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.


   Dr. George Markowsky, a computer science professor at the University of Maine with a background in entrepreneurship, international education and cybersecurity research, has been named chair of the Missouri University of Science and Technology computer science department. 

   Markowsky is founding chair of the computer science department at Maine, where he’s been a faculty member since 1984 and initially led that academic unit for six years.

   WILLARD, Mo. (AP) — An outgoing superintendent at a southwest Missouri school has been suspended with pay since shortly after he said a prayer at the high school's graduation.

   The Willard School Board voted in May to suspend Superintendent Kent Medlin. The Springfield News-Leader reports the move is largely symbolic because Medlin planned to retire and was scheduled to work only until June 30.

   The board said in a statement that Medlin's prayer at the May graduation violated school policy.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) — Several passengers of a St. Louis bus are being treated for injuries after an SUV fleeing police crashed into the bus.

   The accident happened yesterday afternoon. Police did not say how many people were hurt but said none of the injuries are life-threatening.

   Police tried to pull over an SUV for a traffic violation, but the vehicle fled. Police say officers did not pursue the SUV, but it crashed into a Metro bus a short time later.

   The SUV driver ran away after the crash, but police say a gun was left behind.

   POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri woman is accused of setting the fire that killed a man.

   KFVS-TV reports that the fire broke out Sunday in an apartment building in Poplar Bluff. Firefighters pulled 57-year-old Tommy Younger from the fire, but he died on Monday.

   Authorities determined the blaze was arson and questioned a 41-year-old woman. Police say she admitted setting the fire.

   The woman is jailed, but formal charges were not filed as of yesterday afternoon.

   Rolla Daily News: After allegedly sexually assaulting a woman, following a party, a Rolla man has been charged with Rape and Sodomy in the First Degree. Joel Thorne, age 24, was arrested on June 2, 2017, after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in a Rolla residence.

   The Cincinnati Reds came from behind to beat the slumping St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 last night. St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez was dominant through six innings before wilting in the seventh as the Cardinals dropped their fourth straight.

   The Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 last night for their 11th straight win. It's the longest winning streak in the majors this season and one shy of the Astros' record.

   CINCINNATI (AP) - Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett hit consecutive two-run doubles in the seventh inning, and the Cincinnati Reds came from behind to beat the slumping St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Monday night.

   St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez (4-5) was dominant through six innings before wilting in the seventh as the Cardinals dropped their fourth straight and eighth in 11 games.

   The Reds had lost two in a row and five of six going into the opener of this four-game series.

    SALEM, Ind. (AP) - Police investigating the deaths of three people in southern Indiana say they've found the body of a man whom they consider a suspect in the killings.

   Monroe County Sheriff's deputies found a body inside Richard Lee Burton Jr.'s pickup truck parked at a camp Monday morning. The county coroner hasn't released the man's name or determined the cause of death.

   State Police said in a news release that they believe the body is Burton and that he was responsible for the three deaths. The investigation continues.

   KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A trial is poised to begin against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China approved it for imports.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A relative says a 7-year-old girl who was wounded in a deadly shooting in St. Louis last week is brain dead and being kept on life support until her organs can be harvested.

   The girl's great-grandmother, Venita Griffin, said Monday that relatives have been visiting Deniya Irving and saying "goodbye." Griffin says donating the girl's organs would be "a blessing to someone."

   Deniya's parents - 24-year-old Jessica Garth and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Derrick Irving - and another man died in the shooting Thursday.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Dozens of police officers in North Kansas City have made a surprise visit to the lemonade stand of a 3-year-old girl whose dream is to be an officer.

   The Kansas City Star  reports that Hannah Pasley held a lemonade stand last Friday and Saturday to raise money for her own police uniform. After buying it Saturday morning with her aunt, Ashly Rooks, Hannah continued her lemonade stand in the afternoon wearing her new uniform.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Actor Alan Cumming is asking a Missouri facility, housing a chimpanzee named Tonka and other chimps to be moved to an animal sanctuary.

   The British-born actor won a Tony Award for "Cabaret" in 1998 and earned three Emmy nominations for his role in the CBS television drama, "The Good Wife." In 1997, he starred in the movie "Buddy" alongside Tonka.

   In a letter to the Missouri Primate Foundation in Festus, Cumming says he recently learned Tonka was living in a cage with little outdoor access.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a Missouri technical college's challenge of a ruling that its mandatory drug testing policy is unconstitutional when applied to all students.

   The nation's high court refused without comment Monday to intervene in the matter involving 1,200-student State Technical College of Missouri in Linn.

   Under a previous court ruling, the 56-year-old college can test students enrolled in programs with public safety concerns, including coursework involving heavy machinery and aviation maintenance.

   President Donald Trump approved Gov. Eric Greitens’ request for a major disaster declaration for a total of 48 Missouri counties. The declaration is in response to historic flooding that began April 28 and led to the destruction or major damage of more than 1,200 homes and at least $58 million in damage to roads, bridges, other public infrastructure and emergency response costs. The Governor’s May 24th disaster request estimated total losses and expenses of over $86 million.

   Adam Wainwright hit a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy and pitched six innings of four-hit ball, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 on Thursday for a four-game split.

   Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza both play Friday in the third round of the French Open.  Rafael Nadal and Venus Williams also have matches today.

    WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man charged with vehicle theft is behind bars after he became trapped in a sport utility vehicle with broken doors and was confronted by the armed owners.

 The Daily Star-Journal  reports that 19-year-old Thomas Ortiz, of Warrensburg, was inside the 20-year-old vehicle when police responded Monday. The SUV's doors need a key to be opened from the inside.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Authorities say a St. Louis shootout and car crash has killed two men and injured a woman and her 7-year-old daughter.

  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that the girl was shot in the head Thursday afternoon. The woman also was shot. Both were in critical and unstable condition at a hospital.

   Lt. Col. Jerry Leyshock says the dead are two men, in their mid-to-late 20s. One of the men was found dead in the street, the other was found dead in a car. Both had been shot. Their names weren't immediately released.

   JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Newton County authorities say the body of a 12-year-old girl who went missing during a float trip has been found. 

   The body of Brooke Robinson, of Joplin, was found Thursday in Shoal Creek near Joplin. The body was found about 2 miles downstream from a campground where Brooke was last seen Monday during a holiday outing with her family. 

   The Joplin Globe reports family members said Brooke fell off a float tube Monday after being hit by a tree branch in Shoal Creek.  

   ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - Employees at WireCo WorldGroup have left the plant for the last time, after decades of working in St. Joseph. 

   The international wire and synthetic rope company announced in March 2016 that it would end most manufacturing operations in St. Joseph and eliminate 49 jobs. 

   Lanny Mears, who worked at Wire Rope for almost 30 years, said Thursday over half of his co-workers were laid off last August. 

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's only current abortion provider says it was unaware until recently that it was required under a 38-year-old law to report to the state any complications from the procedures.

        The acknowledgement Thursday by the Reproductive Health Services arm of St. Louis' Planned Parenthood came a day after Missouri's health chief, Randall Williams, pledged stricter enforcement of the law.