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.

WFDU-FM’s THE SESSION playlist for Friday September 15, 2006

WFDU-FM’sTHE SESSION Playlist for September 15, 2006 HOST:Ron Olesko (www.ronolesko.blogspot.com ) (Tune in to THE SESSION every Friday at noon ET over WFDU-FM89.1 in the NYC/Northern New Jersey or on the web at www.wfdu.fm ) ARTIST Tune / SongALBUM LABEL Theme: COLM O’DONNELL The Dublin ReelFarewell to Evening Dances BogfireTHE … → read more

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist for Sunday September 10, 2006

WFDU-FM’sTRADITIONSPlaylist for September 10, 2006 HOST:Ron Olesko (www.ronolesko.blogspot.com ) We shared some lovely new recordings from John Flynn, Greg Greenway, Chuck Pyle, Cosy Sheridan and Catie Curtis. The “CD of the Week” for me was a re-issue of “American Folk Tales and Songs” featuring Jean Ritchie, Paul Clayton, and folklorist … → read more


Below is a posting from Bennet Zurofsky that originally appeared on the Sing Out! magazine listserv that I would like to share it with you. Unfortunately, it is rather disturbing news about folksinger, historian and labor troubador Joe Glazer: Dear friends, I thought you would be interested in this sad … → read more


August 27Otto Bost (“Folk Dude” – www.folkdude.com ), born 1960 August 28Phranc, born 1958Civil Rights March on Washington, 1983 August 29Buell Kazee, born 1900 (died 1976)Charlie Parker, born 1920Roger Sprung, born 1930 August 30John Phillips, born 1935First known Fiddler’s Convention takes place in Hanover County, Va in1736! August 31Caroline Paton, … → read more