Sunday, February 19, 2017


I do believe that a few things have to be addressed re: WFDU, Ron Olesko and Traditions.

I have not tuned in to WFDU for quite some time since all their format changes into total nonsense for listening when there are so many other options in talk (WNYC),music(WQXR) or Sirtius. I did tune in today for a brief 29 or so minutes (other than for a short time to the only 1 of 2 listenable programs---Vintage Rock/Pop Shop---Lise Avery). I tuned in to Ron Olesko and Traditions. I truly despise hypocrisy. He truly presented it ins perfect form. Aside from the fact that he sounded like he never had a co-host for over 20 some odd years on HIS(his term) show he made a comment about how many times he has aired music that was controversial and got complaints from listeners. TRUE! Yet when such a complaint came to him by mistake he forwarded to mgmt. And all the fecal matter hit the fan and that is one of a few reasons I am no longer there.

Don't misunderstand me. I left. Tired of criticism about content and tired of looking at a pouting puss during fund raising time because the money was not coming in.

OK—bottom line---I thank all for my start there and things do change and I truly abhor their hypocrisy and could not abide the new Mgmt and Ron Olesko(and his hypocrisy) anymore

Thursday, February 16, 2017

TABLETALK PROGRAM 2/17---2/25/17

Hopefully that this is up your alley---some wonderful new artists, some old favorites, and some comedy that can only be played    here====and with a great point. Here is today's playlist---0

ALEX KARAS The Third Man (theme)


DAVE VAN RONK Green Green Rocky Road And The Tin Pan Bended... Smtsonian Folkways
ANNIE MOSCOW Someday Passing Trains 11 Blocks Records
ZOE MULFORD February Thunder Small Brown Birds Azalea City
NOEL PAUL STOOKEY Impeachable Single Download
ELAINE MAHON Rolling Home Reach For The Stars Ind
KEVIN ROTH Love Is Reawakening Newworld Multimedia
KEVIN ROTH The Potter's Wheel Reawakening Newworld Multimedia
CAROL ELLIOT Rex Rob Lowenstein The People I Meet Heart Song Records
CHAIM TANNENBAUM Brooklyn, 1955 Chaim Tannenbaum Story Sound Records
FREEBO Old Blue Dog People Poppabo Records
JUNIOR BROWN Sugarfoot Rag Greatest Hits Curb
RED FOLEY Sugarfoot Rag 78 Single Decca

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Some old favorites , a few requests, and a rare unedited Comedy Corner among other things.     The e mail address is

And the playlist:

ALEX KARAS The Third Man (theme)

KATE WOLF Give Yourself To Love Weaver of Dreams Rhino
STEVEN BLANE Old Soul I Confess Ind
ROGER SALLOOM Playboys & Playgirls Download Promo Ind
PETE SEEGER Waist deep In The Big Muddy A Link In The Chain Sony
LYDIA SYLVIA MARTIN Cherry River Line Chasing The Ghost Dryad record
JOHN PRINE Paradise In Person & On Stage Oh Boy
JACK E LEONARD & VARIOUS Friars Club Roast Don Rickles Private copy

ROSEANNNE CASH Fair & Tender Ladies Songcatchedr Vangaurd
DEANA CARTER The Cuckoo Bird Songcatchedr Vangaurd
MEG BRAUN The Storms Are On The Ocean Restless Moon Ind

Friday, February 3, 2017


It will be mentioned on the program that if you(and 10 others) write to request a 2d hour dedicated to Sunday Simcha (Yiddish) I will do it.    E mail===

Now--today's playlist

ALEX KARAS The Third Man (theme)

JACK WILLIAMS John Henry Far Away,Long Ago Wind River
DC BLOOM Mean People Suck Just Another Song & Dance Man Sunnysky Days
NAMING THE TWINS You're Right Everything's Wrong Turnstyles Duet Right
THE BARTON BROTHERS Joe & Paul Music From The Yiddish Radio Project Shanachie
BRUCE ADLER Rumania An Evening At The Yiddish Theater Ind
PETER COOK Interesting Things Various tracks personal copy
ISABEL TAYLOR Gimme Some Good News Awake Again Ind
CATHY FINK , MARCY MARXER Song of Joy Get Up & DoRight Community Music
IRIS DEMENT Easy's Gettin' Harder Everyday My Life Warner
TOM PAXTON Outward Bound Boat In The Water Pax Music

