John Wells

Host, KPCW Cool Science Radio

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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Cool Science Radio - January 5, 2017

Jan 5, 2017

John and Lynn’s first guest this morning is Bill Andrews who is the Senior Associate Editor for Discover Magazine. Every year at this time Discover publishes their pick of the top 100 science stories of 2016. The 2nd guest this morning is Marc Saltzman. He is a Syndicated Technology Journalist who writes about the latest in consumer electronics. Saltzman is attending the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas.

Cool Science Radio - December 22, 2016

Dec 22, 2016

John and Lynn’s first guest this morning is Mark Sunday who is the chief information officer and senior vice president at Oracle. He is responsible for providing global communications, computing, and security infrastructure that enables Oracle’s internal business operations as well as a variety of hosting and education services for Oracle customers. The 2nd guest is Paul Halpern who has written Einstein’s Dice and Schrodinger’s Cat...How Two Men Battled to Create a Unified Theory of Physics.

The Morning Mix - December 16, 2016

Dec 16, 2016

   John and Christie’s first guests are  Johnny Neel of The Allman Brothers and Bryon Friedman.  They will perform at OP Rockwell Friday night to benefit Utah Avalanche Center. The second guest is Nate Sears- Emcee for Park City Sing Along and Holiday Spectacular at Egyptian Theatre. Then John and Christie welcome Sharon Backurz and Hadley Dynak with Park City Summit County Arts Council who bring us up to date about the Branded PC Holiday Pop-up Boutique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John and Jude’s first guest on the program today is Aaron English who performs live in studio.  Second guests are Shellie Barrus, Executive Director  and Robin Nygaard, Habitat Volunteer- Family Services Committee from Habitat For Humanity,  bringing us up to date on their new home dedication which is coming up December 15.  The final guest is  Renee Huang from  Utah Symphony and Utah Opera.

John and Lynn’s first guest this morning is Andrew Parker, Chief Marketing Officer for the Leonardo Museum. The Leonardo and Women Tech Council (WTC) have partnered to open the Women Innovators exhibit, a highly interactive exhibit showing the impact of women in driving innovation in business and technology. The 2nd guest is Matthew Dunn who has written the Spycatcher series of suspense novels and he has just released A Soldier’s Revenge a fictional book about Will Cochrane a former intelligence officer. 

John and Christie welcome their musical Guest Rob Reinfurt  who performs live on the program.  Then they welcome Terri Orr- executive director of the Park City Performing Arts Foundation, curator of the Park City Institute, and co-director of the PCI/Strategic News Service "Future in Review" Speaker Series.  Tinsley Ellis Droped by to visit. Ellis is appearing at the Egyptian Theater this weekend.

Cool Science Radio - December 1. 2016

Dec 1, 2016

Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells speak with Roger Altizer, from the University of Utah who heads up the Entertainment Arts & Engineering: Master Games Studio, part of the nation’s top gaming department. Then, Dave Evans and Bill Burnett, professors at Stanford University, with their new book, Designing Your Life.

The Morning Mix - November 11, 2016

Nov 11, 2016

First guest on the program is Courtney Spaulding from Troubled Youth Blues Band (classic Blues) and Emanon. She is a Park City High School Senior and performs live.  Next up is the Utah Natural History Museum Curator Mitchell James Power talking about the Behind the Scenes Event: opening non-public exhibits - November 12-13. Then John and Jude talk with Hilary Reiter about The Park City Santa Pub Crawl, Saturday, December 3rd. Finally on the program, information about Bling Fling, Friday & Saturday, Nov 11-12 at PC Community Church.

Cool Science Radio - November 10, 2016

Nov 10, 2016

Today we speak about snow science.  I mean, because if we talk about snow enough, it may come, right?  We are joined by one of the top snow scientists around.  Drew Hardesty with the Utah Avalanche Center. Then with recent events in our community, we have been alerted to the existence of what many of us had never heard of before – the dark web.  We speak with Earl Foote and Travis Gunn of Nexus IT about what it is  and what can be done to protect ourselves and our children from it. 

On the morning mix today, John and Christie welcome the group; Steel Belts, who perform live in studio. Other guests on the program included Don Gomes from Entrada Institute, Ollie Wilder and Larry Warren talking about Live PC Give PC and an update on the KPCW Music Crawl. 

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