As a kid growing up in Sapulpa, John Filbeck knew KRMG his whole life. He used to listen to Paul Harvey with his dad every day, and would stay up late listening to Johnny Martin. He knew all of the great voices of KRMG over the years, and even got to meet a few of them. He remembers helping his dad build the raft each year that he and his friends would use in The Great Raft Race. KRMG was in the fabric of his life.
After graduating from Sapulpa High School, he had one goal. Go to college, study journalism, and come back to work at KRMG. That’s exactly what he did. In February 1997 John walked through the doors of KRMG as an employee for the first time. He knew how important covering severe weather was to KRMG. So while in college, John studied severe weather tracking, and gained experience as a storm chaser for Oklahoma’s severe weather. He covered severe weather for State Civil Defense out of Oklahoma City, and for area TV Stations. He was hired at KRMG to anchor news on the weekends, and cover severe weather whenever the storms would arrive. After a short time John transitioned into covering Tulsa traffic. He continues in that role to this day. Now, after nearly 20 years covering traffic in Oklahoma, he is the most experienced, and recognizable traffic voice in the state.
While covering traffic, he never lost touch with his first love though…covering severe weather in Oklahoma as one of KRMG’s primary storm trackers. John is married and has a little girl. He loves to spend time in his gardens and watch his daughter play soccer. John and his wife are supporters of the University of Oklahoma band, as well as local music programs in schools around Tulsa. You can hear John’s traffic reports every time you get in your car to head home in the evenings, as part of the KRMG Evening News with Dick Loftin.
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