Finding A Voice

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for June 26, 2016 Justin Timberlake, who earned dubious street cred in the folk community for his role as a folksinger in the Coen Brothers film Inside Llweyn Davis, found himself in deeper hot water last weekend at the BET Awards. It started with Timberlake tweeting … → read more

Serving Up “Mud & Apples”

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 8, 2016 Just a few days before this week’s broadcast, I received the PERFECT CD for my Mother’s Day program. Actually, it is the perfect CD for any day of the year. Lucy Wainwright Roche and her mother Suzzy Roche have just released Mud … → read more

Reaching New Audiences

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 1, 2016 Since WFDU-FM held our February fund drive, I’ve been thinking about the future of radio and folk music. Not to worry, I’m fine. Even though the show did not do as well as I had hoped it would, we did “okay” and … → read more

Faster Folk

Roy Zimmerman

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for April 17, 2016 Folk songs, once recognized as transmitted from generation to generation in an oral tradition, took on a new method of delivery during the folk revival. Songs would be written and tried out on audiences in the clubs and coffeehouses. If the new … → read more

Joe Giacoio Loves Hamburgers

I Love Hamburgers

Singer-songwriter Joe Giacoio joined me in the studio for a segment of WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS this past Sunday. The Bronx-born and current New Jersey resident visited me to share songs from his new CD I Love Hamburgers. This new recording is a charming blend of original songs that will brighten a … → read more

Change (and Spring) is in the Air

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for March 27, 2016 The last 12 months have seen a flurry of activity here at WFDU-FM. After receiving approval from the Federal Communications Commission, the station installed a new transmitter last fall that essentially doubled the size of our listening area. We also launched two … → read more

Ron’s Favorites of 2015

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

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for January 10, 2016 The year 2016 is two weeks old and I have already received over a dozen new recordings to share on my radio show. While I am looking forward to all the musical treats the coming 12 months promise, I want to take a … → read more

Celebrating Christmas on the Radio

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for December 20, 2015 Since 1980, I have produced a Christmas radio special on WFDU-FM, a folk music Christmas program. I started doing this show because I had grown tired of hearing the airwaves filled with the same recordings from Bing Crosby, Barbara Streisand and the rest. … → read more

NERFA 2015

Ron’s Thoughts on the 2015 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference and WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlists for November 29 & December 13, 2015 My radio programs for November 29 and December 10 were filled with exciting new music that I picked up at the 21st annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) … → read more

Efrat Reveals Strength in the Silver Lining

Review of a new CD from Efrat and WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for November 1 & 15, 2015 I met Efrat several years ago when she came into the studios of WFDU-FM to perform with Spuyten Duyvil. The original fiddler for the band had recently left the group, and Efrat was just … → read more