

Brother Sun to Set in 2017

Brother Sun, the popular trio of Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks and Pat Wictor have decided that the group will cease touring in 2017 and each artist will pursue individual projects.  This will effectively end a six year run that saw the Brother Sun grace stages of venues and festivals across the continent and … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for November 27, 2016

This week’s guests were Michael Gabriele, author of the new book New Jersey Folk Revival Music: History and Tradition, and Mike & Aleksi Glick who performed live in the studio and shared songs from their new CD Generations: Two for the Blues. (Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from … → read more

People’s Music Network at NERFA

PMN at NERFA 2016

The 2016 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) was held November 10-13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford, CT. This was a new location for NERFA and the general consensus appears favorable for the new digs. Some growing pains, but it is a sign of a healthy organization and … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for November 20, 2016

This week’s show focused on artists who shared their music with me at the recent Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) that was held November 10-13, 2016 in Stamford, CT.  My guest this week was Lara Herscovitch who was a featured performer in the formal showcase at NERFA. To learn … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for November 13, 2016

(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