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 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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Arts & Culture
7:49 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Traditional Duets - Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins

Traditional Duets - Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins

INTRO – If you like your country or acoustic music slick and highly produced, don’t buy the following CD by Raleigh’s Lynda Dawson and Greenville’s Pattie Hopkins. One guitar, one fiddle, two voices … that’s it … and the CD’s title tells you everything you need to know about the music inside. George Olsen talked with Lynda & Pattie and has this.

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Arts & Culture
3:39 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Free Download from the Mastersons

Good Luck Charm - The Mastersons (New West)

Free download of Uniform from the Mastersonst' new CD "Good Luck Charm'", currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

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Arts & Culture
3:38 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Free Download from Jess Klein

"Learning Faith" - Jess Klein

Free download of Learning Faith,  the title track from the new CD by Jess Klein, currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

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Opinion
7:39 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Our Electric World ... commentary from Joan Carris

We live in an amazing world.  As we’re waking up in the morning we can IM someone.  We can Skype, poke, e-mail, text, twitter, and tweet…all day long.  All day.  Wow.  Back in our log cabin days, who would have believed this?  Today we can post our brilliant, witty comments online—for the entire world to see—on every topic in the world—whether we know anything about it or not.  It’s positively electric!

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ENC Features
7:35 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Pitt County Sheriff's Office deputies carrying drug to counteract opioid overdose

A disturbing national trend involving heroin use has made its way into eastern North Carolina. The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office has decided to take a proactive step that could save the lives of some opioid abusers. George Olsen has more.

What has happened nationally is happening locally as well. Recent years has seen a resurgence in the use of heroin in response to growing addiction levels with less-available and more-expensive prescription drugs. That trend became a reality in Pitt County in recent years.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Increased highway traffic expected this Memorial Day

INTRO – If you’re traveling by road this Memorial Day weekend, you’ll probably have more company than last year. George Olsen has more.

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Opinion
7:35 am
Wed May 21, 2014

How to Ignore Work... commentary from Joan Carris

Fortunately for our economy, most of us adhere to a Puritan work ethic.  Recent articles point to the lengthy work week of Americans, who normally put in 50 to 70-hour weeks on the job.  Sayings that praise work are well-known.  Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.  And how about, Hard work never killed anybody.  Or, Man works from sun to sun, but woman’s work is never done.

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ENC Features
7:35 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Efforts to find CSS Neuse remnants delayed... again

INTRO – It’ll be at least July until state underwater archaeologists can do a survey of the Neuse River to see if any additional remnants from the ironclad CSS Neuse remain. George Olsen has more.

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Arts & Culture
3:12 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Free Download from Nikki Lane

All or Nothin' - Nikki Lane

Free download of Man Up from Nikki Lane's new CD "All or Nothin'", currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Archaeology teams again schedule search for CSS Neuse remnants

INTRO – The State Underwater Archeology Team will again try to get on the Neuse River in Kinston Tuesday (May 13)  to search for remnants of the CSS Neuse. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Plans to shut children's development offices in ENC in doubt

A plan to cut $10 million next fiscal year from a program serving disabled babies and toddlers is now in doubt. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Features
7:39 am
Fri April 25, 2014

3D technology to aid in QAR artifact preservation

A concretion exterior and an x-ray that shows what may be an African currency called a manilla in the concretion.Credit N.C. Department of Cultural ResourcesEdit | Remove

New software may help remove some of the mystery from items slated for preservation for conservators at Greenville’s Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Easter gas prices lower in 2014 than one year ago

Your Easter travel this year will likely be a bit cheaper than last year though far more expensive than any Christmas travel you took. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Features
7:29 am
Thu April 10, 2014

B.O.Q. - N.P. Simpson

B.O.Q. - N.P. Simpson

A new novel by a Raleigh author and one-time Jacksonville newspaper reporter introduces a new character investigating murderous going-ons at her old stomping ground. George Olsen has more. 

In 1993 N.P. Simpson published a book about a 1981 triple homicide at Camp LeJeune that to this day is unresolved.

“The perception was that the person who did it got off on a technicality. That’s not true. That’s not the case at all. But at the same time that gives it an unsatisfying edge. I can’t supply another ending to this. This is real life. Real life is a continuum.”

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Gas prices hit 7-month high

AAA Carolinas is reporting a big spike in gas prices for North Carolina motorists over the past month. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
4:06 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Dropout rate at public schools hits record low

INTRO – The dropout rate for state public schools is at a record low. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Features
7:39 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Gulf War Illness study continues at ECU

A study conducted at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine looking for both a treatment and a confirmatory blood test for Gulf War Illness will continue through 2015. George Olsen has more.

It’s difficult enough treating any disease, even more so when it’s a disease whose diagnosis can’t be confirmed.

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Arts & Culture
10:44 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Free Download by Lydia Loveless

Lydia Loveless

Free download of Really Wanna See You from Lydia Loveless' new CD "Somewhere Else", currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

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