Monday, January 30, 2017


So many postings recently about WFDU---both pro and con but mostly con.
Not to belabor the comments about WFDU, mgmt, hosts, and such I do ask your indulgence for a few final points---positive to start with and you can guess where this is going.

Many years back Ron Olesko asked me to come aboard on Traditions because he needed help and I thank him to this day for the opportunity. He did say I would have to be approved by the Program Director (Barry Sheffield)---great story there---briefly now: I am trying to be impressive in a sport jacket and slacks and in comes a guy in torn jeans(you get the pic).Barry Sheffield, PD. His comment was... “just fill out the forms so we know who to contact in case you drop dead in the studio...”. See—I am overqualified after this test---I am alive. The next 20 or so years were truly enjoyable and a great learning experience thanks to Ron and Barry and so many others at what was once a great station thanks to great management by Carl Kraus . He knew how to deal with leadership---stay distanced and be loyal and fair and not be everyone's “buddy” and then screw them (for want of a better statement).

Well. The years have gone by and like everything times and relationships change.

Over the years Ron had become increasingly sorry to have to share what he considered HIS program. I had now invested many years in it and I urged the “boss”(Carl K) to honor Ron's longevity in a major way. He tried to do that at a famed venue to no avail and no help from Ron.

The years move on and increasingly Ron and I move further apart and his anger with me and sharing the program increases in less than subtle ways---and now here we are. Me on internet radio and Ron delighted on doing HIS show again. In all its pedantic presentations .

Let me not leave out Barry Sheffield who as the new head honcho (replacing Carl Kraus) lead us into this morass by , for whatever reason, deciding that Ron Olesko's time could not be cut back and we return to the old arrangement which I suggested. I disagreed and now you see why I had to leave the place of nepotism, backstabbing , and other well, more than slights. Strange for me to pursue this since no pay was involved and now the place that claims to be a volunteer effort has a paid staff. Many of whom have substantial incomes from retirement benefits, pensions,etc;

SO, now in a bit of self serving posting let me urge you to “like” TABLETALK” --the page==on Facebook and tune in to the very same program plus more I did on WFDU. It will be up there weekly on Fridays. Also on Soundcloud andmy blog--

As to fundraising--- none here on the internet and as to WFDU/Traditions===well, let your conscience be your guide. Surely you can guess my thoughts on that matter

Saturday, January 28, 2017

TABLETALK program 1/27/17 ---2/8/17

Any requests and comments always welcomed via e Like us on Facebook/Tabletalk----no money or pledging required.  

This the playlist for this program:

ALEX KARAS The Third Man (theme)

JOHN FLYNN Big Boat Coming Dragon

JOHN PRINE Sabu Visits The Twin Cities Alone Bruised Orange
TOM PAXTON Hitch In My Gitalong Boat In The Water Pax Records
CATHY FINK / MARCY MARXER Well May The World Go Get Up& Do Right Community Music
PETE SEEGER My Rainbow Race Pete Livimg Music
PETE SEEGER Penny's Farm The BoudinCollege Concert

MEL BROOK CARL REINER 7 Wonders of The World 2000 Year Old Man in 3,000 Shout
MEL BROOK CARL REINER Famous People 2000 Year Old Man in 3,000 Shout
JOSH JOFFEN Shechechayanu Postcard from Antigua Ind
JOE JENCKS Tikun Olam The Candle & The Flame Ind

SHLOMO CARLEBACH L'Chai Dodi Shlomo the Musical Personal Copy
NINA SIMONE Eretz Halav Chabash Folksy Nina Personal Copy
EARTHA KITT Shalom Black Sabbath Idelsohn Society