WFDU Archives: Ron Olesko

Host profile: Ron Olesko

Folk music has always been part of my life. I can remember my mother singing to me as an infant. I grew up during the folk revival. I remember Captain Kangaroo sharing popular songs like "Lemon Tree", "Hole in the Bucket" and other songs that would leave a huge impression. As I grew older I became aware of Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, and eventually I was led to Woody Guthrie. By the time I reached college I was hooked. On my first day at Fairleigh Dickinson University, I joined the radio station - WFDU-FM. Within a few years I would develop the folk music radio program TRADITIONS which I debuted in 1980, a show which I continue to host to this day . I am proud to be one of Sing Out! Magazine Radio Partners.  

My involvement with folk music continues to grow. I am the President & booker for the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club in Fair Lawn and I have also served as the chairperson for the formal showcase committee for the North East Regional Folk Music Alliance I am also write for Sing Out! magazine and invite you to visit my blog at their website.

If you see me as emcee at a local folk festival or club, please stop by to say hello!  

Please be sure to visit my website - and you can contact me at 



Hosted shows

Recent episodes

  1. Traditions


    May 15, 2022, 3:00PM

  2. Traditions


    May 8, 2022, 3:00PM

  3. Traditions


    May 1, 2022, 3:00PM

  4. Traditions


    April 24, 2022, 3:00PM