|City of license||Eureka, California|
|Branding||News Channel 3|
|Slogan||The Spirit of the North Coast|
|Channels||Digital: 3 (VHF)|
|Owner||Pollack/Belz Broadcasting LLC|
|First air date||October 25, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||Keep Informed Every Minute|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
3 (VHF, 1953-2009)
16 (UHF, 2004-2009)
|Transmitter power||0 kW|
KIEM-TV signed on the air as Eureka's first television station on October 25, 1953. Since KIEM-TV was the only station in the Eureka market at the time, it offered programs from more than one network. The station callsign KIEM-TV was counterpart to the company's AM radio station, KIEM - which stood for "Keep Informed Every Minute". The FM part of a broadcast trio was KRED. (Soon after KIEM-TV began broadcasting, the first stereo broadcast in Humboldt County used the AM and FM stations in concert, AM = right channel, FM = left channel.) Initially KIEM was affiliated with CBS; however, the station also provided programs from NBC, ABC, and DuMont (the DuMont Network folded in 1955). After KVIQ signed on in 1958 and became the NBC affiliate, both KIEM and KVIQ offered some ABC programming on a part-time basis. Full-time ABC coverage was provided by Redding ABC affiliate KRCR-TV on area cable systems.
By 1984, KVIQ and KIEM had swapped affiliations with KIEM picking up the NBC affiliation. Another commercial station, 'KREQ-TV' (later KAEF-TV) signed on the air in 1987 offering ABC to the North Coast. When the new station signed on, both KVIQ and KIEM ceased offering ABC programs on a part-time basis.
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Since 1996, KIEM is the only station on the North Coast airing a full local news schedule, seven days weekly. KIEM currently programs news beginning with hourly inserts during The Today Show starting at 7:26 a.m., instead of a full morning newscast, and instead broadcasting Early Today, a early-morning news program from NBC News at 5:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. and sandwiched by syndicated news shows AgDay and First Business at 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. and full 30 minute broadcasts at 5, 6, and 11pm on weeknights,6 and 11pm weekends as the station also does not have a midday or weekend morning newscast. KIEM-TV is the North Coast's only locally staffed and operated television station. The other operations are mostly satellite operations of their "mother" facilities in the Chico-Redding, CA market. The station produces and has staffed the region's only local news department including a full-time meteorologist and full LIVE Truck capability. During recent flood and other local emergencies, the station provided around the clock LIVE news coverage. Utilizing back-up generators at both transmitter and studio locations, KIEM-TV provided the North Coast region with its only instantaneous outlet for emergency news coverage. This kind of local commitment has garnered KIEM many industry awards and recognition for outstanding coverage.
The station has a fully staffed production department. It, too, has been the recipient of outstanding creative service to the advertising community.
The Eureka television market, one of the smallest in the country, was the only TV market in California not available on DISH Network until June 3, 2010, at which time it became available. Since November 2, 2011 KIEM has also been available on Directv.
As of November 2013, KIEM signs off every Sunday Morning at 1:00 a.m., and Monday Morning at 12:35 a.m., and resuming at 5:00 a.m. both days, during the sign-off and sign-on, KIEM broadcasts a classic sequence, which includes the old blue "3" logo as well as its NBC peacock logo and the station ID which is licensed to the city seen before and after the test pattern with a SMPTE Color Bars with a "News Channel 3" logo with the current gold "3" and NBC peacock logo with the station ID's which is the current digital ID as well as its former digital ID as KIEM-DT, which call letters used until the US Digital Transition in 2009 and its slogan as "The Spirit of the North Coast" on the bottom of the pattern, as KIEM has no US National Anthem at Sign-Off and Sign-On and as a result, the station does not air any national NBC networked All Night block or syndicated overnight programming on early Sunday and Monday Mornings.
Current on-air staff
- Manny Machado - News Director, also 6 & 11 p.m. Sports Director
- Monica Jacquez - 5 p.m. anchor
- Brad Curtis - 6 & 11 p.m.
- Manuel "Manny" Machado - 6 & 11 p.m. Sports Director, also News Director
- Chet Davis - Reporter
- Cecilia Reeves - Chief Meteorologist
- Allie Norton (Weekend Anchor)
- Robyn Ridpath
- Lashay Wesley
Notable former on-air staff
- Marc Brown (1984; now at KABC in Los Angeles)
- Matt Mendes - anchor (2010-2012; now at KOLD-TV in Tucson, AZ)
- Evan Schreiber - anchor (2012-2013; now at KRCR-TV in Redding, California) 
Dana Griffin - Reporter/Weekend Anchor (2012-2013); Now at ABC6 in Providence, Rhode Island
- Eyewitness News (1970s-1996)
- NewsChannel 3 (1996–present)
- The Spirit of the North Coast (1996–present)
KIEM is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:
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- "Marc Brown bio". KABC-TV. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
- "Matt Mendes bio". KOLD-TV. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- Evan Schreiber | News Team, KRCR-TV website, June 19, 2013
- Official site
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KIEM
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KIEM-TV