KVIQ

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KVIQ
KVIQ logo
Eureka, California
United States
Branding CBS 17
Channels Digital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
Subchannels 17.1 CBS
Affiliations CBS (1987-present)
Owner Frontier Radio Management
(Redwood Television Partners)
First air date April 1, 1958 (1958-04-01)
Call letters' meaning VI (Roman numeral 6) Q
Former callsigns KVIQ-TV (1958-1981)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
6 (VHF, 1958-2008)
Former affiliations Primary:
NBC (1958-1987)
Secondary:
ABC (1958-1987)
Transmitter power 30 kW
Height 550 m
Facility ID 42640
Transmitter coordinates 40°43′41.9″N 123°58′21.4″W / 40.728306°N 123.972611°W / 40.728306; -123.972611
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website kviqcbs17.com

KVIQ is a digital-only broadcast television station which broadcasts as a CBS affiliate on UHF channel 17 from a transmitter in Eureka, California.

History[edit]

KVIQ signed on the air on VHF channel 6 as Eureka's second television station on April 1, 1958. It was owned by California Oregon Broadcasting, as a satellite station of KVIP-TV (now KRCR-TV) in Redding, California; KVIQ was subsequently sold separately and became a separate station. California Oregon Broadcasting subsequently acquired KIEM-TV (channel 3), which it operated separately from KRCR. Since the Eureka market only had two television stations in those early days, KVIQ offered programs from several networks. By the 1980s, the station was the area's primary NBC affiliate, but it also carried some ABC programs until KAEF (channel 23) went on the air in 1987.

The station was, at one time, owned by the Ackerley Group. Ackerley invested quite a bit of money into its news operations. Ackerley merged with corporate giant Clear Channel Communications in 2002. Not long after this merger, the news operation at KVIQ was quickly abandoned. The station was managed by David Silverbrand with its engineering function performed by James Mixon. Providing operational and sales staff was Sainte Partners II, L.P.. Sainte Partners sold the station in 2014.

Logo as "CBS 6", used until 2009

KVIQ was also available on the radio at 87.7 FM until they ceased the analog channel 6 signal.

The Eureka television market (DMA #195)[1] was the only TV market in California not available on DISH Network until June 3, 2010, at which time it became available.[2] The Eureka local channels are not yet available on DirecTV.

In December 2013, Sainte Partners II reached a deal to sell KVIQ to Redwood Television Partners,[3] a subsidiary of Frontier Radio Management.[4] The sale was completed on June 30, 2014.[5]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[6]
17.1 1080i 16:9 KVIQ-DT Main KVIQ programming / CBS

KVIQ was the second station in Eureka to broadcast in high definition.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KVIQ shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 6, on November 28, 2008. The station's digital signal broadcasts on its pre-transition UHF channel 17.[7]

News/Station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • KVIQ-TV News (1958-1966)
  • Eyewitness News (1966-1981)
  • News West (1981-1994)
  • Channel Six News (1994-1998)
  • Action News 6 (1998-2002; news operations ceased after 2002)

Station slogans[edit]

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News operation[edit]

KVIQ had, during the early 1980s, a news operation entitled Newswest. The newscasts were broadcast in the early morning, late night, and evenings, along with two midday newsbreaks. A regular feature of these newscasts was "Segment 6".[2]

Throughout most of the 1990s, KVIQ presented Channel 6 News weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.

Action News 6 logo. Can still be seen at former studios on the corner of Broadway & Wabash Avenue in Eureka.

After being purchased by Ackerley, KVIQ fielded a news operation called Action News 6. These newscasts aired weekdays at 6 a.m. and Noon, and weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30 and 11 p.m. KVIQ also aired weekend newscasts at 6:30 and 11 p.m. Shortly after Clear Channel's acquisition of Ackerley, KVIQ discontinued its news, and began importing the morning and 10pm rebroadcasts of newscasts from then-sister station KFTY in Santa Rosa. After KVIQ was sold off in 2005, the KFTY rebroadcasts ceased, and the station replaced the newscasts in its schedule with syndicated programming. KVIQ is currently the only CBS affiliate in California not to offer any local news.

Programs[edit]

When local news ended on KVIQ, the Noon spot was replaced with infomercials. As of 2013, Frasier now airs in this slot. The evening newscasts were replaced with Everybody Loves Raymond at 5PM and 6:30PM, Frasier at 5:30PM (now at 5PM and noon) and Inside Edition at 11PM. However, as of 2013, According to Jim airs at 6:30 on KVIQ. KVIQ formerly aired The Oprah Winfrey Show at 7PM, one of very few stations in the country to air the show in prime-time. Oprah returned to KIEM-3 until it was cancelled in May 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Inside TV Ratings | Nielsen Media Research
  2. ^ [1] DISH Network to Become First Pay-TV Provider to Offer Local Broadcast Channels in All 210 Local Television Markets in the United States
  3. ^ Malone, Michael (January 2, 2014). "Redwood Television to Buy KVIQ Eureka". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Station Trading Roundup: 3 Deals, $1.4M". TVNewsCheck. January 2, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 2 July, 2014
  6. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KVIQ
  7. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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