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.

Ways to Connect

The Morning Mix - February 2, 2018

Feb 2, 2018

Christie and JW speak this morning with Jeff and Lisa Ward, owners of the Silver Star Cafe, about their role in the live music scene in Park City, and also with Tiger Shaw, president and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, about the upcoming Winter Olympics in Peyongchang, South Korea.  Today’s musical guest is Mel Sol, who regularly performs at The Cabin's Monday night open mic sessions.

Cool Science Radio - February 1, 2018

Feb 1, 2018

Lynn and John speak with Jay Ingram, author of the bestselling series The Science of Why, which attempts to answer whether machines will ever have feelings, if Atlantis was a real city, and 34 other interesting questions. Then they chat with David Schwartz, whose new book, The Last Man Who Knew Everything, addresses the life and times of Enrico Fermi, known as “father of the nuclear age.”

Cool Science Radio - January 18, 2018

Jan 18, 2018

Today's first guest is author Daniel Pink, who will discuss his new book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, already a New York Times bestseller. In the second half of the show, we'll learn about SUBPAC, a wearable subwoofer that allows you to experience music in a new way, according to John Alexiou, SUBPAC's president, who joins Lynn and JW to talk about this interesting technology.

The Morning Mix - January 12, 2018

Jan 12, 2018

Today's Morning Mix is jam-packed with music, musicians, and music programmers. Jordan Matthew Young,2016 winner of the Utah Music Awards Best Album and Best Rock Band is in studio with Cory from the Green River Blues Band. Anders Osborne talks about playing two solo acoustic shows at The State Room. Jarom Rowland, senior manager of the film music program at Sundance Film Festival, will be announcing the ASCAP Music Cafe schedule. In addition to these interviews we update you on all the music and events happening in and around town this weekend. 


Cool Science Radio - January 11, 2018

Jan 11, 2018

John and Lynn’s first guest is Bill Andrews, senior associate editor of Discover. His team has been hard at work assembling their annual Discover "Top 100 Science Stories 2017" special issue which includes "Spacecraft Juno Delivers Jupiter’s Secrets", "Age Is Just A Number (Of Neural Stems Cells)", and "Who Or What Is Sending Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) From Deep Space?".  John and Lynn next speak with Sarah Murphy, STEM educator from the Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City, who will be talking about the Bill Nye: Science Guy documentary.

Today we welcome local singer-songwriter Cameron Mercer, who will be performing throughout the program. Our first guest is Lanny Derby, a member of Park City Curling Club, who will coach us on how to watch curling during the Olympics. Next up is Carl Roepke, a veteran of the US Luge Team who announces bobsled, luge and skeleton competitions at Utah Olympic Park. He'll explain what to expect in Korea, how to watch the sliding sports, and provide highlights on selected sports and athletes.

Cool Science Radio - January 4, 2018

Jan 4, 2018

This month's Scientific American explores bitcoin and blockchain technology in an 18-page special report. Tune to hear the report's editor, Jen Schwartz, discuss cryptocurrency with Lynn and John.  Next, learn the science of why alcohol is like poison, not just for some of us, but for all of us as Cool Science Radio speaks with Annie Grace, author of This Naked Mind.

The Morning Mix December 29, 2017

Dec 29, 2017

Today on the Morning Mix Christie and John talk about how to wrap up 2017. How to leave behind what doesn’t bring fulfillment, leave behind pain, frustration and explore creativity, adventure and possibility in 2018. Musical guests Elizabeth Hareza and Aaron English just back from a 50-date tour through Europe are in studio. Kyra Wong, posture therapist, stops by to talk about better health practices. Mike Wong PCCAPS advisor and lead engineer of the kinetic sculpture soon be installed at the PC MARC talks about the progress of the project.

Cool Science Radio December 28, 2017

Dec 28, 2017

On today's show John and Lynn speak with guest Dr. Joel Green who is a project scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute. Dr. Green will discuss future space telescopes beyond the Hubble. And on the second half of the show they will speak with Park City High students; freshman Slade Schemmer, junior Caden Schindler, senior Zina Horman and sophomore Iva Chho who represented the all-girls team, Ultimum Dominarum. Their teams the Robominers, Inconceivables and Nuclear Minds all made it to the semi finals with the Robominers winning it all. 

John and Jude's musical guests today were the Synderville Electric Band featuring George Dymalski, Hal O'Dell and Dan Lynch.  Kurt Bestor popped in to talk about his Christmas shows at the Egyptian Theater this weekend and Melisa Fields editor of Park City Magazine was in studio to talk about the magazines latest publication.