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Fort Bragg, California
United States
Channels Digital: 8 (VHF)
Subchannels 8.1 SonLife
Affiliations SonLife
Owner Chang Media Group
(Jeff Chang)
First air date 1990[1]
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)
Former affiliations ABC (1990–1997)
Independent (satellite of KTNC) (1997–2001)
Azteca America (2001–2007)
TuVision (2007–2009)
Estrella TV (2009–2010)
RTV (2010–2011)
TheCoolTV (2011-2012)
FilmOn (2012-2013)
Independent (2013-2016)
Transmitter power 26 kW
Height 744 m
Facility ID 8378
Transmitter coordinates 39°41′38.3″N 123°34′46.5″W / 39.693972°N 123.579583°W / 39.693972; -123.579583 (KBQR)

KQSL, digital channel 8, is an SonLife-affiliated television station serving the San Francisco Bay Area, and is licensed to Fort Bragg, California. The station is owned by the Chang Media Group and licensed to its founder, Jeff Chang.

The station is the nation's only full-power television station which is wholly owned by a Chinese-American. Chang, who was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, also owns and operates television stations in Los Angeles, Hawaii and Colorado.

KQSL is carried throughout the San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland TV Market on DirecTV and Dish Network on Channel 8, and AT&T U-verse on Channel 15.


KQSL debuted in 1990 as KFWU, under the ownership of California Oregon Broadcasting. At one point a satellite of ABC affiliate KRCR-TV in Redding,[2] the station was sold to Lamco Communications (along with KRCR) in 1995,[3] to Sainte Limited in 1996,[4] and to Pappas Telecasting Companies in 1997,[5] at which point KFWU became a satellite of KTNC-TV in Concord (though at first, KFWU was considered the main station and KTNC the satellite[2]). It became KUNO-TV in 2003.[6]

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.[7]

KUNO was sold to Jeff Chang in July 2010.[8] Chang would drop the KTNC simulcast in favor of Retro Television Network programming, under new call letters, upon taking over.[9] In October 2010, he re-called the station as KBQR; in June 2011, the station was renamed again, this time to KQSL.[6] KQSL joined TheCoolTV in September 2011.[10] The network regards the station as its San Francisco affiliate.[10] KQSL dropped TheCoolTV programing for programing from FilmOn. The station dropped FilmOn in early 2013 and carried a schedule of classic television shows and entertainment/Hollywood newsmagazines and specials until 2016, when it began broadcasting SBN.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

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

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

On June 12, 2009, KQSL (as KUNO-TV) signed off its analog signal and completed its move to digital.


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

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