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KHQ-TV
KHQ-TV-HD-Logo.png
Spokane, Washington/Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
United States
Branding KHQ (general; alternately known as "Q6")
KHQ Local News (news)
Slogan Right Now
Channels Digital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
Subchannels 6.1 NBC
6.2 SWX
Translators (see article)
Affiliations NBC (primary until 1954; exclusive 1954-present)
Owner Cowles Publishing Company
(KHQ, Inc.)
First air date December 20, 1952 (1952-12-20)[1]
Call letters' meaning Named from former call letters of former sister radio station
Former channel number(s) Analog:
6 (VHF, 1952-2009)
Former affiliations Secondary:
ABC (1952-1954)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 653 m
Facility ID 34537
Transmitter coordinates 47°34′53.1″N 117°17′49.7″W / 47.581417°N 117.297139°W / 47.581417; -117.297139
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.khq.com

KHQ-TV, virtual channel 6, is the NBC affiliate for Spokane, Washington. It broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 15. The station is the flagship and namesake of The KHQ Television Group, a subsidiary of Cowles Publishing Company, which owns The Spokesman-Review newspaper.

The station also operates a 24-hour sports and weather channel called SWX Right Now on digital subchannel 6.2. On cable, the station is available in standard definition on channel 6 on Comcast in the Spokane area and on Time Warner Cable in the Coeur d'Alene area; it is also available in high definition on Comcast digital channel 106 in Spokane and Time Warner Cable digital channel 706 in Coeur d'Alene and the Palouse. On satellite, it is available on channel 6 in both standard definition and high-definition on Dish Network and DirecTV. KHQ is one of five local Spokane television stations available in Canada on Shaw Cable in most of Alberta, including Calgary and Edmonton—both of which have more than double the population of KHQ's American service area. It is also available on satellite provider Shaw Direct for most customers in Alberta.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
6.1 1080i 16:9 KHQ-HD Main KHQ-TV programming / NBC
6.2 480i 4:3 SWX SWX Right Now

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KHQ-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 6, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 15 to VHF channel 7 (where it was once KSPS-TV). It has since moved back to channel 15 due to adjacent channel interference with KSPS (now on channel 8).[3][4] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 6.

History[edit]

While KHQ and KXLY were both granted authorization by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build television stations on July 12, 1952,[5] KHQ was first to sign on the air, going live on Saturday, December 20, 1952[citation needed] at 6 pm with the film Texas Trouble Shooters. The first NBC program KHQ broadcast was an episode of Your Hit Parade, which aired that evening at 7:30.[6] In addition to being the oldest television station east of the Cascades, KHQ is also the second-oldest station in Washington state. It was co-owned by Cowles Publishing along with KHQ radio (AM 590, now KQNT; and FM 98.1, now KISC). The radio stations were both sold off in 1985.

It was originally a dual NBC/ABC affiliate. KREM-TV took the ABC affiliation when it signed on air in 1954, but KHQ kept the NBC affiliation, which it retains to this day. It is the only major station in Spokane, and one of a few in the country, that has retained the same primary affiliation, owner and call letters throughout its history.

After being in its original studio for over forty years, KHQ moved its headquarters to 1201 W. Sprague Avenue in downtown Spokane in 2001, where it still is today. The reason for the move was to create an all-digital facility, so modern media technology could work well with the news station. In the process, KHQ became the first all-digital facility in Spokane.[7]

Traditionally, KHQ has been known as "Q6," but the station seems to have been shying away from that branding in recent years. KHQ still uses the "Q6" logo, but it's now exclusively verbally referred to on-air by its call letters.

Programming[edit]

KHQ's current syndicated programming offerings include Katie (until September 2014), Ellen, Judge Judy, Jeopardy!, and Wheel of Fortune.

