|Moline/Rock Island, Illinois-
|City of license||Moline|
|Branding||My TV 8.3
|Slogan||The Quad Cities
News Leader (primary)
Live. Local. Latebreaking. (secondary)
|Channels||Digital: WQAD-DT 38.3 (UHF)
Virtual: 8.3 (PSIP)
(WQAD License, LLC)
|Founded||June 1, 2002|
|Former channel number(s)||26 (UHF analog)(2002-2011)|
|Former affiliations||UPN (2002-2006)|
|Transmitter power||1,000 kW (digital)|
|Height||334 m (digital)|
|Facility ID||73319 (digital)|
WQAD-DT3 is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for the Quad Cities of Eastern Iowa and West-Central Illinois. It is a third digital subchannel of ABC outlet WQAD-TV that is owned by Tribune Broadcasting. Over-the-air, the station airs a standard definition digital signal on UHF channel 38.3 (or virtual channel 8.3 via PSIP) from a transmitter in Orion, a village of Western Township, Illinois. The station was recently added to the lineup of Mediacom. Syndicated programming on this outlet includes That '70s Show, Frasier, Scrubs, and Roseanne among others. During overnight hours, the station airs paid programming from Corner Store TV.
Second Generation of Iowa, the owner of KFXA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had originally received a license to broadcast on channel 53. However, the company was unable to get the station on-the-air and on November 21, 2000 transferred the license to Four Seasons Broadcasting (a partnership between Malibu Broadcasting in Cleveland, Ohio and Venture Technologies Group, LLC in Los Angeles, California). In May 2002 after receiving permission to begin broadcasting on UHF channel 26, this station began transmitter tests and signed-on as WBQD-LP with UPN programming on June 1. On September 5, 2006, WBQD became a MyNetworkTV affiliate. It adopted the nickname "My TV 16" in reference to its channel number on Mediacom. Its over-the-air signal did not reach the entire market due to its low-power status, but most viewers watched the station via WQAD's third digital subchannel, which covers the entire market.
The station had a construction permit for a low-power digital transmitter on VHF channel 7 with the calls WBQD-LD. However on June 30, 2009, the owner of the station filed for digital displacement relief and requested to move its digital channel assignment to UHF channel 14 instead. After an engineering study, it was determined that even as a low-power digital station, WBQD would cause and/or receive more than acceptable interference to and from KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa and KHQA-TV in Hannibal, Missouri, both of which are full power digital television stations that broadcast on channel 7 and having "flash-cut" to their former analog channels after the digital transition.
While transmitting an analog signal, Four Seasons Broadcasting had WBQD operated through a local marketing agreement (LMA) by Local TV. This made it a sister outlet to WQAD and the two outlets shared studios. However, some internal operations of WBQD (such as the maintenance of program logs) were actually based at the shared facilities of co-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate WAOE as well as ABC/CW affiliate WHOI and NBC affiliate WEEK-TV in Peoria, Illinois. Its analog signal aired from a transmitter on 70th Street, next to Black Hawk College, near the Poplar Grove section of Moline, Illinois.
On June 6, 2013, the FCC cancelled the license of WBQD-LP, after being off the air for over a year. As WQAD is continuing to broadcast its programming on their own subchannel and cable providers used 8.3 as their signal source for the station for years, the low-powered license was practically all but redundant.
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