WFDU FM Host Ron Olesko Nominated for 2007 Folk Alliance Music and Business Award
Teaneck, NJ (February 11, 2008) — Ron Olesko, host of WFDU-FM’s longest running program, Traditions, has been nominated for a 2007 Folk Alliance Music and Business Award in the broadcaster category. The award is presented annually to broadcasters who have made significant contributions to folk music within their local communities.
Olesko has been involved with WFDU-FM since his first day as a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1975. He developed Traditions in 1980 to highlight the unique and expansive world of folk music. Over the years, the show has brought him face-to-face with many leaders in the folk music community. “I have had the opportunity to meet and get to know many artists who I’ve admired since childhood,” he says. “To be invited to Pete Seeger’s home to record an interview was a real thrill.” He continues to host the program on Sunday afternoons with Bill Hahn and also hosts The Session on Friday afternoons.
Outside of WFDU, Olesko is the president and booking agent for the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club in Fair Lawn, a nonprofit organization that has been perpetuating acoustic music and organizing concerts in Bergen County since 1981. The monthly concerts at the Fair Lawn Community Center feature nationally- and internationally-known performers as well as local artists.
Olesko also serves as chairperson for the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance formal showcase committee and runs a website dedicated to sharing news of the folk community at www.ronolesko.blogspot.com. His writing has appeared in Sing Out! Magazine and he has been a featured guest on XM Satellite Radio’s Channel 15, The Village.
According to Olesko, the Folk Alliance Music and Business Awards are the only major awards that recognize achievements in folk music on an international scale. Other nominees in the folk broadcaster category are Rich Warren of WFMT in Chicago, John Platt of WFUV in New York, Susan Forbes Hansen of WHUS in Storrs, CT, and Mike Regenstreif of CKUT in Montreal. Awards will also be presented to artists, releases, booking agencies, venues and festivals within the folk community. Mavis Staples, the late Tommy Jarrell and Rounder Records will be recognized with Folk Alliance Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The awards will be presented on February 20 as part of the 20th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee. Nearly 2,000 of the 2,400 Folk Alliance members attend the conference to conduct business, connect with peers and celebrate the art and history of folk music. The awards ceremony will be broadcast on XM Satellite Radio’s Channel 15, The Village.
WFDU-FM (89.1FM) is owned and operated by Fairleigh Dickinson University. It broadcasts to the New York metropolitan area from the historic Armstrong Tower in Alpine, N.J. and streams on the Web at www.wfdu.fm.