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
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 November 28, 2014)

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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
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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ENC Regional News
6:10 am
Fri November 22, 2013

AAA Carolinas predicts increased motor travel over Thanksgiving

AAA Carolinas is expecting a slight increase this year in Thanksgiving holiday traffic. George Olsen has more.

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Arts & Culture
5:14 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Free downloads from Rob Drabkin

Little Steps - Rob Drabkin

Not one... but TWO... free downloads from Rob Drabkin's latest CD "Little Steps." Enjoy tracks currently featured on The Sound Down to Fate as well as the CD's title track.

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ENC Regional News
4:06 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

ECU names new police chief

A new police chief starts work at East Carolina University in January. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Public School math & reading assessments hold steady

INTRO – Results of math and reading assessment testing in 2013 show North Carolina students at-or-just-above the national average. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Features
7:49 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Something Real - Underhill Rose

Something Real - Underhill Rose

INTRO --  An Asheville Americana trio is starting to get some national attention with airplay of their second CD taking it into the Top 20 of some radio charts. The national attention comes courtesy of some humble origins that embarrassed teenagers across the country can probably identify with. George Olsen has more.

Time in the car with parents can sometimes be irritating for the kids, sometimes beneficial, sometimes both.

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ENC Regional News
4:06 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Arrests announced in Oct. 27 Greene County hit-and-run fatality

Two arrests have been made following a Sunday morning hit-and-run in Greene County that left a Snow Hill resident dead. George Olsen has more.

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Arts & Culture
3:06 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Free Download from Anders Osborne

Anders Osborne

The new CD by Anders Osborne "Peace" is currently featured on The Sound. From that CD, enjoy a free download of 47.

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