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
5:47 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

ECU names new athletic director

ECU introduced Jeff Compher as the university’s new athletics director. Compher has been athletic director at Northern Illinois University for the past five years.  He has past ties to North Carolina having served as an assistant athletic director at N-C State from 1986 to 1992 and was athletic director at Western Carolina from 2000 to 2004. He succeeds Terry Holland who announced his retirement last December. Compher signed a 5-year contract and will start his job May 1.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Number of charter school applicants hit record high

A press release from the Department of Public Instruction says it received 70 applications by the March 1st deadline for proposed charter schools to open in August 2014. That is the largest number of applicants since the first charter school opened in 1997. The review process on those applications now begins. Any application that is not complete will not advance. The  complete applications will go before the Public Charter School Advisory Council for review, a process that takes several months.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Severe Weather Awareness Week

The proclamation signed by Gov. Pat McCrory advises North Carolinians to be on the lookout for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms as the spring season approaches. A tornado drill will take place this Wednesday at schools and government buildings so officials can rehearse emergency plans. Last year 60 tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather Service in North Carolina. Twenty-one tornadoes were recorded that injured 22 people and caused over $19 million in damages. There were over 1200 incidents of severe thunderstorms which killed six and injured 46 others.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Sen. Burr seeks recognition of Vietnam Veterans Day

Sen. Burr yesterday introduced a resolution to designate March 29th as Vietnam Veterans Day. California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is co-sponsoring the legislation. It marks the third consecutive year that Sen. Burr has sought to get such a designation. He chose March 29th as it marks the anniversary of the day in 1973 that combat and combat support units withdrew completely from South Vietnam.

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ENC Regional News
6:06 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry expected to resume today

The ferry has been suspended since mid-January since a winter storm caused rapid shoaling across Hatteras Inlet. The Army Corps of Engineers has been dredging the inlet but has not yet completed the work that would allow the ferry to resume its usual route. However, a new route was identified last week and final testing was conducted on the alternate route yesterday. The ferry trip will take longer … about 70 minutes compared to 40 minutes on the normal route.

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ENC Features
7:40 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Drawing business to downtown one "mob" at a time

We’ve all seen it on YouTube… people hanging around, minding their own business, then someone fires up a boombox and everybody lines up and recreates the dance segment from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video… or shoppers at a mall food court suddenly performing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s The Messiah.

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ENC Regional News
12:16 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium returns turtles to the Atlantic

INTRO – Sea turtles which had enjoyed temporary housing at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores have been returned to the Atlantic Ocean. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
12:36 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

State's oldest house revealed in Edenton

Wood aging expert Michael Worthington and property owner Steve Lane share research findings on the oldest dated house discovered in North Carolina.
Credit North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The house had been dated as circa 1900… much in line with the other houses in the neighborhood. The owner’s plan was to turn it into a rental property and work got underway.

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Arts & Culture
12:05 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Free download from the Lovell Sisters

The Lovell Sisters
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Arts & Culture
12:01 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Free download from JJ Grey & Mofro

Arts & Culture
11:10 am
Wed January 16, 2013

The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway & the Slave's Civil War - David Cecelski

INTRO – Winston Churchill is believed the source for the observation that “History is written by the victors.” The life… and subsequent disappearance from history… of a North Carolina-born slave and abolitionist illustrates the truth behind that remark. George Olsen has more.

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Arts & Culture
11:01 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Two Captains from Carolina - Bland Simpson

Two Captains from Carolina - Bland Simpson

INTRO – One was a commissioned U-S Navy officer and later a hero of the Confederacy. The other born into slavery who bought his way to freedom not once but three times. The lives of those featured in the new book “Two Captains from Carolina” could not have been more different but the book’s author says they had remarkable similarities as well… at least in one realm. George Olsen has more.

On the one hand the stories of Moses Grandy and John Maffitt share much in common.

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Arts & Culture
11:21 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Free download by Beth McKee

Next to Nowhere - Beth McKee

Beth McKee's Next to Nowhere CD was our 2nd most played release in 2012. You can download one of our featured tracks "On the Verge" here.

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The Sound - Lipbone Redding
10:44 am
Wed September 5, 2012

The Love You Save (Mississippi) - Lipbone Redding

The Love You Save (Mississippi) - Lipbone Redding

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