Mike Osborne

News Director

Mike Osborne is the newest addition to the on-air staff at WMOT. He now serves as the News Director for Middle Tennessee Public Radio and can be heard on-air daily.

 

Mike has worked in media for most of the last 40 years, beginning with radio at the age of 14. His first broadcast experience was reading the news for High School radio station WRCJ-FM in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Two years later Mike landed his first professional gig, doing graveyard shifts at WKFI-AM, a small-town station in Central Ohio. After graduating from High School, Mike quickly moved up to become the station’s Program Manager at just 20 years of age.

 

For more than two decades, Mike worked for international radio station KNLS. The station broadcasts shortwave radio programs from transmitters in Alaska down the Pacific Rim and into East Asia. Mike served as the host for the station’s English Language Service transmissions for nearly twenty years. His on-air work generated listener response from more than 100 nations and all the continents, including Antarctica.

 

During his years with KNLS, Mike also did freelance work for several media outlets, including Voice of America, Associated Press Radio, World Vision Radio, the USA Radio Network, and the radio division of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

  

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9:38am

Fri April 25, 2014
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Murf. Police Help Memphis PD with 20 Year-Old Murder

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) --  Police have arrested a Murfreesboro man in connection with a 20 year old Memphis murder.

On Wednesday officers arrested 36 year-old Phanivong Phanhsay at his Merlin Drive home on a First Degree Murder warrant. Phanhsay was arrested at the request of Memphis Police.

WREG-TV says a second man, Memphis resident Sathit Ep, has also been arrested in the case. An informant reportedly provided police with the evidence they need to connect the two men to 20 year-old murder.

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12:18pm

Mon March 17, 2014
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Ketron Asks TDOT to Study Mid-State Monorail Idea

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  State Senator Bill Ketron is sponsoring legislation that would ask the State of Tennessee to explore the idea of building a commuter monorail between Rutherford and Davidson counties.

The Murfreesboro Republican says he and thousands of other mid-state residents drive the I-24 corridor between Murfreesboro and Nashville every day and rush hour traffic is getting unmanageable. He says a growing Rutherford County population means it’s only going to get worse.

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5:45pm

Sun March 2, 2014
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Mid-State Grinds to a Halt Following Ice and Snow

Credit TDOT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Officials in Tennessee are warning motorists to stay off icy roads, and the governor has declared a state of emergency due to the deteriorating conditions.

Dean Fleanor is with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

“It’s very hazardous and treacherous on Tennessee roadways and travelers need to stay home if they can, delay their travel if they can, because it is a very treacherous situation out there.”

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1:05pm

Thu January 23, 2014
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Tennessee Medicaid Opt-Out May Cost Employers Millions

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)   --  A new study suggests Tennessee businesses could get hit with an additional $72 million a year in federal tax penalties if the state does not expand Medicaid.

An expansion of state Medicaid programs was written into the new health care law, commonly called Obamacare, but that provision of the law was struck down by the Supreme Court. Many states then opted out, including Tennessee.

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10:50am

Wed January 15, 2014
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Police Release Murfreesboro Crime Stats for 2013

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- For the second year in a row Murfreesboro Police are reporting a drop in crime.

In a report released yesterday, the MPD reports a two percent drop in crime last year over 2012.

The report shows there were three homicides committed in 2013, down one from the previous year. There were also significant declines in the number of reported rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries and vehicle thefts.

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