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2017 NC Sports Hall of Fame inductees announced

The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 inductees. George Olsen has more.

The eight inductees announced yesterday include a star of the old American Football League, a one-time Harlem Globetrotter and a sportswriter with nearly 40 years of experience. Glenn Bass played football and baseball at ECU before spending several years in the AFL as a receiver with Buffalo and Houston. Dwight Durante is the career points leader for Catawba College and toured with the Harlem Globetrotters. And Caulton Tudor is best known as a columnist for the News & Observer and was the North Carolina sportswriter of the year three times. Other inductees include Stephanie Wheeler, an Olympic gold medalist in Women’s Wheelchair basketball, and Mike Fox, who has won over 1300 games as a college baseball coach at North Carolina Wesleyan and UNC-Chapel Hill. The induction ceremony will take place in May. 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.
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