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.

 

A Look at Sports

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    Seven members of Missouri S&T's swimming team have been selected to compete at the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships, slated to begin March 8 as part of the NCAA's D-II Sports Festival in Birmingham, Ala.  Two of the S&T individual qualifers are making return appearances to the national meet, led by Jon Glaser, the Great Lakes Valley Conference's "Swimmer of the Year" for 2017.

   OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - Olathe police are searching for a suspect after three people were shot and wounded at a crowded bar.

    A police spokesman tells the Kansas City Star  the shooting occurred Wednesday evening at Austins Bar and Grill. Police Sgt. Logan Bonney says two of the victims were hospitalized in critical condition and the third was seriously injured.

    Officers late Wednesday night had surrounded a house about a mile from the bar. Police say they identified a person of interest in the shooting and were trying to make contact.

    MARSHFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri prison supervisor has been charged with pushing a female employee into a cell while she resisted.

    The Springfield News-Leader  reports that 56-year-old Johnny Burkdoll was charged Tuesday with false imprisonment. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A former Kansas City woman who stole more than $400,000 from a Missouri Lottery winner has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.

     Freya Pearson, of Conyers, Georgia, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Kansas City. She also was ordered to pay $441,830 to the victim, a 61-year-old former hospital housekeeper.

     The victim won $2.4 million in the Missouri Lottery in 2008. Because of the fraud, she is now financially insolvent.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal trial involving a lawsuit that Michael Brown's parents filed over his 2014 police shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri, now won't happen until at least next year, though a judge is giving both sides time to resolve the matter out of court.

    U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber has scheduled the wrongful-death case filed by Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden to go to trial in February 2018. It had been docketed for October.

   UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence visited a suburban St. Louis Jewish cemetery where more than 150 headstones were damaged earlier in the week. He says there is "no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism."

    Pence says at the cemetery in University City that the people of Missouri are inspiring the nation with their "love and care for this place." He is thanking them for "showing the world what America's really all about."

    Pence was joined by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's unemployed would again face losing several weeks of jobless benefits under a bill advancing in the state House.

    House members in a Wednesday voice vote gave the measure initial approval.

    Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick's bill is a revival of a failed 2015 plan to cut the maximum benefits to 13 weeks if the state's jobless rate is below 6 percent. That's seven weeks fewer than what's now allowed.

    Missouri's unemployment rate in December was 4.4 percent. More current data is not available.

   UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) - A suburban St. Louis Jewish cemetery badly damaged by vandals is getting a show of support from volunteers, well-wishers and financial contributors from across many faiths.

    Muslim groups have launched a crowdfunding campaign for the Jewish cemetery in University City, Missouri, with a goal of $20,000. By midmorning Wednesday, $66,000 had been raised.

    Cleanup continued Wednesday. The cemetery has posted on Facebook that 154 headstones were damaged in a crime discovered Monday morning.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has given initial approval for legislation establishing a prescription drug monitoring program.

    Senators on Wednesday voted 20-13 to create a database that tracks when prescriptions for controlled substances are written and filed. The goal of such programs is to prevent people from going to multiple doctors to get prescriptions for drugs such as painkillers - sometimes known as "doctor shopping."

    Missouri is the only state that doesn't have such a system.

  The Missouri Senate is debating the so-called Real ID Act WEDNESDAY. That bill is meant to bring the state’s driver’s licenses in line with federal ID regulations.

  The measure is opposed by dozens of Republican lawmakers, who argue the bill would infringe on their 4th Amendment right to privacy.

  Bill sponsor Republican Ryan Silvey of Kansas City is passionate about getting it passed this session.

    Rolla, MO -- Learn how the innovators of today are facing the challenges of tomorrow at a TEDx talk hosted by Missouri University of Science and Technology this April 6 in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, located at the corner of 10th and Main streets in Rolla.

 With two signatures and a handshake, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood and Missouri University of Science and Technology joined forces with the intent to research and implement new technologies on post.

    The memorandum of understanding, signed in December, identifies Fort Leonard Wood as a host installation for applied robotics and an autonomous electric bus pilot project, according to Joyce Connor, plans analyst with the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office, Fort Leonard Wood.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence is visiting Missouri Today to tour an equipment and engine dealer and talk about job growth.  

 Pence will be joined by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens at the Fabick Cat headquarters in Fenton, Missouri, outside of St. Louis. Pence will meet with workers, get a tour of the facility, and give a speech at 1:30 p.m., according to a release.

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum plans to unveil an exhibit chronicling the history of the rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Museum officials say "Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry" was developed with the help of both teams and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The exhibit is to open March 24.

    Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson said in a statement the intent of the exhibit is to "animate the stories associated with one of baseball's most celebrated rivalries."

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Parents of transgender children are slamming a Missouri measure that would require public school students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates.

    Republican sponsor Sen. Ed Emery said Tuesday that the measure is needed to protect students' safety and privacy.

    Parents and transgender children told lawmakers at a hearing Tuesday that the proposal is discriminatory and would put transgender students at risk.

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Democrats are asking Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to allow an expansion of family leave options for employees of the state executive branch to take effect.

    State Auditor Nicole Galloway sent Greitens a letter Tuesday supporting two changes to the family leave policy approved by the state's personnel advisory board in December.

  

  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal appeals court is weighing arguments over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again.

  State attorneys say they've provided plenty of evidence to show that the contested first drug in Ohio's three-drug method will put inmates into a deep state of unconsciousness.

  The state also argues that the U.S. Supreme Court last year upheld the use of that drug, midazolam, in a case out of Oklahoma.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Federal officials say a Missouri man is charged with helping to plan what he believed would be a terrorist attack in Kansas City.

    Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr. was charged in federal court in Kansas City with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The 25-year-old Hester of Columbia was arrested Friday and the criminal complaint was released Tuesday after he made his first court appearance.

  ST. LOUIS (AP) - The wife and stepson of the leader of a Ku Klux Klan group who was found fatally shot in eastern Missouri have pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.

  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports  44-year-old Malissa Ancona, of Leadwood, and 24-year-old Paul Edward Jinkerson Jr., of Belgrade, entered their pleas Tuesday in the Feb. 9 death of Frank Ancona. The two are each charged with murder, armed criminal action, abandonment of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are considering proposals to update state driver's licensing procedures to comply with federal law.

    The House voiced initial approval Tuesday for a bill that would bring licenses into compliance with the federal Real ID Act signed in 2005 by President George W. Bush. The Real ID law bolstered proof-of-identification requirements in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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