George Olsen

Host of ATC; Producer of The Sound

George Olsen is a 1977 Havelock High School graduate. He received his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1982 where he got his first taste of non-commercial radio working for their student station WUSC. After graduation he worked about five years in commercial radio before coming to work at Public Radio East where he has remained since outside of a nearly 3-year stint as jazz and operations coordinator at WUAL in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the early 1990s. On his return to eastern North Carolina he hosted classical music for Public Radio East before moving into the Morning Edition host position and now can be heard on All Things Considered. He also hosts and produces The Sound, five hours of Americana, Roots Rock and Contemporary Folk weekday evenings on PRE Public Radio East News & Ideas,  and is a news and feature producer for Public Radio East.

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ENC Regional News
5:53 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

North Carolina leads nation in Board Certified Teacher numbers

The state Department of Public Instruction reports the state leads the nation in the number of National Board Certified Teachers. George Olsen has more.

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Arts & Culture
10:33 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Free Downloads from Mulebone

Keep on Movin' - Mulebone

Enjoy two free downloads from the new CD by Mulebone entitled "Keep on Movin'" currently featured on The Sound.  Available above is the CD's title track as well as Saw My Baby. Find out more about the band by visiting here.

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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Free Downloads from the Elders

Story Road - The Elders

Enjoy not one but TWO free downloads from the new CD by The Elders "Story Road" currently featured on The Sound. Available above are Meetings of the Waters and Lost My Heaven. Find out more about the band by visiting here.

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ENC Regional News
5:28 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Night-time Bayview-to-Aurora ferry runs to end in 2015

The state Ferry Division has announced a new route schedule for 2015. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Tue December 2, 2014

HIV programs at Brody School of Medicine outpacing national norms

HIV programs at the Brody School of Medicine are outpacing national norms in limiting the spread of the virus. George Olsen has more.

ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Brody School of Medicine boasts high percentage of primary care physician graduates

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University is topping the four state medical schools in the number of graduates continuing to practice primary care medicine. George Olsen has more.

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Opinion
7:39 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Tremendous Trifles ... commentary from Joan Carris

When I was a senior in college, I took a sociology course on marriage.  It was known as a gut course, dead easy.  You could even cut class, as I did that quarter in order to go bowling with a friend.  Yet the course was useful, particularly our discussions about the innumerable tremendous trifles that pop up in every marriage or close relationship.  You know…the person who leaves toothpaste in the sink…the one who always drops dirty clothes on the floor…the partner who never replaces a toilet paper roll.  (And these are just bathroom topics.)   What are we supposed to do with all of the be

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Greenville Police to purchase more body cameras

The use of body cameras will be expanded soon throughout the Greenville police force. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
11:56 am
Thu November 6, 2014

NC Teacher Turnover rate drops slightly

The state Board of Education is reporting a slight decline in the teacher turnover rate last school year. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Features
7:49 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Carolina Jamboree - the Red Clay Ramblers

Carolina Jamboree - the Red Clay Ramblers

INTRO – The Triangle’s Red Clay Ramblers have been involved in a number of artistic collaborations … with Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright and actor Sam Shepard for two of his films and one off-Broadway play and with the late Doug Marlette on the musical based on his comic strip Kudzu, amongst others. Another collaboration took the band away from stage and screen into a different realm, and about nine years after its debut the music is now available on CD. George Olsen talked with Bland Simpson of the Red Clay Ramblers and has this.

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Opinion
7:39 am
Thu October 9, 2014

The Only Constant is Change ... commentary from Joan Carris

Have you noticed that every decade or so, you are somebody else?  Not that you turn from being a pussycat into being a werewolf.  Nothing that drastic.  But all of us change in a variety of ways as the years fly by.  In 1984, thousands of us were reading Gail Sheehy’s book, Passages,  on this topic.  Today, when I think about my own changes, I tend to wander off to the pantry, where we keep the Bailey’s Irish Cream and the sherry and the Kahlua.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Board of Elections provides snapshot of state voters

INTRO – On National Voter Registration Day yesterday, the state Board of Elections provided a snapshot of the state’selectorate. George Olsen has more.

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Arts & Culture
10:21 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Free Download from Tammy Lynn & Myles High

Turn My Music On - Tammy Lynn & Myles High

Free download of the title track from Tammy Lynn & Myles High's new CD "Turn My Music On'", currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artists here.

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ENC Features
7:39 am
Thu September 18, 2014

New Imaging Technology Aids QAR Conservation Efforts

This small cannon from the ship is one of hundreds of items being conserved at ECU's QAR lab.
Credit ECU News Services

Conservators with the Queen Anne’s Revenge project have utilized new x-ray technology to further efforts to preserve artifacts brought up from the Beaufort Harbor wreck site of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship. George Olsen has more.

Literally thousands and thousands of artifacts have been brought up off the ocean floor since the 1996 discovery of the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Some of the items that come up are easily identifiable. Others… not so much.

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ENC Regional News
4:06 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

State High School graduation rates at all-time high

A press release from the Department of Public Instruction says the rate of students graduating in four years or less is now 83.8 percent … up from 82.5 percent in 2013 and from 68.3 percent when the state first started reporting the four-year cohort graduation rate in 2006. The percentage of students graduating in five-years or less is 84.9. DPI notes the graduation rate has risen despite students needing at least 22 credits to graduate compared to needing 20 in 2009. DPI also reported that all subgroups of students had higher graduation rates in 2014 from the prior year.

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ENC Features
7:39 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Renovated Roanoke River Lighthouse re-opens to the public

Credit NC Department of Cultural Resources

INTRO – A lighthouse that helped provide safe passage to river mariners for around 50 years now has safe harbor itself… the Roanoke River Lighthouse has been restored and is open to the public for tours this weekend. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Seat Belt Usage at All-Time High in NC

INTRO -- Seat belt usage in the state is at an all-time high. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Roanoke River Lighthouse to re-open to the public

INTRO – An 1866 lighthouse is re-opening to the public today (Thursday). George Olsen has more.

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ENC Features
7:40 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Surging turkey population gets counted in annual survey

Credit Kathy Wilson

INTRO – The public is being asked for its input as a state agency continues the task of managing the reemergence of a bird whose numbers had dwindled severely by the 1970s. George Olsen has more.

Jonathan Shaw started as a District II wildlife biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in 2005. At that time the Commission’s turkey biologist was soon to retire and he was hoping to go out by meeting a particular goal.

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ENC Regional News
4:06 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Substandard bridges remain numerous in NC

INTRO – AAA Carolinas says the state has over 5100 bridges considered substandard. George Olsen has more.

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