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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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.


NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (WMOT)  --  Hard to believe we’re still worried about this so late in the year, but the Tennessee State Veterinarian is warning horse owners to protect their animals against mosquito borne Equine Encephalitis.


Dr. Charlie Hatcher says horses are also vulnerable to West Nile Virus. Cases of both have been seen this year in West Tennessee.


  What should you watch for? Hatcher says be on the lookout for “Lethargy...wobbling and circling, and in some severe cases a horse could get down and be unable to rise.”


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Sumner County man accused of shooting his 11-year-old daughter as school began in mid-August will be in court again Wednesday.

Timothy Batts says he accidently shot his daughter as she returned home from school thinking she was an intruder.

A few days later a controversial video came to light showing Batts celebrating with supporters as he was released on bond. Shortly after that he failed a drug test, a part of his bond condition.

WTVF-TV reports a judge will decide Wednesday whether to send Batts back to jail to await his trial.