News operation[edit]

Main article: SWX Right Now
KHQ newscast title card seen nightly at 5

In 2006, with the popularity of high-definition newscasts increasing around the country, the race to HD began in the Spokane television market when competitor KXLY became the first Spokane station to produce a local segment of the news in HD. Each week, one news story was presented in high-definition. Until 2008, KXLY was the only news station in Spokane to produce a segment of the news in HD.

On May 16, 2008, KHQ produced a live, on-the-air report in HD. It was officially announced on this date that KHQ was slated to become the first station in Spokane to broadcast its entire newscasts in HD, debuting on August 8, 2008 to coincide with the 2008 Summer Olympic Games on NBC.[7] However, after months of marketing this milestone, KXLY shocked KHQ and the Spokane television market when it made a surprise announcement on August 1, just two days before the start of its broadcasts, that it would beat KHQ in becoming the first station in Spokane to produce HD newscasts. KXLY's HD newscasts started August 3, just a mere five days before KHQ's scheduled date. Despite marketing their newscasts as being in HD, KHQ did not yet present its newscasts in true high definition, but in standard definition widescreen. However, with the implementation of a new master control hub (which handles the operations of KHQ, along with sister stations KNDU and KNDO and its SWX channels) using fiberoptic links, and the purchase of new studio equipment and cameras, KHQ migrated to full HD newscasts in late 2012.[8][9]

In 2008, KHQ and Northern Quest Resort and Casino started a partnership, and created SWX, a 24-hour sports and weather channel. SWX launched in January 2009, and officially launched on August 30, 2009.[10] The channel features live events including local high school sports, among other programming. Normal programming on SWX includes four minute weather briefs from "The Weather Authority" and sports updates called "SWX Sports Updates."

Unlike most NBC affiliates, KHQ-TV does not air a weekday midday newscast.

KHQ Newscasts[edit]

Weekdays

  • KHQ Local News Today – 4:30-7:00 a.m.
  • KHQ Local News at 5:00 – 5:00-5:30 p.m.
  • KHQ Local News at 6:00 – 6:00-6:30 p.m.
  • FOX First at 10:00 - 10:00-10:30 p.m. (on KAYU 28)
  • KHQ Local News 11@11:00 – 11:00-11:35 p.m.

Saturdays

  • KHQ Local News Saturday – 7:00-10:00 a.m.
  • KHQ Local News at 5:00 – 5:00-5:30 p.m.
  • KHQ Local News at 6:00 – 6:00-6:30 p.m.
  • FOX First at 10:00 - 10:00-10:30 p.m. (on KAYU 28)
  • KHQ Local News 11@11:00 – 11:00-11:35 p.m.

Sundays

  • KHQ Local News Sunday – 7:00-7:30 a.m.
  • KHQ Local News at 5:00 – 5:00-5:30 p.m.
  • KHQ Local News at 6:00 – 6:00-6:30 p.m.
  • FOX First at 10:00 - 10:00-10:30 p.m. (on KAYU 28)
  • KHQ Local News 11@11:00 – 11:00-11:35 p.m.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • Front Page (1952–1956)
  • Your Esso Reporter (1956–1962)
  • The Six O'Clock Report/The Eleven O'Clock Report (1962–1965)
  • Channel 6 News (1965–1974; 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts)
  • 24 Hours (1965–1974; 10 p.m. newscast)
  • Q-6 Eyewitness News (1974–1978)
  • Q-6 News Alive (1978–1981)
  • Q-6 News (1981–2002)[11]
  • Q-6 Nightly News (1981–1987; evening newscast)
  • Q-6 Local News (2002–2007)[12]
  • KHQ Local News (2002–present)[13]

Weather titles[edit]

