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.


       Danny Duffy tossed seven innings of three-hit ball, Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Yankees 5-1 on Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

   Corey Perry's shot deflected in off Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban's stick 10:25 into overtime, and the Ducks snapped the Predators' 10-game home playoff winning streak with a 3-2 victory Thursday night that evened the Western Conference finals at 2-2.  Game 5 is Saturday night in Anaheim.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 13-year-old boy was shot in St. Louis just hours after an anti-violence rally took place nearby.

   Authorities say the child was shot in the stomach by another juvenile Wednesday afternoon. Police said he was in critical but stable condition following the incident. No update was provided Thursday.

   KSDK-TV  reports the shooting occurred near Northwest Academy of Law High School, where an anti-violence rally had wrapped up just a couple hours before.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas City man convicted of stabbing another man to death during an argument had served prison time for another fatal stabbing.

   Brian Morrow pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the stabbing death last summer of 20-year-old Isaiah Jones, of Kansas City. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

   The Kansas City Star reports  the men were on their way to a movie when they began arguing over when police can detain a person. Morrow stabbed Jones and then drove away.

   HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) - Police are searching for a handcuffed eastern Missouri burglary suspect who was able to get out of a seat belt in the back of an unmarked police car and steal it, nearly striking a deputy as he drove away.

   Jefferson County authorities say the deputy fired at the man Thursday, but he was apparently not hit. No police officers were injured. The suspect got away but the abandoned car was found in a wooded area.

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri has named a North Carolina State University official as the next dean of its College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. 

   Missouri announced Thursday that Christopher Daubert will become dean on Aug. 1. He will replace Thomas Payne, who is retiring at the end of the year. 

   Daubert has been head of the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at North Carolina State since 2010. 

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - An Environmental Protection Agency examination has found no radioactive contamination in a neighborhood that sits near a suburban St. Louis landfill where nuclear waste is buried.

   The EPA said Thursday that no remediation is necessary in the Spanish Village neighborhood in Bridgeton, Missouri.

   SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Mercy Hospital Springfield and its affiliated clinics have agreed to pay $34 million to settle claims of improper Medicare billings. 

   The U.S. Department of Justice released a settlement document Thursday detailing the agreement with the hospital and medical clinics.  

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Democratic Rep. Randy Dunn says he will be resigning from the Missouri House, effective May 31.

   Dunn announced in a Facebook post Thursday and on the floor of the House last week that he will not be returning to the Legislature next year.

   A Facebook post on Dunn's page says that he will accept a job in Omaha, Nebraska, as the executive director of a community development organization.

   Dunn represents the 23rd district in Kansas City and has served in the Missouri House since 2012.

   A Cole County Judge has sentenced six Missouri pastors who participated in a 2014 demonstration/prayer vigil at the statehouse to one year of unsupervised probation.

   In 2014, they were among twenty three members of the clergy arrested for trespassing after singing and praying to urge legislators to expand healthcare. In 2016, a jury found all of the group guilty.

   Former Governor Jay Nixon offered a pardon to members of the group, and 16 took him up on the offer.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers will be returning to work Monday for a special session.

   Gov. Eric Greitens announced on Thursday that he is calling lawmakers back to consider legislation that could make easier to reopen an aluminum smelter in southeast Missouri.

   The proposal would allow the state Public Service Commission to approve special electric rates for aluminum smelting and steel-works facilities, which require a lot of electricity.

   Missouri S&T will be holding a number of weekly summer camps at the athletic complex on campus beginning on Tuesday, May 30 with the 42nd annual Joe Miner Camp. For more information on all of Missouri S&T's summer camps, go to

   Pinch-hitter Chris Young singled home the tie-breaking run in the 13th inning and the Boston Red Sox rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Wednesday night to sweep their two-game interleague series.  Boston improved to 3-17 when trailing after seven innings, while St. Louis fell to 19-1 when leading after seven.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run fourth inning, the Yankees piled up 16 hits and New York rolled to an 11-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

   Michael Pineda (4-2) allowed three runs and six hits with two walks over six-plus innings. The big right-hander was shaky throughout but good enough to win for only the second time in 16 road starts.

   FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The bee industry is buzzing over the arrest of a California man accused in one of the biggest thefts of beehives on record.

   Authorities say the 51-year-old defendant from the Sacramento suburbs stole thousands of hives worth nearly $1 million from California's almond orchards.

   Beekeepers across the U.S. rent their colonies out to the state's nut growers to pollinate the trees.

   Hives are worth big money, in part because of the boom in the almond industry and the unexplained mass die-offs of bees in recent years.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Army says newly freed Pvt. Chelsea Manning will be on a special, unpaid off-duty status that will allow the transgender soldier to wear her preferred civilian clothing, including women's attire.

   Manning also will be able to live where she wants.

   Manning was released Wednesday from a lockup at Kansas' Fort Leavenworth. That's where she'd been serving a 35-year sentence for giving classified government materials to WikiLeaks.

   Former President Barack Obama granted her clemency in January before he left office.

   BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) - Jurors have found a suburban St. Louis man guilty of attempting to hire someone kill a witness in a separate homicide case against him. 

   The U.S. attorney's office says William "Chuckie" Clarett, of Berkeley, was convicted Wednesday in the federal conspiracy case. Prosecutors say he was jailed in St. Louis County on a first-degree murder charge in the April 2015 killing of 28-year-old Travis Hayden when he asked another inmate to find someone to kill the witness. 

   Supporters of an effort to loosen state regulations on hair braiding in Missouri will have to try again next year. 

   Under current law, those interested in African Hair Braiding as a profession must attend 15-hundred hours of schooling and be licensed as a cosmetologist. Proposed legislation, that failed this year, would have instead allowed them to take a self-administered test. 

   Many Critics say the change would not hold hair braiders accountable for their practice.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is asking Gov. Eric Greitens to bring state lawmakers back to the Capitol to pass legislation for a prescription drug monitoring program.

   McCaskill said in a Wednesday letter to Greitens that he should call a special legislative session to enact a prescription database.

   SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) - One person died and three others were injured when a tree fell at a retirement center in southeast Missouri.

   Sikeston public safety Captain Jim McMillian says a gust of wind blew over the rotting tree Wednesday at the Green Meadows Retirement Center in Sikeston.

   KFVS reports  the tree fell on a picnic table that employees and residents use to take breaks.

   The person killed worked at the retirement center. The three injured people were residents.

   SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Two Missouri women are headed to federal prison for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in Missouri.

   Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old Cheryl Paluczak, of St. Charles, was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in prison without parole. And 33-year-old Heather Courtois, of Republic, was sentenced to four years without parole.

   The women pleaded guilty to taking part in a drug conspiracy that led to the indictment of 27 co-defendants. The organization ran from June 2013 to November 2014.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Fifteen alleged gang members or associates have been indicted by a federal grand jury in St. Louis for distribution of crack cocaine and heroin.

   Federal agents and police are working together to arrest the men, 12 of them from St. Louis and three from Phoenix. The roundup is part of Mission SAVE, a St. Louis-area effort launched in 2015 that targets violent offenders. By midday Wednesday, about half of the suspects were in custody.