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
12:09 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

University of Oklahoma looks at admissions change

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A new admissions policy under consideration by the University of Oklahoma would factor in criteria other than applicants' grades and test scores.

The school now grants automatic admission to students who meet GPA and class rank requirements and score at least a 24 on the ACT or a 1,090 on the SAT. The Oklahoman reports the university is considering a policy that would also factor in high school course rigor and essay questions.

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Local & Regional
8:01 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Friday morning news from KWGS

In this morning's local news update:

  • Four people are shot and two are dead in Tulsa.
  • A lawsuit is pending over Tulsa's new trash service.
  • Tulsans prepare for Good Friday and Easter.
What's New?
7:06 am
Thu April 5, 2012

WEB EXTRA: Meet Danny Manning

Danny Manning
TU Sports Information

An interview with:  New Head Basketball coach Danny Manning.

            THE MODERATOR:  I'd like to welcome you to today's press conference.  Right now I would like to introduce the president of the University of Tulsa, Dr. Steadman Upham.

            PRESIDENT UPHAM:  Thank you all very much.  Appreciate everybody coming out.

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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Thu April 5, 2012

This morning's top local stories from KWGS

Hear a recap of this morning's local news. In this morning's update:

  • Google announces plans to expand its operation at Pryor.
  • Higher gasoline prices are impacting us all--- even the people to sell the gas.
  •  A Berryhill neighborhood is quiet this morning, residents were evacuated yesterday after explosive material was found at a suspect meth lab site.
Local & Regional
6:46 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Wednesday morning news from 89.5/KWGS

Hear a recap of this morning's top local stories from KWGS. In this morning's update:

  • As the clean-up gets underway in Dallas, forecasters here worry if we are ready for the severe weather season.
  • Two Oklahoma tribes are charged in federal court over pay-day loan operations.
  • Tulsa's school superintendent is ready to rumble over state school funding.
Local & Regional
7:05 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Tuesday morning news from KWGS

Hear a recap of today's top local news stories for Public Radio Tulsa. In this morning's update:

  • An earthquake shakes the McAlester area overnight.
  • Tulsa gets another CNG service station.
  • Oklahoma's work force is having a tough time keeping up with the rebounding economy
Local & Regional
8:44 am
Sun April 1, 2012

Monday: Our Top Local Stories from KWGS

Here are recap of this morning's Top Local Stories from 89.5/KWGS. In today's update:

  • A state leader blasts the legislature for the high number of bills it passes that are later declared unconstitutional.
  • The new state budget must be approved within 60-days. Governor Fallin says it will be flat.
  • The warm March weather sets a record.
Local & Regional
7:05 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Friday morning's local news from KWGS

Hear a recap of Friday morning's Top Local Stories from 89.5/KWGS. In this morning's news:

  • McLain is the target of a partnership with the state.
  • Lottery mania sweeps Oklahoma as tonight's jackpot hits $540-million.
  • Rally held in Tulsa in support of killed Florida teen.
Local & Regional
12:12 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Manning to be new TU head Basketball coach

Danny Manning
University of Kansas

The University of Tulsa has reached an agreement in principle with University of Kansas Assistant Coach Danny Manning on becoming the school’s 29th head basketball coach, Director of Athletics Ross Parmley announced this morning.

Manning, 46, is currently coaching with the NCAA Final Four-bound Kansas Jayhawks, thus the official news conference introducing Manning as the Golden Hurricane Head Coach will be held next week following the NCAA Championship.

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Local & Regional
11:24 am
Thu March 29, 2012

I-44 is open again in Tulsa

file photo

Traffic is flowing again along Interstate-44 in Tulsa. The roadway was shut down at Peoria this morning following an accident involving two tractor trailer rigs.

The Tulsa Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials unit had to respond to the scene to aid in the clean-up.  The roadway was closed for almost three hours.

The wreck happened in the construction zone. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says no one was injured in the ordeal.