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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11:40am

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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7:53am

Tue May 8, 2012
State Commissioner Bill Gibbons to Speak

Technology, Trafficking and Terrorism Seminar at MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  -- State Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security, Bill Gibbons, will appear this week at an organized crime symposium that begins Tuesday on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

Entitled “Technology, Trafficking and Terrorism,” the 2012 Organized Crime Symposium is free and open to the public.

The seminar is sponsored by MTSU’s Forensic Institute for Research and Education and will tackle the difficult subjects of the sex trafficking of women and children, along with the increasingly sophisticated use of technology by gangs.

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10:46am

Mon May 7, 2012
Jury Being Selected Today in Chattanooga

Madden Trial Begins this Week

Tina Stewart
MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  – The murder trial for Shanterrica Madden gets underway this week, 14 months after she was arrested in connection with the death of fellow MTSU student Tina Stewart.

WKRN-TV reports that jury selection for the trial will get underway Monday in Chattanooga. Judge Don Ash agreed to bring a jury in from Chattanooga to hear the case after Madden’s attorney complained that the local jury pool had been tainted by extensive press coverage of Stewart’s death.

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