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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Opinion
7:45 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Facts I Wish I Didn't Know... commentary from Joan Carris

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.

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Arts & Culture
10:01 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Free Download from Lipbone Redding

Unbroken - Lipbone Redding

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.

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Arts & Culture
9:45 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Free Download from Chris Joyner

Domino - Chris Joyner

Free download of Hallelujah from Chris Joyner's new CD "Domino", currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

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Arts & Culture
11:41 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Free Download from the Cerny Brothers

Sleeping Giant - The Cerny Brothers (Krian)

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.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Free Download from Arlen Roth

Slide Guitar Summit - Arlen Roth (Aquinnah Records)

Free download of Do What's Right from Arlen Roth's new CD "Slide Guitar Summit", currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

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Opinion
7:49 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Dumb Bunny... Commentary from Joan Carris

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.

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ENC Regional News
10:09 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Public School Drop-out rate hits record low

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

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ENC Regional News
6:08 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Rep. Jones & Butterfield introduce WWII Merchant Marine legislation

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

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ENC Features
7:50 am
Wed February 11, 2015

ECU considers removing Gov. Aycock's name from dormitory

NC Gov. Charles B. Aycock (1901-1905)

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.

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ENC Features
7:39 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Song of Moving Water - Susan Schmidt

Susan Schmidt

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.”

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Wed January 28, 2015

52nd Inductee class for N-C Sports Hall of Fame announced

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

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ENC Regional News
12:06 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

ECU sets public forums on Aycock Dorm re-naming

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.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Wed January 14, 2015

ECU researchers take part in saltwater intrusion study

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

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ENC Regional News
4:44 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Law Enforcement seeks public help on series of robberies

Law enforcement agencies are asking the public for tips as they try to halt a string of home invasion robberies of Asian restaurant owners. George Olsen has more.

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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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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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