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.


   DENVER (AP) - Sixteen people have been accused of running a massive home-grown marijuana operation in the greater Denver area.

   The Denver Post reported Friday  that authorities say over about three years, the group used houses in places like Colorado Springs, Elbert County and Denver to cultivate marijuana and then make big-dollar deals to sell it in Illinois, Arkansas, Minnesota and Missouri.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Fans mourning Chuck Berry's death can look forward to an album of mostly new material expected this year.

   The 90-year-old Berry died Saturday at his home near St. Louis. Berry's songs include the classics "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven." 

   Friend Joe Edwards says he's heard the new album Berry announced in October. Edwards calls it "sensational."  

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are pushing to give all state workers paid parental leave after Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed an order providing the benefit to some executive branch employees.

   Greitens' order gives up to six weeks of additional paid leave to primary caregivers and three weeks to secondary caregivers. It applies to workers in the governor's office and agencies controlled by one of the governor's appointees.

   The Missouri Department of Transportation is also adopting the policy.

    Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals to give him 34 on the season and Zach Sanford added his first since joining St. Louis to help the Blues complete a regular season sweep of the San Jose Sharks with a 4-1 victory on Thursday night.  St. Louis remained two points behind Nashville for third place in the Central Division and four points up on Los Angeles for the second wild-card spot.


Following a homestand in which it won seven of eight games, Missouri S&T's baseball team heads on the road for eight contests beginning Sunday as it opens a four-game series against Saint Joseph's in Rensselaer, Ind.  The Miners and Pumas will play doubleheaders on Sunday and Monday – with noon start times each day – in S&T's final non-conference games before the start of Great Lakes Valley Conference play next Saturday at Drury.



  COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia will reopen after closing for a few hours when employees reported an unknown hazardous materials emergency. Assistant Fire Chief Brad Fraizer says four clinic employees had eye and throat irritation and were coughing when firefighters responded to the clinic Wednesday afternoon. None of the employees required medical treatment. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the fire department's hazmat team conducted an air quality test and found an irritant in the air. Investigators are trying to identify the substance.

St. Patrick's festivities are Campus wide. KMST's John Larson spoke with Missouri S&T Chief of Police Doug Roberts on this months "On Safety"

   After playing its 19 games of the season on the road the Missouri S&T Lady Miner softball squad will have to wait a little bit longer to play its first home games of the season. The Lady Miners were scheduled to play Lindenwood on Wednesday afternoon but due to the cold temperatures the games have been moved to next Monday, March 20 at 2 and 4 p.m.

   KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A man who admitted killing a Kansas police detective has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

   Curtis Ayers was sentenced Tuesday in the May 9 shooting death of Detective Brad Lancaster during a confrontation near the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

   Prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty when the 29-year-old Ayers pleaded guilty in January to capital murder.

   Ayers didn't comment before he was sentenced.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Department of Conservation says efforts to save a bald eagle injured during a tornado earlier this month near Kansas City have failed.

   The department said in a news release Tuesday that the eagle found with a wing damaged in the March 6 tornado near Smithville Lake died of the injuries Sunday.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two Mexican nationals have admitted in federal court their role in a large marijuana-growing operation at a central Missouri federal wildlife refuge.

   Twenty-seven-year-old Carlos Horacio Vasquez-Duarte and 24-year-old Rigaberto Camacho Reyes pleaded guilty Tuesday in Jefferson City.

   Federal prosecutors say law enforcement officers discovered the marijuana-growing operation last October on five acres of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Howard County. That's where Vasquez-Duarte and Reyes were arrested.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House members have passed a bond measure for a new music and dance conservatory at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

   Lawmakers voted 117-39 in favor of the resolution Tuesday.

   The legislation would grant the authority to issue as much as $48 million in state bonds to cover half of the estimated $96 million project. Kansas City Republican Rep. Noel Shull says his plan would ask the state to pay off $5.5 million annually for 10 years.