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
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

ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Wed August 28, 2013

First of state's "Tax & Tag" bills coming due soon

INTRO – The first bills under the “Tax and Tag” program come due Sunday. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Stop complaining... homework is good for you!

   Good anytime this week

   On KELLY showlog as ECUHOM

INTRO – Next time your kids balk when you tell them to do their homework, you can back up your arguments with statistical evidence. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Thu August 8, 2013

AAA Carolinas ranks Pitt County most dangerous for collisions

An analysis by Triple A Carolinas lists Pitt County as the most dangerous county in the state for vehicle collisions for the fifth year running. Last year Pitt County had 4633 traffic crashes which worked out to about 307 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled… a rate about 50% higher than the state average of just below 205. Pitt County also was listed 2nd only behind Graham County for the rate of injuries sustained in crashes. TripleA Carolinas president and CEO David E. Parsons said consistently high ranking should be a wake-up call for better traffic enforcement or road design.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Wed August 7, 2013

New nature preserve announced in Pender County

The Nature Conservancy announced the acquisition of 459 acres in Pender County. Half of the purchase price will come from the U-S Navy as the protected area will help buffer Camp Lejeune firing ranges from development. The Conservancy plans to restore a long-leaf pine forest to the area in order to expand habitat for the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. The land also has some historical significance.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Tryon Palace site for Fox TV series filming

INTRO – Tryon Palace will get a national stage during the upcoming fall television season. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Pitt County school desegregation trial opens

INTRO – A trial surrounding racial assignment policies in the Pitt County School system gets underway today. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Car owners soon to receive "Tax and Tag" bills

North Carolina’s new system of requiring payment for both vehicle property tax and registration renewals at the same time is going into effect. George Olsen has more.

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