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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Free download of Got a Lot from the CD Method to my Madness by Tommy Castro, currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

Attendance at North Carolina’s state parks set a new record in 2015. George Olsen has more.

INTRO – A Tarboro bakery operation has announced expansion plans, bringing 98 new jobs to the region. George Olsen has more.

Nine new members of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame have been announced. George Olsen has more.

The New Year means new school bus safety policies are in effect across the state. George Olsen has more.

The Onslow County Health Department is offering free testing kits so residents can check radon levels in their home. George Olsen has more.

Forty illegal gaming machines and nearly $300,000 in cash were discovered Tuesday when a search warrant was served on a Trenton residence. George Olsen has more.

INTRO – The goal of any author would be to get someone to read his-or-her book, and once they’re finished with that one, pick up another. For one Chapel Hill author, the goal of his latest book is for you to read it and then NOT pick up another, at least for a while. George Olsen has more.

Bland Simpson is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at UNC-Chapel Hill. Spend much time reading his latest book and you could believe his real goal is to become North Carolina’s unofficial “tourism director” in charge of state waterways.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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