Mya Byrne – The Challenges Facing Transgender Artists and playlist for WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS for June 15, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS June 15, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko I enjoy having the opportunity to invite guests into the studio to share their songs and stories. Today’s show featured one of the most moving and important discussions that I’ve had the privilege to share on WFDU-FM. My guest today was Mya … → read more

Runa visits WFDU-FM and WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for June 1, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for June 1, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko Three members of the group Runa traveled up the NJ Turnpike from Philly to join me in our Teaneck, NJ studios. Shannon Lamber-Ryan, Fionan de Bara and Cheryl Prashker visited WFDU to share selections from their brand new CD, Current … → read more

Mother’s Day reflections – WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist for May 11, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 11, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko There is a certain code among Folk DJs, perhaps an unwritten law, but whenever a holiday or anniversary of an important event occurs, we have been assigned the duty to commemorate the said day on our radio programs with a … → 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

Honoring the Past and Carrying Traditions Forward

Back in 1971, the late Harry Chapin created a notable song called “Circle.” Originally written for his brother Tom’s TV show “Make a Wish,” the song has entered our folk canon partially due to the powerful lyrics describing a life as part of an endless cycle with “no straight lines” … → read more


This Sunday, September 28th, I am pleased to announce that my special guest on WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS will be DAVID BROMBERG!David Bromberg and the Angel Band will be appearing at Irvington Town Hall Theater in Irvington, New York on Saturday October 4th.The legendary David Bromberg “returned” to the concert stage in … → read more

The Kennedys, Hurdy Gurdy, more photos

Pete and Maura Kennedy will be my special guests on WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS this Sunday between 3 and 6pm ET. You can listen online at, or if you are in the NYC area set your radio dial to 89.1FM.The Kennedys will bring their “irresistible” (Rolling Stone) hip folk to Irvington … → read more