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

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

In the Spirit of the Rose Tattoo

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for October 19, 2014 The spirit of the Rose Tattoo permeated today’s show. With the passing of one of the members of this nomadic collective of artists who shared a camaraderie with the traveling hobo, songs about the rails were sprinkled throughout the show. The 3pm hour … → read more

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