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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INTRO – A slight increase is Thanksgiving holiday traffic is expected (next/this) week. George Olsen has more.

INTRO – The New Bern Police Department has announced an addition to their 9-1-1 service. George Olsen has more.

The Top 40 CDs as heard on The Sound (so far) in 2015 (thru November 13)

INTRO – Gardens at state prisons are helping to fill food bank shelves. George Olsen has more.

INTRO – Drivers are warned to exercise caution on the roads with increased deer activity. George Olsen has more.

INTRO – Drivers statewide can now renew their license online. George Olsen has more.

INTRO – The state’s teacher turnover rate in the public schools rose slightly in the last school year. George Olsen has more.

Free download of Dead in the Water from the new CD "Devil Music" by Randall Bramblett,  currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Join us Thursdays at 7:00 pm for Center Stage from Wolf Trap, showcasing live performances from Chamber Music at The Barns. The series presents some of today's finest chamber musicians and is hosted by Lee Anne Myslewski and Rich Kleinfeldt. The series begins Thursday, October 1 with pianist Simone Dinnerstein performing the French Suite no. 5 by Johann Sebastian Bach and Scenes from Childhood, op. 15 by Robert Schumann. Throughout the 26-week season you'll also hear violinist Lara St.

INTRO – Carteret County has announced an addition to their 9-1-1 service. George Olsen has more.

Free download of Outskirts of Love from the CD of the same name by Shemekia Copeland, currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

We remember Tom "The Jazzman" Mallison by hearing from colleagues, friends and musicians who knew him best.

Tom Mallison, best known to Public Radio East listeners as the host of An Evening with Tom the Jazzman, passed away Sunday night, September 6.

Tom's program has been a constant on Public Radio East since the station first signed on in 1984, but before that he was bringing jazz to eastern North Carolina while working with stations such as  WITN-FM, WRQR-FM and WOOW-AM.

Governor McCrory has announced the latest winners of the state’s Heritage Awards. George Olsen has more.

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