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.


   HOLTS SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) - Final preparations are being made nearly two months after residents of two central Missouri towns voted in favor of consolidating the communities.

 The News Tribune  reports that representatives from Lake Mykee and Holts Summit met Wednesday to sign some of the last pieces of paperwork needed to make the merger official. The consolidation is expected to be finalized Thursday at the Lake Mykee Board of Trustees meeting.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - New data show black drivers in Missouri were 75 percent more likely than whites to be pulled over last year.

 The annual report by the state attorney general's office released Wednesday shows the disparity rate last year increased from the year before, when blacks were 69 percent more likely than white motorists to be stopped.

 The state's disparity rate last hit 75 percent in 2014. That's the highest it's been since the state began compiling data in 2000.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A spokeswoman for Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says voters who need free identification cards required by a new state law can get them beginning Thursday.

   A constitutional amendment approved by voters last November requires photo IDs for voting, with some exceptions. Voters without proper identification can cast provisional ballots.

   St. Louis residents will vote July 11 to fill St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's seat on the Board of Aldermen. Special elections are scheduled in August for vacant legislative seats.

    Dexter Fowler hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to back Carlos Martinez and give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday night. Martinez (4-4) allowed one run on four hits while striking out nine as he pitched into the eighth inning for his third consecutive start to help St. Louis snap a three-game losing streak.

   MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - The largest animal vaccine company in China plans to open its first U.S. location in Manhattan.

   Kansas State announced Wednesday that Jinyu Bio-technology Co. will open research labs and offices at the university's office park sometime next year.

   The company will research and design of vaccines for pigs and cattle. It also will develop educational materials for Chinese companies and veterinarians. For now, it will employ four to six scientists.

   FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri sheriff says a 14-year-old used a steak knife to fatally stab a woman who was fighting with his mother.

   St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock says 35-year-old Alicia Morris died at a hospital after the altercation about 5 p.m. Monday.

   Authorities say Morris had accidentally driven off of the road in Farmington and walked with her boyfriend to a nearby home to borrow a chain to pull the vehicle from a ditch.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The last of three Kansas City men convicted in the death of a teenager at a Kansas City water park has been sentenced to prison.

   Nineteen-year-old Ce-Antonyo Kennedy was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for his role in the death of 14-year-old Alexis Kane at The Bay Water Park.

   Kennedy was convicted in April of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two Chicago residents have been ordered imprisoned for their role in a smash-and-grab theft of more than $100,000 worth of handbags at a Saks Fifth Avenue in suburban St. Louis.

   Prosecutors say Keyshyala Thomas was sentenced in St. Louis to two and a half years in federal prison, while Darius Bowdry received a term of a year and a half. Both are 22, pleaded guilty in February to interstate transportation of stolen property, and must pay $159,185 in restitution.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Jackson County medical examiner is investigating whether the West Nile virus caused the death an 8-year-old boy.

   Angie Jeffries, spokeswoman for the medical examiner, says West Nile is suspected in the May 23 death of an Independence boy. She says the Missouri Department of Health is testing a sample for the virus and medical examiner is asking for several additional tests.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court won't review a lower court ruling that spares the state's prison system from having to reveal where it gets drugs used in executions.

   Missouri's high court didn't comment Tuesday in rejecting a request to review the case from the American Civil Liberties Union, the nonprofit Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and other plaintiffs.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A top backer of Missouri's new photo identification voting law derided by critics as a disenfranchising poll tax says any registered voter can cast a ballot, with or without a photo ID.

   The new law that takes effect Thursday is a state constitutional amendment approved by Missouri voters last November.

   It generally requires photo IDs for voting, though provisions allow voting with just a utility bill or paycheck and a sworn statement of identity. Voters still can cast a provisional ballot.

   SALEM, Mo. (AP) - Authorities in south-central Missouri's Dent County say a 19-year-old man is in custody after being found with a 13-year-old girl whose disappearance led to an Amber Alert.

   The Dent County Sheriff's Office says the 19-year-old and the Salem girl "were in a continuing romantic relationship that began on the internet."

   Chase Utley, Logan Forsythe and Chris Taylor combined to reach base 11 times and totaled six runs, helping the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers rally past the St. Louis Cardinals 9-4 on Tuesday night.

   FORT IRWIN, Calif. (AP) - One Mississippi National Guard member has been killed and three others have been injured during a training exercise in California.

   The Guard says in a news release Tuesday that investigators are trying to determine what caused the death and injuries Monday night at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin.

   The four are assigned to the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, based in Tupelo, Mississippi.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 32-year-old man is jailed on $250,000 bond after being accused in connection with a fatal stabbing in Kansas City, Missouri.

   Jackson County prosecutors have charged Donnell Allen with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.

   Court records allege that officers dispatched Saturday to an apartment complex found a trail of blood leading to a second-floor unit, where Ali Griffin's body was found on a kitchen floor.

   WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - An autopsy report concludes that a toddler fatally injured at a carnival in Wichita, Kansas, died after grabbing an electrically charged fence.

   The report cited Tuesday by the Wichita Eagle  says 15-month-old Pressley Bartonek of Conway Springs was diagnosed as being brain dead five days after being shocked May 12.

   According to the report, the toddler was at a small carnival on a parking lot when she grabbed metal fencing and became unresponsive by the time her father freed her hands.

  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - City Utilities in Springfield has begun the process of shutting down one of its long-time power stations as it moves toward use of more renewable energy.

 The utility's board voted last week to shut down three units of the James River Power Station, with plans to retire the remaining two units in the next few years.

 The Springfield News-Leader reports  closing the station is part of the utility's plan to invest more in renewable energy sources and emerging technologies.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, says he's opening up for bidding the proposed construction of a single terminal at Kansas City International Airport.

   Sly James publicly announced the action Tuesday, saying more firms have expressed interest in competing for the project. He says bids would be accepted for the next three weeks.

   Kansas City-based engineering company Burns & McDonnell has submitted a proposal to design, build and privately finance the new terminal, with exclusive rights to the project.

   The Missouri Supreme Court will not hear a case that tried to force the Department of Corrections to release the name of the pharmacists who supply the state’s execution drugs.

     St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann reports on Tuesday’s move.

     The high court’s decision means that the names cannot be released under the state’s Sunshine law.

     But a former Democratic state Senator and a group of local and national media will now argue that the Department of Corrections is violating the First Amendment by not making the information public.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Saint Louis University School of Medicine is closing a research department and eliminating 21 jobs. 

   The school says the eliminated jobs are mostly positions in the Center for World Health and Medicine, which focuses on developing treatments for rare diseases. The center will close June 30. 

   President Fred Pestello says the changes are part of the school's response to an estimated $16 million budget deficit.