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.


   SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Missouri State says it will drop its field hockey team and make other adjustments in response to budget problems.

   Athletics Director Kyle Moats announced Monday the school will replace field hockey with beach volleyball.

   The Springfield News-Leader reports  17 current and seven incoming students are on the field hockey team. Current players will keep their scholarships and stay at the university or could transfer to another school and begin playing immediately. Incoming recruits will be released from their national letters of intent.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Six steers that escaped from a slaughterhouse in north St. Louis will be rewarded with a life of leisure.

   The steers ran from the Star Packing Co. last Friday.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports  the animals were picked up Monday from the slaughterhouse and taken to an area farm. They will wait there for a few weeks and then go to an animal sanctuary.

   WASHINGTON (AP) - The Delta Queen could be back cruising waterways sometime soon. 

   The Senate voted 85-12 on Monday to allow the legendary riverboat to carry passengers if certain safety changes are made to the wooden vessel. In the past, the Delta Queen had been exempted from a 1966 law that had prevented wooden boats from carrying passengers overnight. That exemption lapsed in 2008. 

Join KMST's John Larson for a conversation with Barry White and his work with the 2017 AENC Concussion Conclave...

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A spokeswoman for St. Louis' mayor says the city has strict licensure requirements when it comes to boilers much like the van-sized one that exploded Monday morning, killing three people and injuring four others in two different businesses.

   St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said the boiler exploded at the Loy-Lange Box Co. in south St. Louis, killing one person there. The chief says much of that equipment flew about 500 feet (150 meters) across the street onto a laundry business, killing two people there when it came through the roof.

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri has named a new dean for its law school.

   The school announced Monday that Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, an associate dean at the University of Florida's law school, will become law school dean on July 1.

   Lidsky has been a faculty member at Florida since 1984. She previously clerked for U.S. Judge Jospeh Sneed in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

   University spokeswoman Liz McCune says Lidsky will be paid $330,000 annually.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has passed a bill to ban cities and counties from using red-light cameras.

   House members voted 125-30 Monday to send the bill to the Senate. The measure would prohibit the use of cameras to catch traffic violations such as speeding and running red lights.

   Supporters say it should be up to law enforcement to hand out tickets for running red lights and that some municipalities use cameras to generate revenue.

   But critics say it should be up to cities and counties to decide whether to implement the cameras.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is announcing plans to combat human trafficking.

   Hawley planned on Monday to outline plans to issue new consumer protection rules, create an anti-trafficking unit in his office and establish a permanent anti-trafficking task force to combat forced labor and commercial sex.

   The head of the Missouri NAACP finally got to finish testifying against a bill that could make it harder to prove discrimination when someone is fired. 

   Nimrod Chapel spoke at a hearing in opposition of the measure, which he said would reinstitute Jim Crow laws. Then, a Republican ordered Chapel’s microphone turned off and said his testimony was over. 

Chapel received an apology from House leadership and was told he’d be able to speak at a later date, which came Monday.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - House members have passed a bill to make Missouri the last state to adopt a prescription drug monitoring program.

   Lawmakers voted 102-54 Monday to create a database to track prescription drugs. The bill now heads to the Senate.

   Under Republican Rep. Holly Rehder's proposal, doctors and pharmacists could see when patients are prescribed and receive medications.

   Rehder says the goal is to help prevent addictions and block doctor shopping, when patients go from doctor to doctor for prescriptions.

  Missouri S&T got a pair of timely hits late in the second game Sunday afternoon to gain a split with Quincy for the second straight day at the S&T Ballpark, as the Miners took a 4-2 win after the Hawks won 11-4 in game one of the Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader.

   The Missouri S&T Lady Miner softball squad had its three-game winning streak snapped dropping both games of its doubleheader to Truman State at the S&T Softball Field on Sunday afternoon. The losses drop S&T to 14-19 overall and 6-6 in Great Lakes Valley Conference action.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis police say a man is in serious but stable condition after he was shot by police officers during a pursuit.

   Police Chief Sam Dotson says the shooting occurred Friday when three officers fired at the man after he pointed a weapon at them.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports  30-year-old John Samuel Blanchard Jr., of St. Louis, was charged Saturday.  He faces five charges, including assault.

   EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Police in East St. Louis say two men were found shot to death at a beauty salon.

   The Belleville News-Democrat  reports that police found the bodies of 39-year-old Wilber Hall of East St. Louis and 21-year-old Andre Chatman of St. Louis when they responded to a call made shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday that there had been a shooting at the business near the corner of 9th Street and St. Louis Avenue.

   The body of one man was found outside the building and the other was found inside the business.

Missouri S&T got a pair of timely hits late in the second game Sunday afternoon to gain a split with Quincy for the second straight day at the S&T Ballpark, as the Miners took a 4-2 win after the Hawks won 11-4 in game one of the Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader.

The Missouri S&T Lady Miner softball squad had its three-game winning streak snapped dropping both games of its doubleheader to Truman State at the S&T Softball Field on Sunday afternoon.

 ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis University Hospital plans to open the first building of a major capital project this week.

 The hospital will open a $12 million Center for Radiation Medicine on Tuesday. It's the first structure in a capital project that will lead to replacing the current hospital.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports  the renovation is the first major capital project at the hospital in 31 years.

 FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson's leadership has changed drastically since the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown put the St. Louis suburb at the center of the debate over the treatment of blacks by the nation's police forces.

   The one constant has been Mayor James Knowles III, who is asking voters for another three years on Tuesday in what surely has become one of the toughest political jobs in America.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A year after the NFL's Rams abandoned St. Louis for Los Angeles, the city has a chance to again become a three-sport town if voters agree to help pay for a stadium for a new Major League Soccer franchise.

   Voters will decide Tuesday whether to designate $60 million from an existing business use tax for the construction of a 22,000-seat soccer stadium in downtown St. Louis.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee has removed funding for security measures installed this year in the state Capitol.

   Rather than paying for X-ray machines and metal detectors put in place in January, the House Budget Committee this week authorized the Missouri Capitol Police to hire five more officers.

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The four campuses of the University of Missouri system are reporting a drop in applications from international students. System officials say the current political climate and concerns about safety are contributing to the decline. 

   New system President Mun Choi has said one of his first initiatives is to increase revenue by attracting more international students. 

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri mother of two children killed in 2012 when they were electrocuted while swimming near Lake of the Ozarks docks wants state lawmakers to enact laws that could prevent similar tragedies.

   Angela Anderson of Ashland tells KOLR-TV  that legislators must improve safety standards at boat docks and marinas.

   Her push followed the deaths of 13-year-old Alexandra Anderson and her 8-year-old brother, Brayden. Both were electrocuted by power running to a dock they were swimming near on the lake.