|Joplin, Missouri/Pittsburg, Kansas
|Branding||KSN Local News|
|Slogan||Keeping It Local|
|Channels||Digital: 46 (UHF)
Virtual: 16 (PSIP)
|Owner||Nexstar Broadcasting Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||January 4, 1968|
|Call letters' meaning||Kansas State Network Four-States
(reflecting former owner)
|Former callsigns||KUHI-TV (1968-1974)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
16 (UHF, 1968-2009)
|Former affiliations||CBS (1968-1982)|
|Transmitter power||175 kW|
KSNF, virtual channel 16, is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Joplin, Missouri-Pittsburg, Kansas television market, the 145th DMA. KSNF broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 46. Its transmitter is located in Joplin.
|16.1||1080i||16:9||main KSNF programming / NBC|
The station first signed on as CBS affiliate KUHI-TV on January 4, 1968, changing its call letters to KTVJ (TeleVision of Joplin) in 1974. The owners of the Kansas State Network (KSNW) bought the station in 1982, changing the calls to KSNF, and swapping affiliations with KOAM-TV (channel 7) to become an NBC affiliate. The station did limited simulcasting with KSNW. KSN then sold KSNF to Price Communications in 1987, but the station continued the partial simulcast with KSNW. It stopped simulcasting KSNW completely after George Lilly (SJL Communications) acquired the KSN stations and in a cost cutting effort, cut the microwave links to KSNT and KSNF.
The Nexstar Broadcasting Group acquired the station from the U.S. Broadcast Group in 1998, with its digital signal on channel 46 signing on in 2003. KSNF was the first station in the Joplin-Pittsburg market to broadcast on the UHF band, which as a result, is where the first set of call letters, KUHI (K Ultra HIgh Frequency), came from.
In 2002, it was announced KSNF and ABC affiliate KODE would merge, with building expansion planned at the KSN studios. Although some departments did in fact move to KSNF, in 2009 the process was not yet completed, leaving the Joplin market as the only one of the several Nexstar-owned duopolies to have failed to completely merge. In June 2008, KSNF began broadcasting NBC HD programming to digital cable and satellite customers in the Joplin market. At the time, only NBC programming is provided in high definition, while local news and syndicated programs were still in standard definition, pending the upgrade of KSN's production systems and equipment to accommodate high definition content for non-network programming. (as of May 2013, both KSNF and KODE offer local news & programming in HD)
On May 8, 2009, severe thunderstorms affected the Joplin area. KSNF's tower was destroyed (falling on the studio and nearby homes) and the studio was heavily damaged. KSNF could not broadcast due to this tower collapse, so viewers could only receive NBC programming from stations airing on the fringes of the viewing area (KSNW in Wichita, KJRH in Tulsa, and KYTV in Springfield, Missouri). However, several five- to ten-minute news updates were aired on fourstateshomepage.com each day until broadcasting resumed. The station returned to the air on June 17, 2009. It constructed a news set inside of the studios of its sister station KODE-TV where it was temporarily housed. It was made public in February 2010 that both KSNF and KODE would be moving to the remodeled KSNF studios at 1502 Cleveland, just down the road from the current KODE building.
While in its role as airing partial simulcasts of KSNW programming, it used the Hello News music package until 1990. In November 2005, a graphics and music change took place. As part of the update (and with upcoming digital changes) the "16" was removed from KSN's logo, opens, and all other images, including station vehicles. In the fall of 2010, KSNF debuted the Four State area's first and only hour-long 6 p.m. newscast. In August 2011, KSNF dropped its 5 p.m. newscast in favor of a new, hour-long 4 p.m. lifestyle program called Living Well making that the area's first and only 4 p.m. newscast. On December 19, 2012 - KSNF launched its local newscasts in 1080i High Definition - and for the first time since the late 90s, re-branded itself as "KSN Local News" dropping "Your Hometown News" after 15 years.
Notable former on-air staff
- TJ Holmes - anchor/reporter; later at CNN; now with BET Networks
- Jim Jackson - anchor/reporter; spent 30+ years working with the station
- KSNF Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KSNF
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KSNF-TV