John Larson

Program Director

John Larson brings to KMST almost 30 years’ experience in sales and marketing, with particular focus on the entertainment industry. John has worked in radio, television, film, and live events in the major markets of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, as well as in smaller markets like St. Paul, MN and St. Louis. John has more than two decades of experience in radio, beginning his career as a live mix artist in St. Paul, and growing to become a regular player and guest host on major morning shows across the nation.

John's Duties include...

Program Director - Digital Director - News Director - Creative/Content Producer - Show Host -Webmaster Admin - Student Supervisor -

 John lives on a small horse ranch in Owensville, Missouri, with his wife and kids. When he’s not behind the mic as the local voice of NPR’s All Things Considered, or Hosting Jitterbug and Jive, he can usually be found behind the handlebars of his Harley Davidson, or fighting fires in the area of Owensville, MO.


Tom Gannam, Associated Press

   Keon Broxton and Eric Thames homered to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday night. Broxton drilled the first pitch he saw 489 feet into the left field seats to tie the game 2-2 in the second. It is the longest home run in Busch Stadium three's history and the second-longest this season in the major leagues.

   KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A jury has found a man guilty of killing his boss outside the University of Kansas Hospital.

   A Wyandotte County jury on Thursday convicted 48-year-old Willie E. Parker of first-degree murder in the July 2015 death of Michel Ziade.

   Parker worked for Ziade, of Lee's Summit, Missouri. Ziade owned First Class Medical Transportation, which provided non-emergency medical transport.

   The shooting occurred in a parking lot near the hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City police say a woman who jumped from a downtown Kansas City bridge is the mother of an 8-year-old boy who was found dead this week.

   Police say the woman jumped off the Bond Bridge Tuesday. Her injuries were not believed to be life threatening. Police did not say what prompted the woman to jump.

   The Kansas City Star reports  a fire department rescue team was training students Tuesday morning when the police alerted them that the woman had jumped from the bridge. A firefighter rescued the woman a short time later.

Department of Natural Resources

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources must pay a $5,000 fine for violating the Sunshine Law after it took members of the Clean Water Commission on a tour of hog farms without proper public notice.

   Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce on Wednesday ordered the department to pay the fine to the Cole County School Fund. The DNR also must pay $18,706 in attorney's fees to Friends of Responsible Agriculture, a group that fought a 10,000-sow hog breeding operation in western Callaway County.

Bill Greenblatt/UPI

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Eric Greitens has enacted a new law allowing utility regulators to approve lower electricity rates to lure metal manufactures to Missouri.

   Greitens said Thursday that he has signed legislation that had been passed last month during a special session he called.

   The law is intended to entice a steel-works facility and aluminum smelter to open near the southeastern Missouri town of New Madrid. But the special electricity rates also could be sought by other new or expanding businesses that use large amounts of power.

Robert Cohen

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis officials and the Missouri Civil War Museum are fighting over who owns a divisive Confederate monument.

   Museum Executive Director Mark Trout tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch  that the United Daughters of the Confederacy signed over the monument rights to the museum on Tuesday.

   The group was allowed to build and maintain the monument in Forest Park thanks to a 1912 city ordinance.

   But city officials say the city has control over the structure and its removal.

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri System president is laying out plans to improve the Columbia campus' enrollment and public image.

   The Columbia Daily Tribune  reports that President Mun Choi spoke to the Regional Economic Development Board of Directors on Wednesday.

   Board member Fred Parry says the university's enrollment decline and public image problems can be traced back to the November 2015 protests involving the university's students, faculty and football team.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is among governors meeting with President Donald Trump.

   Greitens' spokesman Parker Briden said Thursday Greitens will be in Washington, D.C. He and seven other governors are meeting with Trump to discuss workforce development as part of the president's weeklong focus on the issue.

   The visit is the fifth Greitens has made to the nation's capital since January.

   Eric Thames homered and drove in three runs, Matt Garza pitched five innings in his first start after a short stint on the disabled list, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 last night.

   St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong left last night's game against Milwaukee in the sixth inning after suffering tightness in his right forearm. Wong, who went 1 for 2 with an RBI double in the second inning, was replaced by Greg Garcia. Wong has hit safely in all six games since returning from the disabled list on June 6.

