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History of Missouri Southern Television

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Ruth I. Kolpin StudiosMissouri Southern established a television station in 1984

As a service of the Department of Communication in 1984, the station initially operated as a cable channel on the Joplin cable television system. Programming included regular coverage of Joplin City Council meetings, and numerous programs presented by students, faculty and staff of the University.

January 1988

Over-the-air broadcast television programming began on a low-power television station, K57DR-TV. The call letters were changed in 1995 to KGCS-LP.

September 2008

KGCS moved to channel 22, and began broadcasting a digital signal. The changes allow KGCS to reach more than 167,000 households in Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma.  The changes were made possible by a generous donation from the Ruth I. Kolpin Foundation.  As a result, the studios were named in honor of Ruth Kolpin.