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
6:44 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Wednesday Morning News from 89.5/KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

·       Water usage in Tulsa is being voluntarily restricted. Those restrictions could become mandatory later today.

·       An overnight high-rise apartment fire in Tulsa causes damage to the University Club Tower.

·       Demolition work is underway on the Turner Recreation Center.

Local & Regional
6:57 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Tuesday News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

·       We will get a water usage report later this morning. Tulsa could be placed on water restrictions.

·       The Governor declares a state of emergency because of the heat and drought.

·       Police Chiefs gather in Tulsa for a state conference.

Local & Regional
6:59 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Monday Morning's First News from KWGS

Topping Our local News----

·       The heat wave is not loosening its grip on Green Country.

·       Wild Fires are becoming a major problem across the state.

·       The Mayor is urging School Districts to buy local.

Local & Regional
6:46 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Friday Morning's Local News from KWGS

Hear a recap of this morning's local news from KWGS, including details on:

  • Tax Credits will be reviewed again in Oklahoma.
  • The Tulsa Public Schools gets a grant from PSO.
  • The Tulsa City Council collects back to school supplies along with the Fire Department.
Local & Regional
6:58 am
Thu July 26, 2012

More West Nile in Tulsa County

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health officials in Oklahoma a warning of the return of the West Nile virus to the state.

The Oklahoma Health Department says eight cases have been confirmed in the state — four in Tulsa County, two in Pittsburg County and one each in Garfield and Carter counties.

There was just one West Nile case in the state in 2011.

The health department said those infected range from 29 to 78 years old.

The virus is spread through by the Culex mosquito — which feeds on infected birds and then transmits the virus when biting humans.

Local & Regional
6:48 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Thurday Morning's First Newscast from KWGS

Topping our local news:

·       Not much improvement in Oklahoma’s rankings when it comes to kids.

·       American Airlines Union officials are urging Tulsa members to vote yes on a new contract.

·       While rain is on the weather radar this morning, people in Claremore are being asked to conserve water.

Local & Regional
6:45 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Wednesday Morning's First News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News:

·       Tulsans weigh-in on Code based zoning for one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

·       City and education leaders hold an education summit.

·       The problems in the Medical Examiner’s Office get the attention of a former prosecutor who is now a state senator.

Local & Regional
6:41 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Tuesday Morning's First News from KWGS

Topping the local news this morning:

·       Efforts move forward with code-based zoning in Tulsa’s Pearl District.

·       The Tulsa County Burn Ban is extended for another week.

·       The Tulsa bomb squad stays busy overnight….. as explosive material is located inside a north side home.

Local & Regional
6:44 am
Mon July 23, 2012

It is Monday! Get up-to-date with KWGS News

Topping Our Local News This Morning:

·       A pick-up goes out of control and slams into the Greek to Me restaurant causing the building to collapse.

·       Tulsa leaders are keeping a close watch on water usage…. They are not so much worried about water supply as they are over taxing the pumping equipment.

·       Two people are dead following a crash with a fire-truck in Creek County.

Local & Regional
6:57 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Friday Morning's Local News from KWGS

Topping Our Local News this Morning:

·       Three people are in custody in connection with the Best Buy Shootings.

·       The Mayor moves to shore-up City pensions.

·       Porter Peaches are plentiful, but smaller.