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
6:10 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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ENC Regional News
6:10 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Seat belt usage rates up in North Carolina

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program reports 88.6 percent of state residents buckled up in their 2013 survey… up 1.1 percent from 2012. Counties with the highest seat belt usage were Caldwell and Catawba at 93.8 percent while Robeson County was the lowest at 82.2.  The biggest one year improvement was in Columbus County, up to 90.7 percent usage from 77.9 in 2012. Women buckled up more than men by about 5 points while drivers ages 16-24 were least likely to use their seat belt.

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ENC Features
7:49 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Rooftop Garden - Acoustic Syndicate

Rooftop Garden - Acoustic Syndicate

INTRO – It’s not quite a comeback for the Cleveland County-based band the Acoustic Syndicate. They hadn’t been in a studio since 2004, they haven’t regularly toured in that time either… but they never quite got all the way out with occasional shows here and there over the last several years. Now they’re back in a big way… new tour, new CD… and again willing to consider the bright lights with the knowledge they can always contentedly return to the farm. George Olsen has this.

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ENC Regional News
5:48 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Gun law in effect Oct. 1 brings firearms to campuses

House Bill 937 signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory in late July amended state firearm laws, including provisions for guns on campuses. The bill will allow persons with concealed carry handgun permits to bring guns on school campuses. That includes events on campus, such as concerts or football games. A press release from East Carolina University notes firearms on campus must be in a locked container attached to a vehicle. A gun in a glove box of a locked vehicle would be compliant, but a gun visible in a locked vehicle would not.

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ENC Regional News
4:06 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Wood pellet facility could come to Morehead City port

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An agreement announced today (Thursday) could bring a wood pellet export facility to the Morehead City port. George Olsen has more.

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Arts & Culture
2:06 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Free Download from Caitlin Canty

Golden Hours - Caitlin Canty

Currently featured on The Sound, download for free Every Day from Caitlin Canty's new CD "Golden Hour."

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Arts & Culture
7:40 am
Tue September 17, 2013

The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks

The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks

New Bern’s Nicholas Sparks has just released his 18th book “The Longest Ride.” Dating back to 1996’s “The Notebook” he’s enjoyed remarkable success, with several of the books topping the New York Times bestseller list and virtually all… if not all… appearing in the top ten… which is why I was surprised by his answer to my question about whether he still enjoys the writing process after nearly 18 years as a highly-read author.

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Arts & Culture
7:29 am
Mon September 9, 2013

This Side of Jordan - Mandolin Orange

This Side of Jordan - Mandolin Orange

For Andrew Marlin, the genesis of Mandolin Orange’s 3rd CD “This Side of Jordan” evolved from a near-tragic incident in his own life back in 2011 that occurred around the release of the duo’s 2nd CD.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Mon September 9, 2013

New non-drug treatment available for depression in ENC

INTRO – A new treatment for depression is now available in eastern North Carolina. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
4:06 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Seat belt usage declines in North Carolina

INTRO – Seat belt usage declined last year in North Carolina. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
4:06 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

idX plant in Washington announces expansion

INTRO – A Beaufort County manufacturer has announced it will expand operations at its Washington plant. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:00 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Lower Neuse Riverkeeper resigns

The lower Neuse Riverkeeper has resigned. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Bridge construction on New Bern road to prompt detour

INTRO – Some New Bern area travelers may hit a detour starting Tuesday. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Thu August 29, 2013

AAA expecting more Labor Day travel

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