KODE-TV (a.k.a. "KODE12" or "KODE Action 12") is the ABC network affiliated television station serving all of Joplin, Missouri and its surrounding areas and Pittsburg, Kansas and its rural communities. Its transmitter is located in Joplin.

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Joplin, Missouri-Pittsburg, Kansas
Branding KODE 12 or

KODE Action 12 (general) Action 12 News (newscasts)

Slogan The One To Watch
Channels Digital: 43 (UHF)
Affiliations ABC (secondary until 1967)
Owner Mission Broadcasting, Inc.

(operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.)

First air date September 26, 1954
Call letters' meaning sounds like code
Sister station(s) KSNF
Former callsigns KSWM-TV (1954-1957)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

12 (VHF, 1954-2009)

Former affiliations CBS (1954-1967)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 268.6 m
Facility ID 18283
Transmitter coordinates 37°4′34.9″N 94°32′16.3″W
Website www.fourstateshomepage.com/

KODE was acquired by Mission Broadcasting in 2002. Subsequently, KODE entered into a Shared Services Agreement with Nexstar Broadcasting station KSNF, also serving the Joplin/Pittsburg market. KODE’s syndicated programming includes Oprah, Jeopardy! andSpin City.

Technical information

This station is licensed to broadcast in high definition on UHF channel 43 at 1.46 kilowatts under a Special Temporary Authority, but has filed a construction permit to increase power to 1000 kilowatts.

KODE is owned by Mission Broadcasting, however through a local sales agreement, the station is controlled by NBC affiliate KSNF 16, owned and operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Group.


KODE began broadcasting September 26, 1954, originally as KSWM-TV (for SouthWestern Missouri). The station was originally a primaryCBS affiliate, sharing ABC with then-NBC affiliate KOAM-TV, which is now a CBS affiliate. It became KODE-TV in 1957. In 1964, this station was owned by Gilmore Broadcasting Company and along with WEHT-TV in Evansville, Indiana.

In 1967, KUHI-TV (now NBC-affiliated KSNF) started and took over the CBS affiliation and KODE became a sole ABC affiliate.

In 2003, the station was acquired by Mission Broadcasting following its takeover of Quorum Broadcasting. It then became a sister station to KSNF.

On May 8, 2009, a powerful storm system slammed Joplin, knocking out power to KODE and knocking down the tower of sister station KSNF. KODE-TV returned to the air early on the morning of May 9, while KSNF didn't return to the air until June 17. Both stations moved to a rebuilt KSNF building in April 2010 making it the last Nexstar duopoly to do so.

News team 


  • Jennifer Penate - Weeknights 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Shannon Bruffett - weekday mornings Good Morning Four States
  • Alan Matthews - weekday mornings Good Morning Four States; also executive producer
  • Andy Searcy - sports anchor weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Christi Welter - weekend evenings
  • Cealey Godwin - sports anchor; weekend evenings
  • Bryan McLoone- weekend evenings

Action 12 Weather

  • Ray Foreman (NWA Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Sydney Ryan - weekend weather


  • Bryan McLoone - general assignment reporter
  • Gretchen Bolander - general assignment reporter
  • Allie Woldtvelt - general assignment reporter

Former on-air staff

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • The Texaco News (1954–1956)
  • Newsroom (1956–1963)
  • World News (1963–1969)
  • 24 Hours (1969–1977)
  • Dateline 12 News (1970s)
  • NewsWatch (1977–1978)
  • Eyewitness News (1978–1979)
  • Channel 12 News (1979–1983)
  • NewsSight 12 (1983–late 1980s)
  • KODE 12 News (late 1980s–early 1990s)
  • KODE News (early 1990s–1997)
  • KODE News 12 (1997–2000)
  • News 12 (2000–2002)
  • Joplin's News 12 (2002–2003)
  • Action 12 News (2003–present)

Station slogans

  • 12 Together (1970s–1980s)
  • When It Has To Be Right (late 1980s)
  • The Team to Watch! (1993-?)
  • The News Tracker (1997–2000)
  • The One To (Two) Watch (2000–present)

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