|Hannibal, Missouri/Quincy, Illinois/Keokuk, Iowa|
|Slogan||Working for you.|
|Channels||Digital: 7 (VHF)|
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
(KHQA Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||September 23, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||Keokuk Hannibal Quincy Area|
|Sister station(s)||cable: Fox Sports Midwest|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
7 (VHF, 1953–2009)
29 (UHF, 1995–2009)
|Former affiliations||All secondary:|
|Transmitter power||13.6 kW|
|Height||271 m (889 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KHQA-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 7, is a dual CBS/ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Hannibal, Missouri, United States, serving the Tri-State area of northeastern Missouri, western Illinois, and extreme southeastern Iowa. The station is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. KHQA-TV's studios are located on South 36th Street in Quincy, Illinois, and its transmitter is located northeast of Quincy on Cannonball Road near I-172.
KHQA went on-the-air September 23, 1953. Although licensed to Hannibal (hence accounting for the "H" in its callsign), its studios have long been located across the Mississippi River in Quincy. KHQA has always been a primary CBS affiliate, although it had a secondary affiliation with DuMont between 1953 and 1956. The station shared secondary ABC affiliation with WGEM-TV (channel 10) in the 1960s. KHQA also aired a number of UPN programs during late-night hours between 1995 and 2006. The station was originally owned by Lee Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa along with the Hannibal Courier-Post, and sister radio stations WTAD and WQCY-FM (now WCOY). Lee sold the Courier-Post in 1969, but held onto KHQA and the radio stations until December 1986 when the company sold KHQA to A. Richard Benedek, whose television holdings eventually became Benedek Broadcasting. The radio stations were sold to Eastern Broadcasting. At the time of the sale, KHQA was the smallest station in Lee's TV portfolio.
Benedek declared bankruptcy and sold most of its stations to Gray Television in 2002, but KHQA was sold to Chelsey Broadcasting. KHQA and WHOI in Peoria became the first two stations owned by the newly formed Barrington Broadcasting in April 2004. In early 1998, KHQA left its longtime home in the Western Catholic Union building in Downtown Quincy. The station moved into a new state-of-the-art facility located on South 36th Street. On August 28, 2007, KHQA announced that a new second digital subchannel would begin carrying ABC for the Tri-States, replacing sister station KTVO (which had been ABC's affiliate of record in the Quincy market). This was launched on September 30.
On February 28, 2013, Barrington announced that it would exit from broadcasting and sell off its entire group, including KHQA-TV, to Sinclair Broadcast Group. The sale was completed on November 25.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|7.1||1080i||16:9||KHQADT1||Main KHQA-TV programming / CBS|
|7.2||720p||KHQADT2||KHQA-DT2 / ABC|
Before KHQA-DT2 started, sister station KTVO in Kirksville, Missouri had served as the default analog ABC affiliate for the area. KTVO launched a CBS-affiliated second digital subchannel on May 15, 2010 effectively marking the network's return to that station after a 36-year absence. KHQA-DT1 was eventually upgraded from 720p into 1080i.
KHQA-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 29 to VHF channel 7.
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