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Tom Martin

Producer/Host

Tom Martin is the host of Eastern Standard, a weekly radio magazine of interviews and stories about interesting people, places, and things happening in the Commonwealth.

Martin, a Morehead native, has served as news anchor for KQV Radio in Pittsburgh, a Peabody Award-winning anchor and documentarian at AP Radio Network News in Washington, D.C., as well as a news anchor for the RKO Radio Network, ABC Network News and WABC News in New York. Tom also served for five years as vacation substitute for commentator Paul Harvey. 

He hosted "The World's First Rhythm and News Show" on WVLK-Lexington and was founding program director and morning host on WRVG, the former public station at Georgetown College. 

From 2005 until 2013, Tom was the founding editor in chief for Business Lexington.

 

  • Efforts to inundate local elections officials with records requests only weeks before we go to the polls: we ask the state’s top elections official, Secretary of State Michael Adams, what’s going on? | Episode 2 of our election-season series defining the jobs of local offices on the Nov. 8 ballot. | How the region’s largest school district is faring as pandemic effects linger: education contributor Brigitte Blom speaks with Fayette County Schools Superintendent Demetrus Liggins. | Details of a trio of upcoming events: the 100th anniversary of Lexington’s historic Kentucky Theater; Tree Week in Lexington and other communities in the region; the 49th annual Celebration of Traditional Music at Berea College.
  • Efforts to inundate local elections officials with records requests only weeks before we go to the polls: we ask the state’s top elections official, Secretary of State Michael Adams, what’s going on? | Episode 2 of our election-season series defining the jobs of local offices on the Nov. 8 ballot. | How the region’s largest school district is faring as pandemic effects linger: education contributor Brigitte Blom speaks with Fayette County Schools Superintendent Demetrus Liggins. | Details of a trio of upcoming events: the 100th anniversary of Lexington’s historic Kentucky Theater; Tree Week in Lexington and other communities in the region; the 49th annual Celebration of Traditional Music at Berea College.
  • Never far from our minds these days: school safety and security. Education contributor Gill Hunter gets an update from state School Security Marshall, Ben Wilcox. | Why is the state short-handed and challenged to deliver services? Some answers from Jason Bailey, founder and Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. | In partnership with CivicLex, we launch “Civic Shorts,” an election-season primer on those more obscure local elected offices vying for your vote on Nov. 8 | Former NYTimes and Wall Street Journal news executive, now visiting professor at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Penny Abernathy is deeply concerned about the future of professional journalism and the implications for democracy. | Letcher Countian Tiffany Williams is the daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter of coal miners. How this influenced her latest album “All Those Days of Drinking Dust” | The music of India - in Kentucky. We explore through music the Indo-American community of central and eastern Kentucky.
  • Never far from our minds these days: school safety and security. Education contributor Gill Hunter gets an update from state School Security Marshall, Ben Wilcox. | Why is the state short-handed and challenged to deliver services? Some answers from Jason Bailey, founder and Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. | In partnership with CivicLex, we launch “Civic Shorts,” an election-season primer on those more obscure local elected offices vying for your vote on Nov. 8 | Former NYTimes and Wall Street Journal news executive, now visiting professor at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Penny Abernathy is deeply concerned about the future of professional journalism and the implications for democracy. | Letcher Countian Tiffany Williams is the daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter of coal miners. How this influenced her latest album “All Those Days of Drinking Dust” | The music of India - in Kentucky. We explore through music the Indo-American community of central and eastern Kentucky.
  • The pros and cons of student debt forgiveness. Education Contributor Brigitte Blom discusses the Biden Administration’s loan relief program with Michael Clark, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at UK. | PG Peeples, Sr. has for many decades been a quiet force behind civil rights in Kentucky. As the Urban League prepares to honor his service to the Lexington-Fayette County chapter - and as he battles cancer - WEKU’s Sam Dick talks with two who know him well: Rev. CB Akins of First Baptist Church of Bracktown, and sports marketing guru Jim Host. | Kentucky novelist Silas House is about to publish “Lark Ascending”, a story of apocalypse, escape, wonder and hope. He offers insights in an interview with Kentucky Writers series host Tom Eblen. | NPR Legal Affairs correspondent Nine Totenberg is out with her new book, “Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships.” She shares the details of that relationship as well as her views on the present state of the Supreme Court in a conversation with Tom Martin.
  • The pros and cons of student debt forgiveness. Education Contributor Brigitte Blom discusses the Biden Administration’s loan relief program with Michael Clark, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at UK. | PG Peeples, Sr. has for many decades been a quiet force behind civil rights in Kentucky. As the Urban League prepares to honor his service to the Lexington-Fayette County chapter - and as he battles cancer - WEKU’s Sam Dick talks with two who know him well: Rev. CB Akins of First Baptist Church of Bracktown, and sports marketing guru Jim Host. | Kentucky novelist Silas House is about to publish “Lark Ascending”, a story of apocalypse, escape, wonder and hope. He offers insights in an interview with Kentucky Writers series host Tom Eblen. | NPR Legal Affairs correspondent Nine Totenberg is out with her new book, “Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships.” She shares the details of that relationship as well as her views on the present state of the Supreme Court in a conversation with Tom Martin.
  • On this week’s Eastern Standard: What can public records tell us about the 19th century slave trade - and the enslaved - of Lexington, Kentucky? We’re about to find out. It’s Dr. Gerald Smith’s focus for the latest in our series on racial justice and equality. | We have details of an effort to bring parents, teachers and businesses onto the same wavelength to strengthen public education | An update on happenings in the hemp industry, including the emergence of “adult use” products such as Delta 8 | And, information on three upcoming events: The Viva Mexico Festival in Lexington, The Wilmore Storytelling Festival, and the Appalachian Big Ideas Festival in Hazard.
  • On this week’s Eastern Standard: What can public records tell us about the 19th century slave trade - and the enslaved - of Lexington, Kentucky? We’re about to find out. It’s Dr. Gerald Smith’s focus for the latest in our series on racial justice and equality. | We have details of an effort to bring parents, teachers and businesses onto the same wavelength to strengthen public education | An update on happenings in the hemp industry, including the emergence of “adult use” products such as Delta 8 | And, information on three upcoming events: The Viva Mexico Festival in Lexington, The Wilmore Storytelling Festival, and the Appalachian Big Ideas Festival in Hazard.
  • The losses to flooding in Eastern Kentucky are extensive and as WEKU's Samantha Morrill reports, they could include important historical records and artifacts at the Hindman Settlement School | Days after the flood of late July Reggie Van Stockum traveled the creekside roads of Eastern Kentucky to chronicle the destruction and listen to people's experiences | Patrick Angel, who is leading an effort to return Kentucky to its former status as a leading producer of sheep and goat products, details the flood losses of farmers | Toxic PFAS or "Forever Chemicals" are found in the blood of 99 percent of Americans. PFAS researcher Molly Frazar joins us | Cynthia Resor chats with author Sallie Bingham about her brother's fatal overdose and misperceptions about the realities of wealth and privilege | Tom Eblen interviews award-winning, writer, teacher and editor Ellen Birkett Morris, author of "Lost Girls," Morris' collection of short stories.
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