Ozarks Public Television is the Missouri State licensee for KOZK-TV, channel 21 in Springfield, Missouri and KOZJ-TV, channel 26 in Joplin, Missouri.
As a university licensee, KOZK's studios and offices are located on the Missouri State University campus in Springfield.
Ozarks Public Television provides PBS programming and instructional television services to 549,540 households in Southwest Missouri and the adjoining three state area. OPTV broadcasts 168 hours of programming per week with a supporting membership of about 6,500 members and over 100 corporate and institutional underwriters.
Strong local community commitment, support, and involvement provides a volunteer staff augmenting station operations in a variety of tasks. Volunteers provide support in production, administrative, and fundraising tasks, including operation of two televised auctions.
KOZJ/channel 26, a "satellite" station of KOZK/Springfield, began broadcasting in 1986. Although a Missouri State licensee, the business office is located in downtown Joplin with transmission facilities located at KODE, the Joplin ABC affiliate.
Ozarks Public Television offices and studios are located in Strong Hall on the Missouri State University campus in Springfield, Missouri.
We strive to ensure we capture the history and heritage that has made the Ozarks a great place to live. Just like everyone else we are a small staff trying to do a lot of work that informs, educates and entertains our viewers.