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KVIQ-LP logo.png
Eureka, California
United States
ChannelsDigital: 14 (UHF)
Virtual: 14
BrandingKVIQ Redwood CBS
OwnerCox Media Group[1][2]
(sale to Imagicomm Communications pending[3])
(Redwood Television Partners LLC)
First air date
April 1, 1958 (64 years ago) (1958-04-01)
Former call signs
KVIQ-TV (1958–1981)
KVIQ (1981–2017)
K10FS (until 2017)
K14QL-D (2017–2018)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 6 (VHF, 1958–2008)
  • Digital:
  • 17 (UHF, until 2018)
  • Virtual:
  • 17 (until 2018)
  • Primary:
  • ABC (1958–1986)
  • Secondary:
  • NBC (1958–1985)
  • ABC (1986−1989)
Call sign meaning
Was originally co-owned with KVIP-TV in Redding
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID42631
ERP15 kW
HAAT453.8 m (1,489 ft)
Transmitter coordinates40°43′49″N 123°57′11″W / 40.73028°N 123.95306°W / 40.73028; -123.95306
Public license information

KVIQ-LD (channel 14) is a low-power television station in Eureka, California, United States, affiliated with CBS. It is owned by Cox Media Group alongside NBC affiliate KIEM-TV (channel 3). Both stations share studios on South Broadway in Spruce Point near the southwestern corner of Eureka, while KVIQ-LD's transmitter is located along Barry Road southeast of the city.

Until 2017, KVIQ operated as a full-power television station on digital channel 17. The full-power signal was sold to comply with FCC regulations, after former owner Northwest Broadcasting acquired another full-power signal, KIEM.[4] Upon the completion of the sale, Northwest transferred the station's intellectual unit into a low-power facility.[5]


Carroll R. Hauser obtained a construction permit to build a television station on channel 13 in Eureka on January 17, 1957.[6] The construction permit bore the call letters KHUM-TV. Shasta Telecasting (owner of KVIP-TV in Redding), acquired half-interest in the permit, which was transferred to California Northwest Broadcasting, in 1957.[7] The permittees then successfully requested channel 6 instead of 13 due to the region's rough terrain.[8] The call letters were changed to KVIQ-TV before the station launched on April 1, 1958, from studios on Humboldt Hill Road in Eureka.[6]

In 1960, Carl R. and Leah McConnell acquired all of the shares in California Northwest Broadcasting.[6] Later that year, the station switched from a primary NBC affiliation to a primary ABC hookup with some programming from NBC.[9] In 1985, KIEM-TV, the then-CBS affiliate, signed an affiliation agreement with NBC; that station intended to broadcast some CBS shows, but CBS responded by affiliating with KVIQ beginning in January 1986.[10] The McConnells sold the station to Miller Broadcasting in 1986; Ronald W. Miller was already channel 6's general manager.[11]

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 functions performed by James Mixon. Providing operational and sales staff was Sainte Partners II, L.P. Sainte Partners sold the station in 2014.

In December 2013, Sainte Partners II reached a deal to sell KVIQ to Redwood Television Partners,[12] a subsidiary of Frontier Radio Management.[13] The sale was completed on June 30, 2014.[14]

On January 29, 2016, Frontier Radio Management sold Redwood Broadcast Partners to NBI Holdings, LLC,[15] which owned Northwest Broadcasting. The sale was completed on March 24.[16] Northwest Broadcasting agreed to sell KVIQ to Prime Cities Broadcasting on August 16, 2017; the sale was concurrent with Northwest's acquisition of KIEM-TV.[4] The deal was completed on December 1.[17]

Upon completion of the sale, Prime Cities changed channel 17's call letters to KJRW.[18] Northwest Broadcasting retained the KVIQ intellectual unit and CBS affiliation, and moved it to a low-power station it owned, K10FS (which was later K14QL-D), which changed its call letters to KVIQ-LP[19] on digital channel 14.[5][20] On April 8, 2018, Prime Cities turned off KJRW's signal because of technical issues.[21][22] Prior to KJRW's shutdown, Ion programming was moved to KIEM 3.2.[23] KJRW never regularly operated under Prime Cities; after again going off the air to perform transmitter repairs on May 29, 2019, its license expired May 29, 2020, and was cancelled on July 23.[24]

