|Joplin, Missouri/Pittsburg, Kansas|
|Branding||KODE 12 or KODE Action 12 (general)|
Action 12 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||The One to Watch|
|Channels||Digital: 23 (UHF)|
Virtual: 12 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||12.1: ABC (secondary until 1968)|
12.3: Bounce TV
12.4: Ion Television
|Owner||Mission Broadcasting, Inc.|
|Operator||Nexstar Media Group|
|First air date||September 26, 1954|
|Call letters' meaning||sounds like code|
|Former callsigns||KSWM-TV (1954–1957)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog: 12 (VHF, 1954–2009)|
43 (UHF, until 2019)
|Former affiliations||CBS (1954–1968)|
|Transmitter power||700 kW|
|Height||321.9 m (1,056 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KODE-TV, virtual channel 12 (UHF digital channel 23), is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Joplin, Missouri, United States and also serving Pittsburg, Kansas. The station is owned by Mission Broadcasting; Nexstar Media Group, which owns NBC affiliate KSNF (channel 16, also licensed to Joplin), operates KODE-TV under joint sales and shared services agreements. The two stations share studios and transmitter facilities on South Cleveland Avenue in Joplin.
Although the station's call letters sound like "code" if pronounced as a word, the station is never referred to in that manner, always mentioned on air as "K-O-D-E."
The station began broadcasting on September 26, 1954 as KSWM-TV (for SouthWestern Missouri) and was a primary CBS affiliate, but shared ABC with then-NBC affiliate KOAM-TV. It was locally founded by Austin Harrison who also owned radio station KODE AM 1230 (now KZYM). It originally operated from studios and transmitter located on West 13th Street in Joplin. Harrison sold the station to Friendly Broadcasting, owners of WSTV (now WTOV-TV) in Steubenville, Ohio in 1956. In 1957, the call letters were changed to the current KODE-TV. Friendly then sold both KODE and WRGP (now WRCB) in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Massachusetts-based United Printers & Publishers in 1961. Gilmore Broadcasting of Kalamazoo, Michigan bought the KODE stations in 1962.
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 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.
On June 15, 2016, Nexstar announced that it has entered into an affiliation agreement with Katz Broadcasting for the Escape, Laff, Grit, and Bounce TV networks (the last one of which is owned by Bounce Media LLC, whose COO Jonathan Katz is president/CEO of Katz Broadcasting), bringing the four networks to 81 stations owned and/or operated by Nexstar, including KODE-TV and KSNF.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP short name||Programming|
|12.1||720p||16:9||KODE-DT||Main KODE-TV programming / ABC|
Syndicated programming broadcast on KODE-TV includes The Dr. Oz Show, Jeopardy! (though sister show Wheel of Fortune airs on KOAM), Live with Kelly and Ryan, Inside Edition, and Entertainment Tonight.
Former on-air staff
- Jonathan Elias – reporter (now anchor at WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.)
- Robb Hanrahan (now with WHP-TV)
- Evan Rosen (author of The Culture of Collaboration and The Bounty Effect)
- Marny Stanier (later with The Weather Channel, now working as a real estate agent in Georgia)
- "Bounce TV, Grit, Escape, Laff Multicast Deal Covers 81 Stations, 54 Markets". Broadcasting & Cable. June 15, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- "Robb Hanrahan bio". WHP-TV. Archived from the original on 23 May 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013.