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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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Health officials report that the number of cases of rare fungal meningitis in Tennessee has increased by five to 49 cases.

The number of deaths in Tennessee from the outbreak remains at six. That’s according to an update posted on the state Department of Health website. Nationwide the number of cases increased to 170 cases, including 14 deaths in 11 states.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The 24th annual Southern Festival of Books kicks off Friday on Legislative Plaza in Nashville.

Festival officials say they’re expecting about 250 authors, most of them from the South. Every author will take part in a panel discussion, or do a solo reading, followed by a book signing.

Two of the authors participating this year are mother and daughter writing team Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams. Nashvillian Alice Randall is both a song writer, with a number of top selling country hits to her credit, and a best-selling author.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Christian ministry Sojourners says response has been overwhelmingly positive to its billboard in Murfreesboro urging residents to “Love your Muslim neighbors.”

In recent months, Sojourners has placed the billboards in Joplin, Missouri, where a Mosque was burned down, and in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where Sikh worshipers were murdered in their temple.

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ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — A young man from Middle Tennessee led the U.S. team to the World Amateur Team Golf Championship in Turkey over the weekend.

U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox hails from Hendersonville. He attended Hendersonville High and is currently a student at UT Chattanooga..

Along with teammates from Idaho and Kentucky Fox scored a combined 54-hole total of 24-under 404, a record score.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee has suffered another fatality resulting from a deadly meningitis outbreak.  

Health officials say the number of people sickened has now reached 105 cases. Eight people have died, four in Tennessee.

The fungal meningitis outbreak has been tied to steroid shots for back pain. The steroid was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.