Kathy Moser: Doing Her Part for Earth Day

Kathy Moser

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist for April 19, 2015 Over the years I’ve had many guests on the program who are more than just singers or songwriters. These dedicated artists are also activists and educators who help enlighten their audiences while they entertain. One of the best, a woman who truly … → read more

A Folk Festival Grows in Brooklyn

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist for April 5, 2015 Brooklyn, New York has undergone a renaissance during the past 20 years, and the accompanying issue of gentrification has been well documented in news reports in recent years. After young professionals snapped up real estate deals and a new culture of hipsters emerged, Brooklyn has … → read more

Tom Chapin Celebrates “70”

Tom Chapin and Ron Olesko

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for March 8, 2015 I have presented many guests on the show over the years, and with live radio (or even pre-recorded radio), you never know how the conversation and performance will go. However, whenever Tom Chapin comes on the show, I always know it will be … → read more

Playing Favorites

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for February 22, 2015 With the annual WFDU-FM fund drive coming to an end, my co-host Bill Hahn and I shared a number of listener favorites and requests on this week’s broadcast. We aired these songs partially as a “thank you” for all the generous donations we received … → read more

The Legend of Lead Belly Continues to Grow

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS  Playlist for February 15, 2015 Huddie Ledbetter, best known to the world as Lead Belly, passed away in December 1949, a few short months before the Weavers recording of  his “Goodnight Irene” entered the Billboard best seller chart. The song remained there for 25 weeks and reached #1 … → read more

Turn Your Radio On

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Fund Drive Playlists for February 1 & 8, 2015 The Carter Family recording of “Heaven’s Radio” and John Hartford‘s version of “Turn Your Radio On” are two of my “lucky charm” songs that I play on my WFDU-FM radio show every February. While my show is not a … → read more

“Trust” the Levins to Kickoff 2015 in Style

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for January 25, 2015 Not even a month old, 2015 has delivered several powerful new recordings from some of the folk communities guiding lights as well as talented new artists on the rise. I spent a significant portion of today’s broadcast sharing selections from CDs released during … → read more

Freedom of Expression

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for January 11, 2015 The events taking place in Paris and around the globe following the tragic shooting in the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine have led to important and long overdo discussions on free speech and creative expression. Since the tragic shootings by extremists using the … → 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

A Holiday Tradition Revived

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for December 21, 2014 Since 1980, I have hosted an annual Christmas special that airs on the Sunday before Christmas from the Teaneck, New Jersey studios of WFDU-FM. Not only has it become a tradition for me, I discovered that many listeners also look forward to it and … → read more