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Kirksville, Missouri/Ottumwa, Iowa
Branding KTVO-TV3
Slogan Spirit of the Heartland
Your Source for News
Channels Digital: 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 3 (PSIP)
Affiliations ABC
Local Weather Now Channel (DT2)
Owner Barrington Broadcasting Company, LLC
(Barrington Kirksville License, LLC)
First air date November 21, 1955
Call letters’ meaning Kirksville
Sister station(s) KYOU-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
3 (1955-2009)
Former affiliations CBS (1955-1974, secondary from 1968)
ABC (secondary, 1955-1968)
NBC (secondary, 1955-1974)
Transmitter Power 87 kW (digital)
Height 290 m (digital)
Facility ID 21251
Transmitter Coordinates 40°31′47″N 92°26′29″W / 40.52972°N 92.44139°W / 40.52972; -92.44139

KTVO (a.k.a. KTVO-TV3) is the ABC affiliate for the Ottumwa, Iowa market. It is licensed to nearby Kirksville, Missouri; with an office in Ottumwa. Its transmitter is located in Lancaster, Missouri. KTVO is owned and operated by Barrington Broadcasting.

The station also served as the default analog ABC affiliate for the Quincy, Illinois/Hannibal, Missouri market, which didn't have an analog ABC affiliate of its own. On August 28, 2007, KHQA announced it will launch a new digital subchannel to broadcast ABC programming to the Quincy/Hannibal market. The subchannel debuted on September 30, 2007. [1]However, KTVO remains on Quincy/Hannibal cable systems.


Station history

KTVO began its broadcasting operation on November 21, 1955. The station was founded by Jim Conroy. Many people thought that Ottumwa was too small to support a television station, but Conroy persevered, believing that southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri would be proud to have a station of their own.

When KTVO first began, it was a primary CBS affiliate, but also carried secondary affiliations with NBC and ABC. This was not a surprise, given that KTVO was the market's only television station until 1986 when KOIA-TV (now Fox affiliate KYOU-TV) took to the air. The station began its first color broadcast in 1961 and was sold to Post Corporation on January 7, 1964. In 1968, it switched its primary affiliation to ABC, though it continued to carry a few CBS and NBC shows until 1974.

For its first 20 years, KTVO's operations were based primarily in Ottumwa in studios shared with then co-owned KBIZ radio. Some Missouri programming was originated at the transmitter site. In 1976 the main studios were moved to their present location, north of Kirksville. KTVO operated a short-lived low power TV station, K40AI, that carried some local Kirksville programming in the early 1980s.

On June 2, 1988, a three-member broadcast tower maintenance crew were killed when the main KTVO broadcast tower, located near Colony, Missouri, collapsed. This forced KTVO, along with radio station KRXL-FM, which had been renting antenna space on the tower, off the air. However, thanks to having the original broadcast tower still available near Downing, Missouri, KTVO was able to resume broadcasting within 30 hours of the collapse. At the time KTVO was owned by Federal Broadcasting. An OSHA investigation placed official blame for the tower collapse primarily on the maintenance crew, citing the removal of too many tower cross-braces at once for repair. Although a relatively new structure, the steel cross-braces had already shown signs of cracking, rust, and other deterioration, thus necessitating the early repair and maintenance.

The station was acquired by Raycom Media in 1996. On March 27, 2006, Raycom announced that it would sell the station along with 13 others across the country to Barrington Broadcasting. The sale closed later in 2006.

In March, 2009, KTVO received national attention as the victim of viewer prank. A list of fake names, many considered crude or obcene (i.e. Dixie Normus, Craven Moorhead) was submitted to the KTVO morning news birthdays & anniversaries segment. This list was aired in February 2009, and by March a video of the incident began appearing on websites such as YouTube and Over 400,000 viewings occurred on YouTube before KTVO management forced its removal, citing copyright violation. However, The Howard Stern radio show and Jimmy Kimmel Live, a late-night talk/variety show exposed the prank to an even larger national and world audience.

On-Air Personalities




  • John Garlock, Anchor/Producer
  • Marlene Speas, Anchor/News Director
  • Teresa Carter, Chief Meteorologist
  • Fred Beck, Sports Director
  • Brian Entin, Anchor/Reporter
  • C.E. Huffman, Morning Anchor/Reporter
  • Emily Finnegan, Reporter
  • Pamela Credille, Reporter
  • Eden Derby, Reporter
  • Ashley Smith, Weekend Weather/Reporter

Former On-Air Personalities

  • Mark Sudol - Sports Anchor/Reporter
  • Amanda Krenz, Weekend Anchor/Reporter [3]
  • Chris Cowperthwaite, Reporter [4]
  • Carly Schuffler, Anchor/Reporter [5]
  • Carlos Correa, Anchor/Reporter [6]
  • Tim Peters, Sports Director [7]
  • Ben Lawson, Reporter [8]
  • Laurie Patton, Reporter
  • Danielle Wagner, Reporter [9]
  • Eric Kulhman, Weekend Sports Anchor
  • Jodie Griffin, Anchor/Producer
  • Zach Brown, Weekend Weather [10]
  • Rishi Barran, Sports Director [11]
  • Bryan Rupp, Anchor/Forecaster
  • Shonal Patel, Weekend Anchor/Reporter
  • Bryan Dunn, Sports Anchor/Reporter
  • Rachel Condradt, Reporter
  • Melissa Larch, Reporter
  • Courtney Cooper, Reporter [12]
  • Thor Bersted, Chief Forecaster
  • Krista Almanzan, Reporter
  • Tim McGonigal, Anchor/News Director
  • Kelly Harney, Reporter
  • John Ahrens, Weather Anchor [13]
  • Angela Lee, Reporter [14]
  • Dawnica Jackson, Reporter
  • Tracy Crockett, Weekend Anchor/Reporter [15]
  • Debra Savage, Reporter
  • Anthony Miller, Weekend Anchor/Reporter [16]
  • Tracye Hutchins, Reporter [17]
  • Kimberly Purdy, Reporter [18]
  • Steve Norris, Anchor/Reporter [19]
  • Lori Fullbright, Reporter [20]
  • Beth Duffy, Morning Anchor/Reporter [21]
  • Scott Pasmore, Reporter [22]
  • Bill Robertson, Anchor
  • Chris Hunt, News Director-Anchor
  • Robert Burch, Morning Anchor [23]
  • Dawn Christensen, Reporter
  • Brian Coneybear, Anchor
  • Valerie Knox, Reporter
  • Gena Greco, Reporter
  • Susan Slaughter, Reporter
  • Elizabeth Emmons, Reporter
  • Rich Crampanis, Sports Anchor
  • Kieth Lundsford, Sports Anchor
  • Kontji Anthony, Reporter [24]
  • Colleen Williams, Weekend Anchor [25]
  • Darcy Douglass, Anchor/Producer [26]
  • Todd Grisham, Reporter [27]
  • Michelle Kennedy, Reporter [28]
  • Stacey Horst, Reporter [29]
  • Christa Minter, Weekend Weather/Reporter
  • Heather Hubbs, Reporter
  • Dana Jay, Anchor/Reporter [30]
  • Gabe Petti, Chief Forecaster
  • Jude Wilbers, Weekend Sports
  • Jill Kasparie, Reporter

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • KTVO News (2002-present)

Station slogans

  • Spirit of the Heartland (1980s-present)
  • Your Source for Local News (2002-present)
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