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Fort Bragg, California
United States
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
Affiliations TLN West
Owner Chang Media Group
(sale to One Ministries pending[1])
(Jeff Chang)
First air date 1990 (28 years ago) (1990)[2]
Call letters' meaning QSL = Q code for receipt of transmission
Former callsigns KFWU (1990–2003)
KUNO-TV (2003–2010)
KBQR (2010–2011)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
8 (VHF, 1990–2009)
15 (UHF, 2002–2009)
Former affiliations As satellite of KRCR-TV:
ABC (1990–1997)
As satellite of KTNC-TV:
Independent (1997–2001)
Azteca América (2001–2007)
TuVision (2007–2009)
Estrella TV (2009–2010)
As stand-alone station:
Retro TV (2010–2011)
TheCoolTV (2011–2012)
FilmOn (2012–2013)
Independent (2013–2016, 2017–2018)
Sonlife (2016–2017)
Transmitter power 26 kW
Height 744 m (2,441 ft)
Facility ID 8378
Transmitter coordinates 39°41′37.5″N 123°34′47″W / 39.693750°N 123.57972°W / 39.693750; -123.57972
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website kqsl.org
Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap 
Download coordinates as: KML · GPX

KQSL, virtual and VHF digital channel 8, is a TLN West-affiliated television station licensed to Fort Bragg, California, United States. The station is owned by the Chang Media Group, which is in turn owned by Jeff Chang, the only Chinese-American to wholly own a full-power television station. KQSL's transmitter is located west of Laytonville, California. The station is carried throughout the San Francisco market on DirecTV and Dish Network channel 8, as well as AT&T U-verse channel 15.


KQSL debuted in 1990 as KFWU, under the ownership of California Oregon Broadcasting. As a satellite of ABC affiliate KRCR-TV in Redding,[3] the station was sold to Lamco Communications (along with KRCR) in 1995.[4] It was then sold to Sainte Limited in 1996,[5] and to Pappas Telecasting Companies in 1997,[6] at which point KFWU became a satellite of KTNC-TV in Concord (however, at first, KFWU was considered the main station and KTNC the satellite[3]). It became KUNO-TV in 2003.[7]

On January 16, 2009, it was announced that several Pappas stations, including KTNC and KUNO, would be sold to New World TV Group after the sale received United States bankruptcy court approval.[8]

On June 12, 2009, KUNO signed off of its analog signal and completed its move to digital. KUNO was sold to Jeff Chang in July 2010.[9] Upon taking over, Chang dropped the KTNC simulcast in favor of Retro Television Network programming, under new call letters.[10] In October 2010, he re-called the station as KBQR; in June 2011, the station was renamed again, this time to KQSL.[7]

KQSL joined TheCoolTV in September 2011;[11] the network regarded the station as its San Francisco affiliate.[11] In 2012, KQSL dropped TheCoolTV and picked up FilmOn programming. The station dropped FilmOn in early 2013, but carried a schedule of classic television shows and entertainment/Hollywood news magazines and specials until 2016. After this, it began broadcasting Jimmy Swaggart's Sonlife Broadcasting Network.

On August 1, 2017, KQSL reverted to independent programming. On May 1, 2018, KQSL began carrying TLN West programming. Total Living Network (TLN) was previously carried on KTLN, licensed to Novato, California.

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
8.1 480i 4:3 KQSL-DT TLN West


KQSL is rebroadcast on the following low-powered translators in the San Francisco Bay Area.[12]

Additionally, the following Digital Replacement Translators (DRTs) are planned:

  • KQSL RF Channel 18, Virtual 8.1 Lakeport
  • KQSL RF Channel 16, Virtual 8.1 Ukiah


  1. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 3, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
  2. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says February 1, while the Television and Cable Factbook says May 13.
  3. ^ a b "Memorandum Opinion and Order". Federal Communications Commission. July 23, 1997. Retrieved November 27, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (1)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved November 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (2)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved November 27, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (3)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved November 27, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Digital TV Market Listing for KBQR Retrieved November 15, 2010
  8. ^ "New World Gets Pappas TVs for $260M". TVnewsday. January 16, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  9. ^ "San Francisco television station going to LPTV group owner". Television Business Report. July 12, 2010. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ "San Francisco's Ch. 8 To Go RetroTV". TVNewsCheck. August 19, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "TheCoolTV Lands San Francisco Affiliate". TVNewsCheck. September 7, 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ RabbitEars.Info

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