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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11:50am

Wed September 26, 2012
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Tenn. Vets Donating Their Stories to MTSU's Gore Research Center

U.S. Veteran Vickie Riggan in a photo provided to the Albert Gore Research Center at MTSU
Gore Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —Gov. Bill Haslam has declared this Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Week in Tennessee.

The governor notes that more than 200 Tennesseans are still missing in action since World War II. No one is sure just how many Tennesseans are former Prisoners of War.

The U.S. Veteran's Administration says that World War II era vets are now dying at the rate of more than 700 a day. To ensure that their stories are preserved, researchers at Middle Tennessee State University have been conducting oral history interviews with vets for several years.

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10:16am

Tue September 25, 2012
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Teens Gather in LaVergne for Unique Grief Counseling

A mid-state teen enjoying a climbing activity at a grief counseling session held in La Vergne by Alive Hospice.
Alive Hospice

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Teens from across Middle Tennessee gathered in Rutherford County this weekend for a unique opportunity.

Eighteen young people converged on a youth camp in LaVergne for a grief counseling session sponsored by Alive Hospice.

The organization provides palliative care for Tennesseans facing their last days, and also provides counseling to those left behind.  Alive used a rock climbing wall to challenge the teens, all of whom have recently suffered the loss of a loved one.

Pam Quaintance is one of Alive’s grief counselors.

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12:19pm

Thu September 20, 2012
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Annual Conference Explores Economic Outlook

Tennessee Banking Commissioner Greg Gonzalez
Tenn.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Business and finance executives from across Middle Tennessee will converge on Murfreesboro Friday for the annual Middle Tennessee State University Economic Outlook Conference.

Dr. Jim Burton, Dean of the MTSU College of Business, says he’s expecting well over 100 executives and a few students to attend. This year’s special emphasis will be on the banking sector and Tennessee Banking Commissioner Greg Gonzalez will be the featured speaker.

Burton says the conference is underwritten through a fund created by the late Jennings A. Jones.

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12:12pm

Thu September 20, 2012
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Film about Origins of AA Makes Tennessee Debut

A theatrical poster for the film "Bill W."

MUFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new documentary about the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous will make its Middle Tennessee debut in Smyrna Friday.

The film “Bill W” recounts the life and mission of Bill Wilson, one of AA’s co-founders.

AA calls itself as a fellowship of recovering alcoholics and is estimated to have more than 2 million members in the U.S.  The organization is reportedly active in more than 100 nations and is widely seen as the first of a many 12-step recovery programs serving a wide range of addictions.

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11:05am

Wed September 19, 2012
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Nashville Symphony Debuts Piece Built Around Maya Angelou Poems

Soprano Angel Brown
Nashville Symphony

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The work of three celebrated artists intersect in Nashville Thursday evening.

The Nashville Symphony will feature a work that combines the poetry of Maya Angelou, the music of composer Richard Danielpour and the voice of soprano Angela Brown.

Brown and Danielpour have worked together in the past and Brown says she’s happy to be doing so again.

“His music is like the American quilt of music. You find jazz, you find gospel, you find classical; you find a lot of things that pull on the heart-strings of American music.”

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