Credit fellow blogger and longtime Springfield investigative reporter Ron Davis of Chatter with the scoop that KYTV, Springfield's NBC affiliate, has bought the city's ABC affiliate, KSPR.
Davis beat the Springfield News-Leader by at least an hour in getting the scoop to the public.
No word on how or if the sale will affect former KODE news director Erik Schrader, who serves in that position at KSPR. The station's news staff also included, at least the last time I checked, former KODE anchor Tracy Turner and Lockwood High School graduate Whitney Scott, who received national attention two years ago as a contestant on the ESPN program Dream Job.
This puts Springfield in a situation similar to Joplin. The city's FOX station KSFX and CBS affiliate KOLR are both under the control of Nexstar Broadcasting. In Joplin, of course, KODE and KSNF are both under Nexstar, while KOAM and KFJX are both Saga Communications stations.