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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
7:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Tuesday Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A public hearing on the naming rights for an Expo Square building is now set for Thursday.
  • Three members of the Tulsa City Council take the oath of office.
  • A milestone is reach for a Tulsa Social Services program.
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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Mon December 3, 2012

The Monday Morning News from KWGS

Topping the local news this morning:

  • Efforts are underway to make Tulsa "America's Most Beautiful City" again.
  • The Tulsa City Council takes the oath of office this afternoon.
  • Naming rights for the IPE Building are making headlines again.
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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping our local news this morning:

  • An Oklahoma City Survivors Group objects to an audit firm.
  • Trial is ordered for a suspect in the Victory Christian abuse case.
  • An uptick in flu cases in Oklahoma
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Local & Regional
7:46 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Thursday Morning's Top News from KWGS

Topping the local news from KWGS:

  • Oklahoma Congressman Cole urges Washington cliff compromise.
  • Tulsa Police involved in a fatal shooting.
  • You did not win the Powerball Jackpot, but you may get to play Tulsa's Recycle Lottery in the future.
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Local & Regional
6:59 am
Wed November 28, 2012

The Wednesday Morning Local News

Topping our local news this morning:

  • The TU Athletic Director is placed on leave.
  • Lottery Fever sweeps Oklahoma.
  • Senator Coburn says this is no time for Democrats and Republicans to play a game of fiscal chicken.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Tuesday's 1st Local Newscast from KWGS

Topping the LOCAL news this morning:

  • City and Civic leaders debate how best to fund low water dam improvements.
  • Lottery Fever is sweeping Oklahoma.
  • Pop-Up shops are popping-up in downtown Tulsa.
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Local & Regional
6:36 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Top Local Stories for Monday Morning

Topping our local news this morning:

  • It is Cyber Monday
  • Tax Reform will again be an issue before the state legislature.
  • Tulsa's Good Friday Shooting suspects will be back in court today.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news from KWGS:

  • The shopping madness that is Black Friday is here.
  • Drop-out data from the Tulsa Public Schools show some unique stats.
  • O-Dot goes CNG.
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Local & Regional
8:10 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Tulsa Radio Host Phil Stone Dies

Late Tulsa broadcaster Phil Stone
Credit Facebook

Iconic Tulsa radio broadcaster Phil Stone has died. For 27 years, he and Brent Douglas hosted the morning program on Tulsa radio station KMOD. Only last month, the station’s corporate owner, Clear Channel Communications, announced that it was unable to come to terms on a new contract with the pair, and the program ceased broadcasting.

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Local & Regional
7:06 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Tuesday Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Oklahoma will not set up a health exchange.
  • A lawmaker wants an investigation into the end of horse racing at Tulsa's Fair Meadows.
  • John 3:16 makes Thanksgiving meals available to Tulsa's needy.
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