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NC Sports Hall of Fame inductees announced

Nine new members of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame have been announced. George Olsen has more.

Two former NBA stars are part of the 53rd Sports Hall of Fame class… Eric “Sleepy” Floyd and Antawn Jamison. Floyd is a Gastonia native who perhaps is best known for an NBA playoff record 12 consecutive field goals made while appearing in the 1987 post-season with the Golden State Warriors. Jamison was national player of the year with the UNC Tarheels in 1998 and went on to play 16 seasons in the NBA.  Others to be inducted include Rod Brind’Amour, captain of the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, David Fox who swam for N-C State and won a gold medal as part of the U-S Swim Team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and the late Ray Price who was prominent in motorcycle drag racing for over 50 years. The induction ceremony will take place May 6 at the Raleigh Convention Center. I’m George Olsen.

Other inductees -- James "Rabbit" Fulghum, Haywood Jeffires, Freddy Johnson, Susan Yow

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.