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KOAM-TV
Pittsburg, Kansas/Joplin, Missouri
Branding KOAM-TV
Slogan The Power of 7
Channels Analog: 7 (VHF)

Digital: 13 (VHF)

Affiliations CBS
Owner Saga Communications, Inc.
Licensee Saga Quad States Communications, LLC
First air date December 13, 1953
Call letters' meaning Kansas
Oklahoma
Arkansas
Missouri
Sister stations(s) KFJX
Former Affiliations Primary:
NBC (1953-1980)
Secondary:
CBS (1953-1955)
DuMont (1953-1955)
ABC (1953-1967)
Transmitter Power 316 kW (analog)
6 kW (digital)
Height 332 m (analog)
302.4 m (digital)
Facility ID 58552
Website www.koamtv.com

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.

HistoryEdit

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).

PersonalitiesEdit

  • 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.

News/Station PresentationEdit

Newscast TitlesEdit

  • 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)

Station SlogansEdit

  • Four States Strong: 7 Strong (1997-present)
  • The Power of 7 (2007-present)

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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