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.




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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Fri September 7, 2012
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Shanterrica Madden Appeals Murder Conviction

MURFREESBORO, TN (WMOT) – Convicted murderer Shanterrica Madden is appealing her verdict in the stabbing death of MTSU basketball standout Tina Stewart.

WSMV-TV reports (http://tinyurl.com/8udmtxj) Madden’s lawyer is asking for a new trial on the grounds that the prosecution didn’t provide sufficient evidence to convict.

Madden stood trial in May in Murfreesboro on a charge of first degree murder. Jurors returned a verdict of second-degree murder.

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Wed September 5, 2012
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Rutherford County 9-11 Memorial Dedicated Tuesday

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  After a lot of hard work, and a lot of help from the community, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department will dedicate its 9-11 memorial monument this coming Tuesday, September 11.

The centerpiece of the memorial is a 3,000-pound I-beam taken from the ruins of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center. Deputy Sheriff Greg Dotson says each component of the monument holds special significance.

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Tue September 4, 2012
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Will Gas Prices Continue to Rise?

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  In what may be a sign that the latest run up in gasoline prices is at an end, the average cost for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline fell overnight in Tennessee by one cent.

According to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the average price for a gallon of gasoline stood at $3.65 Tuesday morning. That’s an increase of eight cents in the past week and 26 cents in the past month.

The current run up in prices began in early July when the average cost of a gallon of gas bottomed out at $3.13.

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Mon September 3, 2012
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One Dead in Murfreesboro Drive-By Shooting

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  Murfreesboro Police are investigating a deadly drive-by shooting that left one man dead early Monday morning.

Police say that just after midnight several shots were fired into a wedding celebration taking place in the front yard of a home near the intersection of East Chestnut Street and North Academy Street.

One man was killed in the incident. Police say he’s from Alabama, but haven’t released a name pending notification of the family. No other deaths or injuries have been reported at this point.

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