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.


A real life Hero

Sep 1, 2016

Here is a KMST Local  Hero Spotlight - A Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper is being hailed a hero after a saving a man’s life, this According to KRCG TV.

This past Saturday, Corporal David Echternacht was on duty, on the water helping with the Shootout at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Lifelong friends are wonderful to find but every once in awhile, circumstance can cause a separation. Here’s one story that shows what someone will do to keep that bond…  

KMST's John Larson sat down with Missouri S&T’s Vice Provost and Dean of Enrollment Management Laura Stoll for an interview. Together they spoke about the amazing records reached in enrollment this Fall at the well-known school of Science and Technology and discussed how these numbers were possible.

Missouri Farmers Markets are taking up SNAP Benefits and USDA Deputy, Under Secretary, Dr. Katie Wilson gave in an interview with some insight, with KMST's John Larson, as to what sorts of benefits it provides.

Knowing your background is sometimes taken for granted but a few men and women of Missouri recently got to experience the unveiling of their history. Here’s their story …  

I had the honor to interview Major General Kent Savre, the new Commanding General of Fort Leonard Wood. The General has so many accomplishments, that when I read his website biography allowed, I was out of breath at the end.  However, I was able to catch my breath and had a wonderful conversation with this Modern Day Hero....

JL: General, thanks for stopping by.

MGS: Hey John, great to be here. Thanks for having me.

JL: It’s my pleasure. What is your role and responsibilities at the Fort?

With the St. Louis Zoo in the headlines today, I came across this interesting story.  The lead elephant in the 1980s film "Smokey and the Bandit 2" is among two new pachyderms at the Topeka Zoo. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the 58-year-old Asian elephant named Cora arrived Wednesday. She was joined by her longtime companion, Shannon, a 34-year-old African elephant. Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley says the pair quickly took to exploring after being unloaded.

Tough Time at Dinner

Aug 29, 2016

Taking young children out to dinner can be a little tricky but I came across a story today that gives new perspective. Cynthia Tipton was having dinner with her family at Bandana’s in Rock Hill when she saw the look on her son’s face and knew what was coming. Her daughter, Sophie, had been kidding around with her little brother, Noland, who got embarrassed. He started screaming and crying. Noland, 10, has high-functioning autism. His meltdown caught Tipton by surprise. She walked over to his chair, knelt down next to him, began rubbing his back and whispering comforting words in his ear.

Having a job gives us a sense of purpose and contribution not only to our workplace but to our home as well. Here is job success story.  A woman with Down syndrome who has worked at the same McDonald’s for over three decades is retiring. Freia David has spent 32 years working at the french fry station at the McDonald’s on Chestnut Street in Needham. She lives in a Charles River Center-supported home in Needham. The center is a Needham nonprofit that provides employment, job training and housing for nearly 1,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities.

WHAT: Tomorrow, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday! This major milestone is cause for celebration, with national parks around the country hosting special events and public parties. Join the fun from home with EarthCam’s live streaming webcams located at park sites throughout the U.S. A special highlight: on August 25 at 9:00am EDT, see the Living Arrowhead in Washington, DC, where more than 1,000 participants will be assembled to form the world’s largest National Park Service emblem!

An Owensville woman was shot by her estranged husband once inside their room at the Owensville Motor Inn 6 p.m. yesterday evening, and at least four more times outside the room as well.

Gasconade County Sheriffs Department says "It appears the Estranged Husband shot the woman once in the room and then she stumbles out of the room and he shot her several more times.

Authorities spent six weeks investigating a case of cow rape and decided last week to charge a 68-year-old man with unlawful sex with an animal.

The woman who owned the cow walked into her barn the evening of June 10 after seeing a car that she could not identify parked near it. When she stepped inside, she told police that she found a naked man, later identified as Darrell Helton of Nixa, Mo., standing behind one of her cows trying to have sex with it.

According to "Officer Blue" from Blue Lives Matter...

Late night on July 20th, two NYPD officers were on patrol in Times Square when somebody in an SUV pulled by beside their police van. The person inside of the SUV tossed a device on the van’s dashboard. The device started to flash and make a clicking sound; it appeared to be a bomb. Sergeant Hameed Armani and Officer Peter Cybulski didn’t run away though; they made the immediate decision to drive the bomb to a less populated area where the bomb would be unable to harm others in the area.

According to Reuters - Gunmen went on a shooting rampage in a shopping mall in the southern German city of Munich on Friday, killing and wounding many people, police said.

Authorities were evacuating people from the Olympia mall but many others were hiding inside.

The Bavarian Interior Ministry said three people were dead, NTV television reported. A Munich police spokeswoman said multiple people were killed or wounded.

"We believe we are dealing with a shooting rampage," the spokeswoman said.

A pair of deputies from Brevard County, Florida, are receiving praise online for assisting a family that seemed to be down on its luck.

Two police officers in the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Sean Cronin and Field Training Officer Anthony Gonnelly, noticed that a mother and her family were going through hard times during a stop for a minor traffic violation in Cocoa, Florida, in late June, WOFL reported.

The officers then decided to help the struggling family out.

The 16-year-old who is battling advanced cancer became an officer for the day courtesy of the Rolla, Mo., police department. "One of our dispatchers is a mentor to this young man," Rolla detective Derrick Dillon said by email. "When she brought him and his wish to our attention, it was a no-brainer on what needed to happen.

    From the poetry etched into the Statue of Liberty, to the hymns that became our national anthems, to the words of the Declaration of Independence, the American Tradition was built on . the power of language, and the language of power. Here with a celebration of that language is local marine and Chief Warrant Officer Three, Andre Mayes.


John Ford Coley

Jun 22, 2016

KMST's John Larson sat with Grammy Nominated Musical Artist, John Ford Coley to talk about his career and an upcoming performance at The Soda Fountain in Steelvile Missouri.

After 31 years, Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) and Michael Feldman will end production of Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? on June 30, 2016. The live, two-hour weekly program, which was created by Michael Feldman in 1985, is among the most successful programs in WPR history. At its peak, the program was heard by more than 1.5 million listeners each week on more than 300 stations and KMST 88.5 is proud to have been one of them, almost from the beginning.

Immigrants in Missouri

Jun 10, 2016

There is much discussion about where refugees from the middle east and other parts of the world are landing. In this Five Part series, KMST's John Larson talks with Paul Costigan and Ranga Nepal from the International Institute St Louis to speak about their role is placing immigrants in Missouri.