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Joplin, Missouri/Pittsburg, Kansas
United States
Branding KODE 12 or
KODE Action 12 (general)
Action 12 News (newscasts)
Slogan The One To Watch
Channels Digital: 43 (UHF)
Virtual: 12 (PSIP)
Affiliations ABC (secondary until Jan. 1, 1968)
Owner Mission Broadcasting
(operated under a SSA by
Nexstar Broadcasting Group)

(Mission Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date September 26, 1954
Call letters' meaning sounds like code
Sister station(s) KSNF
Former callsigns KSWM-TV (1954-1957)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
12 (VHF, 1954-2009)
Former affiliations CBS (1954-1967)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 268.6 m
Facility ID 18283
Transmitter coordinates 37°4′34.9″N 94°32′16.3″W / 37.076361°N 94.537861°W / 37.076361; -94.537861
Website www.fourstateshomepage.com/

KODE-TV, virtual channel 12, is the ABC network affiliated television station serving all of Joplin, Missouri and its surrounding areas and Pittsburg, Kansas and its rural communities. Its transmitter is located in Joplin. The station broadcasts its high definition digital signal on UHF channel 43 at 1.46 kilowatts under a Special Temporary Authority, but has filed a construction permit to increase power to 1000 kilowatts.

KODE is owned by Mission Broadcasting, however through a local sales agreement, the station is controlled by NBC affiliate KSNF, owned and operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Group. Syndicated programming broadcast on KODE-TV includes The Dr. Oz Show, Jeopardy!, Kathy, and Entertainment Tonight.

Digital television[edit]

Channel Video Aspect Programming
12.1 720p 16:9 main KODE-TV programming / ABC


KODE began broadcasting September 26, 1954, originally as KSWM-TV (for SouthWestern Missouri). The station was originally a primary CBS affiliate, sharing ABC with then-NBC affiliate KOAM-TV, which is now a CBS affiliate. It became KODE-TV in 1957 after being sold to the owners of KODE radio (AM 1230, now KZYM). Gilmore Broadcasting of Kalamazoo, Michigan bought the KODE stations in 1964.

KODE became a sole ABC affiliate on January 1, 1968 and three days later KUHI-TV (now NBC-affiliated KSNF) started and took over the CBS affiliation.

KODE was acquired by Mission Broadcasting in 2002, following its takeover of Quorum Broadcasting. Subsequently, KODE then entered into a shared services agreement with Nexstar Broadcasting-owned NBC affiliate KSNF.

On May 8, 2009, a powerful storm system slammed Joplin, knocking out power to KODE and knocking down the tower of sister station KSNF. KODE-TV returned to the air early on the morning of May 9, while KSNF didn't return to the air until June 17. Both stations moved to a rebuilt KSNF building in April 2010 making it the next-to-last Nexstar duopoly to do so (as Nexstar formed a virtual duopoly in Evansville, Indiana in December 2011 with the purchase of that market's ABC affiliate WEHT and transfer of its existing Evansville independent station (now The CW affiliate) WTVW to Mission Broadcasting, and Nexstar almost immediately moved WTVW's operations to the WEHT facility).

On December 19, 2012, KODE began broadcasting its local newscasts in High Definition.

News operation[edit]

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • The Texaco News (1954–1956)
  • Newsroom (1956–1963)
  • World News (1963–1969)
  • 24 Hours (1969–1977)
  • NewsWatch (1977–1978)
  • Eyewitness News (1978–1979)
  • Channel 12 News (1979–1983)
  • NewsSight 12 (1983-1987)
  • KODE 12 News (1987-1991)
  • KODE News (1991-1997)
  • KODE News 12 (1997–2000)
  • News 12 (2000–2002)
  • Joplin's News 12 (2002–2003)
  • Action 12 News (2003–present)[1]

Station slogans[edit]

  • "12 Together" (1970s–1980s)
  • "When It Has To Be Right" (late 1980s)
  • "The Team to Watch!" (1993-?)
  • "The News Tracker" (1997–2000)
  • "The One To Watch" (2000–present; also rendered as "The One Two Watch" in reference to its channel number)
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News team[edit]


  • Jennifer Penate - weeknights at 5, 6, and 10 p.m.
  • Shannon Bruffett - weekday mornings (Good Morning Four States)
  • Alan Matthews - weekday mornings (Good Morning Four States); also executive producer
  • Christi Welter - weekend evenings
  • Bryan McLoone- weekend evenings

Action 12 Weather[2]

  • Ray Foreman (NWA Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, and 10 p.m.
  • Jason Taylor - meteorologist; weekend evenings

Sports Team[2]

  • Andy Searcy - sports anchor; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Cealey Godwin - sports anchor; weekend evenings


  • Bryan McLoone - general assignment reporter
  • Gretchen Bolander - general assignment reporter
  • Allie Woldtvelt - general assignment reporter

Former on-air staff[edit]


External links[edit]