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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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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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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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Archeology Team to search for CSS Neuse remnants

UPDATE April 15 -- The state Department of Cultural Resources reports the CSS Neuse archeology dive is off indefinitely

UPDATE March 13 -- The Friday, March 14 search has been postponed because of high water conditions on the Neuse. There is no firm date for rescheduling other than the search should take place in the next 30 days.

INTRO – The State Underwater Archeology Team will be on the Neuse River in Kinston Monday searching for remnants of the CSS Neuse. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
4:17 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Environmental organizations express concern over PED virus

An environmental group is seeking a state of emergency be declared in the wake of a virus found in about a third of the state’s large commercial hog farms. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
5:36 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

State to contribute money to Battleship NC hull repairs

The Battleship North Carolina will get an infusion of state funds in order to begin necessary repairs. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Gulf War Illness study at ECU to continue into 2015

 Audio FileA Defense Department funded study of Gulf War Illness being conducted at East Carolina University will continue into 2015.Edit | Remove

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ENC Features
7:48 am
Thu February 13, 2014

The Making of a Southern Democracy - Tom Eamon

The Making of a Southern Democracy - Tom Eamon

If it’s your belief that politics in the state have swung to the right… too far right… take heart in a new book on state politics which makes the case that historically North Carolina has never long gone too far off in one direction. George Olsen has more.

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Arts & Culture
12:55 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Free Download from Ken Yates

23 - Ken Yates

Free download of The One That Got Away from Ken Yates' new CD "23", currently featured on The Sound.  Visit Ken's website here.

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