  • Fast Alert Weather (2002)
  • KHQ Weather Plus (2004–2008)
  • Weather Right Now (2009–2010)
  • The Weather Authority (2010–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "The Northwest's Rising Star" (1970–1974)
  • "Q-6 Eyewitness News: The Northwest's Most Complete and Comprehensive Coverage of News, Weather and Sports" (1974–1978)
  • "The Northwest's Number One News Team" (late 1970s–early 1980s)
  • "Always One Step Ahead" (1980s)
  • "Your Northwest NewsChannel" (early 1990s–1998)
  • "Your Local News Station" (1998–2002)
  • "Your Local News Leader" (2002–2006)
  • "Right Now" (2006–present)
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News team[14][edit]

Anchors

  • Kjerstin Bell - weeknights at 10:00 p.m. (KAYU); weeknights KHQ 11:00 p.m.
  • Dave Cotton - NewsBreak with Dave Cotton, weekdays at 10:00 a.m., noon and 2:00 p.m. on KHQ.com; also president of interactive media
  • Allison Flicker- weekend mornings (7:00-10:00 on Saturdays and 7:00-7:30 on Sundays); also weekday reporter
  • Dan Kleckner - weeknights at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
  • Sean Owsley - weekday mornings on KHQ Local News Today (4:30-7:00 a.m.); also host of Invest Northwest (Sundays from 7:30-8:00 a.m.)
  • Matt Rogers- weekend mornings (7:00-10:00 on Saturdays and 7:00-7:30 on Sundays); also weekday morning reporter
  • Stephanie Vigil - weeknights at 5:00 and 6:00.
  • TBD- weekend evenings at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00, and 11:00
  • Kalae Chock - weekday morningson KHQ Local News Today (4:30-7:00 weekdays)

The Weather Authority (also seen on SWX Right Now)

  • Leslie Lowe - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 (KAYU) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Blake Jensen - meteorologist; weekday mornings on KHQ Local News Today (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
  • Dave Law - meteorologist; weekend evenings at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 (KAYU) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Katie Steiner - meteorologist: weekend mornings on KHQ Local News Today (7:00-10:00 Saturdays and 7:00-7:30 a.m. Sundays)
  • Amy Rose- fill-in weather meteorologist

SWX Sports (also seen as play-by-play announcers on SWX Right Now)

  • Sam Adams - senior sports anchor; weeknights at 6:00, 10:00 (KAYU) and 11:00 p.m.
  • Michelle Dapper - sports anchor; weekends at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 (KAYU) and 11:00 p.m.
  • John Fritz - sports anchor; fill-in anchor and sports reporter
  • John Collett- sports anchor; fill-in anchor and sports reporter

Reporters

  • Liz Burch - general assignment reporter
  • Gabe Cohen - North Idaho reporter (Son of Meredith Vieira Show host Meredith Vieira and Former CBS News Correspondent Richard M. Cohen0
  • Victor Correa- general assignment reporter
  • Patrick Erickson - general assignment reporter
  • Lindsay Nadrich - digital reporter/director
  • Dylan Wohlenhaus - general assignment reporter

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

  • Peter Alexander (1997-2000; now NBC News White House Correspondent)
  • Cindy Brunson (Oct. 1996-March 1998; later moved to KATU-TV in Portland and ESPN from September 1999-January 2013. Brunson served as studio host for SportsCenter, First Take and ESPNews. Brunson moved with her husband Steve to Arizona. Currently a fill-in Diamondbacks pre & post game anchor and also fill-in commentator for the Phoenix Mercury.
  • Penny Daniels (1998-2000; now strategic communications consultant at 3D Communications, a company she co-founded)
  • Ira Joe Fisher (1970-1980; later substitute meteorologist and announcer for The Early Show on CBS)
  • Phil Keating (1991–1993; now at Fox News Channel)[15]
  • Shelly Monahan (2000-2014; left the news industry, but currently studying to be a realtor with her husband Steve and/or returning to radio and/or TV in the future)[16]
  • Randy Shaw (1983-2000; now weeknight anchor for crosstown rival KREM (TV)).
  • Alex Rozier (2011-2014; now reporter at KING-TV in Seattle)[17][18]

Translators[edit]

KHQ is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:

References[edit]

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