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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The percentage of North Carolinians who smoke has hit an all-time low. George Olsen has more.

JACKSONVILLE – A trail-blazing former member of the Jacksonville City Council has died. A press release from the city of Jacksonville says Fannie Coleman passed away Wednesday, September 13  at the age of 88. Coleman was the first black woman elected to the City Council. She served from 1991 to 1993 and again from 1999 to 2011. Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips described Coleman as “gracious in her dealings with others and thoughtful in her advocacy.”

Seymour Johnson will be the site for the Air Force’s newest tanker squadron. George Olsen has more.

The city of New Bern is warning residents about a door-to-door scam. George Olsen has more.

N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

A brief look at everyday life for U-S Servicemen in the Pacific Theatre during World War II is now available online through the North Carolina state archives. George Olsen has more.

NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

A state Highway Historical Marker will be dedicated Saturday, July 22 to honor the North Carolina National Guard. George Olsen has more.

Craft distillers are hoping a bill that’s cleared the state Senate could give them a push to parity with local brew pubs and wineries. George Olsen has more.

John F. Blair, Publisher

Breweries and wineries have been proliferating in the state in recent years. Another branch of the alcoholic beverage industry is also currently trying to make its presence known. George Olsen has more.

North Carolina has had a complicated history with alcohol. Wilkes Counties was once proclaimed the Moonshine Capital of the World while North Carolina banned alcohol about 10 years prior to the start of prohibition and only removed the ban about five years after the 18th amendment creating prohibition in 1919 was repealed in 1933.    

Two state government departments are collaborating on a project memorializing the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War One. George Olsen has more.

The latest statewide Operation Medicine Drop campaign resulted in the incineration on Wednesday of over seven tons of prescription pills. George Olsen has more.

New ID that will eventually be a near-necessity for frequent air travelers will be available at state DMV offices May 1. George Olsen has more.

Yesterday (April 18) was the deadline for filing federal and state income tax returns. A gas price tracking website used it to remind people about another tax they pay many times over at about 50 cents a pop. George Olsen has more.

UNC Press

Summer is coming, with the traditional start of the season… Memorial Day… about a month away. The summer for many means travel to popular eastern North Carolina beaches in and around cities like Wilmington, Morehead City and Kill Devil Hills. A new book highlights the sights of coastal beaches less traveled. George Olsen has this.

The number of reportable acts of school crime decreased in the 2015-2016 school year. George Olsen has more.

The state Department of Public Instruction reports the public school dropout rate improved in the 2015-2016 school year. George Olsen has more.

A state agency is encouraging home owners to test this month for radon gas. George Olsen has more.

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

A federal lawsuit was filed Thursday challenging the construction of the Havelock bypass. George Olsen has more.

Welcome in the New Year with new programming weekday mornings on Public Radio East News & Ideas. On Point hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook features vibrant conversation covering everything from breaking news to ancient poetry, and features writers, politicians, journalists, artists, scientists and ordinary citizens from around the world.

INTRO – Among the cities facing the greatest difficulties from flooding in the wake of Hurricane Matthew is Kinston. George Olsen spoke with the city’s mayor B.J. Murphy who says the city is almost an island in eastern North Carolina.

OUTRO – George Olsen speaking with Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy. The mayor adds anyone looking for more information on the effects of flooding can visit either Lenoir County Emergency Services and BJMurphy360 on Facebook or on Twitter go to LenoirCountyES and BJMurphy360.

Gov. Pat McCrory was in Goldsboro yesterday to celebrate the opening of the new Cherry Hospital. George Olsen has more.

Gov. Pat McCrory has declared the month of September North Carolina Preparedness Month. George Olsen has more.

Professional baseball returns to Kinston next year. George Olsen has more.

N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The State Underwater Archeology Team will be on the Neuse River in Kinston Friday (August 19) searching for remnants of the CSS Neuse. George Olsen has more.

John F. Blair Publisher

INTRO – A Durham couple has a unique problem in their publishing efforts… and if they choose to commiserate about their problem with a malted beverage in hand, that’s o-k. It’s just more research for their next published effort which, given exponential growth in their chosen topical field, could be sooner rather than later. George Olsen has more.

Erik Lars Myers and Sarah H. Ficke have what would typically be a devastating problem for authors… they no sooner publish a book and its out-of-date.

INTRO – North Carolinians are enjoying the lowest July gas prices in 12 years. George Olsen has more.

Good news for gardeners in the Pitt County area. George Olsen has more.

You could soon pay a late fee if you’re tardy in renewing your vehicle registration. George Olsen has more.

State archaeologists now have more detailed sonar images to study of the Civil War blockade runner Agnes E. Fry. George Olsen has more.

In the ever constant tug of war between development and environmental concerns on North Carolina’s Outer Banks both sides could almost certainly agree that no matter the state of things now they’re certainly better than one vision for the area around 1950.

   (Reads from NC 12: Gateway to the Outer Banks)

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