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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10:51am

Thu May 31, 2012
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Tenn. Voter Photo ID Law Still Stirring Debate

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s voter photo ID law is almost a year old, but the new requirements are still stirring controversy.

The measure will be the subject of what organizers are calling a "Voter Suppression Town Hall Meeting" planned for Thursday evening in Nashville.

Passed by the Republican controlled Tennessee legislature last June, the new law requires that voters present a state or federal photo ID before being allowed to cast a ballot.

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11:34am

Wed May 30, 2012
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Amazon Taking Applications for Murfreesboro Jobs

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Amazon has started accepting applications for its new fulfillment facilities in Murfreesboro and Lebanon.

EDITORS NOTE: Click here for an updated version of this story.

Amazon says construction at the two sites is on schedule and should be completed on time this fall. The company is taking applications now and will follow up with in-person interviews this summer.

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11:42am

Tue May 29, 2012
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Middle Tenn. Gas Prices Continue to Fall

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Gas prices continue to fall across the nation and here in Middle Tennessee.

The average price for regular gasoline has fallen five cents across the country in the past week to $3.63 according to Triple A’s daily Fuel Gauge Report. The national average has fallen 18 cents in the past month and is currently 16 cents below the average price this time last year.

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11:37am

Tue May 29, 2012
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Mid-State Home Construction Stalls Again

MUFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report by Mid-State economists suggests the recovery of new home construction has stalled in Tennessee.

Economists with the Center for Business and Economic Research at Middle Tennessee State University says single family home construction permits began trending higher in the second half of 2011, but stalled out again early this year.

Steve Jensen, president of the Rutherford County Builders Association, concedes recovery is a long way off, but says his members are starting to see some light at the end of the recession tunnel.

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11:13am

Thu May 24, 2012
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Environmental Perspective on the 107th General Assembly

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  What does the recently completed 107th Tennessee General Assembly look like from an environmentalist’s perspective? WMOT News continues to invite news makers from around the state to give us their take on this year’s legislative session.

John McFadden is the Director of the Tennessee Environmental Council. McFadden couldn’t site the advancement of any environmental issues during the Assembly, but instead measured success thsi year in the defeat of at least two bills.

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