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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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Some scary moments Wednesday for a woman living in a Murfreesboro homeless camp.

Police responded to the tent camp under the railroad bridge on S. Church Street Wednesday evening following an anonymous phone tip about a disturbance there.

Police say when they arrived they spotted 36-year-old Christopher L. Lindsay running away with a machete in hand. The incident report says one officer saw Lindsay ditch the knife in a nearby tree line. He then surrendered without incident.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Rutherford County Commissioners are set to vote later this month on a resolution encouraging state officials to resist Supreme Court decisions that violate Tennessee law.

The Daily News Journal reports that the non-binding resolution was forwarded by the Steering Committee to the full County Commission for consideration at its meeting January 14.

County Commissioner Adam Coggin proposed the resolution and says the intent is to show support for the efforts of state lawmakers to resist federal laws that conflict with state law.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  MTSU Police have released the details about that armed robbery that took place on campus Friday.

Murfreesboro resident Desmond J. Howard tells police he was visiting a friend at the Scarlett Commons apartments when he was robbed by two men.  Howard tells police the men cornered him on the stairs and threatened him with a handgun. The 19-year-old says he lost an I-phone, cash, and a book bag.


WASHINGTON, DC  (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s U.S. Senators yesterday canceled each other’s votes on a replacement bill for the expired terror surveillance act.

The Tennessean says Senator Lamar Alexander joined 66 fellow senators in passing the USA Freedom Act, a replacement for the 9-11 era Patriot Act. President Obama quickly signed the measure last night, restoring some surveillance capabilities the administration says it needs to track terror suspects.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Middle Tennessee State Lady Raider’s post season play came to an end yesterday with a 69-57 loss to Temple.

A sluggish first half left the MTSU women trailing by 20 points at the half.

Fifteen unanswered points in the first three minutes of the second half let the Lady Raiders pull within five points, but Temple held on to earn a spot in the WNIT final four.

The MTSU women had a solid season, finishing with 20 or more wins for the 12th straight season, along with post season berths in both Conference USA and WNIT.