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. (AP/WMOT) — Officials in Tennessee are warning motorists to stay off icy roads, and the governor has declared a state of emergency due to the deteriorating conditions.

Dean Fleanor is with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

“It’s very hazardous and treacherous on Tennessee roadways and travelers need to stay home if they can, delay their travel if they can, because it is a very treacherous situation out there.”

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)   --  A new study suggests Tennessee businesses could get hit with an additional $72 million a year in federal tax penalties if the state does not expand Medicaid.

An expansion of state Medicaid programs was written into the new health care law, commonly called Obamacare, but that provision of the law was struck down by the Supreme Court. Many states then opted out, including Tennessee.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- For the second year in a row Murfreesboro Police are reporting a drop in crime.

In a report released yesterday, the MPD reports a two percent drop in crime last year over 2012.

The report shows there were three homicides committed in 2013, down one from the previous year. There were also significant declines in the number of reported rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries and vehicle thefts.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Lottery says a $61 million dollar Mega Millions ticket was drawn last Friday, but the prize hasn’t yet been claimed.

Lottery officials say the winning ticket was purchased in Bellevue. If claimed, this would be the first Mega Millons winner in Tennessee since the game was first offered in the state beginning in 2010.

The cash value of the winning $61 million dollar ticket will be just over $32 million dollars.

Sasha Y. Kimel

Nashville, Tenn. (MICHAELSON) --   Most Tennesseans believe the country's immigration reform system needs to be fixed, and a new poll also has found majority support for the U.S.