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.

 

Yesterday St. Louis County joined 190 other U.S. communities that have chosen to ban the sale of tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery systems to anyone under the age of 21. “Tobacco 21” (or “T21”) will become law on Dec. 1 and be in force countywide. Second District Councilman Sam Page, the bill’s sponsor, called the vote a “big win for the young people of St. Louis County.

Four former Kansas governors have launched a bipartisan campaign to retain Kansas Supreme Court justices in November's election. The first of three invitation-only events featuring former Republican Govs. Mike Hayden and Bill Graves and former Democratic Govs. John Carlin and Kathleen Sebelius took place yesterday in Kansas City, Missouri, and are sponsored by Kansans for Fair Courts. That group says it wants to keep the state's courts independent. Voters will determine whether five of the seven justices receive another six-year term.

The National Rifle Association is backing Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster for Missouri governor. The NRA's political action committee announced yesterday it endorsed Koster over his Republican opponent Eric Greitens. Greitens is a former Navy SEAL officer and former Democrat. His campaign manager says "no one is stronger" than Greitens on Second Amendment issues. Koster, a former Republican, is the only Democratic statewide candidate in Missouri the NRA endorsed.

Eagle Fork Farms in Moscow Mills, Missouri, is getting ready to welcome visitors to their 2016 corn maze. This year, the farm is teaming up with the St. Louis Blues creating a 50th Anniversary logo tribute maze.  Many local farmers are familiar with Eagle Fork Farms because of their pumpkin patch, hay rides and spectacular corn mazes. Eagle Fork has been creating GPS precision cut mazes since 2004. This year, in cooperation with the St. Louis Blues, a huge Blue Note has been cut into their corn field. The St.

Before roughly 500 people yesterday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence made the case to southwest Missourians on why they should elect Donald Trump president. The Republican nominee’s running mate spoke of Trump’s stance on the economy, national security and foreign policy before a boisterous crowd at the Springfield Expo Center. Pence says on day 1 as president, Trump will “unleash the boundless energy” of the American economy and put people back to work, in part by rolling back red tape.

  A 70-year-old man accused of robbing a bank in Kansas told investigators he would rather be imprisoned than live with his wife. Court documents say Lawrence John Ripple gave a note to a bank teller in Kansas City on Friday, demanding cash and warning he had a gun. Ripple took the money and went to sit in the lobby where he told a guard he was the "guy he was looking for." Officers arrived quickly. An FBI agent wrote in the affidavit that Ripple had earlier been arguing with his wife.

Defense attorneys are questioning the impact of local police using U.S. Secret Service cellphone tracking technology in 2014 to investigate a case. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that lawyers say the legal mechanism police cite to justify the use of the technology is inadequate because federal prosecutors say the use of the system is akin to a formal search, which requires a search warrant. St. Louis police are now getting warrants before using the tech, but attorneys say the concession could affect older cases.

Back in 1975, Jack H. Hetherington, a professor of physics at Michigan State University, had just finished writing a paper titled “Two-, Three-, and Four-Atom Exchange Effects in bcc3He.” The paper describes the results of an experiment exploring the behavior of the helium-3 isotope at various temperatures. Before submitting his work to a publisher, Hetherington asked a colleague to read it over.

A majority of the $1 million spent this year on the failed riverfront stadium project was for work done before Jan. 13, when National Football League team owners voted to let the Rams relocate to Los Angeles. But more than $240,000 was billed to the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority for work done between March 1 and 31, two months after the plan had seemingly been shelved. An invoice dated March 29 for over 200 thousand from HOK Inc.

  The Missouri Department of Agriculture has announced up to $100,000 for the Urban and Non-Traditional Agriculture Matching Grant Program.  The department will award grants of up to $7,500 for reimbursement of expenses associated with urban and non-traditional agriculture. Eligible projects include urban agricultural projects and non-traditional agricultural activities which such as introducing a new crop or product to an area or expanding the use of or adding value to agricultural products.

  Nearly two centuries after Missouri gained statehood as part of a compromise over slave ownership, no black candidate has ever won a statewide election there. Longtime TV news reporter and anchor Robin Smith would be the first if she's elected secretary of state. An Associated Press analysis found Missouri is one of 10 states since Reconstruction where only white candidates have won contests for president, senator and other nonjudicial offices elected statewide. The others are Alabama, Arkansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wyoming and Mississippi.

  Boston's largest police union is headed to court to try to halt a program requiring officers to wear body cameras. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court. The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association claims the city violated an agreement when Commissioner William Evans assigned 100 officers to wear the cameras after no one volunteered. The union is seeking an injunction to temporarily halt the initiative. The two sides had reached an agreement in July calling for 100 officers to volunteer to wear body cameras for six months.

  Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency in Pawnee County after a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck northwest of Pawnee. The earthquake struck at 7:02 a.m. Saturday and was felt throughout the Midwestern United States, although no severe damage or serious injuries were reported. The quake ties a 2011 earthquake for the strongest earthquake in recorded state history. Fallin's order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases for disaster relief and is the first step toward asking for federal assistance, if necessary.

The Missouri Department of Conservation plans mandatory inspections of deer killed in 29 counties during the opening weekend of the November firearms season as part of an effort to battle a deadly deer disease. The department has established a "Chronic Waste Disease Management Zone" in northern and central Missouri for the weekend of Nov. 12-13, the busiest period for deer hunting in Missouri. It is the state's first-ever mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease, which produces holes in brain tissue and causes the animals to die. There is no cure.

As the first day of fall approaches, memories of summer get pushed aside as new projects and tasks come forward. But for some, those summertime smiles last all year...Every year at this time, we tune into a rhythm. The sounds of baseball, are the soundtrack of summer. But to some, it's just the sound of silence. In a sense, that's what this place is all about. "We have about 60 kids this year, they're all deaf or hard of hearing, "explains Cari Dimovitz.

St. Louis may soon get its first food truck park — a regular gathering spot for some of the area’s best-regarded mobile kitchens. The proposed site is on a stretch of South Vandeventer Avenue — not far from the popular Grove entertainment district — that officials hope to regenerate with new businesses. Some planning remains, and the park’s developers have yet to choose the project’s name. But they have a site and hope to conduct a food truck pop-up event there this fall.

Tesla’s licenses to sell cars in Missouri are in jeopardy after a circuit judge ruled the electric car maker is not a franchisee and its licenses should not be renewed by the Missouri Department of Revenue. Led by billionaire CEO Elon Musk, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based electric car maker sells vehicles from company-owned stores and online. In January 2015, after Tesla opened stores in University City and Kansas City, the Missouri Auto Dealers Association sued the Missouri revenue department and its director, alleging its direct-to-consumer model violates state law.

A recent state audit says Missouri is making in-state and out-of-state students bear more of the costs at public universities and colleges, prompting Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to respond that the state is a national leader in college affordability. Nixon touted Missouri's lowest-in-the-nation in-state undergraduate tuition increases since 2008. He says including money for scholarships and capital improvements, state spending on higher education went up 3.9 percent between fiscal years 2009 and 2015.

It's a good day to begin a new day. And the bell is what a new day sounds like for 9-year-old Zac Gossage. Even the mascots, Louie and Fredbird from the St. Louis Blues and Cardinals, showed up to celebrate and for reasons far more significant than to say happy birthday. This is Zac's last chemotherapy treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, after three years, two months and a dozen trips to the emergency room. The reporters for KSDK News first met Zac shortly after he was diagnosed. He and his best friend Vincent were being a little silly. Being silly is exactly what Zac needed.

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