A High Flying Playlist for TRADITIONS – Sept. 21, 2014

Today’s show was for the birds. Literally. A few weeks ago, I was crossing a bridge near the radio station when suddenly, a bald eagle came out of the woods near the riverbank and soared overhead. Seeing this magnificent bird in the wild is an incredible experience, even more so … → read more

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist for Sept. 14, 2014

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

While artists release CDs throughout the year, the fall seems to bring the most new recordings to my mailbox. While this doesn’t seem to thrill my mail carrier, I am able to deliver some extraordinary new songs to our radio listeners, and judging from the phone calls and e-mails I … → read more

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist for Sept. 7, 2014

Today’s show featured a look at Anne Hills’ latest recording Tracks, a beautiful collection of songs inspired by trains. We also gave a birthday shout-out to one of Anne’s musical collaborators, Michael Smith. Another New Jersey lad makes good! I also present a set of “Darling Corey” recordings, showcasing the … → read more

End of Summer?? WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist for August 31, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for August 31, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko Labor Day weekend. The end of summer… or is it? When I was a kid, this was the weekend that brought forth significant changes in my life. Yes, it meant that school was starting in a day or two and … → read more

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist for August 24, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for August 24, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko During today’s show we paid tribute to two individuals who passed away during the past week: Jean Redpath and Buddy MacMaster. Both individuals dedicated themselves to perpetuating the musical traditions of their respective homes, and also introduce new communities to … → read more

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist for August 10, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for August 10, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko A hazy, lazy, crazy day of summer inspired the playlist for today’s show. (Tune in to TRADITIONS every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm Eastern Time over WFDU-FM 89.1 in the NYC/Northern New Jersey area, or on the web at www.wfdu.fm. … → read more

Falcon Ridge preview and playlist for WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS for July 27, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for July 27, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko With the month of July coming to a close, it means one thing to folkies – time for the annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival! Falcon Ridge has become a magnet for folk fans in the northeast, and for the past … → read more

The Seegers and the Ramones – WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist and program notes for July 13, 2014

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

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS July 13, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko Two musical “families” were showcased on today’s show, the Ramones and the Seegers. Starting a show with a memorial tribute to a member of the seminal punk band the Ramones might seem odd for a folk radio program, unless you knew Tommy … → read more