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ENC Remembers TomtheJazzman

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We remember Tom "The Jazzman" Mallison by hearing from colleagues, friends and musicians who knew him best.

Tom Mallison, best known to Public Radio East listeners as the host of An Evening with Tom the Jazzman, passed away Sunday night, September 6.

We all need a Jazzman in our life. - Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon

Tom's program has been a constant on Public Radio East since the station first signed on in 1984, but before that he was bringing jazz to eastern North Carolina while working with stations such as  WITN-FM, WRQR-FM and WOOW-AM.

His efforts to promote jazz have won him recognition from the nationally distributed Jazz Week as well as a 1991 recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

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.