Matthew Long-Middleton

Central Standard Producer

Matthew has been involved in media since 2003. While hosting a show on his college radio station, he quickly realized the influence, intimacy and joys of radio. Rising up through the ranks, he became co-station manager of WKCO in 2006.

Matthew soon after graduated cum laude from Kenyon College. After a brief stint as a short-order cook in exotic Gambier, Ohio he joined Murray Street Productions as the marketing manager. At Murray Street he also conducted interviews, produced podcasts, wrote scripts for Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, and made the office computers hum.

In addition to working at Murray Street, Matthew has done freelance radio production and his work has been featured on Chicago Public Radio’s local news program Eight Forty-Eight. He has also worked as a marketing assistant at WBGO in Newark, NJ, where he helped to grow audience through placing advertisements, managing the station social media, improving the website, building email campaigns and doing in person promotion at jazz events throughout New York and New Jersey.

Matthew now enjoys the thrills of producing KCUR's daily talk show Central Standard. When he's not producing you can typically find him biking, reading, cooking or exploring Kansas City.

Ways to Connect

Panther Baby: A Life Of Rebellion And Reinvention

Dec 31, 2012

*** This is an extended encore presentation of a show originally aired October 1st, 2012 ***

They warned him, “Once you get in, there’s no getting out.”

Journey with us on Monday’s Central Standard for a discussion with former Black Panther Jamal Joseph. We're stepping back in time to the late 1960s and early 1970s, and looking through the eyes of one of the youngest Black Power leaders in New York.

Underreported Stories Of 2012

Dec 28, 2012

A peek inside the newsroom of KCUR and Harvest Public Media.

Miles Bonny

Dec 27, 2012

Central Standard's music curator stops by the studio to say goodbye.

Holiday Fish Fry

Dec 27, 2012

Roll back your Christmas rug for an abbreviated holiday public radio party.

A Christmas Carol

Dec 27, 2012

The annual holiday production of Dickens' classic returns to the KC Rep.

The State Of Mental Illness In KC

Dec 20, 2012

Mental illness is a problem in every community, but what resources and services are available in Kansas City?

Green Impact Zone & The Missouri River

Dec 18, 2012

You probably know that the Missouri River is the longest river in North America.  But did you know that it's also one of the most polluted?

The New American City Part II

Dec 17, 2012

The year 2012 is drawing to a close.  Weren't we all supposed to be driving hover cars by now?

Computer Guys: Apps & Tablets

Dec 16, 2012

It is expected that there will be 68.5 million more tablets in this world by the end of this year, providing roughly $29.1 billion in sales

Buying Local?

Dec 12, 2012

If you don't think regional commerce has become en vogue, just type "buy local day" into your Google machine and see how many results come up.

David Wayne Reed

Dec 11, 2012

What happens to a young man who spends his childhood off the grid,  growing up in a rural area with no formal creative outlets?

Inlaws & Outlaws

Dec 11, 2012

A long-haired rock n' roll combo from Liverpool once mused that "All You Need Is Love."  If this is true, then the food, housing, and clothing industries may be in trouble.

Professor Komagum & Peace Journalism

Dec 10, 2012

A local professor/journalist spent 11 months in war-torn Uganda.  This is his story.

Holiday Budgeting

Dec 10, 2012

You don't have to be a Scrooge this Christmas to keep away those post-holiday credit card blues.

Join Central Standard Friday as our movie critics Russ Simmons of KKFI and Fox 4 News, Marie Asner of Metro Voice, On Air Prep & Phantom Tollbooth, and John Tibbets, Associate Professor of Theater and Film at KU, discuss the recent releases and look for your feelings about what have been the best movies and performances of 2012.

Better Off When Off The Grid

Dec 5, 2012
Mr. Brende's book

As you wonder at what gifts you might be getting this holiday season, have you ever consider what you could live without?  What modern conveniences would you be willing to give up?  How far "off the grid" do you think you could live?  We're joined by Eric Brende, a man who dropped out of an MIT graduate program and moved with his wife to a remote community that lives entirely off the grid.  He shares his 18 month experience on Central Standard.

Project Fly-Threads Inspired By History

Dec 5, 2012
Project Fly - The Wilkinson Dress Shirt

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has teamed up with the KC clothing boutique Method to provide young men with a smart "fly" dress shirt as they embark on interviews that can transform their lives.


Flu Vaccine

Dec 4, 2012
Bill Hand/Sun Journal

Every year, approximately 36,000 people die from influenza.  This flu season is the worst in the last decade and yet the flu vaccine is readily available. 

The New American City

Dec 3, 2012
ZTW1 / flickr

We're live from the Kauffman Center at the CityAge, New American City Conference as part of a double bill featuring Central Standard and Up To Date.


Dec 2, 2012
Miles Cave / flickr

The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family in cheer.  The holidays also are a time of high stress and anxiety which can lead to addictive behaviors.

Davy Rothbart

Nov 29, 2012

Mr. Rothbart is a man exploring the events that have shaped him.  In his newest work, My Heart is an Idiot he strikes up conversations with a 100 year old black man on a bus to buffalo, admits to having phone sex, plays tricks on his deaf mother and ended up naked in New York.  His conclusion is that perhaps throughout these misadventures perhaps his heart has been an idiot.

The Joy Of Being Lazy

Nov 28, 2012

The hardest working band in Kansas City? 

Gordon Parks' 100th Birthday

Nov 27, 2012

On Wednesday’s Central Standard, we examine the legacy of Gordon Parks; the photographer, essayist, film maker, and native Kansan whose 100th birthday is this Friday.

Lonely In KC

Nov 26, 2012

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in Kansas City and not know anyone?

The Government Cloud

Nov 25, 2012
Jackson's book GovCloud II

This year the US Government mandated that federal agencies consider cloud computing as they make new IT investments and by 2014 that mandate will expand.  What benefit does this technology have to taxpayers and to the agencies themselves?  Where do these projects currently stand? And what has been the impact to Kansas City?

President Eisenhower

In his life Eisenhower lead the allied forces to victory in Europe, built the interstate system, and oversaw school integration, but what experiences built this man of action from Kansas?

Top O' The World, MAW!

Nov 21, 2012

What do you get when three band wives get together with friends to make their own music?  Well, you get MAW, a Lawrence-based, all female string band with an attitude.

Fiscal Cliffhangers

Nov 19, 2012

This year, January 1st will not be just another day to nurse a hangover, it also marks the deadline for the United States government to enact regulations to avert a  prospective economic crisis.


The internet is a limitless source of information and has provided us a new avenue for dialog and discussion.  But, when conversations are logged in perpetuity, open to the world and never ending, do they lose relevance?

Michael Petrilli

Often parents seeking to give their children an education filled with diverse racial and socioeconomic peers struggle to find schools that are also high-achieving.  Michael Petrilli and Dr. Lawson Bush give insights into overcoming this sometimes daunting challenge and the varying merits behind its thinking.