TRADITIONS playlist for June 18, 2017

Re-broadcast Saturday June 24, 2017 on A preview of the 27th Annual Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music and Dance ( was featured on this weeks show, plus songs for Father’s Day!  Also, a tribute to Rosalie Sorrels who passed away on June 11th at the age of … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for December 11, 2016

My annual “favorites” show.  Each year, I share 10 of my favorite CDs that were released during the past year. 2016 provided a challenge – I was impressed by dozens of new recordings that came my way. This list is just my opinion, your mileage may vary. I would LOVE to hear … → read more

TRADITIONS Playlist for August 14, 2016

Today’s show paid tribute to Glenn Yarbrough and Michael J. Ronstadt.  Both artists passed away in the past week. In addition, we shared new music from Rachel Sage, Erika Kulnys, Greg Greenway and others.  Also, birthday shout-outs to John McCutcheon and Efrat. (Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from 2pm … → 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

Arlon Bennett and the Healing Project

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist for May 17, 2015 It is no secret that beyond the recognizable entertainment and social merits, music has powerful therapeutic values. Trained therapists have shown that music can stimulate brainwaves to increase concentration and also relieve stress. Studies have shown that music has influence in reducing blood pressure, … → 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

Welcome to the “New” Folk Music Notebook

Ron Olesko onstage at the Hurdy Gurdy 2013

“We propose to devote ourselves to the creation, growth and distribution of something new, yet not so new, since its beginnings have been visible, or rather – audible, for some years now. We call it ‘Peoples Music’ “ Those words were printed on page 2 of the very first issue … → read more

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist for February 23, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for February 23, 2014 HOSTS: Ron Olesko & Bill Hahn Our final week of fundraising on WFDU! Each year, WFDU-FM holds a month long fund drive to keep our non-commercial radio station in operation. Unlike many public radio stations, we do not hit up our listeners every … → read more