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|Channels||Digital: 17 (UHF)|
17.2 MyTV Northern California
17.3 The CW
|Affiliations||CBS Television Network|
|Owner||Sainte Partners II, L.P.|
|First air date||April 1, 1958|
|Call letters' meaning||VI (Roman numeral 6) Q|
|Former callsigns||KVIQ-TV (1958-1981)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
6 (VHF, 1958-2008)
|Transmitter power||30 kW|
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 (now KRCR) in Redding, CA, but later sold and became locally focused. KIEM was later picked up by California Oregon Broadcasting, but it was not a satellite of KRCR. Since the Eureka market only had two TV stations in those early days, KVIQ offered programs from several networks. By the 1980s, the station was the area's primary NBC affiliate, but KVIQ also carried some ABC programs as the area's ABC affiliate, KAEF, had not yet signed on the air.
The station was, at one time, owned by the Ackerley Media 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 is managed by David Silverbrand with its engineering function performed by James Mixon. Providing operational and sales staff is Sainte Partners II, L.P.. Sainte Partners now owns the station, outright.
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) was the only TV market in California not available on DISH Network until June 3, 2010, at which time it became available. The Eureka local channels are not yet available on DirecTV.
Both KVIQ and KBVU ceased analog operations on November 28, 2008.
KVIQ was the second station in Eureka to broadcast in high definition.
KVIQ is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:
- K08HJ Channel 8 Orleans
- K08LD Channel 8 Miranda
- K10EN Channel 10 Willow Creek
- K10FS Channel 10 Scotia
- K10HX Channel 10 Garberville
- K10KY Channel 10 Shelter Cove
- 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)
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".
Throughout most of the 1990s, KVIQ presented Channel 6 News weeknights at 6 and 11 p.m.
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.
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.
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