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Tom Martin


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.


  • The struggle between a coal industry watching its market decline and a power generation industry determined to shift to renewables. The beginning of an Eastern Standard tradition: the immediate past Kentucky Poet Laureate interviews their successor. Crystal Wilkinson sits down with Silas House. And a heads up about where you can take that stuff jettisoned after spring cleaning.
  • Artificial Intelligence, art and copyright: what is legal? A dive into the 2023-24 season of the Lexington Philharmonic under its new music director and conductor. A southeastern Kentuckian wins the James Beard Foundation National Leadership Award. A look at the summer festival season in Kentucky.
  • Live performances of chamber music will return to central Kentucky with the revival of the Lexington Chamber Music Orchestra. The LCO has been absorbed by the successful Chamber Music Festival of Lexington. What exactly is chamber music? We’ll get into that. Plus, pain in three of its manifestations: physical, psychological and emotional.
  • A call on state legislators to act against gun violence and an appeal from the mothers of two young shooting victims in Lexington; emerging from the flood of ’22: details of diabetics cut off from insulin supplies; a UK experiment makes fresh, wholesome foods available to rural diabetics; Kentucky author and poet Jonathan Green; A Chris Begley essay about a Kentucky strength: its writers.
  • Counties push back against ending Kentucky’s bourbon barrel tax; an update on Community Supported Agriculture; astronomy meets astrology: planting by the signs is alive and well in central and eastern Kentucky; a restaurateur’s embrace of the farm-to-table movement; lawns as pollinator havens.
  • Kentucky’s ranking as dead last among states for investment in green energy. The heavy impact of the pandemic on learning and proficiency in math and reading and how improvements in those areas would boost the Kentucky economy. And, the Lexington world premier of the touring photographic exhibition, “Shades of Compassion.”
  • Thousands of landslides in eastern Kentucky and no insurance. The latest in our series on a Code of Ethics for professional journalists. High school theatre bounces back from Covid and flooding. And a special guest: Billy Joel’s longtime drummer - until all of a sudden he wasn’t, Liberty DeVitto.
  • The art and many professions of storytelling are the focus of this week’s edition; from why humans tell stories and the art of storytelling onstage to the fact-based storytelling of journalism and how a public display tells stories.
  • RISE Episode 7 focuses on the debate over long-standing plans to build another federal prison in eastern Kentucky
  • A Special Episode of Rise: Eastern Kentucky
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