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About  Public Radio East
 

Public Radio East is a nonprofit, non-commercial broadcasting organization, licensed to the Board of Trustees of Craven Community College in New Bern, North Carolina. Originally established in 1984 as WTEB-89.3FM, Public Radio East now broadcasts 24 hours a day on five frequencies, divided into two complete program networks. Broadcast studios are located in Barker Hall on the campus of Craven Community College.

Public Radio East is a regional broadcast network that enriches people's lives in Eastern North Carolina. It is one of only six 100,000-watt public radio stations in the United States licensed to a community college. The station serves as the primary public radio outlet for 17 counties of Eastern Central North Carolina. From north to south, PRE serves the cities and surrounding communities of Washington, Greenville, New Bern, and Jacksonville, and from east to west Beaufort, Morehead City, Kinston and Goldsboro.

The station is recognized as a full-service professional public radio station by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is a member of both National Public Radio and Public Radio International. PRE consistently ranks in the top 20 public radio stations nationally with the largest share of audience per capita. In 1985, WTEB had approximately nine thousand weekly listeners. Today, over forty-eight thousand people listen to Public Radio East each week.

Public Radio East is a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate. NPR produces award-winning programs, such as Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, Car Talk, and Thistle and Shamrock. PRE also provides Public Radio International programming, such as BBC (British Broadcasting Company) World News.

Public Radio East is Eastern North Carolina's primary source for classical, jazz, and Americana music.

On January 31, 2003 Public radio listeners in Eastern North Carolina were offered more programming choices when Public Radio East launched The News and Ideas Network on four of its five frequencies.

WKNS, 90.3 FM in Kinston and Goldsboro; WBJD, 91.5 FM in Atlantic Beach; 88.1 FM in Greenville; and WZNB, 88.5 FM in New Bern broadcast the new format. The network's original station - WTEB, 89.3 FM in New Bern retains a format of NPR news and classical music with some program adjustments that include more music programming.

WKNS-90.3, WBJD-91.5, WZNB-88.5, and 88.1 in Greenville continue to showcase the current popular NPR news magazines Morning Edition weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. and All Things Considered from 4 to 6 p.m.

The weekend format on the new service includes a combination of old favorites such as Weekend Edition, Car Talk, This American Life and the Splendid Table, as well as new programs such as Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, which featured, until his retirement in 2014,  Goldsboro native and longtime NPR newsman Carl Kasell.

Public Radio East's News Department has received numerous awards, including the Associated Press award for Outstanding News Operation in North Carolina in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 PRE was, again, recognized by AP with seven awards including: Best General News; Best Sports Programming; Best Consumer Reporting; Best Health Report; and Best Series. In 2011 PRE received 7 Associated Press Awards, sweeping its division.

In 2009 PRE received The Pelican Award for Community Action from the NC Coastal Federation. PRE staff and volunteers were recognized for its efforts to build an oyster reef and wetlands in the White Oak River in Swansboro, NC.