Still Making a Joyful Noise

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 29, 2016 It has been over a year since the trio Red Molly announced they were going on an “indefinite hiatus” following their summer tour. Their final concerts last August were bittersweet affairs with a lot of friends joining them onstage and eager fans … → read more

Ron Olesko’s Favorites of 2014

Ron Olesko on the air at WFDU-FM on June 15, 2004

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for January 4, 2015 Everyone has favorites, and these are mine. I hesitate from calling this list a “best of” because we all have different opinions and I firmly believe that art has no limits to what can be achieved. The list below represents new CDs that … → read more

Don’t You Call My Name — Caleb Meyer, pt. 2

Jaywalkers This is the second post on the Gillian Welch and David Rawlings song “Caleb Meyer.” Read the first post here.  In the last post, we heard how Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings’s “Caleb Meyer” successfully embraces trappings of Southern Appalachian musical authenticity to do something innovative through something utterly … → read more

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist and program notes for May 4, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 4, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko When the show started, it was a rather windy and chilly spring day in Teaneck, New Jersey, and a little rain was also falling in the area. I’m not sure if it was the power of the music from my … → read more

A girl could feel special

“Red Hair and Black Leather” One of the things that Pat explored with “Matty Groves” is how such a brutal song managed to endure as a folk favorite down through the ages, partly through it’s ability to provide a compelling narrative to both male and female singers and listeners.  I … → read more


RON OLESKO’S FAVORITE CD’S OF 2008 Okay, it is extremely difficult to put together a “best of” list, and I hesitate to call my selections that. These are however, CDs that I will be listening to and playing on the radio long after the clock reaches midnight on New Year’s … → read more