|Pittsburg, Kansas/Joplin, Missouri|
|Slogan||The Power of 7|
|Channels|| Analog: 7 (VHF) |
Digital: 13 (VHF)
|Owner||Saga Communications, Inc.|
|Licensee||Saga Quad States Communications, LLC|
|First air date||December 13, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning|| Kansas |
|Former Affiliations|| Primary:|
|Transmitter Power|| 316 kW (analog)|
6 kW (digital)
|Height|| 332 m (analog)|
302.4 m (digital)
KOAM-TV is the CBS affiliate in the Pittsburg, Kansas / Joplin, Missouri market. Its licensed to Pittsburg and its transmitter is located near Columbus, Kansas.
KOAM-TV first signed on December 13, 1953 as an affiliate of all 4 networks. It was owned by Lester Cox & Vic Baxter along with KOAM-AM 860 (now KKOW). It's affiliations have changed several times: in 1955, DuMont went off the air. In 1953, KSWM-TV (now KODE-TV) signed on as a CBS affiliate and in 1967 KUHI-TV signed on as a CBS affiliate, leaving KODE as a sole ABC affiliate & KOAM as a sole NBC affiliate.
In 1983, KOAM swapped affiliations with what was then KTVJ (formerly KUHI and now KSNF) and became a CBS affiliate.
KOAM's DT signal on ch. 13 signed on in 2001. It is now on ch. 7.
"NBC Nightly News" Anchor Brian Williams got his start at KOAM-TV.
Wheel of Fortune is currently on KOAM. Jeopardy!, however, airs on KODE, making Joplin/Pittsburg one of only a few markets to carry both shows on separate stations (traditionally, both shows air on the same channel).
- Dowe Quick - 5, 6 & 10 PM main anchor. He's been with the station since 1980.
- Doug Heady - 5, 6 & 10 PM meteorologist (also does weather for KFJX's 9 PM newscast).
- Steve Slivka, sports director.
- Lisa Olliges, weekend anchor (She has also previously served as morning & noon anchor).
- Tawnya Bach, morning show host, noon anchor & reporter.
- Dave Pylant, morning show and noon meteorologist.
- Your Nescafé News Daily (1950s)
- National News (1960s)
- NewsCenter 7 (1977-1980)
- News 7 (1980-1990s)
- 7 News (1990s)
- NewsChannel 7 (1995-2002)
- KOAM News (2002-Present)
- Four States Strong: 7 Strong (1997-present)
- The Power of 7 (2007-present)