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NC Sports Hall of Fame welcomes new inductees

The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame will enshrine its 2013 inductees tonight in Raleigh. George Olsen has more.

Eleven new members will officially join the 289 others who have been inducted since the Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1963. Among those inducted tonight are a pair of notable UNC-Chapel Hill Tar Heels. Kelvin Bryant carried the ball nearly 600 times as a Tar Heel tailback then went on to the pros in both the USFL and the NFL. Bill Guthridge was a long-time assistant coach to Dean Smith before leading the team for 3 years, named National Coach of the Year in 1998. Also being inducted tonight is Rich McGeorge of Elon University who played nine years for the Green Bay Packers and Charlotte native Tommy Helms, the second baseman for Cincinatti’s “Big Red Machine” of the 1960s and 70s. Significant artifacts from the inductees are currently on display at the North Carolina Museum of History. I’m George Olsen.

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.