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Joplin, Missouri/Pittsburg, Kansas
United States
City Joplin, Missouri
Branding KSN Local News
Slogan Local News
Channels Digital: 46 (UHF)
(to move to 17 (UHF))
Virtual: 16 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations NBC
Owner Nexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date January 4, 1968 (49 years ago) (1968-01-04)
Call letters' meaning Kansas State Network Four-States
(reflecting former status as semi-satellite of KSNW)
Sister station(s) KODE-TV
Former callsigns KUHI-TV (1968–1974)
KTVJ (1974–1982)
Former channel number(s) 16 (UHF analog, 1968–2009)
Former affiliations CBS (1968–1982)
Transmitter power 175 kW
110 kW (CP)
Height 322.2 m (1,057 ft)
320.2 m (1,051 ft) (CP)
Facility ID 67766
Transmitter coordinates 37°4′33″N 94°33′17″W / 37.07583°N 94.55472°W / 37.07583; -94.55472
Website www.fourstateshomepage.com

KSNF, virtual channel 16 (UHF digital channel 46), is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Four State Area region of Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri in the United States, licensed to Joplin, Missouri and also serving Pittsburg, Kansas. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group; Nexstar also operates ABC affiliate KODE-TV, channel 12 (owned by Mission Broadcasting) under a shared services agreement. The two stations share studios and transmitter facilities located on South Cleveland Avenue in Joplin.

On cable, the station is typically carried on channel 2 or channel 16 on most cable systems in the market, except on Mediacom and Suddenlink, where it is carried on channel 3.[1][2]


KUHI-TV logo, April 1974.

The station first signed on as KUHI-TV (for K Ultra HIgh Frequency) on January 4, 1968 as a CBS affiliate. KSNF was the first station in the Joplin-Pittsburg market to broadcast on the UHF band.

It was originally owned by Marvin Caldwell & Associates. Mid-America Broadcasting sold the station to the owners of the Kansas State Network in 1975. The station changed its call letters to KTVJ (TeleVision of Joplin) in 1976. On August 23, 1982, the station then changed its call letters to KSNF, and almost two weeks later on September 5, swapped affiliations with KOAM-TV (channel 7) to become an NBC affiliate. The station did limited simulcasting with Wichita NBC affiliate KSNW. KSN then sold KSNF to Price Communications in 1986, 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 "KSN" brand had become solidified in the market and continued to be used even though KSNF was no longer a part of the Kansas State Network and nor made any references to it.

Price sold KSNF along with two of its stations—KFDX-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas and KJAC-TV (now KBTV-TV, now affiliated with Fox) in Beaumont, Texas to the U.S. Broadcast Group in 1995.

Nexstar acquired the station from the U.S. Broadcast Group in 1998, with its digital signal on channel 46 signing on in 2003.

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, by 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 high definition programming to digital cable and satellite customers in the Joplin market. At the time, only NBC programming was 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.

On May 8, 2009, severe thunderstorms affected the Joplin area. KSNF's tower[3][4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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 KSNF and KODE-TV.[7]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming [8]
16.1 1080i 16:9 KSNF-DT Main KSNF programming / NBC
16.2 480i Laff Laff
16.3 Escape Escape


KSNF currently broadcasts the majority of the NBC schedule, although the station currently does not clear NBC's overnight rerun and lifestyle lineups, preferring to carry some syndicated programming in the designated time period (particularly on Monday through Thursday nights, while Friday nights bring movies). The station broadcasts Last Call with Carson Daly 3½ hours later, but does not broadcast on early Saturdays. The station also does not clear the Sunday edition of Today. Syndicated programs broadcast by KSNF include Jeopardy!, Maury, The Real, and Rachael Ray.

News operation[edit]

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. (The channel chose to air new episodes of Jeopardy! in its 5 p.m. slot as a lead-in to NBC Nightly News.)[9] 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[edit]


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