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Joplin, Missouri-Pittsburg, Kansas
Branding KSN 16
Slogan Your Hometown News
Channels Digital: 46 (UHF)
Subchannels 16.1 NBC
Owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date September 2, 1967
Call letters’ meaning Kansas
(reflecting former owner)
Sister station(s) KODE-TV
Former callsigns KUHI-TV (1967-1974)
KTVJ (1974-1982)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
16 (UHF, 1967-2009)
Former affiliations CBS (1967-1980)
Transmitter Power 175 kW
Height 322.2 m
Facility ID 67766
Transmitter Coordinates 37°4′33″N 94°33′16″W / 37.07583°N 94.55444°W / 37.07583; -94.55444

KSNF is the NBC affiliate for the Joplin, Missouri-Pittsburg, Kansas television market, the 145th DMA. KSNF broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 46. Its transmitter is located in Joplin.



The station first signed on as CBS affiliate KUHI-TV on September 2, 1967, changing its call letters to KTVJ (Television of Joplin) in 1974. It swapped affiliations with KOAM-TV in 1980 and became an NBC affiliate. The owners of the Kansas State Network (KSNW) bought the station in 1982, changing the calls to KSNF, but the station did limited simulcasting with KSNW. KSN then sold KSNF to Price Communications in 1987, 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 Nexstar Broadcasting Group acquired the station in 1998, with its digital signal on channel 46 signing on in 2003. KSNF was the first station in the Joplin-Pittsburg market to broadcast on the UHF band, which as a result, is where the first set of call letters, KUHI (K Ultra HIgh Frequency), came from.

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, the process has not yet been completed, leaving the Joplin market as the only one of the several Nexstar-owned duopolies to have failed to completely merge. In June 2008 KSN began broadcasting NBC HD programming to HD customers on cable and satellite. At this time, only NBC Programming is provided in HD, local news and syndicated shows are still in SD, pending the upgrade of KSN's production systems and equipment to accommodate HD.

On May 8, 2009, severe thunderstorms affected the Joplin area. KSNF's tower[1][2] was destroyed (falling on the studio and nearby homes) and the studio was heavily damaged. KSNF could not broadcast due to this tower collapse. However, several five- to 10-minute news updates were aired on 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 will now be housed[3].


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 & 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.



Current on-air talent

Current Anchors

  • Toni Valliere - weeknights "KSN First at Five"
  • Stefan Chase - weekday mornings "Hometown Today" and noon
  • Phil Mitchell - weekday mornings "Hometown Today" and noon
  • Bonney Bowman - Saturdays at 6 and weekends at 10PM
  • Jim Jackson - weeknights at 6 and 10PM


  • Bonney Bowman - general assignment reporter
  • Brad Douglas - general assignment reporter
  • Jeremiah Cook - general assignment reporter
  • Stuart Price - general assignment reporter
  • Carol Parker - general assignment reporter
  • Liz Bryant - general assignment reporter

KSN Weather Team

  • Gary Bandy - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights "KSN First at Five", 6 and 10PM
  • Liz Bryant - Weather Anchor; Saturdays at 6 and weekends at 10PM

Sports Team

  • Eric Knecht - Sports Director; weeknights at 6 and 10PM
  • Morgan Vance - Sports Anchor; Saturdays at 6 and weekends at 10PM

Former on-air talent

  • Iris Hermosillo former weekend weather meterologist/reporter (now at KCTV Kansas City, Missouri)

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • KUHI-TV News (1967-1974)
  • KTVJ 16 Reports At (time) (1974-1980)
  • KSN News (1980-1982)
  • KSN NewsCenter (1982-1997)
  • KSN16, Your Hometown News Station (1997-1999)
  • KSN16, Your Hometown News (1999-2005)
  • KSN Your Hometown News (2005-present)

Station slogans

  • You're Looking Good on 16 (1979-1980; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • 16, Proud as a Peacock (1980-1981; Localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • 16, Our Pride is Showing (1981-1982; Localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Hello Four-States, KSN Loves You (1982-1990)
  • Come Home To KSN (1990-1994)
  • Together, We're Making A Difference (1994-1997)
  • Your Hometown News (1997-present)
  • Experience The Difference (2004-present)
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