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Hannibal, Missouri/Quincy, Illinois/Keokuk, Iowa
United States
CityHannibal, Missouri
  • KHQA-CBS (general)
  • KHQA News (newscasts)
  • KHQA-ABC (on DT2)
SloganWorking for you.
ChannelsDigital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
OwnerSinclair Broadcast Group
(KHQA Licensee, LLC)
First air dateSeptember 23, 1953 (65 years ago) (1953-09-23)
Call letters' meaningKeokuk Hannibal Quincy Area
Sister station(s)KTVO
Former channel number(s)Analog:
7 (VHF, 1953–2009)
29 (UHF, 1995–2009)
Former affiliationsAll secondary:
DuMont (1953–1955)
ABC (1960–1969)
UPN (1995–2006)
Transmitter power13.6 kW
Height271 m (889 ft)
Facility ID4690
Transmitter coordinates39°58′22″N 91°19′55″W / 39.97278°N 91.33194°W / 39.97278; -91.33194
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile

KHQA-TV 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. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and VHF channel 7 from a transmitter northeast of Quincy, Illinois on Cannonball Road near I-172. Owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the station has studios at 301 South 36th Street in Quincy.


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.[1] 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. This was launched on September 30.

On February 28, 2013, Barrington Broadcasting announced the sale of its entire group, including KHQA-TV, to Sinclair Broadcast Group.[2] The sale was completed on November 25.[3]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
7.1 1080i 16:9 KHQADT1 Main KHQA-TV programming / CBS
7.2 720p KHQADT2 KHQA-DT2 / ABC
7.3 480i KHQADT3 Comet

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.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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.[5]


  1. ^ "Illinois". UPN Affiliates. UPN. Archived from the original on August 19, 2006. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  2. ^ Malone, Michael (February 28, 2013). "Sinclair's Chesapeake TV Acquires Barrington Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KHQA
  5. ^ "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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