The station first signed on the air on March 9, 1983 as KSPR; it was the first independent station in the Springfield market.
On April 3, 1986, ABC decided to terminate its affiliation with KDEB-TV (channel 27, now MyNetworkTV affiliate KOZL-TV) and the network subsequently moved to KSPR.
KSPR-TV, Ch. 33, Springfield, MO, Station ID, Circa 1994
TV stations in the Ozarks, including Springfield and Branson, Missouri