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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10:34am

Mon May 7, 2012
Vandy, Fisk and TSU Award Diplomas this Week

Graduation Season For Middle Tenn. Universities

An MTSU degree candidate waves to her friends and family as she enters Hale Arena at Murphy Center for the spring 2012 commencement ceremonies May 5.
MTSU photo by Classic Photography

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) – It’s graduation season for area universities. Austin Peay State, Trevecca, Lipscomb, and Middle Tennessee State University all held commencement ceremonies over the weekend.

MTSU, Tennessee’s largest undergraduate institution, reached a special milestone when it granted a degree to its 100,000th four-year student on Saturday.

MTSU graduated more than 2500 students, including more than 2,100 undergraduates and over 400 graduate students.

The 2012 commencement ceremonies also marked the conclusion of MTSU’s centennial celebration.

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10:29am

Mon May 7, 2012
Phillip Oldham Currently Vice Chancellor at UTC

Tennessee Tech Gets A New President

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Board of Regents has named a new President for Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. The Regents have awarded the post to Phillip Oldham. 

Dr. Oldham is currently serving as provost and senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at U.T. Chattanooga. He'll replace current TTU President Bob Bell, who plans to retire in July after 12 years as the school’s leader.

TBR Chancellor John Morgan says Oldham’s background in science is timely.

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2:16pm

Fri May 4, 2012
Tenn. Researcher Sheds Light on Problem

Racial Disparity in Health Outcomes Explored

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Tennessee researcher is helping answer the question: Why do Americans of color generally die of disease at higher rates than whites?

It’s widely recognized that white Americans are more likely to survive life-threatening illness than people of color. For example, black children are less likely to survive cancer than white children. The question that researchers are still struggling with is exactly why.

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11:20am

Thu May 3, 2012
Unusually Warm Spring Partially to Blame?

Tenn. Traffic Deaths Up "Dramatically" in 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  That State of Tennessee is reporting a dramatic rise in the number of traffic fatalities so far in 2012. As of Thursday, 305 people have died on the state’s highways, an increase of 26 deaths over the same period last year.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is especially concerned about the increase, because the trend in recent years has been toward a steady decline in highway deaths.

TDOT spokesperson Deanna Lambert says the state suspects several factors are contributing to the rise in fatalities.

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11:56am

Wed May 2, 2012
Brewsters Stay and Rebuild in Old Hickory

Vietnam Vet's 2010 Flood Experience

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  This week marks the second anniversary of the spring 2010 floods. Twenty-two people died in the disaster and the storm caused billions in damages.

Harding and Jona Brewster were among the survivors of the historic flooding. The couple used an old boat stored in their backyard to ferry themselves and dozens of neighbors out of their rapidly flooding Old Hickory neighborhood.

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