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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11:49am

Wed May 2, 2012
2012 Commencement Held Saturday

A Significant Milestone for Middle Tenn. State

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)  --  Tennessee’s largest undergraduate institution granted a degree to its 100,000th four-year student Saturday.

Middle Tennessee State University passed the mark as it graduated more than 2500 students. Degrees were awarded to more than 2,100 undergraduates and over 430 graduate students.

The 2012 commencement ceremonies marked the conclusion of MTSU’s centennial celebration. The school opened in 1912 as a so-called “normal” school dedicated to training teachers.

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12:33pm

Tue May 1, 2012
More Than Half the State Declared A Disaster Area

Some 2010 Flood Survivors Still Struggling

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the devastating floods that would eventually claim the lives of 21 Tennesseans.

The Corps of Engineers later reported that more than 17 inches of rain fell in some areas of the state over a two day period, the most rain in 140 years of recording keeping.

More than half of all Tennessee counties, 54 in total, were eventually declared federal disaster areas. Nashville alone suffered more than $1.5 billion in property damage.

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11:44am

Mon April 30, 2012
Governor Bill Haslam Attends Ceremony

MTSU Breaks Ground on New Science Building

MTSU groundbreaking group: Let the work begin! Dignitaries jubilantly toss the ceremonial first shovels of dirt for MTSU's long-awaited new Science Building on campus May 3.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee State University broke ground on its new $147 million dollar science building Thursday afternoon.

Governor Bill Haslam, Speaker of the Tennessee House, Beth Harwell, and a large delegation of state legislators joined MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee in turning ceremonial shovels of dirt on the construction site.

MTSU’s enrollment has more than quadrupled in the years since the school’s current science buildings were constructed. The new building has been at the top of Tennessee higher education’s wish list for years.

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2:34pm

Wed April 25, 2012
World Malaria Day Celebrated Today

TVA's Role in Eradicating Malaria

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  On this sixth annual World Malaria Day, a Tennessee historian recalls the little remembered connection between the deadly disease and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Few Americans remember that malaria was once common in the U.S., or that the TVA played a crucial role in eradicating the mosquito-borne disease.

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12:33pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Case Opens Wednesday Morning in Murfreesboro

Mosque Construction Continues as Court Case Looms

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Murfreesboro Mosque case returns to the Rutherford County Courthouse Wednesday morning.

Plaintiffs are asking Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew to rescind a building permit awarded nearly two years ago by the county for the construction of a new mosque on Veals Road.

Construction is well underway on the Islamic Center’s new facility. Mosque spokesman Saleh Sbenaty gave WMOT a tour of the construction site Monday. The walls and roof are essentially complete and workmen are now starting on the building’s interior.

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