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
7:39 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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Arts & Culture
11:03 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Free Download from John Hiatt

Terms of my Surrender - John Hiatt (New West)

Free download of the title track from John Hiatt's new CD "Terms of my Surrender'", currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

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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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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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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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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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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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