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.


   PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Police say a Missouri girl who reported being raped by her boyfriend told investigators that her high school principal threatened them with in-school suspension to "get them to stop saying things about each other."

   The Southeast Missourian  reports that 37-year-old Richard Thomas was charged Monday with a misdemeanor count of failure to report abuse, neglect or death of a child younger than 18.

   Thomas didn't return a phone message Wednesday from The Associated Press. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

   CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Missouri sheriff has been charged with assault for allegedly handcuffing a 77-year-old woman with enough force to cause her to have a heart attack.

   Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson also is charged with other crimes including forgery and robbery. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced the charges Wednesday. Hutcheson was briefly jailed Wednesday in Cape Girardeau County before being released on $75,000 bond.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A member of the ownership group that sought an MLS franchise for St. Louis calls the defeat of public financing "likely the final stage of our journey."

   St. Louis voters on Tuesday turned down a measure that would have provided $60 million from a business use tax to help build a 22,000-seat downtown soccer stadium. St. Louis was a favorite to land a Major League Soccer expansion team for play starting in 2020 - but only with voter approval.

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House lawyer is warning lawmakers to be on guard against bribery attempts after a recent email from a solar power company official offered donations while referencing legislation.

   The email, provided to The Associated Press, was sent to lawmakers by Serra-Lesa Ivener, the Missouri president for Hog Power Energy. She writes that she is making a list of pro-solar lawmakers for campaign donations and asks how they would vote on a bill to impose fees on people who generate their own solar energy.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker is proposing that the St. Louis Zoo change its name to the Midwest Abortion Sanctuary City Zoological Park in order to get money from local zoo taxes.

   Lake St. Louis Republican Sen. Bob Onder pitched the idea Wednesday. His suggestion came after Senate Democrats spoke for hours Tuesday against his bill to further regulate abortions and ban fetal tissue donation.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill to regulate powdered alcohol the same as other alcoholic drinks.  

   The bill was initially approved Wednesday by a voice vote. It would regulate a powder that can be added to water much like Kool-Aid to create an alcoholic drink. It needs another vote in the House before it goes to the Senate. 

   WASHINGTON (AP) - How to vote on a Supreme Court nomination is a difficult political call, especially for the 10 Democrats up for re-election next year in states that President Donald Trump won.

        Democrats have vowed to oppose Trump and face pressure from their liberal supporters to resist him at every opportunity.

        Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is voting against Gorsuch. She said she comes from a state where, no matter how she votes, half of the people are angry. The difference this time, she says, is "the ones who are happy are really happy."

 Leach Theatre will be hosting a special TEDx Talk on Thursday, April 6th from 6-9pm.  The event will feature nine special guest speakers, including Doctor Jossalyn Larson.  She gives us an inside view of the event.

     Larson discusses the name of the event and what it is about: "The topic for our conference is bold solutions and big ideas and I'm super excited because every single one of these speeches, is that exactly. It's a new way of thinking about something that we've spent a lot of time thinking about."

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Foreign dignitaries from around the world are converging on Kansas City, Missouri, and its towering World War I monument to observe the 100th anniversary of the day the U.S. entered "The Great War."

        A sellout crowd of 3,000 onlookers also snapped up tickets for the daylong observance Thursday titled, "In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace."

        The event on the grounds of the Liberty Memorial - the nation's official WWI monument - will feature patriotic music, speeches and readings from the time America declared war on Germany.

   Due to the forecast of inclement weather over the next two days, Missouri S&T's scheduled home baseball game on Wednesday with Pittsburg State University has been postponed.  No make-up date has been scheduled at this time.  The Miners will return to action Saturday when they face Rockhurst in a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader in Kansas City, Mo., beginning at noon.  Missouri S&T and Rockhurst will also play a doubleheader on Sunday at noon.

   BELTON, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say a second human skull was found in a wooded area in western Missouri.

   A mushroom hunter found human remains in the area south of Belton Monday. A second skull was found Tuesday in the same area.

   Cass County Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Tieman says investigators have not determined the age, sex or race of either of the remains.

   Tieman says no further information was immediately available.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A spokesman for a federal workplace-safety agency investigating a deadly boiler explosion in St. Louis says that complicated probe may take months to complete.

   Scott Allen with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Chicago said Tuesday that while OSHA tries to complete investigations as swiftly as possible, by law it has six months to do it.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri state Sen. Rob Schaaf says he will end his opposition to a proposal establishing a statewide prescription drug monitoring program. 

   Schaaf on Tuesday announced that he will support a plan to create a statewide database for doctors to track prescriptions of painkillers and other controlled substances after years of vehement opposition.  

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A California man pleaded guilty in federal court to participating in a conspiracy that distributed more than $6.6 million in synthetic marijuana from and to central Missouri businesses.

   Federal prosecutors say 40-year-old Michael James Butler, of Sacramento, California, pleaded guilty Tuesday for his role in money-laundering and mail fraud conspiracies. Both conspiracies occurred between December 2012 and July 2015 and were related to the distribution of synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.

   State Auditor Nicole Galloway says she’s found some questionable ways in which Missouri spent 8-point-four billion federal dollars between July 2015 and June 2016. 

   The report released Tuesday details several agencies’ use of childcare and Medicaid money. 

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has given initial approval to a state budget plan that boosts funding for public schools, cuts it for colleges and prohibits it for other things including abortions and drunken driving checkpoints.

   The House endorsed the $27.8 billion operating budget for next year after a daylong debate. A second round of votes is needed to send it to the Senate.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - It looks like St. Louis will remain a two-sport town after voters defeated a measure that would have helped pay for a stadium as part of an effort to lure a Major League Soccer franchise.

   City voters turned down Proposition 2 on Tuesday by a 53 percent to 47 percent vote. It would have provided $60 million from a business use tax to help fund a soccer stadium.

  FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson, Missouri's top elected official in the tumultuous 32 months since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown has won another three-year term.

James Knowles III, the mayor who was the public face of Ferguson after Brown's death in August 2014, held off a challenge Tuesday from city Councilwoman Ella Jones, who was seeking to become the St. Louis suburb's first-ever black mayor. It will be Knowles' final term in office, due to term limits.

   GOODMAN, Mo. (AP) - Authorities in southwest Missouri believe a tornado is responsible for severe damage to several buildings, including a fire station and elementary school.

   The small town of Goodman was hit hard by a severe storm Tuesday evening. McDonald County Emergency Management director Gregg Sweeten says it appears a tornado was responsible for damage to the town's fire station and elementary school. No deaths or serious injuries have been reported.

   Sweeten says several homes and businesses in Goodman were damaged.

   A dreadful seventh inning for Kansas City's bullpen as the Ervin Santana and the Twins beat the Royals 7-1 on Monday for their first opening victory in nine years.  After signing a $65 million, five-year contract to assume the role as the ace of the rotation, Duffy's first career opening day start was a dazzler with eight strikeouts over six innings with three hits and three walks allowed.