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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.

 

  • Was the extreme flash flooding of Eastern Kentucky part of climate change?
  • Episode three of RISE investigates an increasing frequency of extreme weather events such as the moisture-heavy storm system that stalled above 13 eastern Kentucky counties on the night of July 27, 2023 and intensified well into the morning of the 28th. The resulting flash flood claimed 44 lives and destroyed or severely damaged thousands of homes - homes located outside of officially mapped floodplains. The episode explores the question: are these storms the calling card of climate change?
  • Episode three of RISE investigates an increasing frequency of extreme weather events such as the moisture-heavy storm system that stalled above 13 eastern Kentucky counties on the night of July 27, 2022 and intensified well into the morning of the 28th. The resulting flash flood claimed 44 lives and destroyed or severely damaged thousands of homes - homes located outside of officially mapped floodplains. The episode explores the question: are these storms the calling card of climate change?
  • RISE is an Eastern Standard documentary series about the July ‘22 flash flood and its lingering aftermath in Eastern Kentucky. Episode Two focuses on a pre-existing housing shortage made far worse by the flood; flood insurance issues; floodplain mapping; leadership exhaustion and stress; and the work of some of the key nonprofit organizations in the region. The episode is capped by a Chris Begley essay about the nature of mountain communities and how this event is forcing difficult change.
  • RISE is an Eastern Standard documentary series about the July ‘22 flash flood and its lingering aftermath in Eastern Kentucky. Episode Two focuses on a pre-existing housing shortage made far worse by the flood; flood insurance issues; floodplain mapping; leadership exhaustion and stress; and the work of some of the key nonprofit organizations in the region. The episode is capped by a Chris Begley essay about the nature of mountain communities and how this event is forcing difficult change.
  • Episode One captures what happened in the early morning of July 28, 2022 when several communities in Eastern Kentucky experienced record flooding that eventually claimed 44 lives and left thousands homeless.
  • Special Edition of Eastern Standard, presenting "RISE."
  • Eastern Standard Preview for special program, RISE.
  • Former Kentucky Poet Laureate, Richard Taylor, author of numerous collections of poetry, two novels, and several books relating to Kentucky history on becoming an inductee into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. | Emily Cross Gibson on her podcast series about author, social activist and Distinguished Professor in Residence at Berea College, bell hooks. | Lexington author John Winn Miller transports us to the North Atlantic of WWII with his novel, “The Hunt for the Peggy C.” | A high school theater instructor’s account of returning from the virtual to the classroom teaching/learning experience | And what lured a musician with a resume as long as your arm from New York City to Lexington, Kentucky?
  • Former Kentucky Poet Laureate, Richard Taylor, author of numerous collections of poetry, two novels, and several books relating to Kentucky history on becoming an inductee into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. | Emily Cross Gibson on her podcast series about author, social activist and Distinguished Professor in Residence at Berea College, bell hooks. | Lexington author John Winn Miller transports us to the North Atlantic of WWII with his novel, “The Hunt for the Peggy C.” | A high school theater instructor’s account of returning from the virtual to the classroom teaching/learning experience | And what lured a musician with a resume as long as your arm from New York City to Lexington, Kentucky?
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