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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9:23am

Thu May 17, 2012
MTSU Economists Say Inflation is a Factor

Growth in Sales Tax Receipts Deceiving?

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee sales tax collections rose almost 9 percent in April, signaling that the pace of the state’s economic recovery is accelerating.

In some parts of the Tennessee, sales tax receipts have now exceeded the pre-recession highs of 2007.  While that’s good news, economists at Middle Tennessee State University caution the numbers are somewhat deceiving.

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7:34am

Thu May 17, 2012
Home-Made Video Gets Millions of Views

Woodbury Mom's Video Gets National Attention

Lacey Buchanan and baby Christian
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A video created by a Woodbury woman is getting national and international attention.

Lacey Buchanan recently recorded a simple, home-made video about her son Christian. The boy was born with severe birth defects. Christian has no eyes and a cleft lip and palette were repaired soon after birth.

Buchanan uses hand drawn note-cards and family photos to tell baby Christian’s story during the seven minute video.

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10:00am

Wed May 16, 2012
$11,000 Worth of Shure Mics. Awarded

Middle Tennessee Students Win National Prize

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (NELSON)  --  Three Mid-State students recently won a recording competition against competitors from some of the nation’s top schools.

Middle Tennessee State University Recording Industry majors Taylor Bray, Jeff Braun, and Grant Hartford took first place in the “Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition” sponsored by the Shure Company.

The MTSU team won with a recording of an original composition called “Falliday” by aspiring singer-song writer, Rebecca Roubion.

Winning team member Taylor Bray gives MTSU faculty most of the credit.

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9:52am

Wed May 16, 2012
Summerford Says Tenor Different in Election Year

TEA's Take on the 107th Tenn. General Assembly

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  State legislators recently wrapped up the work of the 107th Tennessee General Assembly and WMOT is asking newsmakers from across the political spectrum to share their impressions of the session.

Today we hear the views of Gera Summerford, president of the state’s largest teacher’s union, the Tennessee Education Association.

Summerford says that, compared to last year when the legislature enacted a number of measures the TEA opposed, this most recent session was far less confrontational.

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11:45am

Tue May 15, 2012
Rutherford County Nets 2 of 18 Prizes

Academic Gains for Mid-State Schools

Left to right: Dr. J.E. Stone, president of the Education Consumers Foundation; Hobgood Elementary Principal Barbara Sales; Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman
Photo courtesty ECF

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Six of the 18 Tennessee schools honored this week for academic gains are located here in the Mid-State. Two are located in Rutherford County.

Principal Barbara Sales of Murfreesboro’s Hobgood Elementary and Principal Andra Helton of Rutherford County’s Thurman Francis Elementary picked up “Value-Added Achievement Awards” for their schools on Monday.

The awards are based on data tracked by the Tennessee Department of Education and indicate schools that show significant improvement in test scores year-over-year.

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