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

On the May 11 Morning Mix, in-studio musical guest is Sarah Anne DeGraw an area-local. Joey Traum will be in from Bonanza Campout Music Festival, happening June 22-24 at River's Edge in Heber. Jason Ostler will run down the Blues, Brews and BBQ, free concert series that Snowbasin holds every Sunday, from June 10 thru September 30. Notable acts include Left Over Salmon, Los Lobos, and Andy Frasco.

Professor Brian Keating of UCSD joins the program to discuss his new book, Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor. As we know, the Nobel Prize is not only the most prestigious award in Science, it’s also humanity’s most esteemed accolade, its most sacred cow.

Anna Yen joins the show to discuss her new book, Sophia of Silicon Valley. Yen has worked at a wide range of tech companies. She spearheaded investor relations for industry leaders such as Tesla Motors, Market Watch, and Pixar Animations Studios, and reported directly to some of Silicon Valley's most respected leaders. She has co-founded several tech start-ups and is currently Managing Director at Ellipsis, an investor relations firm.

On today’s The Morning Mix, local musician Kasey Coyle will be the in-studio musical guest, and comedian Kris Shaw will call in to talk about the stand up comedy shows this weekend at Egyptian Theatre. Plus a full rundown of weekend events.

Author Jeffrey Kluger, a longtime columnist and science editor for Time magazine, joins John and Lynn to discuss his new book, Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon. In August 1968, NASA made a bold decision: in just 16 weeks, the United States would launch humankind’s first flight to the moon. (Rebroadcast)

Lynn and John speak with Michael Ruzek, the man behind Powder Buoy. By day, Rusek is in the financial services industry in Park City; at night he is the superhero Powder Buoy, who predicts powder storms two weeks after a buoy off the coast of Kauai pops to a certain wave height.

Alan Stern, the New Horizons Pluto Mission Leader, joins John and Lynn to explore the story behind his new book, Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto, co-written with David Grinspoon. Chasing New Horizons is the story of the men and women behind this amazing mission; their decades-long commitment and persistence; the political fights within and outside of NASA; the sheer human ingenuity it took to design, build and fly the mission; and of the plans for New Horizons’ next encounter, a billion miles past Pluto in 2019. 


John and Lynn speak with Eric Miller, President and CEO for Avi-on Labs here in Park City. Avi-on designs and builds a family of professional-grade Bluetooth® enabled lighting products. Since we last visited with Avi-on a year ago they have received patents for their proprietary software and a special private label agreement with a global lighting company that will distribute their products worldwide. Here's a link to the website





Today, Park City musician Elliott Goldman plays a few tunes; Ellie Gallagher talks about her nightclub performance called PC Girl Cabaret; Chris Mautz gives insight into the upcoming summer concert series at Red Butte Gardens, including how to get tickets, benefits of becoming a Garden Member, and insight into how the venue curates its lineup; and Sully from The Boneyard and Wine Dive invites locals to enjoy free food and prizes at the Customer Appreciation Party on Sunday. 

Cool Science Radio speaks with Dr. Glenn Ricart whose accomplishments include naming to the Internet Hall of Fame for his work on putting the "inter" in "internet." He's now the Founder and CTO of US Ignite, a non-profit that helps to accelerate new wired and wireless networking advances to create smart communities. He also speaks in Park City on Saturday, April 14, as part of the 2018 March for Science.