|City of license||Springfield|
|Branding||KSPR ABC 33 (general)
KSPR News (newscasts)
Ozarks CW (on DT2)
|Slogan||Covering Our Community|
|Channels||Digital: 19 (UHF)|
33.2 The CW
|Owner||Perkin Media, LLC
(operated through SSA by Schurz Communications)
|First air date||March 9, 1983|
|Call letters' meaning||SPRingfield|
|Sister station(s)||KYTV, K15CZ|
|Former channel number(s)||33 (UHF analog, 1983-2009)|
|Former affiliations||Independent (1983-1986)|
|Transmitter power||1,000 kW|
KSPR, virtual channel 33, is the ABC-affiliated television station for the Ozark Plateau area of Southwestern Missouri that is licensed to Springfield. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 19 from a transmitter in Fordland. Owned by Perkin Media, it is operated by Schurz Communications of South Bend, Indiana through a shared services agreement (SSA) as sister station to NBC affiliate KYTV and low-powered CW affiliate K15CZ. All three share studios on West Sunshine Street in Springfield.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|33.1||720p||16:9||KSPR-DT||Main KSPR programming / ABC|
|33.2||CW 15||Simulcast of K15CZ|
On June 12, 2009, KSPR abandoned its analog channel 33 and moved to channel 19 when the analog to digital conversion was completed.
KSPR originally was an AM radio station broadcasting on 1470 kHz from Casper, WY starting in 1930 (a). In 1957, KSPR began broadcasting TV signals on NTSC channel 6 from a tower along E 2nd Street in Casper (b). Within a few years, the ownership changed, and KSPR stopped broadcasting on 1470 kHz and channel 6. KSPR was replaced by KTWO on 1030 kHz and NTSC channel 2. Twenty years later, the call sign was assigned to a station in Springfield, MO.
KSPR originally signed on-the-air March 9, 1983 as Springfield's first independent station. However in 1986, ABC dropped its affiliation with KDEB-TV (now KOZL-TV) and gave it to KSPR. On September 21, 2006, Piedmont Television announced that it would sell KSPR to Perkin Media, LLC. Under the agreement, Schurz Communications took over KSPR's operations under a shared services agreement. It remained at its studios on East Saint Louis Street in Springfield. Perkin Media took over ownership of the station on August 28, 2007.
On September 9, the on-air branding was changed to "KSPR ABC". Prior to then, it was branded as "Springfield 33, Where Springfield Comes First" with weather coverage labeled "Where Your Forecast Comes First". For a short period of time, it was branded as "ABC 33". Notable former employees of the station include: Mark Steines (correspondent for Entertainment Tonight), John Brown (former anchor for The Daily Buzz), and Terry Kniess (later became known for perfect showcase bid on The Price is Right).
Ownership History: Current Owner Perkin Media. August 18, 2008 Station has a shared services agreement with Schurz Communications' KYTV Springfield, MO. Ceased analog operations: February 17, 2009. Sale to present owner by Piedmont Television Holdings LLC approved by FCC July 30, 2007. Merger of GOCOM Communications LLC with Grapevine Communications Inc. to form COGOM Holdings LLC (later renamed Piedmont Television Holdings LLC) approved by FCC November 1, 1999. Sale to GOCOM Communications LLC by Cottonwood Communications LLC approved by FCC September 18, 1997. Sale to Cottonwood Communications LLC by Davis Goldfarb Communications approved by FCC March 29, 1995. Sale to Davis Goldfarb Communications by Goltrin Communications Inc. approved by FCC December 1, 1988. Sale to Goltrin Communications Inc. by Lorimar-Telepictures approved by FCC February 12, 1988. Sale to Lorimar-Telepictures by Springfield TV Assoc. Ltd. approved by FCC December 12, 1984. Began analog operations: March 9, 1983.
Beginning on April 21, 1989 and ending the same year, KSPR produced and aired The Late Night Horror Show with Count Norlock. This show featured syndicated horror films along with new introductory and interstitial segments featuring a horror host character. Host segments were locally produced and featured local actor Jim Kellett in the role of "Count Norlock", a vampire reminiscent of Count Orlok from the 1922 F. W. Murnau film Nosferatu. Featuring films such as Magic and The Brides of Dracula, The Late Night Horror Show with Count Norlock only lasted one season.
From 1985 until 1990, Springfield area kids went home after school to watch Sammy's Place on KSPR, an afternoon show hosted by hobo clown "Sammy B. Good" (actor Wayne Milnes). The afternoon program featured cartoons such as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra, Voltron, Transformers, and G.I. Joe. Between cartoons, Sammy featured area kids as in-studio guests and entertained with a number of clown acts and skits. He famously excited the in-studio kids with screams of "Everybody go 'yeaaaa'!" which would be echoed in unison.
On November 1, 2009, KSPR moved into KYTV's newly renovated facilities and began airing its local broadcasts in high definition from a secondary set. The two stations maintain separate news departments. KSPR also added a gray and black "33" to its logo. Unlike most ABC affiliates in the Central Time Zone, it does not air local news weeknights at 5, but does air a late afternoon newscast at 4 p.m.
- Channel 33 News (1983–1986)
- 33 Eyewitness News (1986–1989)
- NewsTeam 33 (1989–1991 and 1993–1996)
- 33 Newstime (1991–1993)
- News 33 (1996–1997)
- ABC 33 News (1997–1998)
- Springfield 33 News (1998–2007)
- KSPR News (2007–present)
- "Just Watch Us Now!" (1996-1998)
- "Where Your Forecast Comes First." (1998–2002; weather slogan)
- "Where Springfield Comes First." (2002–2007; general slogan)
- "Covering Our Community" (2007–present)
- Jerry Jacob - weeknights at 4, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Leigh Moody - weeknights at 4, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Lauren Matter - weekday mornings
- Adam Hooper - weekday mornings
- Melody Pettit - weekend evenings; also weeknight reporter
- Kevin Lighty (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; Monday-Friday at 4, 6 and 10 p.m.
- Lindsey Slater - meteorologist; weekday mornings
- Bob Trihy - weekend evenings
KSPR/Ozone Sports team
- Mike Scott - sports director; now in off-air role.
- Hugh Keeton - sports anchor; weeknights 6 and 10pm.
- Joanna Small - general assignment reporter
- Mary Moloney - general assignment reporter
- Lauren Pozen - general assignment reporter
- Sheena Elzie - general assignment reporter
- Televison and Cable Factbook 2014
- Boggs, Jeffrey (Summer 2004), "Monster Memories of Dr. Dead and Count Norlock", Scary Monsters Yearbook 2004 (Monster Memories #12): 25–27
- KSPR.com - Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KSPR
- (a) http://laredean.com/2006/04/11/1985-am-radio-part-1.aspx - Casper KSPR
- (b) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_television_stations_in_Wyoming