John Wells

Producer/ Co-Host

John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Conkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.

John's fascination with technology continued with a 25 year career in the computer industry. He held area, senior and executive management positions with; Chipcom Corporation (networking), MIPS Computer Systems (high performance computing) and Netapp (storage). He moved from Boston in November 2010 to live in Park City. He began DJing at KPCW in January 2011, has substitute co-hosted regularly on Mountain Money, Community Voices and This Mountain Life. In February 2013 John and Lynn Ware Peek became the permanent co-hosts of Community Voices.

In September 2013 John and Lynn launched Cool Science Radio: Delivering understandable science and technology in a complicated world.

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The Morning Mix - March 16, 2018

4 hours ago

Celebrating St. Patricks Day, a stripped-down version of Pennyland joins The Morning Mix as the show's musical guests. Event designer, Joe Urankar paints the visual picture of what he's doing to transform The Yard in to a swanky, artsy, club atmosphere for a very unique happening called Blank Canvas, put on by Park City Summit County Arts Council next Friday. And Jess Miller, Senior Communications Specialist at Park City Mountain, unveils all the events scheduled on the mountain for spring. These include free concerts, contests, giveaways, and of course, pond skimming! 

We start with a preview of the “March For Science,” scheduled for April 14 in Park City, from Josh Hobson, the event’s organizer. Then we hear from Carl Hoffman, who writes about The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure. Finally, John and Lynn speak with Sang-Hee Lee, South Korea's first paleoanthropologist and a professor at the University of California, Riverside, who investigates our evolving species in her new book, Close Encounters with Humankind.

Today’s first guest is Tim Walsh, acting program director for NASA's new series of advanced weather satellites, one of which -- the GOES-S -- was successfully launched into orbit last week. GOES-S will be a game changer for better and more timely forecasting. Next up is Clifford Johnson, a physics professor at the University of Southern California, who recently wrote and illustrated a fascinating book titled The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe.

The Morning Mix - March 2, 2108

Mar 2, 2018

Today on The Morning Mix, JW and Christie broadcast live from McPolin Elementary.  The First guest is Hannah Rackman, Music teacher and choir director.  The second guest is school Principal Bob Edminson. Then, they visit with Kathy Anderson, Early Childhood Program Specialist at the Park City School District.  Musical guests were student choir members from McPolin Elementary.

On The Morning Mix, musical guest Tim Daniels is in studio, as well as Marlis Tasker and Caleb Wall from The Timpanogos Belvederes Improv Troupe, who are part of a last-Saturday-of-the-month Improv show at Timpanogos Valley Theatre. Also Andy  Frasco visited about his bands after hour’s concert at Snowbasin on Saturday.

Our first guest Helen Czerski, a physicist and science presenter for the BBC. Helen brings introductory physics to everyday occurrences in her book, Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life. Then Utah Natural History Museum Executive Director Sarah George talks about Nature’s Ultimate Machines, a new exhibit that runs through Labor DayIt dives into the inner workings of plants and animals and how they use natural devices to help them survive in every imaginable situation. 

Today's guests include local spirits distiller Rob Sergent of Alpine Distillery, whose Traveler's Rest American Single Malt Whiskey received "double gold" and a "50 Best Whiskey" recognition last week. Local musical guests Telluride Meltdown perform in studio, and early rock 'n' roll musical and cultural icon Chubby Checker joins us before his shows at Egyptian Theater this weekend. (During Rob Sergent's interview you might hear Telluride Meltdown jamming with Chubby Checker in the greenroom.)


Cool Science Radio - February 15, 2018

Feb 15, 2018

Lynn and John’s first guest  on Cool Science Radio is Dave Littmann who is the Project Manager for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites which brings in data from over 40 missions including the space station. How has space communications improved since Apollo? What is the future for space communications? These questions and more will be answered. Lynn and John's 2nd guest is Dr. Steven Masley who has written THE BETTER BRAIN SOLUTION. Dr.

The Morning Mix - February 09, 2018

Feb 9, 2018

John and Christie first welcome actor, author and entertainer John O'Hurley who is performing Saturday night at DeJoria Center. Next, local author, speaker, and life coach Terry Sidford talks about her book re-signing event at Dolly's Bookstore. Finally, Dallas Wayde, a young Salt Lake City-based hip-hop and pop singer, performs in studio. 

Cool Science Radio - February 8, 2018

Feb 8, 2018

John and guest co-host Jack Rubin chat with Lee Billings, space and physics editor at Scientific American, about the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch earlier this week. Then, NASA scientist Dr. Compton Tucker, checks in with a story about dinosaur tracks found at Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The final guest is Andy Hyjtan, an engineer at Armada here in Park City, who discusses ski engineering and design.