About Us

About  Public Radio East

Public Radio East is a nonprofit, non-commercial broadcasting organization, licensed to the Board of Trustees of Craven Community College in New Bern, North Carolina. Originally established in 1984 as WTEB-89.3FM, Public Radio East now broadcasts 24 hours a day on five frequencies, divided into two complete program networks. Broadcast studios are located in Barker Hall on the campus of Craven Community College.

Public Radio East is a regional broadcast network that enriches people's lives in Eastern North Carolina. It is one of only six 100,000-watt public radio stations in the United States licensed to a community college. The station serves as the primary public radio outlet for 17 counties of Eastern Central North Carolina. From north to south, PRE serves the cities and surrounding communities of Washington, Greenville, New Bern, and Jacksonville, and from east to west Beaufort, Morehead City, Kinston and Goldsboro.

The station is recognized as a full-service professional public radio station by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is a member of both National Public Radio and Public Radio International.  In 1985, WTEB had approximately nine thousand weekly listeners. Today, over fifty thousand people listen to Public Radio East each week.

Public Radio East is a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate. NPR produces award-winning programs, such as Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, Car Talk, and others. PRE also provides Public Radio International programming, such as BBC (British Broadcasting Company) World News.

Public Radio East is Eastern North Carolina's primary source for classical, jazz, and Americana music.

On January 31, 2003 Public radio listeners in Eastern North Carolina were offered more programming choices when Public Radio East launched The News and Ideas Network on four of its five frequencies.

The weekend format on the new service includes a combination of old favorites such as Weekend Edition, Car Talk, This American Life and American Routes , as well as  programs such as Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, which featured, until his retirement in 2014,  Goldsboro native and longtime NPR newsman Carl Kasell.

Public Radio East's News Department has received numerous awards, including the Associated Press award for Outstanding News Operation in North Carolina in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 PRE was, again, recognized by AP with seven awards including: Best General News; Best Sports Programming; Best Consumer Reporting; Best Health Report; and Best Series. In 2011 PRE received 7 Associated Press Awards, sweeping its division.

In 2009 PRE received The Pelican Award for Community Action from the NC Coastal Federation. PRE staff and volunteers were recognized for their efforts to build an oyster reef and wetlands in the White Oak River in Swansboro, NC.

Public Radio East most recent financial information can be found at the bottom of this page.

Open Meeting Policy: Public Radio Radio East is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Craven Community College. Information on dates of the CCC Board of Trustee meetings can be found here.

As part of Craven Community College Public Radio East adheres to the core values of the college including supporting a diverse workplace. Additional information can be found here.

Public Radio East's EEO public files for the last three years are available on this website here.

The staff of Public Radio East can be reached by calling 252-638-3434. Individual extensions of  employees and email addresses are as follows:

Ben Donnelly, General Manager, ext 7256. bdonnelly@publicradioeast.org

Kelly Batchelor, Program Director, ext 7520. kbatchelor@publicradioeast.org

Jared Brumbaugh, News Director, ext 7257. jbrumbaugh@publicradioeast.org

Kevin Watson, Business Account Executive (interim), ext 7293. kwatson@publicradioeast.org

George Olsen, Producer, The Sound. Host, All Things Considered, ext 4109. golsen@publicradioeast.org

Breth Powers, Membership, ext 7270. bpowers@publicradioeast.org

Susan Crepeau, Sustaining Members, ext 7522. screpeau@publicradioeast.org

Kevin Watson, Development Direct & Barker Leadership Circle, ext 9312. kwatson@ publicradioeast.org

Alice K. Jarnagin, Administrative Assistant, ext 3434 ajarnagin@publicradioeast.org