In February 2019, Reuters reported that Apollo Global Management had agreed to acquire the entirety of Brian Brady's television portfolio, which it intends to merge with Cox Media Group (which Apollo is acquiring at the same time) and stations spun off from Nexstar Media Group's purchase of Tribune Broadcasting, once the purchases are approved by the FCC.[25] In March 2019 filings with the FCC, Apollo confirmed that its newly-formed broadcasting group, Terrier Media, would acquire Northwest Broadcasting, with Brian Brady holding an unspecified minority interest in Terrier.[26] In June 2019, it was announced that Terrier Media would instead operate as Cox Media Group, as Apollo had reached a deal to also acquire Cox's radio and advertising businesses.[27] The transaction was completed on December 17.[28]


Syndicated programming[edit]

Syndicated programming on KVIQ-LD includes Family Feud, Maury, Access Daily, and Inside Edition.

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.[1]

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

The former logo for Action News 6.

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 10 p.m. 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. The station currently simulcasts the 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. Redwood News weeknight programs from KIEM-TV; all anchored by John Kennedy O'Connor who joined the station in early 2022.

Technical information[edit]


Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[29]
14.1 1080i 16:9 KVIQ Main KVIQ-LD programming / CBS

KVIQ 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.[30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Apollo Global Management Acquires Cox's Television Stations Plus Radio & Newspapers In Dayton". RadioInsight. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Jessell, Harry A. (March 6, 2019). "Cox TV Valued At $3.1 Billion In Apollo Acquisition". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheckMedia LLC. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Venta, Lance (March 30, 2022). "Cox Breaks Up Combined Radio/TV Cluster In Tulsa As Part Of Twelve Market Divestiture". RadioInsight. Retrieved March 30, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "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.
  5. ^ a b Redwood Television Closes On KIEM Buy, TVNewsCheck.com, December 4, 2017, Retrieved September 16, 2018 "The buyer, Redwood Television, will also operate KVIQ-LD (CBS) in conjunction with KIEM on digital ch. 14. Redwood Television said this change will not disrupt viewership, particularly those watching CBS programming on satellite or cable. Some TV's may need to be re-scanned."
  6. ^ a b c FCC History Cards for KVIQ-TV
  7. ^ "Shasta Group Buying Half Of KHUM-TV". The Humboldt Times. August 3, 1957. p. 1.
  8. ^ "Planned KHUM-TV Asks Channel Six". September 6, 1957. p. 2.
  9. ^ "Now its 104" (PDF). Broadcasting. July 11, 1960. p. 89.
  10. ^ Lowe, Ann (December 14, 1985). "KVIQ to Become CBS Affiliate". Eureka Times Standard. p. 3.
  11. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting. May 5, 1986. p. 72.
  12. ^ Malone, Michael (January 2, 2014). "Redwood Television to Buy KVIQ Eureka". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  13. ^ "Station Trading Roundup: 3 Deals, $1.4M". TVNewsCheck. January 2, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  14. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved July 2, 2014
  15. ^ Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, January 29, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  16. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  17. ^ Consummation Notice CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission. December 6, 2017. Retrieved September 16, 2018
  18. ^ Call Sign History - KJRW, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  19. ^ Call Sign History - KVIQ-LP, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  20. ^ License To Cover for LPTV Translator Application. Licensing and Management System, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved September 16, 2018
  21. ^ Suspension of Operations and Silent Authority of a DTV Station Application. Licensing and Management System, Federal Communications Commission, May 8, 2018, Retrieved September 23, 2018
  22. ^ Station Search Details - KJRW CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  23. ^ KIEM Facebook Post, April 4, 2018, Retrieved September 28, 2018
  24. ^ Kreisman, Barbara A. "Re: Request for Reinstatement and Extension of License Under Section 312(g)" (PDF). Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  25. ^ "EXCLUSIVE-Apollo nears $3 billion deal to buy Cox TV stations -sources" from CNBC (February 10, 2019)
  26. ^ Jessell, Harry A. (March 6, 2019). "Cox TV Valued At $3.1 Billion In Apollo Acquisition". TV News Check. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  27. ^ Jacobson, Adam (June 26, 2019). "It's Official: Cox Radio, Gamut, CoxReps Going To Apollo". Radio & Television Business Report. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  28. ^ "Cox Enterprises Announces Close of Cox Media Group Sale to Affiliates of Apollo Global Management", prnewswire.com, 17 December 2019, Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  29. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KVIQ-LD
  30. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.

External links[edit]

BIAfn's Media Web Database — Information on KVIQ-LD