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.




Local & Regional
6:40 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Top Local Stories for Monday Morning

Topping the local news from 89.5/KWGS:

  • Flash flooding sweeps a Tulsa teen to his death.
  • Worries at the state level regarding funding for a teachers' stipend.
  • Asbestos in the burned Barnard School has demolition crews taking extra care.
Local & Regional
6:53 am
Fri October 12, 2012

The Top Local Stories for Friday

Topping the KWGS Local News:

  • The Tulsa City Council has lots of questions for the city's IT department after a cyber security test is mistaken for a hack.
  • Demolition of the old Barnard School site is underway.
  • The Taste of North Tulsa points to the area's food insecurity.
Local & Regional
6:49 am
Thu October 11, 2012

The Top Local News for Thursday Morning

Topping our local news from 89.5/KWGS:

  • The Chamber of Commerce heads to Europe for an economic development tour.
  • The candidates for Congress speak-out.
  • Welcome to three dozen new citizens.
Local & Regional
6:55 am
Wed October 10, 2012

The Top Local Stories for Wednesday Morning

In the local news:

  • Oklahoma VA homes are under the state senate microscope yet again.
  • Tulsa's burned-out Barnard School is prepped for demolition.
  • Tulsa says good-bye to one of its newest Zoo animals.
Local & Regional
6:48 am
Tue October 9, 2012

The Top Local Stories for Tuesday Morning

In our local news:

  • Tulsa's School Superintendent is pleased the State Board of Education will delay releasing A-F grades for schools until the grading formula is revisited.
  • Vision-2 opposition gets vocal outside of City Hall.
  • Tulsa County leaders take no action on the Jazz Hall of Fame
Local & Regional
6:45 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Monday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS: Hear Here

Topping the local news from KWGS:

  • The fate of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame will be discussed this morning in Tulsa.
  • A major reconstruction project is getting underway on eastbound I-244 at 129th East Avenue. Detours are in place.
  • The Federal Reserve says "You're doing fine, Oklahoma".
Local & Regional
6:51 am
Fri October 5, 2012

It is Friday and Here are the Top Local Stories

Topping the local news at 89.5/KWGS:

School Superintendents voice displeasure with the new A-F school grading system.

Three people are killed in a head-on car crash to the northeast of Tulsa.

An AG opinion is released concerning Tulsa's Vision-2 Vote.

Local & Regional
6:54 am
Thu October 4, 2012

The Top Local News of the Morning

  • 6:06 AM KWGS Newscast

It this news update:

  • The Tulsa Unemployment dips, but just slightly.
  • The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame could be an eviction notice on Monday.
  • The Tulsa priorities are set for the Vision-2 proposal
Local & Regional
7:57 am
Wed October 3, 2012

The Top Local Stories from KWGS

Topping the local news at 89.5FM/KWGS:

  • The American Airline Union in Tulsa says it is not responsible for the airline's  seat problem.
  • The Mayor orders a complete investigation of the city's IT Department.
  • The First District Congressional Candidates gather in Tulsa for a debate.
Local & Regional
6:51 am
Tue October 2, 2012

The Tuesday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

Topping the Local News this morning from 89.5FM:

  • City Hall computers in Tulsa were not hacked, after all. The city's IT director is placed on administrative leave.
  • Business owners in south Tulsa react to the closing of Lewis at I-44 and the impact it will have on their income.
  • A County Commissioner wants strings attached to Vision-2 Airport funding.