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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|
|Former callsigns||KSWM-TV (1954-1957)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
12 (VHF, 1954-2009)
|Former affiliations||CBS (1954-1967)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Transmitter coordinates||37°4′34.9″N 94°32′16.3″W / 37.076361°N 94.537861°W / 37.076361; -94.537861|
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!, and Spin 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 1,000 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 primary CBS affiliate, sharing ABC with then-NBC affiliate KOAM-TV, which is now a CBS affiliate. It became KODE-TV in 1957.
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 did not 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.
 On-air personalities
- Gretchen Bolander
- Shannon Bruffett
- Ray Foreman
- Cole Heath
- Brian Dorman
- Allison Woods
- Alan Matthews
- Dustin Lattimer
- Andy Searcy
- Ashlin Fleeman, Veterans of Forgein Wars, PR, Kansas City, MO
- Lauren Hieger, St. Louis, MO
- Brett Newtson, Retired, Tampa Bay, FL area
- Amy Anderson, moved to KCTV
- Jim Siedlecki, moved to WOWT-TV
- Malorie Maddox, moved to WOWT-TV
- Alan Cavanna, moved to WEHT
- Dan Tordjman, reporter at WTKR
- Bruce VonderHaar,JET-14, TV Production Teacher
- Brian Richardson, moved to KOLR
- Vicki Kennedy, Development Director, College Hts. Christian School, Joplin, MO
- Tracy Turner, Meteorologist, WHSV, Harrisonburg, Va.
- Tara Brown, Weekend Anchor, WEAR-TV, Pensacola, FL
- Chris Higgins, KODE Chief Meteorologist from 1992-94--St. Louis Weatherman on Fox2.
- Scott Higgins, Marketing, Oral Roberts University
- Erik Schrader, News Director, WNEP, Scranton, Pennsylvania
- Steve Edgerley, Teacher, recently divorced from Michelle Kingsfield
- Michelle Kingsfield, Main Anchor, WDTN, Dayton, Oh.
- Keith Wilkes, Weekend Anchor, now Tulsa attorney
- Paula Marinac, Weekend turned weekday anchor, Kansas City attorney
- Paula Cochran, Weekend Anchor, KMGH, Denver, Co.
- Ken Schutten, McDonald County Insurance Salesman
- Punky Rose, Mo. Dept. of Conservation
- Jeff Welborn, Wireless Communications dealer in Joplin
- Gene Savard, Resigned as Weather Forecaster, KDBC, El Paso, Tx, in April 2009.
- Robb Hanrahan, Anchor, WHP, Harrisburg, Pa.
- Dan Greuter, Professional Comedian
- Scott Lane, Senior Systems Engineer, Citrix Systems Inc.
- Andrea Roselli, VP of Design & Development for Richardson.
- Rachel Lindenmuth, married to CSTV anchor Adam Zucker
- Rusty Jackson, apparently running a religious blog
- Manny Steffen, school teacher in Orlando, Fl.
- Scott Holeman, Communications Director, NAIC
- Jonathan Elias, News Anchor/Reporter WBZ TV CBS Boston.
- Russ Riesinger, anchor at WSAV, Savannah, Ga.
- Jennifer Andrews, anchor at WJCL, Savannah, Ga.
- Tabitha Kitchens, Pharmaceutical Sales
- Kent Faddis, Cooperative Media Group, University of Missouri
- Jennifer Bussey/Faddis, Public Relations at MU, Columbia, Mo.
- Mike Dunne, left WTVC, Chattanooga, TN. in 2006 after 19 years there. Spokesman, Hamilton County Mayor's Office.
- Evan Rosen author of The Culture of Collaboration
- Rich White, Coach, Impact Video Communication
- Diane Gonzolas, Manager of the Citizen Information Center, Lincoln, NE.
- Heather Teter/Turco, Morning/Midday Anchor, WBBH, Fort Myers, Fl.
- Marny Stanier, realtor in Georgia.
- Larry Meacham
- Shari Dubin, Pharmaceutical Sales, Tulsa, Ok.
- Kelly Ralston/White, lives in Baxter Springs, Ks.
- Julie Burrous
- Jennafer Stokes
- Melissa Parks
- Greg Carbone
- Abby Payne
- Antonia DeNardo
- Wayne Gates
- Mark Fenelon
- Jennifer Goetz
- Jennifer Russell, Pittsburgh, PA. Community organizer to get her neighbors' voices heard.
- Serena Baker, Federal Criminal Law Assistant, Portland, Ore.
- Dan Meaney, Director of Corporate Communications, Connecticut Water Service, Inc., Clinton, CT
- Wendy Flannigan
- Ashlin Fleeman, working for the Veternas of Foreign Wars National Headquarters in Kansas City.
- Mary Charles, currently communications director for the City of Kansas City, Missouri; which includes managing operations of City Government Cable Channel KCCG-TV2.
- Diana Lynne
- Bob Phillips (deceased)
- Dale Noah
- Gary Cooper
- Dick Porath
- Liz Demerice, now known as Liz Johnson, is a Producer at WBBM-TV Chicago, IL. Mother of actress Carrie Demerice, who runs a movie production company out of New York City.
- Martha Kungle
- Chris Callahan,now at KOCO Oklahoma City
- Marilyn Babb (deceased)
- Lee George (deceased)
- Jim Lobbey (deceased)
 News/station presentation
 Newscast titles
- The Texaco News (1954-1956)
- Newsroom (1956-1963)
- World News (1963-1969)
- 24 Hours (1969-1977)
- News Watch (1977-1978)
- Eyewitness News (1978-1979)
- Channel 12 News (1979-1980s)
- NewsSight 12 (1980s)
- KODE News (late 1980s-early 1990s)
- News 12 (2000-2002)
- Joplin's News12 (2002-2003)
- Action 12 News (2003-present)
 Station slogans
- Together (1970s/1980s)
- When It Has To Be Right (late 1980s)
- The News Tracker (1997-2000)
- The One To (Two) Watch (2000-present)