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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11:41am

Mon May 14, 2012
Defeat of "Harboring" Bill Considered a Victory

TIRRC Reviews the 107th General Assembly

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- WMOT News is asking news makers from across the political spectrum to offer their take on the just-completed 107th Tennessee General Assembly. Today the views of Eben Cathey of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.

Cathey says the Coalition counts as a legislative victory the defeat of a bill that would have made harboring or transporting an undocumented person a felony. He says the Council is happy that it’s worst fears for the legislative session were not realized.

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11:36am

Mon May 14, 2012
Dollar General Stores a Tenn. Standout

Tennessee Works: Discount Retailers

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT News continues to search out those thin slices of the Tennessee economy that prospered during the economic downturn.

One sector that did reasonably well was what might be called low-end, or discount retailers. Chains like Walmart saw sales remain steady or even increase during the downturn as jittery shoppers looked to discount stores to help them stretch every dollar.

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11:40am

Thu May 10, 2012
Rural Churches Across Middle Tenn. Targeted?

Rash of Burglaries at Rutherford County Churches

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A rash of burglaries at rural churches throughout Middle Tennessee has law enforcement asking for the public's help.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office reports that five rural Rutherford County churches were burglarized in the early morning hours of April 20 and May 8. Three of the churches are located in Walter Hill will the other two are located Manson Pike.

Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Lisa Marchesoni says electronics and petty cash were stolen in most of the cases.

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11:36am

Thu May 10, 2012
Brandon Puttbrese of the Tenn. Democratic Party

Democratic View of 107th General Assembly

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT News is asking news makers from across the political spectrum to comment on the just ended 107th Tennessee General Assembly. Today the views of State Democratic Party Communications Director Brandon Puttbrese.

While this legislative session was the first in decades that Tennessee Democrats found themselves in the minority, Puttbrese says the Party did enjoy some legislative victories.

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6:18am

Thu May 10, 2012
Today's Assessment by the ACLU-TN

Assessing the 107th Tenn. General Assembly

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT News is giving community leaders from across the political spectrum a chance to comment on the just completed 107th Tennessee General Assembly. Today we look at the the views of Hedy Weinberg, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee.

Weinberg counts the demise of the so-called “Don’t Say Gay,” bill as a legislative victory for the ACLU. The bill would have muzzled Tennessee teachers on the topic of homosexuality. Even though the bill failed, Weinberg believes its consideration has damaged the state.

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