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
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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Local & Regional
6:59 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Child Reunited in Tulsa with Foster Parents

A special needs child is reunited with her foster parents in east Tulsa. The young girl was found wandering in her pajamas about five this morning near 41st and Mingo.

A passer-by saw the child alone and took her to the Quik Trip at 41st and Garnett, where law enforcement was notified.  Police were unable to communicate with the child because of her disabilities. Police were going door-to-door to find the girl’s foster family, when I woman spotted the child in a news broadcast and notified police of the foster parent's names.

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Local & Regional
7:49 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Tulsa's Local News for Friday Morning

In the local news:

  • Hostess will close its plants nationwide, including its facility at 11th and Sheridan in Tulsa.
  • The Federal Trade Commission approves the Hertz purchase of Tulsa based Dollar-Thrifty.
  • A Ten Commandments monument is erected at the state capitol, complete with typos.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Thu November 15, 2012

The Top Local News

In the local news:

  • The flu season may be off to an early start this year.
  • Oklahoma's new lawmakers take the oath of office.
  • Don't be a turkey. Donate one.
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Local & Regional
6:51 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Tulsa Fire Injures Six

The fire was on the back side of the apartment complex, closer to Peoria Avenue.
KWGS News

A Tulsa apartment fire sends six people to the hospital. Three of the six are children. The blaze was reported about nine last night at the Bradstone Apartments at 12th and South Quaker.

The fire apparently started in Delores Taylor’s Hot water heater. She tried to get her neighbors out.

The complex is owned by the Tulsa Metal Health Association. The Association and the Red Cross are working with those displaced by the fire.

Five of the six people injured are listed in critical condition at Tulsa hospitals. EMSA released the following information on thise injured:

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Local & Regional
6:45 am
Wed November 14, 2012

The Top Local Stories for Wednesday Morning

Our TOP LOCAL Stories:

  • A Tulsa apartment fire leave six people injured.
  • Planned Parenthood goes to court to save its WIC contract.
  • America's energy future is looking brighter.
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Local & Regional
6:42 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Tuesday Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news this morning:

  • An apartment fire at Mannford leads six people injured.
  • A Tulsa man is arrested on child abuse and neglect changes after his children are found naked. One toddler was found locked in a dog's cage.
  • Gasoline prices in Tulsa drop below $3 per gallon.
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Local & Regional
11:25 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Tulsa Toddler Found Locked in Dog's Cage. Tulsa Police Discuss the Case

William Lewallen was arrested for child abuse and endangerment
Credit Tulsa County Jail Booking photo

A Tulsa man is in jail after police find an 18-month old toddler locked in a dog’s cage inside his house. Another child was found playing naked in the back yard. That child was four-years old. A third child was asleep in the house.

Officers arrested 47-year-old William Lewallen at his home near 49th Street North and Frankfort. Lewallen is believed to be the children's father. Police say Lewallen was passed out on the bed from mixing prescription medication with beer.

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Local & Regional
8:33 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Monday Morning's Top Local Stories

Topping the local news:

  • The all clear is given after a south Tulsa natural gas leak.
  • Oklahoma debates what to do about a health care exchange
  • Three are dead in a Creek County crash.
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