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.


   Missouri S&T sophomore Amanda Wetzel will compete at the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships next weekend in Bradenton, Fla., as the NCAA officially announced the field for the meet Tuesday afternoon. The pole vault competition will take place on Saturday, May 27 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, with the event slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. A total of 21 competitors were selected to compete in the pole vault.

 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer, Chris Carter added a two-run shot and CC Sabathia got back on track as the New York Yankees rolled to a 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

   Pitching on six days' rest, Sabathia (3-2) went 6 2/3 shutout innings to win for the first time since April 15. He struck out five and walked two before leaving with the bases loaded, but Tyler Clippard promptly fanned Whit Merrifield to escape the jam.

   Clippard also handled the eighth before Jonathan Holder gave up a run in the ninth.

 NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - At least one person has been killed by a tornado that roared through a portion of a western Oklahoma town.

   The tornado struck about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and wrecked much of a subdivision on the southern fringe of Elk City, Oklahoma, about 110 miles west of Oklahoma City.

   The storm knocked out telephone service into and out of the city. But Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer told reporters at the scene late Tuesday that one person was known dead from the twister. He also said the storm destroyed 40 homes and damaged 50 to 75 others severely.

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A special Missouri legislative committee is offering recommendations on how to reform the state's prison system in response to reports of sexual harassment and other misconduct by corrections employees.

   The House Subcommittee on Corrections Workforce Environment and Conduct on Tuesday said its suggestions are meant to eliminate what it said was the hostile employee environment to which corrections workers were subjected.

  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down portions of a law that imposed special requirements on Ferguson and other cities and police in St. Louis County following unrest after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

   The court ruled Tuesday that the 2015 law was unconstitutional because the state failed to justify provisions treating St. Louis County differently from the rest of the state.

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway says a law to allow more people to request criminal record expungements and raise application fees could violate the state Constitution.

   Galloway warned Tuesday that a 2016 law could go over limits on lawmakers raising fees without a public vote.

   But that depends on whether an estimated net of more than $146 million in revenue materializes once the law is fully implemented in fiscal year 2019.

 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Pvt. Chelsea Manning is due to be released from a Kansas military prison after serving seven years of her 35-year sentence for leaking classified government materials to WikiLeaks.

   The transgender soldier is scheduled to be freed from Fort Leavenworth on Wednesday in accordance with former President Barack Obama's decision to grant her clemency in his final days in office.

   The Oklahoma native's attorneys and the Army have refused to say precisely when and how she will be released, citing potential safety concerns.

 ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis may soon join the growing list of cities removing monuments to the Confederacy.

   City officials said Tuesday that Mayor Lyda Krewson wants the 32-foot-tall monument in Forest Park removed as quickly as possible, and is looking into engineering options to take it down. It will likely be placed in storage since previous efforts to find a museum to house it have been unsuccessful.

   Other cities are grappling with what to do about Confederate monuments and statues.

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is asking that bond be revoked for a county sheriff who was temporarily removed from office after an inmate died from injuries suffered in an altercation at the jail.

   Hawley said in a news release Tuesday that he wants former Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson either jailed or barred from interfering in Hawley's investigation into the May 5 death of inmate Tory Sanders.

   Three members of Missouri S&T's swimming team have been selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America's academic all-district team for the 2016-17 season. The three selections – seniors Jon Glaser and Miguel Chavez and junior Stuart Mossop– were named in the at-large category, which covers all sports that do not have a specific team for it and all three will be eligible for Academic All-America honors.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Houston man has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison for a prostitution conspiracy.

        A federal judge in St. Louis on Monday sentenced 33-year-old Thomas Szczerba. He was convicted of several counts in February. A co-defendant, Keisha Edwards, pleaded guilty in February and faces sentencing May 24.

        Prosecutors say Szczerba and Edwards befriended the victim in 2015 in Houston and began grooming her to work as a prostitute. In July 2015 in St. Louis, the victim called 911. Edwards and Szczerba were arrested that day.

  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - An embattled Kansas City, Missouri, jail has been sued by a man alleging he was raped by another inmate, and a guard did nothing to help.

   In fact, the lawsuit filed May 9 alleges that the female guard at the Jackson County Detention Center gave cocaine to the man assaulting Ryan Dumas during the attack in September.

   A county spokeswoman on Monday did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities in Texas say rookie Kansas Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes escaped injury after being robbed last weekend.

   The Smith County, Texas, Sheriff's Office says Mahomes and three other victims were stepping from a vehicle on a driveway outside Tyler on Friday night when a suspect approached and gestured he had a handgun in his waistband.

   Investigators say the man took property from the victims and sped away. Deputies later arrested two suspects and recovered items taken during the holdup.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Numerous doctors from around the U.S. could become eligible to treat patients in Missouri's underserved areas as a result of a planned expansion of a first-in-the-nation law aimed at addressing doctor shortages.

   The newly passed Missouri legislation would broaden the reach of a 2014 law that sought to bridge the gap between communities in need of doctors and physicians in need of jobs.

   Supporters have touted the law as a model for other states.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's new governor is going to a luxury resort owned by President Donald Trump for a Republican Governors Association event.

   The Kansas City Star reports  Eric Greitens is among Republican governors attending the two-day corporate policy summit at the Trump National Doral golf course in Miami. The event begins Tuesday and is closed to the media.

   The resort was the site of multiple fundraisers for Trump during his 2016 campaign.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - John Danforth, a former Missouri attorney general, U.S. senator and ambassador to the United Nations, is the latest recipient of the Winston Churchill Leadership Medal.

   The award, announced Monday, is from the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Increased funding for public education is expected to be a boon to early childhood programs in Missouri.

   Extra money is available because Republican lawmakers passed a bill to fully fund the school finance formula for the first time in recent memory. That full funding triggered a 2014 law that allows districts to receive money for pre-K.

   The program could cost more than $62 million if all districts take advantage. Educators say that likely won't happen in the first year.

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri in Columbia is seeing the negative effects of budget cuts and declining enrollment.

   The Columbia Daily Tribune  reports the university is expecting its smallest incoming freshman class in nearly two decades this fall, with as much as a 6 percent decline compared to last year.

   Local landlords are also offering gift cards of up to $1,000 or rent reductions to bring in renters before the semester ended last week.

    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says the state is adding six more counties to the number being assessed for damage linked to recent flooding and severe weather. 

   Greitens said in a statement the expanded survey comes as he prepares to make a request for a federal major disaster declaration. 

   The latest counties in which preliminary assessments will be conducted for individual assistance involving damaged homes and personal property are Franklin, Iron, Laclede, St. Louis and Wayne.  

   The final day of Missouri’s legislative session has arrived. One major issue is resolved and to the governor’s desk, but several more face extinction. St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin reports:

   First, the House sent Governor Eric Greitens a bill that would allow the state to issue driver’s licenses that comply with federal Real ID standards. That means Missouri residents won’t have to use passports to fly come January unless they deliberately choose a non-compliant license.