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.


    Saint Joseph's handed Missouri S&T its first loss in an extra inning contest Monday afternoon, as the 25th-ranked Pumas scored a run in the 11th inning to beat the Miners 2-1 and sweep the three-game series between the teams.  The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled on account of early morning weather as the teams agreed to play a single game after the weather cleared.

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say a fire erupted after a fleeing driver crashed a stolen pickup truck into an Independence house.

   The Kansas City Star  reports that the driver wasn't injured and was taken into custody after getting out of the burning Ford F-250. The house also caught on fire, and officers helped a man inside escape from the flames. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Police say a man has been shot in the head on a light rail platform across the street from Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that a gun went off after a group of people began accosting a man and his son who got into the train in Illinois. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the group pestered the pair for money, until the son handed over $5. Someone in the group then grabbed the money and pistol-whipped the son with a handgun.

    SEYMOUR, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri woman and her boyfriend are charged in the death of the woman's 18-month-old daughter.

    Twenty-one-year-old Jennifer Bolin and 22-year-old Michel Perrin, of Seymour, are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on charges of child abuse resulting in death. No attorneys are listed for them in online court records.

    The Springfield News-Leader  reports that an autopsy determined that the girl died of asphyxia.

   AFFTON, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say police have shot and killed a former officer in suburban St. Louis while responding to a domestic violence report.

    St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says that 59-year-old Clifton Knickmeyer was killed Sunday afternoon in the Affton area after grabbing a semi-automatic handgun from a bed and pointing it at an officer. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that he was pronounced dead at the scene.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Three-year-old twins are dead after apparently wandering into a pond in Missouri.

    The Kansas City Star reports the twins' father woke up Monday morning and realized the twins, a son and daughter, were missing from their Platte County home.

    County Undersheriff Maj. Erik Holland says both toddlers were found in the pond. The girl was found first and was rushed to a local hospital where she later died. Responders did not immediately see the boy until a dive team arrived.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - A huge fire at an apartment building under construction in suburban Kansas City has sparked fires on several homes blocks away.

    The Kansas City Star reports  that the Monday blaze at the multimillion-dollar City Place development in Overland Park blew plumes of smoke and embers along rows of homes nearby.

    Some residents have been evacuated as a precaution. There are no immediate reports of injuries.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new report shows that withheld funding and lack of follow-through effectively killed a program aimed at allowing Missouri residents receiving child support to accept wage hikes without losing state assistance.

    The Springfield News-Leader  reports the Hand-up Program was approved in 2012 to help lessen the so-called cliff effect of when the state cuts child-care assistance funding when a person's income exceeds a certain threshold.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A renewable energy company is again facing opposition as it seeks one of the final pieces of regulatory approval needed to carry wind power from the nation's heartland to the east.

    Missouri utility regulators began hearing testimony Monday on a request from Clean Line Energy to build a high-voltage transmission line from western Kansas across Missouri and Illinois to an Indiana power grid that connects with eastern states.

    University of Missouri Athletics welcomed new Men’s Basketball Head Coach Cuonzo Martin at an introductory press conference yesterday.  MU students, faculty, and fans gathered at Mizzou Arena to welcome Martin with a “campus celebration.”  A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, Martin comes to Columbia after serving as head coach at University of California since 2014.  Before coaching at Cal, Martin was head coach at Tennessee and Missouri State. Martin comes to MU with more Division I wins than any previous hire by the university.

    Excitement is just around the corner as Missouri S&T brings the TEDx series to Rolla. KMST's John Larson spoke with event coordinator Will Zwikelmiyer about the event.

    John Larson sits down with John Buckner, Managing Editor of the Rolla Daily News to talk about local artist Dan Woodward.

   The Missouri S&T’s observatory will host a free public viewing on Tuesday, March 21st at 9 pm.  The 16-inch-diameter telescope will point its lens toward the Beehive Cluster, located inside the constellation, Cancer.

   The Beehive Cluster has been observed since the times of Ancient Greece, and first observed through telescope by Galileo in 1609.  It is one of the nearest and more densely populated open clusters in our night sky.  On a clear night, it appears as a nebula to the naked eye.  

   Missouri S&T had its bats held in check by 25th-ranked Saint Joseph's Sunday afternoon, as the Miners were only able to score two runs and suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Pumas.  Saint Joseph's took game one 14-2, then pushed across a run in the bottom of the eighth to break a scoreless tie in a 1-0 nightcap victory.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A suburban St. Louis man who owned a business that rents bungee trampolines and other amusements to churches and schools awaits sentencing now that he's admitted in federal court that he videotaped himself with a girl.

  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that 51-year-old Joseph Masters of St. Ann pleaded guilty Friday in St. Louis to possession of child pornography.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities in Florida are investigating after a 25-year-old Missouri woman died after undergoing a cosmetic procedure at a Miami-area surgery center.

   Police in Hialeah, Florida, said in a news release that Ranika Hall of Kansas City died Thursday after undergoing surgery on her buttocks at the Eres Plastic Surgery clinic in Hialeah.

   Police say emergency responders were sent to the clinic about 9 p.m. Thursday after fielding a call that Hall was not breathing. She died about an hour later at a hospital.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two brothers and two other Kansas City, Missouri, men are accused of abducting two people.

   Federal prosecutors charged 30-year-old Jeremy Dobson, 25-year-old Joshua Dobson, 25-year-old Courtney Devero and 21-year-old Justin Watson with one count each of kidnapping and using a firearm during a violent crime.

   Court documents allege a man and woman were tied to a pole in a Kansas City home's basement on March 10, held at gunpoint and beaten by the kidnappers.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis childhood home of late poet Maya Angelou is up for sale. 

   With a listed price of $159,000, the 1,100-square-foot place at 3130 Hickory St. was Angelou's home for her first three years and, after her death in 2014 at the age of 86, was given local landmark status. 

   The three-bedroom, dwelling is 129 years old. 

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A man convicted of shooting two police officers during a 2015 protest in Ferguson, Missouri, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

   Jeffrey Williams was found guilty in December of first-degree assault and other crimes in the March 12, 2015, shooting. A St. Louis County judge sentenced Williams on Friday.

   St. Louis County officer Scott Brown was shot in the shoulder. Officer Cameron McKay, of Webster Groves, Missouri, was struck in the cheek. Both survived, but McKay has not returned to duty.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The head of Missouri's prison system is implementing a zero-tolerance policy for managers who fail to respond to reports of sexual harassment and other misconduct.

   New Missouri Corrections Department Director Anne Precythe's Friday announcement follows claims of widespread harassment of prison employees by co-workers and millions of dollars in legal payouts by the state.