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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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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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Road assessments underway in Pitt County towns

Greenville, Ayden and Winterville have partnered together to use new technology to assess their roads. They’ve contracted with Transmap to do an assessment of every street in the three cities. Transmap uses a specially outfitted van that uses LIDAR and photography to evaluate road conditions. It actually looks below the road surface without having to take a core sample, damaging the road. This will enable engineers to prioritize  microsurfacing, resurfacing or complete rebuild projects.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Pay hikes on way for high-demand state jobs

The Governor’s Office announced that 3221 state employees will get an average 4.2 percent salary increase. Approximately $7.5 million was authorized by the General Assembly to compensate employees in high-demand professions such as medicine and information technology. About 1200 nurses and 600 law enforcement personnel will get raises up to 4 percent while the remaining can receive increases up to 10 percent.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Mon January 20, 2014

New app available for emergency preparedness

INTRO – The Governor’s Office has announced the launch of a new app to help families prepare for emergencies. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
4:06 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Report finds persistent spending gap in wealthy and poor public school districts

The Public School Forum of North Carolina report says public school resources provided by the state’s ten highest wealth counties was over $59,000 more per classroom than the lowest spending counties. The study blamed a wide variation in property wealth across the state. It said the 25 wealthiest counties had nearly $1.5 million in real estate wealth available per child in the 2011-2012 school year compared to about $394,000 for the bottom 25 counties. The spending gap persists despite the poorest counties taxing at a rate about 43 cents higher than the wealthiest.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Thu January 9, 2014

ECU online programs enjoy national ranking

In U-S News and World Report’s annual ranking of online education programs East Carolina University had two graduate programs with high rankings. ECU’s College of Nursing ranked fifth out of 96 masters of nursing programs in the country, while the Online Master of Business Administration program in the College of Business ranked 58th out of 171 programs nationwide.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Tue January 7, 2014

New inductees into NC Sports Hall of Fame announced

 Audio FileThe names of the latest class to join the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame have been announced.Edit | Remove

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Successful kidney exchange conducted

The two patients with failing kidneys each had willing living donors who were not compatible. Better matches were found, allowing the kidney exchange to take place last week at Vidant Medical Center.  The donors underwent their surgical procedure laproscopically, allowing their release from the hospital in two days. Their kidneys were given to Sherrie Hoopes of Jacksonville and Brenda Peele of Greenville. Both are off dialysis and are now enjoying normal kidney function. There were discharged at three and four days after surgery.

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Arts & Culture
5:41 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

The Top 40 CDs as heard on The Sound 2014 (so far)

The Top 40 CDs as heard on The Sound (thru June 27, 2014)

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ENC Features
7:40 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Food, glorious food... commentary from Joan Carris

In the musical version of Charles Dickens’s novel OLIVER TWIST, Oliver and his fellow orphans sing about the joys of food.  “Food, glorious food, I’m dying to try some….”  Lovely voices, but the kids look and sound hungry.  Certainly the thin, gray gruel in their bowls has nothing glorious about it.

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ENC Regional News
6:10 am
Thu December 19, 2013

AAA Carolinas predicts increased holiday travel

ENC Features
7:28 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The Tuscarora War - David La Vere

The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers, and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies

War not might always be inevitable but according to David La Vere, the Tuscarora War that started in 1711 was pretty close to an accomplished fact.

“Every colony went through one of these big wars between the Indians and this was North Carolina’s turn.”

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Wed December 18, 2013

North Carolina leads in national teacher certification numbers

North Carolina boasts the highest number of National Board Certified teachers in the country. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
4:06 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Study claims pollution killing and deforming Sutton Lake fish

A new study claims coal ash from a Duke Energy power plant is killing and deforming fish at a lake near Wilmington. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:10 am
Tue December 3, 2013

New scrap vehicle law in effect

Effective this week the state Division of Motor Vehicles has introduced the North Carolina Scrap Vehicle System. Metal recyclers and salvage yards can use the system to verify whether a vehicle brought to them without title and more than 10 years old has been reported stolen.  North Carolina salvage yards and recyclers will have to register to access the new system and begin verifying the status of vehicles. If a vehicle is reported stolen, the system will request verification of the vehicle identification number and stop the purchase of the vehicle.

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ENC Features
7:28 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Dodge the Arrow - The Broadcast

Dodge the Arrow - The Broadcast

INTRO – The typical view of the path to musical success sends the enterprising young musician into one of our country’s media centers… New York or L.A. For the members of Asheville’s The Broadcast, they’re taking a road less traveled in an effort to establish a musical career. George Olsen spoke with the band’s lead singer Caitlin Krisko and has this.

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