Ron’s Favorites of 2017

Before 2017 becomes a distant image in the rear view mirror, I would like to share my ten favorite recordings from last year. Although 2018 is brand new, I am beginning to receive CDs and files — the first one arriving on January 2! I’ve also had the honor to … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist #17-52

Airing on Tuesday December 26, 2017 from 10pm-1am and Saturday December 30, 2017 from 6:30-9:30pm A two hour edited version was re-broadcast on Sunday December 30, 2017 on WFDU-FM With the year coming to a close, I shared my 10 favorite folk recordings from 2017. To read more about … → 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

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

Join Tom Chapin & Si Kahn in Piermont NY: Wednesday evening, June 17th

Here’s a note from Si Kahn & Tom Chapin about an important event that will be taking place next week: PLEASE JOIN TOM & BONNIE CHAPIN,MICHAEL MARK, JON COBERT and SI KAHN7:30 pm, Wednesday, June 17th, in Piermont NYfor a SPECIAL SINGALONG EVENING to benefitGRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP’S CAMPAIGNTO END IMMIGRANT FAMILY … → read more


I’d like to share a few thoughts about the Pete Seeger 90th Birthday Celebration at Madison Square Garden. If you were there, or even if you couldn’t make it, I would love to hear your thoughts as well. Please feel free to enter a comment below. I was blown away … → read more


Tickets are going very, very fast. Less than 25 tickets remain for this Sunday’s (March 29) concert at the Fair Lawn Community Center when the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club presents “TraditionsFest” at 2pm. The afternoon concert will benefit WFDU-FM and Traditions. We strongly suggest ordering in advance at!!!!This … → read more