Jon Grayson

grayson Jon GraysonJon Grayson began his career in talk radio at age 19 while still in college. In just three years he had already hosted sports, politics, and general interest talk shows and served as the executive producer and on-air co-host of a top-rated weekly comedy broadcast on WFLA-AM in Tampa, FL.

Jon honed his style through his early 20′s and landed the evening talk show host position at WWTN-FM in Nashville, TN at age 27. The show went quickly to number 1 in the ratings and Jon enjoyed three years at the top of Nashville radio. In 2000, Jon moved to heritage CBS property KMOX-AM in St. Louis, MO where he hosted the overnight program for five years. During that time Jon also served as Science Editor, hosted the “KMOX Evening Special” and, following the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, hosted a new program documenting the lead-up to the war in Iraq, “Showdown With Saddam.”

Then Jon teamed up with John Carney for the fan-favorite “Two Johns, No Waiting” show before once again going solo for the launch of Overnight America in 2009. Since then Overnight America has added stations ranging from WCCO in the Twin Cities to KDKA in Pittsburgh to KFWB Los Angeles, WBAL Baltimore, WDBO Orlando and many more.

Over the years Jon’s varied interests have shown up both in the topics discussed on the show and in the list of guests he’s interviewed. From pop culture to politics, from famous crimes to favorite movies, you’ll hear it all on Jon’s show. Guests have included the late IL Senator Paul Simon, “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette, Dan Aykroyd, Eric Burdon of the Animals, James “The Amazing” Randi, Eagles guitarist and vocalist Glenn Frey, MO Senator Kit Bond, movie special effects master Tom Savini, Alan Thicke, Jim Parsons from “The Big Bang Theory” and many more.

In 2006 Jon’s career took an unexpected turn with an invitation by the United States Department of Defense to tour the war zone in Iraq. For ten days Jon traveled by Blackhawk helicopter, HumVee and armored transport from Baghdad to Iskandariyah. He interviewed soldiers, civilians, Iraqi police and politicians. He heard gun and mortar fire and saw the aftermath of roadside bombs, and even dipped his feet in what used to be Saddam Hussein’s pool. Jon remains grateful for the opportunity to view the war zone from the inside, and is forever indebted to the military and civilian security teams who kept him safe and allowed him to bring the story home.

Jon lives in the St. Louis area with his wife, Jennifer, and four sons, two dogs, two cats and a quaker parrot named Sheldon whom Jon taught to say “Bazinga.”

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FIVE QUESTIONS WITH JON:


What is your favorite St. Louis activity?

Taking the kids to City Museum.

What would you do if you weren’t in radio?
If I weren’t in radio I’d like to join a fossil dig in the Rift Valley to try and add to the base of knowledge about human origins.

Do you have any pets?
A rescue mutt named Louie, a Maltese dog named Koda, cats Monk and Nala, and Quaker Parrot Sheldon.

Share one random fact.
I once rode Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disney World with Wang Chung.

If you could live anywhere else in the country, where would it be?
You said “in the country,” so that means my first choice, Puerto Penasco, Mexico, is off the table. Hmm. If I could live anywhere else in the country it would be San Diego, CA. Cool people, cool breezes, palm trees. What’s not to like?

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License Plate Profiling?

A man who was traveling through Idaho says he was targeted by police because he had a Colorado license plate. The Denver Post has the full story here.

03/31/2014

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Overnight America Podcast: March 24th, 2014 – Kent Hartman, Jeff Dunham

Kent Hartman wrote the book on musicians you heard but did not know. “The Wrecking Crew” is the book and Kent sat down with Jon to talk about what you will learn inside his new [...]

03/24/2014

Overnight America with Jon Grayson

Overnight America Podcast: February 21st, 2014- Dave White, Ed Bark

Dave White of Movies.com Ed Bark of UncleBarky.com

NewsRadio 1120 KMOX–02/21/2014

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Night Vision with Jon Grayson – January 3rd, 2014

I love Bill Nye. I do. He’s a great guy and I think he’s always done a fantastic job promoting the sciences to kids and adults alike. But I really, really wish he wouldn’t do [...]

01/03/2014

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Night Vision with Jon Grayson – December 30th, 2013

It’s Not Yours – Country music star Toby Keith has decided to parlay his musical success into the restaurant business by opening a string of “Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill” (the name [...]

12/30/2013

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Night Vision with Jon Grayson – December 19th, 2013

Why I believe the Duck Dynasty “suspension” is a huge publicity stunt For both of you who have not yet heard, A&E ‘reality’ series star and Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson has ostensibly been suspended [...]

12/19/2013

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 10: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro during the official memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium December 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over 60 heads of state have travelled to South Africa to attend a week of events commemorating the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Mr Mandela passed away on the evening of December 5, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Night Vision with Jon Grayson – December 10th, 2013

Just one sentence today. It is my sincere wish that one day I will have so much time on my hands and so little else to think about that I’ll be able to devote all [...]

12/10/2013

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Night Vision with Jon Grayson – December 9th, 2013

A man was arrested this week for embarrassing people. Hollywood prankster Kenneth Tarr was charged for illegally eavesdropping because he recorded calls he made to sports figures posing as a team representative offering a job [...]

12/09/2013

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Night Vision with Jon Grayson – December 5th, 2013

Attitude Is Everything- Criticism is horrible. Even constructive criticism hits us in the gut like a mule-kick. There’s not a single one of us who enjoys being told what we’re doing is less than perfect. [...]

12/05/2013

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Night Vision with Jon Grayson – December 4th, 2013

On Martin Bashear and Sarah Palin So Martin Bashear has bowed out at MSNBC following a commentary in which he took a hard slap at Sarah Palin, implying that her comments comparing the national debt [...]

12/04/2013

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