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
6:54 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Hear this morning's Local News from KWGS

In this morning's update:

  • More ballots  found after yesterday's recount in House District 71.
  • A special meeting held a McLain High School to discuss the school's partnership with the state to improve academics.
  • This fall's Tulsa City Council election is set.


Local & Regional
6:48 am
Wed April 11, 2012

KWGS News: Hear this morning's First Local News:

In this morning's up of the Top Local Stories:

  • The latest on the Tulsa shooting spree.
  • The unemployment rate in Tulsa is down, but still over 30,000 people are out of work.
  • A public meeting is set for tonight as McLain High School enters a state partnership.
Local & Regional
6:46 am
Tue April 10, 2012

KWGS News: Hear this morning's Top Local Stories

In this morning's recap:

  • The latest on Tulsa's Good Friday shooting spree.
  • McLain High School will get state help.
  • Gas prices here among the lowest in the nation.
Local & Regional
6:44 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Monday: Our Top Local Stories from KWGS

Hear a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories. In this Update:

  • The latest of the Tulsa shooting spree now that two people are in custody.
  • A new and controversial Broken Arrow tribal casino could open later this month.
  • A state lawmaker will try again to get Oklahoma state retirees a pension increase.
12:10 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Fifth Victim found. 5-Shot, 3-Dead in Tulsa.

KWGS News File Photo

Five  people are shot in four separate shootings overnight. Tulsa Police are checking to see if they are all connected.  Three of the victims have died.

Police say a woman was discovered about one this morning in the middle of 52nd Street North near Peoria.  A couple of blocks away officers found two men shot.

Then about a half hour later, another man was found shot, about a mile away, west of Turley.

Just after eight this morning another victim was found near 36th Street North and Hartford. He was dead at the scene.

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.