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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.
Mix up a little classical, a little Broadway, add some Celtic, a folk tune or two and then add a splash of jazz. What have you got? The Three O'Clock Mix on Public Radio East! Weekdays at 3:06 p.m., it's the place to be to listen to a wide variety of music presented with a smile.
Hosted by George olsen, the Mix begins with a light classical piece such as Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man or Bedrich Smetana's Bartered Bride Overture. There will be some film music – James Horner's Titanic or John Williams's Star Wars for example – and there will be the Celtic sounds of Maggie Sansone or Tommy Sands.