Mike Osborne

News Director

Mike Osborne has served as News Director at WMOT since 2011. In addition to his work in the newsroom, Mike also teaches radio broadcast news for Middle Tennessee State's aspiring student journalist.

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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Metro Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — Metro Nashville Schools will begin returning students to in-person learning this week, but nearly half have opted to continue learning remotely.


In a press statement released Monday, MNPS says special needs students will be back in classrooms Thursday.


Children in Kindergarten through fourth grade will return to in-person learning one week from today. 



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — President Donald J. Trump has earned Tennessee’s 11 electoral votes by a lopsided, but slightly smaller margin than he did four years ago.

With all 95 Tennessee counties reporting final totals, Trump received 1.8 million votes statewide. That’s slightly more than 60 percent of all ballots cast. Joe Biden pulled down 1.1 million votes, or just over 37 percent of ballots.

Biden did pick up roughly three percent more votes than Hillary Clinton received in 2016.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Don’t be alarmed by Wednesday’s court ruling if coronavirus led you to vote by mail in today’s primaries. Your ballot will be counted.

The Tennessee Supreme Court yesterday overturned a June ruling by a Nashville judge permitting all eligible voters to vote by mail in November due to COVID-19.

However, the justices wrote the decision does not impact ballots submitted for the August 6 primary.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WMOT) — Executive compensation is the subject of a rare dust up between President Donald Trump and fellow Republican Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander.


Trump Wednesday called the $8 million annual salary paid to the head of the Tennessee Valley Authority “ridiculous.” The comment came as Trump spoke to reporters about possible new federal pandemic relief funding.


Alexander fired back via Twitter saying White House Staff were “spreading inaccurate information.”



MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Officials now say those mortar shells found Wednesday in Murfreesboro were live rounds. 

Lt. Bill Miller with the Tennessee Highway Patrol tells WMOT the five shells did contain explosives. They were defused by a bomb disposal group from Ft. Campbell and taken into military custody.

The shells and a dummy training grenade were found in a backpack near the dumpsters at Ashwood Cove Apartments Wednesday morning by a maintenance worker.