John Durkee

News Director & Morning Edition anchor

John Durkee is the News Director for KWGS. He has over 35-years of experience in radio news and has served as News Director of radio stations in Tulsa, Missouri and Kansas.  He was also a reporter in Oklahoma City, early in his career. He is a Tulsa native and served as the City of Tulsa Communications Director prior to joining the staff at KWGS.

Durkee has won countless awards for his work as a broadcaster, including awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Associated Press, United Press International, The Society of Professional Journalists and the Oklahoma and Missouri Association of Broadcasters.

He is a past board member of the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, the Kansas Association of News Broadcasters and the former Tulsa Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He resides in Bixby with his wife, Carol.

 

 

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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Friday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Governor says the state can handle a predicted revenue shortfall.
  • A surplus Tulsa fire station is sold to OSU.
  • A former Tulsa Police officer will stand trial.
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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • State Revenue will be short by $300 Million, but a tax cut will still take place.
  • A jail fee agreement is signed by county leaders.
  • 2 surplus Tulsa fire stations will be auctioned today.
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • TCC and OSU work to make transfers seamless.
  • The rebuilt travel plaza at Vinita will reopen next week.
  • A plea is issued for blood donors.
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Tue December 16, 2014

The Top Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The Tulsa School Board votes to put a bond issue on the March ballot.
  • Meet TU's new head football coach.
  • Dropping energy prices could hurt state revenue.
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Local & Regional
7:43 am
Mon December 15, 2014

AUDIO: Tour the Salvation Army 'Joy Center'

New toys await distribution at the Salvation Army warehouse
Credit KWGS News

Tour the Tulsa Salvation Army 'Joy Center'. It is a large warehouse at 11th and South Hudson. It is the location where the Salvation Army prepares its toy and food baskets for Christmas distribution.

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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Monday Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Gasoline prices continue to tumble in Oklahoma.
  • The Tulsa School Board will consider a $415-million bond issue tonight.
  • Tornadoes and earthquakes round out Sunday in Oklahoma.
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Local & Regional
1:22 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

SBA says 1 Month Left to Apply for Oklahoma Disaster Loans

Credit File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Small businesses in 12 Oklahoma counties and two counties in Kansas have one month left to apply for U.S. Small Business Administration drought disaster loans.

Tanya N. Garfield, director of the SBA program, says businesses have until Jan. 14 to seek a federal disaster loan for economic injury.

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Local & Regional
6:55 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Friday

In the local news:

  • Senator Tom Coburn delivers an emotional farewell address on the U.S. Senate floor.
  • TU names a new head football coach.
  • Tulsa City Council turns down a proposed Brady Heights Apartment complex.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma ranks above average in Health Readiness.
  • The missing Ponca City girl is found safe in North Tulsa.
  • We will learn the judge's ruling in a football game later this morning.
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Local & Regional
6:43 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Tulsa's Morning News for Wednesday

In the local news:

  • Spirit will transfer wing work and $160-million to Triumph.
  • Sales Tax figures for Tulsa increase, yet again.
  • Gasoline prices continue to decline.
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