KOLR-TV is the CBS-affiliated television station for the Ozark Plateau area of Southwestern Missouri that is licensed to Springfield. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 10 from a transmitter on Switchgrass Road north of Fordland. Owned by Mission Broadcasting of Brecksville, Ohio, the station is operated through a local marketing agreement (LMA) by the Nexstar Broadcasting Group as sister to KOZL-TV. The two share studios on East Division Street in Springfield. Syndicated programming on KOLR includes: Entertainment Tonight, Judge Judy, The World's Funniest Moments, and Family Feud. At 2,000 feet (609.6 metres) high, its transmitting tower is the second tallest in the United States only 19.2 meters lower than the highest.

Springfield, Missouri
Branding KOLR 10 (general)

KOLR 10 News (newscasts)

Slogan Coverage You

Can Count On

Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)
Subchannels 10.1 - CBS
Owner Mission Broadcasting

(operated through LMA by Nexstar Broadcasting Group)

First air date March 14, 1953
Call letters' meaning KOLoR (pronounced "color" as in color television)
Sister station(s) KOZL-TV
Former callsigns KTTS-TV (1953-1970)

KOLR-TV (1970-1985)

Former channel number(s) 10 (VHF analog, 1953-2009)

52 (UHF digital)

Former affiliations DuMont (1953-1955)

ABC (1953-1967) both secondary

Transmitter power 26 kW
Height 631 m
Facility ID 28496
Transmitter coordinates 37°13′8″N 92°56′56″W


The station signed on-the-air on February 14, 1953 as KTTS-TV and was sister station to KTTS-AM radio. Their studios were in the Springfield Chamber of Commerce building on the southwest corner of Walnut and Jefferson Streets downtown. By the 1960s it was under new ownership, which changed the call letters to KOLR-TV in 1970 to reflect its conversion to color as television shows and sets were moving away from black-and-white. It also shared a secondary ABC affiliation with KYTV until 1968 when KMTC signed on. That station later became KOLR's sister station, Fox affiliate KSFX. In 1985, KOLR dropped the "-TV" suffix. It was acquired by the Nexstar Broadcasting Group through its Mission Broadcasting subsidiary in 2003 when Nexstar acquired Quorum Broadcasting. The station's revamped website debuted in spring 2007.

Digital televisionEdit

It began full power, high definition broadcasting on January 19, 2007. The station originally aired its digital signal on UHF channel 52. As a result of this channel being on a UHF frequency which would no longer be in use after the June 12, 2009 cutoff date for analog television broadcasting (channels 52 to 69). On April 16, KOLR remained on channel 10 when the analog to digital conversion was completed. Its analog NTSC transmitter had an effective radiated power of 316 kilowatts which was the highest allowed for a VHF Band III transmitter. Some viewers had trouble picking up KOLR after the switch to digital. FM traps installed inbetween the antenna and AMP solved the problem for some viewers but not others. Some viewers continue to have trouble picking up the signal.

News operationEdit

On April 28, 2009 the station launched an update to its graphics, music, logo, and news philosophy. KOLR has the longest-running evening anchor team in the Ozarks. During weather segments, the station uses live NOAA National Weather Service radar data from several regional sites. This is known on-air as "Live Digital Doppler".

In March 2010, KOLR/KSFX became the second station in the Ozarks and the first Nexstar-owned station to broadcasts its newscasts in 16:9 widescreen standard definition, even though the production is not in full high definition.

Newscast titlesEdit

  • Your Esso Reporter (19531957)
  • KTTS-TV News (19571966)
  • 24 Hours (19661971)
  • KOLR 10 Eyewitness News (19711978)
  • NewsBeat 10 (19781992)
  • KOLR 10 NewsBeat (19922000)
  • KOLR 10 News (2000present)

Station slogansEdit

  • "KOLR-10 in Color" (early 1970s)
  • "Eyewitness News: Bringing it Home to You" (mid 1970s)
  • "NewsBeat 10: The Ozark's #1 News Team" (19781992)
  • "KOLR 10 Spirit" / "Ozarks Spirit" (1987-1988, local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • "Get Ready for KOLR 10" (1989-1991, local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • "Your Hometeam" (19891995)
  • "The Ozark's News and Information Source" (19952000)
  • "Coverage You Can Count On" (20002009)
  • "Count On The New KOLR 10" (20092010)
  • "Count On KOLR 10 News" (2010present)

News teamEdit


  • Rob Evans - weekday mornings
  • Jessica Williams - weekday mornings
  • Joy Robertson - weekdays at 11 A.M.
    • "Personal Portraits" segment producer
  • Sonya Kullmann - weeknights at 5, 6, and 10
  • David Oliver - weeknights at 5, 6, and 10
    • "Oliver's Ozarks" segment producer
  • Jeremy Stevens - weeknights at 9 and reporter
  • Kate Stacy - weeknights at 9 and reporter
  • Jennifer Denman - weekends and reporter
  • Brian Richardson - weekends at 9 and reporter

KOLR 10 Weather Lab Meteorologists

  • Ted Keller (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights
  • Tom Trtan - weekday mornings and 11 A.M.
  • Jill Gilardi - weekends and news reporter
    • fill-in and weekday morning garden reporter


  • Dan Lucy - Director seen weeknights at 6, occasionally at 9, and 10
  • Nick Carboni - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9 and weekends


  • Kevin Schwaller
  • Emily Baucum

Former on-air staffEdit

  • Jack Elliot (was at microphone for first sign-on in 1953)
  • Captain Briney AKA Wayne Grisham (Children's show host - with monkey on his shoulder) [1]
  • Bob Barker
  • Ross Summers, anchor
  • Bob Graham, anchor/ reporter
  • Terry Moore, reporter
  • Mike Peters, anchor [2]
  • Tom Mast, Sports anchor
  • Tom Dye, weather
  • Scott Opfer, Sports anchor [3]
  • Carol Taylor - now Commissioner Carol Aiken of the Probate Court
  • David Taylor
  • Peter Bernard, reporter/ weather [4]
  • Toni Chritton, reporter [5]
  • Robin Marsh, reporter
  • Steve LaRocco, anchor
  • Jill Jensen, anchor
  • Sally Kernan, anchor
  • Stan Byrdy
  • Cheryl Matthews, reporter
  • Chris Herzog, reporter/ weekend anchor [6]
  • Sarah Stokes Herzog, reporter/weekend anchor [7]
  • Paul Morrison, anchor
  • Theresa Petry, reporter/weekend anchor [8]
  • Rachel Aram, reporter
  • Melissa Moon, reporter/ weekend anchor [9]
  • Ken Knierim, sports
  • Tally Hobbs, sports [10]
  • Noel Zanchelli, weekend sports anchor
  • Larry Figurski, sports anchor
  • Tod Rubin, weekend sports anchor
  • John Boruk, weekend sports anchor
  • Ray Meyer, reporter/anchor/weather
  • Patti Suarez, anchor [11]
  • Mark Miller, sports anchor [12]
  • Shane Devine, reporter
  • Laura Buchtel, meteorologist - now at WWL-TV New Orleans
  • Bruce Asbury, weather, reporter [13]
  • Kent Williams, meteorologist
  • Ron Hearst, weather
  • Chris Grogan, anchor/reporter [14]
  • Angie Widenger, reporter [15]
  • Carlos Correa, reporter [16]
  • Marybeth Brush, anchor/reporter [17]
  • Louis Bangert, photographer
  • Dave (Jed) McGee, photographer
  • Charlie Hannema, weekend sports anchor [18]

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