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A 26-year-old man whose friend tumbled off the roof of his sport utility vehicle and died as he drove along a central Missouri road at 35 mph has been charged with a felony.

   The Columbia Daily Tribune  reports that Jacob Gerhard, of Moberly, was charged Friday with causing a death while driving while intoxicated. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

   The probable cause statement says he admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana, but said he stopped hours before the death of 25-year-old Asher Kimbrough.

   CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield man is charged in a shooting that left one Carthage man dead and another injured.

   Thirty-year-old Lafayette Starr was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and armed criminal action after the shooting Tuesday in Sarcoxie.

   The Joplin Globe reports  Starr was arrested by Springfield police and transferred early Wednesday to Jasper County, where he is being held on a cash-only $2 million bond.

   Sarcoxie police say the Starr and the two victims knew each other.

David Carson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Police say an off-duty officer has fatally shot a man who was attempting to rob a St. Louis gas station.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports the officer, who was in street clothes, stopped at a Shell station late Tuesday after getting off work. Interim Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole says the officer was inside the store with two clerks when a man walked in, pulled out a gun and demanded money.

   Police identified that man as 33-year-old Chazz Brown, whose last legal address was in Columbia.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri senators have passed legislation to require annual health inspections of abortion clinics and enact other new restrictions on the procedure.

   Senators voted 20-8 in favor of the measure early Thursday. The measure now heads to the House.

     Lawmakers are considering the policies during a special session centered on abortion that was called by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who says he was partly motivated by a federal judge's ruling striking down some state abortion regulations.

John Locher, AP

   LAS VEGAS (AP) - Court records show that a mother jailed in Las Vegas and accused of concealing the death of a child whose body was found in the garage of an abandoned St. Louis-area house is sought on criminal charges in two Illinois counties.

   Documents obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press show that 35-year-old Elizabeth Odell-Quate was jailed June 6 on a felony forgery warrant issued in June 2016 in St. Clair County, Illinois.

   She and her husband, Jason Scott Quate, now also face felony charges in Belleville, Illinois, of concealing the girl's body.

   MARSHALL, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of two Saline County residents.

   Fifty-nine-year-old Donald Owens, of Marshall, was sentenced Monday after he pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and first-degree burglary. He was sentenced to life on both murder counts, plus 25 years for both counts of armed criminal action.

   Owens shot and killed 35-year-old Ryan Sanders in Slater and 83-year-old Bonnie Charlene Hupp in Saline County in June 2016.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating police impersonation reports.

   KSDK-TV reports that a woman reported last week that she had been pulled over in Jefferson County by someone in a dark-colored passenger vehicle with red and blue lights. The patrol said in a news release that a driver in a different vehicle pulled someone over about two days later. In one instance, the suspect got out of the vehicle wearing a ski mask and hoodie.  

Nathan Papes/News-Leader

   Governor Eric Greitens brought his anti-abortion campaign to the Missouri Capitol Wedneseday, as lawmakers continue working on new abortion restrictions during the latest special session.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin has more details:

   More than 200 abortion opponents cheered on the governor as he called on lawmakers to strengthen regulations on abortion providers and overturn a St. Louis ordinance designed to shield women from job and housing discrimination based on their reproductive choices. 

    Kevin Durant poured in 39 points and the Golden State Warriors closed out their second NBA championship in three seasons by outscoring the Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-120. Durant shot 14-for-20, while Stephen Curry added 34 points and a team-high 10 assists as the Warriors avenged last year's seven-game finals loss to the Cavs. LeBron James had team highs of 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assts for the Cavaliers, while J.R. Smith scored 25 points on 9-for-11 from 3-point range.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Department of Corrections says a Missouri parole board member who reportedly admits concocting a word game played during questioning in parole hearings has resigned.

   Donald Ruzicka's resignation Monday from the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole was accepted by the panel's chairman, Kenny Jones.

   Missouri, KSDK - Joe Jones, the inventor of the 1989 Roomba self vacuum cleaner, is developing the Tertill, billed as the first weeding robot available to home gardeners.

 Jones a native southwest Missouri man, has designed his next Tertil to run on solar power around the clock.

 The Tertill distinguishes weeds from plants by height. And utilizes collar system around seedlings, so the robot avoids them.