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|Pittsburg, Kansas/Joplin, Missouri
KOAM News (news)
|Slogan||The Four States' Most Watched News|
|Channels||Digital: 7 (VHF)|
7.2 Fox (Simulcast of KFJX)
|Owner||Saga Communications, Inc.
(Saga Quad States Communications, LLC)
|First air date||December 13, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
7 (VHF, 1953-2009)
13 (VHF, 2001-2009)
|Transmitter power||14.8 kW|
KOAM-TV, channel 7, is the CBS-affiliated television station for the Four State Area region of Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri, serving the cities of Pittsburg, Kansas and Joplin, Missouri. Owned by Saga Communications, the station is operated in a virtual duopoly with Surtsey Media-owned Fox affiliate KFJX (channel 14). The station's transmitter is located in Columbus, Kansas. The station utilizes VHF channel 7 for both their digital broadcasts and PSIP virtual channel.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|7.1||1080i||16:9||main KOAM-TV programming / CBS (HD)|
|7.2||480i||16:9||simulcast of KFJX|
KOAM-TV first signed on at 5:22 p.m. on December 13, 1953 under the ownership of MidContinent Broadcasting Company, a joint venture of The Joplin Globe newspaper and KOAM radio (860 AM, the current KKOW). The Globe would eventually sell its minority stake in the station to KOAM radio owners E. Victor Baxter and Lester Cox.
KOAM-TV launched as a primary affiliate of NBC, owing to KOAM radio's long affiliation with NBC Radio, though it also had secondary affiliations with CBS (until KSWM-TV launched in 1954), DuMont (until that network's 1955 closure) and ABC (until January 1968, when KODE became a full-time ABC affiliate and KUHI-TV signed on with CBS). In 1982, KOAM swapped affiliations with KTVJ (the former KUHI-TV) and became a CBS affiliate.
KOAM's digital signal on channel 13 signed on in 2001 and remained there until KOAM turned off its analog signal at 12:38 a.m. February 17, 2009 (following The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), at which time KOAM ceased analog broadcasting and its digital signal moved to channel 7. Sister station KFJX, the market's Fox affiliate, moved onto KOAM's former digital channel 13 (KFJX continued to broadcast on analog Channel 14 until May 2009 when a line of severe thunderstorms damaged the broadcast tower, forcing the removal of the antenna). KFJX's signal is simulcast on KOAM's digital subchannel 7.2 in standard definition.
Wheel of Fortune is currently on KOAM. Jeopardy!, however, airs on KODE (at 4 p.m.) and KSNF at (at 5 p.m.), making Joplin/Pittsburg one of only a few markets where the programs are carried on separate stations (usually, both shows air on the same channel).
In June 2010, the DirecTV satellite system added Joplin locals to its channel line-up. Initially, KOAM and sister station KFJX refused to allow DirecTV to carry their stations. In February 2012, KOAM and KFJX began airing on DirecTV.
- Your Nescafé News Daily (1953–1960)
- National News (1960–1970)
- TV-7 News (1970-1974)
- Newseven (1974-1980)
- News 7 (1980-1984)
- Action News (1984-1986)
- KOAM News (1986-1995 & 2002–present)
- NewsChannel 7 (1995–2002)
- "Channel 7, Proud as a Peacock" (1979-1981; based off the NBC campaign)
- "Get Ready for KOAM/Get Ready for Channel 7" (1989-1990; based off the CBS campaign)
- "Four States Strong: 7 Strong" (1997–2010)
- "The Power of 7" (2007–2010; secondary slogan)
- "The 4-States Most Watched News" (2010–present)
Current on-air staff
- Tawnya Bach - weekday mornings and noon; also reporter
- Lisa Olliges - Saturdays at 6, and weekends at 10 p.m.; also weeknight reporter and producer
- Dowe Quick - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.; also executive producer
- Doug Heady (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, 9 (on KFJX) and 10 p.m.
- Nick Kelly - meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, and weekends at 9 (on KFJX) and 10 p.m., also reporter
- Dave Pylant - weather anchor; weekday mornings and noon
- Tyler Daniel - meteorologist; fill-in
- Dan Hawk - Sports Director (ISBA and Missouri Broadcaster Award Winner)
- Jake Faber - weekend sports anchor and sports reporter.
- Jordan Aubey - senior reporter
- Rudy Harper - general assignment reporter
- Liz Holliday - general assignment reporter
- Kelly Reid - general assignment reporter
- Jehan Sheikh - general assignment reporter
Former on-air staff
- Brian Williams (now anchor of NBC Nightly News)
- Brandon Spiegel - sports director; now sports reporter and anchor at KKTV in Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Michael Admire - sports anchor; now sports reporter at WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa.
- Carole Lambert
- Vanessa Alonso - meteorologist; now at KTVO in Kriksville, Missouri.
- KOAM-TV Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KOAM
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KOAM-TV