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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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  If you’re one of the 250,000 people expected to attend this year’s Independence Day celebrations in downtown Nashville, you should be aware that new security restrictions will be in force.

WKRN-TV reports that only a handful of items will be allowed into the celebrations downtown, including a blanket or tarp, a personal umbrella, personal camera, and a small bag measuring no larger than 16 by 10 by 4.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold is maintaining his innocence in the face of a 14 count federal indictment.

The Daily News Journal reports Arnold pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday. Arnold and two associates are accused of illegally profiting from the sale of e-cigarettes sold to inmates in the jail the Sheriff administers.

Arnold waived his right to appear in federal court in Nashville, entering his plea instead through an attorney.

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.