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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.

 

  • Finding quality, affordable, accessible child care was already challenging working parents in Kentucky and across the nation. Then came the pandemic. Day care centers were closed and many have struggled to recover. Finding people qualified and willing to do the work for low pay has become more difficult than ever. In this edition: Dustin Pugel, Senior Policy Analyst, Kentucky Center for Economic Policy; Patricia Tennen, Chief Operating Officer, Kentucky Youth Advocates; Brigitte Blom, President & CEO of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence; Dr. Sarah Vanover, Director of the Division of Child Care, Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services
  • Finding quality, affordable, accessible child care was already challenging working parents in Kentucky and across the nation. Then came the pandemic. Day care centers were closed and many have struggled to recover. Finding people qualified and willing to do the work for low pay has become more difficult than ever. In this edition: Dustin Pugel, Senior Policy Analyst, Kentucky Center for Economic Policy; Patricia Tennen, Chief Operating Officer, Kentucky Youth Advocates; Brigitte Blom, President & CEO of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence; Dr. Sarah Vanover, Director of the Division of Child Care, Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services
  • The Berea Food Bank is changing their way of doing things to get more bang for their buck.
  • On this week’s edition of Eastern Standard: Wall Street Journal reporter Kris Maher on his book “Desperate: An Epic Battle for Clean Water and Justice in Appalachia.” | Outdated drinking water standards documented across the Ohio Valley | Why dairy farmers are gladly burning manure and how it works to fight climate change | New census numbers show continued loss of population in Eastern Kentucky | What oral history teaches us about the realities of the past
  • Kentucky has more than 200 community, professional, and summer stock theatres across 61 counties.
  • On this week’s edition of Eastern Standard: Wall Street Journal reporter Kris Maher on his book “Desperate: An Epic Battle for Clean Water and Justice in Appalachia.” | Outdated drinking water standards documented across the Ohio Valley | Why dairy farmers are gladly burning manure and how it works to fight climate change | New census numbers show continued loss of population in Eastern Kentucky | What oral history teaches us about the realities of the past
  • On this week's edition: How the pandemic has accelerated teacher and student burnout | There for the children: Court Appointed Special Advocates. Their vital work is described by Fayette County Family Court judge Lucinda Masterton | Lexington poet Ada Limon on hosting "The Slowdown" podcast series | Green Room Exchange showcases international artists now calling Kentucky home | A new series focusing on theatre production across the Commonwealth
  • This week on Eastern Standard: Music made in Kentucky, played in Kentucky. Touching bases with artists from across the state with recent or new releases. The hour includes the debut of a new Kentucky Music series by Crystal Jones and samplings from the works of nine artists including: Eric Bolander, Logan Halstead, Cole Chaney, Cody Lee Meece, Kiana & The Sun Kings, Don Rogers, Scott Whiddon, Kevin Holm Hudson and Joslyn & the Sweet Compression. How did they come up with that band name, “Sweet Compression”? You’re about to find out.
  • This week on Eastern Standard: Music made in Kentucky, played in Kentucky. Touching bases with artists from across the state with recent or new releases. The hour includes the debut of a new Kentucky Music series by Crystal Jones and samplings from the works of nine artists including: Eric Bolander, Logan Halstead, Cole Chaney, Cody Lee Meece, Kiana & The Sun Kings, Don Rogers, Scott Whiddon, Kevin Holm Hudson and Joslyn & the Sweet Compression. How did they come up with that band name, “Sweet Compression”? You’re about to find out.
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