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KVIQ logo
Eureka, California
United States
Branding KVIQ CBS 17
Channels Digital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
Subchannels 17.1 CBS
17.2 Ion Television
Affiliations CBS (1984–present)
Owner Northwest Broadcasting
(sale to Prime Cities Broadcasting pending)
(Redwood Television Partners LLC)
First air date April 1, 1958; 59 years ago (1958-04-01)
Call letters' meaning VI (Roman numeral 6) Q
Former callsigns KVIQ-TV (1958–1981)
KVIQ (1981-2017)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
6 (VHF, 1958–2008)
Former affiliations Primary:
NBC (1958–1984)
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
Website kviqcbs17.com

KJRW, virtual and UHF digital channel 17, is a CBS-affiliated television station located in Eureka, California, United States. The station is owned by Northwest Broadcasting. KJRW maintains transmitter facilities located along Barry Road southeast of Eureka.


KJRW signed on the air as KVIQ-TV on VHF channel 6 as Eureka's second television station on April 1, 1958. It was owned by Shasta Telecasting, as a satellite station of KVIP-TV (now KRCR-TV) in Redding, California; Shasta Telecasting sold the station to California Northwest Broadcasting in 1960. California Oregon Broadcasting[contradictory] subsequently acquired KIEM-TV (channel 3), which it operated separately from KRCR. KVIQ-TV initially broadcast from studios located on Humboldt Hill Road in Eureka. Since the Eureka market only had two television stations in those early days, KVIQ-TV offered programs from several networks. The station later relocated its studios to a new facility located on Broadway Street in Eureka. By the 1980s, the station's call sign had changed to KVIQ and it 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 McConnells[clarification needed] sold the station to Miller Broadcasting in 1986.

Miller Broadcasting sold KVIQ to the Ackerley Group in 1998. 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
Logo as "CBS 17", used until 2015

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]

On January 29, 2016, Frontier Radio Management sold Redwood Broadcast Partners to NBI Holdings, LLC,[6] which owns Northwest Broadcasting. The sale was completed on March 24.[7] Northwest Broadcasting agreed to sell KVIQ to Prime Cities Broadcasting on August 16, 2017; the sale is concurrent with Northwest's acquisition of KIEM-TV.[8]

The station changed its call sign to KJRW on December 1, 2017.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[9]
17.1 1080i 16:9 KVIQCBS Main KJRW programming / CBS
17.2 480i 4:3 ION Ion Television

KJRW 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.[10]

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. Regular features of these newscasts were "Segment 6" and a weekend segment titled "Open Line," hosted by longtime Eureka broadcaster Saint Clair Adams.[2]

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

Action News 6 logo. Was able to be seen at former studios on the corner of Broadway & Wabash Avenue in Eureka, until it was destroyed in 2013 for a Holiday Inn plant area.

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 in 2005, the KFTY rebroadcasts ceased, and the station replaced the newscasts in its schedule with syndicated programming. KJRW 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 2017, Family Feud now airs in this slot. The evening newscasts were replaced with Everybody Loves Raymond at 5PM and 6:30PM, Frasier at 5:30PM and Inside Edition at 11PM. However, as of 2017, a rerun of Inside Edition airs at 5PM, with a double run of Celebrity Name Game from 6-7PM. The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley airs at 5:30. 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 until the show ended in May 2011.

See also[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. ^ Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, 29 January 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  7. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  8. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. August 21, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  9. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KJRW
  10. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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