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 March 19, 2017

Over the past few months, I have been receiving a number of MP3 files of brand new songs, some only a day or two old. Many of these are topical songs based on current events, others are simply new songs that the artists are looking to share. This week I shared new … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for March 12, 2017

A busy and fun show with two guests this week. Pat Wictor joined me to discuss his new CD This is Absolutely Real: Visions and Versions of Phil Ochs. The songs Pat chose show the diversity and depth of Phil Och’s songwriting, and the innovative settings showcase the immense talents … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for March 5, 2017

My guest this week was Bev Grant, who performed live in the studio and shared selections from her new CD It’s Personal. Bev, one of the founders of the legendary NYC underground band The Human Condition, shares songs from her new CD, with songs that feature her personal side with … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for February 26, 2017

WFDU-FM’s annual February Fund Drive concluded this week. We had a good drive for Traditions, many new donors as well as folks who have supported the show for many years.It’s not to late to help! Keep folk music on the air in the NYC/NJ area – click here give today:  … → read more

Clearwater Festival to Sail Again in 2017

Following a one-year hiatus, the Great Hudson River Revival is returning to Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, New York on June 17 and 18. Evolved out of a local “folk picnic” organized by Toshi Seeger and her husband Pete Seeger in 1966, the Great Hudson River Revival was first held … → read more

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