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.

Ways To Connect

   Air Thursday, September 3

   On KELLY showlog as LABORDAY

INTRO – Those driving to their destinations over the Labor Day weekend will enjoy the lowest gas prices in a decade. George Olsen has more.

IN: “The Charlotte-based motor club AAA Carolinas is expecting a slight one percent…”

OUT: “…rated hotels are at their highest in five years. I’m George Olsen.”

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GREENVILLE – The city of Greenville has hired a new Chief of Police. Mark Holtzman is currently chief of police in Hagerstown, MD and has over 24 years of law enforcement experience. He holds two degrees from the University of Baltimore including a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He is also a 2012 graduate of the FBI National Academy. He’ll start his new job September 21.

INTRO – The state Department of Public Safety says 43 long-term escapees from the North Carolina prison system have either been captured or confirmed dead. George Olsen has more.

The Governor’s Office has announced the expansion of a Greenville pharmaceutical plant that is expected to bring 110 jobs to the area. George Olsen has more.

INTRO – A new report puts some numbers on the impact of the military’s presence in North Carolina. George Olsen has more.

INTRO – Eating out in North Carolina has changed in recent decades. The franchise restaurants and local family-style establishments have been with us for multiple decades and remain with us. But a newer style of dining has taken root in the state that emphasizes its ties WITH the state. A new book by one of the state’s most prolific restaurant reviewers takes a look at that trend. George Olsen has more.

Free download of Superman Blues from the Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson's new CD "Meet Me in Bluesland", currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

INTRO – Lenoir County is an area extremely cognizant of its Civil War history. If you visit Kinston’s website, tops on the list of things to do surround its Civil War past. So as conscious of its history as Lenoir County is, the fact that in this 21st century there was a prominent Civil War personality left to discover was a surprise to a local author. George Olsen has more

New school bus safety policies have been approved by the state Board of Education. George Olsen has more.

INTRO – There is what we know. There is what we don’t know. Then there is the stuff we just can’t mentally erase. Prepare yourself… commentator Joan Carris runs down some science you just can’t forget.

Free download of The Love You Save (Mississippi) from Lipbone Redding's CD "Unbroken", a past favorite on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Free download of Porch Lights from the Cerny Brothers' new CD "Sleeping Giant", currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

As you know, every language has its own set of figures of speech, cliches, and colloquialisms—those quirky verbal bits that occur in all languages.  They are called tropes by the literati.  As a word, trope is muscling its way into popularity.  I expect it to replace all those other words in the way that venue has supplanted the words site and place.  Venue sounds classier, I suppose.

Public school students dropped out last year at a record low rate. George Olsen has more.

Two of North Carolina’s U-S Representatives have introduced bipartisan legislation to aid World War II era Merchant Marines. George Olsen has more.

INTRO – Next week the ECU Board of Trustees meets in regular session. Among the items on their agenda is a proposed renaming of the Aycock dormitory. Charles B. Aycock was governor from 1901-to-1905 but his part in racist activities prior to his inauguration has raised calls for his name to be removed from the men’s residence hall. George Olsen has more.

INTRO – Today’s most popular young adult novels … think “Divergent” or “the Hunger Games” … set their stories in a dystopian future. A Beaufort author however sets her attempt at young adult fiction in a near-utopian village in the not-too-distant past. George Olsen has more.

You could make the argument that the lead female characters in popular young adult novels “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games” share a trait with Grace, the lead female character in Susan Schmidt’s “Song of Moving Water.”

INTRO – The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame has announced their 2015 list of inductees. George Olsen has more.

East Carolina University will give the community a chance to weigh in on the possibility of removing a former Governor’s name from a university residence hall. George Olsen has more.

East Carolina University and partner institutions will work together to investigate saltwater intrusion in freshwater areas. George Olsen has more.

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