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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8:43am

Tue June 12, 2012
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Williamson County Giving Big to Romney Campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled to attend a private fundraiser in Franklin Tuesday.

An invitation obtained by The Tennessean says the event will be held at the home of Lee Ann and Orrin Ingram.

Guests must give or raise $10,000 to attend a reception with the former Massachusetts governor and have their pictures made with him.

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8:35am

Tue June 12, 2012
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Rutherford County Commission Votes To Challenge Judge's Mosque Ruling

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Rutherford County Planning Commission has voted to appeal a court decision that voided their approval of the Murfreesboro Mosque.

The Planning Commission voted 6 to 1 Monday night to challenge Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew’s decision in the case. Corlew ruled May 29 that the Commission failed to provide sufficient public notice for the 2010 meeting at which they approved the mosque’s construction permit.

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11:47am

Fri June 8, 2012
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A Big Tourism Weekend for Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Bonnaroo and CMA’s Fan Fair are both underway, making for one of the biggest tourism weekends of the year for Middle Tennessee..

Sarah Raulerson is attending Bonnaroo for the first time. Sarah works with WMOT’s sister station WMTS.  Bonnaroo traffic is a perennial headache here in the Mid-State, but Sarah says she had little trouble getting to the festival.

“There’s not been much traffic. I didn’t run into any traffic on the way up here yesterday morning. I went into the toll booth and was parked within fifteen minutes.”

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11:34am

Fri June 8, 2012
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More than 48,000 Tennesseans to Lose Jobless Benefits

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  More than 48,000 Tennesseans could lose their extended unemployment benefits by the end of the year.

As the recession gathered steam in early 2008, Congress authorized the first in a series of emergency extensions to unemployment benefits. With the jobless rate rising rapidly, the extra benefits were intended to tide the long-term unemployed over until the jobless rate began to fall.

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8:04am

Thu June 7, 2012
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Injuction Filed in Murfreesboro Mosque Case

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Opponents of the Murfreesboro Mosque filed for an injunction yesterday in Rutherford County seeking to stop the Mosque’s construction.

Just last week Judge Robert Corlew declared void the 2010 county planning meeting at which the mosque’s construction plan was approved. Corlew opined in his written decision that county officials violated Tennessee’s Sunshine Laws by failing to give sufficient public notice for the meeting.

However, Corlew refused to halt the mosque’s ongoing construction.

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