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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
Sister stations(s) KFJX
Former Affiliations Primary:
NBC (1953-1980)
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

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.

News/Station PresentationEdit

Newscast TitlesEdit

  • Your Nescafé News Daily (1953–1960s)
  • National News (1960s–1970s)
  • TV-7 News (1970s-1974) 
  • Newseven (1974-1980)
  • News 7 (1980-1984)
  • Action News (1984-1986)
  • KOAM News (1986-1995 & 2002present)
  • NewsChannel 7 (19952002)

Station SlogansEdit

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

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