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.


Ways To Connect


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) --  The annual report on domestic violence in Tennessee is out this week.

The report shows a slight decline in domestic cases in each of the last three years. However, more than 85,000 Tennesseans fell victim to domestic violence in 2011.  Ninety-six of them were murdered.

The majority of victims are female, but men reported being the target of domestic violence in nearly three cases in ten.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  You may not be ready to think about Christmas yet, but Tennessee retailers aren’t thinking about much else.

Online retailing giant Amazon.com, now one of Tennessee’s biggest employers, announced today that it will be hiring 50,000 seasonal workers at its fulfillment centers across the U.S.

Amazon says it’s hiring at all of its Tennessee facilities, including fulfillment centers in Chattanooga, Lebanon, Charleston in Bradley County, and in Murfreesboro.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  More than 300 educators from across Tennessee arrived in the mid-state Monday to learn more about using mobile devices in the classroom.

The conference is being sponsored jointly by Middle Tennessee State University and the Tennessee Board of Regents. Educators from 18 Tennessee Universities and Colleges are providing input.

Tom Wallace, head of MTSU’s Information Technology Division , is the conference host.

2nd & Church

MURFREESBORO— There’s a new mid-state based online literary journal featuring Tennessee talent.

The website “2nd & Church” is the creation of Middle Tennessee State Professor of English Alvin Knox. The journal is accepting submissions in poetry, creative nonfiction, technical writing, literary fiction, poetry, translation and commercial fiction.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  One of the hallmarks of the American system of media is called the “social responsibility theory,” which says you can publish what you want without government interference, but you have to face the consequences of your actions.

Put on perhaps more crass terms, we tell our student journalists, “You want to play with the big kids, then you have to be treated like a big kid,” which means taking responsibility for what you publish.