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Missouri Southern - Joplin, Missouri

KGCS Media Showcase

KGCS-TV has served Missouri Southern State University and the Joplin region for more than 30 years.  The station has provided hands-on training opportunities for students in the Department of Communication throughout its history.  It has also provided programs of interest to the campus and community.   A 30th anniversary reunion dinner was held at Homecoming, Oct. 4, 2014   Alumni gathered with current students, faculty, staff and supporters.   The evening also included the recognition of Outstanding TV Alumni, Erik Schrader, Esdra Lamy and Tammy Spicer. 

A Facebook page KGCS-TV 30th Anniversary, provides additional information for graduates and supporters to keep connected with the station.  The page continues to be updated.

A display is located in the hallway in the first-floor broadcast area of Webster Hall. It highlights more than 30 years of station history and outstanding alumni at MSSU. The wall features logos from throughout the history of the television station, beginning with the MSTV logo used when the station started in 1984 and continuing to the current KGCS 22 logo.   In addition, large poster photos show students working at the station over the past four decades. 

A promotional video produced by students in the Spring 2016 semester highlights KGCS-TV.  It is found on the station YouTube channel, KGCS Missouri Southern.

Programming Note:

KGCS programming may be seen over the air on digital broadcast channel 22, reaching more than 168,000 households in the region.

KGCS may also be seen on regional cable television systems, including channel 22 on Cable One in Joplin.  Other cable systems carrying KGCS include Mediacom, Suddenlink, LeRue and Columbus, KS.

If you are unable to see broadcast programming from KGCS-TV, some of the locally-produced programs are available on our YouTube channel.  You can see Newsmakers interviews and more through this service.


Broadcast students have the opportunity to explore television and video production from the moment they arrive at Missouri Southern, There's no need to wait for upper-class rank to work at the television station. KGCS provides opporrtunities for students including the Student Broadcasters Club. 


Students gain valuable hands-on experience in all areas of television, including production work, video shooting and editing, or on-camera work. Broadcast students are able to learn and apply the skills needed to succeed in today's field.

Students broadcasting Students editing film

Successful Graduates

KGCS is proud to have a long list of students who worked at the station and completed their degrees at Missouri Southern. Graduates are found working in broadcasting from coast-to-coast, as well as in prominent local positions.  Job titles reflect the wide variety of opportunities for graduates, including:

  • General Manager
  • News Director
  • Videographer
  • Reporter
  • Anchor
  • Producer
  • Account Executive
  • Hollywood Film Editor

Station Background

Missouri Southern began television operations in 1984, as a service of the Department of Communication. Programming initially appeared on the Joplin cable TV system. In 1988, the station expanded to over-the-air broadcasting. The station upgraded to a digital broadcast signal in 2008.   The broadcast signal reaches more than 167,000 households in the region.  KGCS is one of the few University-run broadcast TV stations in the state. Missouri Southern students gain valuable hands-on experience at KGCS, working alongside and receiving training from staff and faculty members.

  • Over-the-air: Digital Channel 22
  • Cable One: Channel 22
  • Mediacom: Channel 2

Broadcasting in the studio

To reach a staff member or to find out more about Missouri Southern Television:

Write: Judy Stiles
General Manager KGCS-TV
Missouri Southern State University
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801-1595
Call 417-625-9375
FAX: 417-625-9742

KGCS is a member of:

Missouri Broadcasters Association: (

Missouri Broadcast Educators Association: (