Eastern Standard is a radio magazine of interviews and stories about interesting people, places and things happening in central and Appalachian Kentucky. Our program is a community service of Eastern Kentucky University.   

With the support of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky and the Appalachian Impact Fund, Eastern Standard is produced under the technical direction of Neil Kesterson at Dynamix Productions in Lexington, Kentucky. 

Our team is committed to producing a technically immersive program. Our guests are fascinating people who can help us comprehend the world we live in.

Eastern Standard airs on Thursdays at 11 am & 8pm, and on Sunday evenings at 6 pm.

Tom Martin, Producer/Host 

Producing Host Tom Martin, a network radio news veteran (AP Radio, RKO Network News, ABC News, WABC News, Paul Harvey News) and a Lexington Herald-Leader contributing columnist, engages in compelling, enlightening conversations with guests from an unlimited spectrum of perspectives. Tom is co-publisher of the online regional arts and culture magazine UnderMain. He received a the prestigious Peabody Award for best radio documentary.

Neil Kesterson, Producer/Engineer/Audio Editor 

Neil Kesterson has been a sound designer for film, video, television, radio, audiobooks, theatre, games, web, and multimedia since 1985. His very first sound design job was to recreate the Bell X-1 breaking the sound barrier, of which pilot and aviation legend Chuck Yeager said was the most realistic depiction of the historic even he had ever heard. 

Neil Kesterson's work has been heard on most major television and radio networks, in theaters, on video, and in arenas. Some projects of note include the television shows "Treme" on HBO; "Mad Dogs" on Amazon; and "Mind Games" on ABC. Documentaries include "A&E Biography: The Monkees"; "The Lincolns in Kentucky"; and "The Johnny Cash Anthology." Motion pictures include "War for the Planet of the Apes"; "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days"; and "Hide and Seek.” 

Other projects of note include "The Dick Vitale Alarm Clock"; comedy albums for Greg Warren and Mike Macrae; and live radio broadcast work for the NCAA, The Triple Crown Radio Network, and NPR. 

Awards include those from the International Broadcasting Awards, Telly Awards, Silver Microphone Awards, the American Advertising Federation, and one Emmy nomination.

Mike Savage, Executive Producer 

Mike Savage has worked in public radio for more than 25 years managing NPR stations in Georgia,  Illinois and Indiana.  Mike directs station operations, programming, news and fundraising.  He also serves as Acting News Director and hosts Weekend Edition Sunday. 

Mike is a Director on the NPR Board and also serves on the board for the Association of Kentucky Public Radio Stations.  He has also served on the board of Public Radio in MidAmerica and Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations. Mike holds the distinction of being the one of the few members of the NPR Board to have been elected by station petition in 2014 and 2019. 

Mike holds a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Masters in Mass Communication and has been honored with dozens of journalism awards by the Society for Professional Journalists and Associated Press.  Mike has also been named as one of the Best Managers in Radio by Radio Ink Magazine in 2015 and 2019.

Chief Studio Dog "Ella"

Chief Studio Dog "Ella"