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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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.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  An unindicted person of interest in the Holly Bobby kidnap and murder case has apparently committed suicide.

WKRN-TV is quoting Shayne Austin’s attorney, Luke Evans, saying that the 30-year-old Tennessee man took his own life while out of state.

Austin was never arrested in connection, but soon after Zach Adams was charged with Bobo’s murder, Austin was offered immunity for his testimony.

Prosecutors eventually withdrew the immunity deal saying that Austin was no longer cooperating with the investigation and had not been truthful.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  Mid-state highways were in better shape Thursday, but many schools are still closed and Middle Tennesse could see more bad weather Friday.

Most area schools were closed again Thursday morning and many have already canceled classes for tomorrow as well.

Most universities in the region re-open today, Middle Tennessee State among them. But Austin Peay State is closed today, along with Columbia State, Tennessee Tech, and Volunteer State. Motlow will open two hours late.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new wrinkle in the Vanderbilt rape trail.

Over the weekend, the ABC news magazine 20/20 aired surveillance video and interrogation tapes the presiding judge sealed in the case.

According to WSMV-TV, the story, which aired Friday night, included previously unreleased videos, photos, and other materials that Judge Monte Watkins had ordered should not be released to the public.