KCPQ, channel 13, is the Fox television affiliate licensed to Tacoma, Washington serving the Seattle/Tacoma television market, owned by the Tribune Company. KCPQ shares its studio and office facilities with sister station KZJO (channel 22, the area's MyNetworkTV affiliate) on the west shore of Lake Union in Seattle's Westlake neighborhood, and its transmitter is located on Gold Mountain in Bremerton, Washington.

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Tacoma/Seattle, Washington
Branding Q13 Fox (general)

Q13 Fox News (newscasts)

Slogan So Q13 Fox (general)

Seattle's News Team (newscasts)
Home of the Hawks (during NFLseason)

Channels Digital: 13 (VHF)

Virtual: 13 (PSIP)

Subchannels (see article)
Translators (see article)
Affiliations Fox
Owner Tribune Broadcasting

(Tribune Broadcasting Seattle, LLC)

First air date August 2, 1953
Call letters' meaning Clover Park Quality
Sister station(s) KZJO
Former callsigns KMO-TV (1953-1954)

KTVW (1954-1975)

Former channel number(s) Analog:

13 (VHF, 1953-2009) Digital: 18 (UHF, 1998-2009)

Former affiliations NBC (1953-1954)

Independent (1954-1974 and 1980-1986) silent (1974-1975) PBS (1975-1980)

Transmitter power 30 kW
Height 610 m
Facility ID 33894
Transmitter coordinates 47°32′53″N122°48′22″W
Website q13fox.com

KCPQ is one of five local Seattle TV stations seen in Canada on the Bell TV and Shaw Direct satellite providers. The station is also carried on several cable systems in southeastern Alaska.



Channel 13 signed on air on August 2, 1953 as KMO-TV, co-owned with KMO radio by Carl Haymond. It carried some NBC programming for its first year until Seattle's KOMO-TV took to the air on December 11. Hampered by a poor signal from north of Tacoma and no network material, Haymond was forced to declare bankruptcy and sell the station to J. Elroy McCaw, father of cellular phone magnate Craig McCaw.

Under McCaw's ownership, the station, renamed KTVW, closed its studio in Tacoma's Roxy Theater, relocated to its transmitter building, and limped along on a diet of a low-budget local programming, old network reruns and ancient B-movies. Its branding of the period featured a stylized black cat and the ironic tag line "Lucky 13." During much of the 1960s, an afternoon children's show, "Penny and Her Pals," was hosted by ventriloquist LaMoyne "Penny" Hreha.

In 1970, KTVW ran a weekday stock-market news program produced by Rockwell Hammond and hosted by Merrill Mael. Dick Stokke and, later, Joe McCusker read the news. Hammond leased six and a half hours a day from KTVW and originated the program, called "Business Action Line", live from the Northern Life Tower in Seattle from where it was microwaved to the station in Tacoma. Despite the poor over-the-air reception of KTVW in Seattle, the program had a following in the business community, if only for the 15-minute delayed stock ticker and the real time display of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. However, expenses quickly overcame the income from what proved to be a limited commercial base, and the venture failed.

Mael, a respected broadcaster for six decades, died in 2000. McCusker moved on to a career with the United Nations television operation, retiring in 2007.

In the mid to late 1960s, Stu Martin (also known as "Stu Baby" and "Stu Boo") was host of a locally-produced in-studio KTVW program showing B movies called "Stu Martin's Double Date at the Movies." "Satin Doll" was theme song of the program. In addition to its host, it featured two women with beehive hairdos, "Miss Early Date" and "Miss Late Date." During breaks in the movie, in addition to commercials, the program featured a talent show. Viewers called Miss Early Date or Miss Late Date with their vote on the evening's top talent featuring local entertainers or those who thought they were entertaining.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the station featured an on-air movie host named Bob Corcoran, who hawked endless items from Tacoma's B & I Circus Store and Niagara recliners. Most likely, he was successor to Stu Martin in airing B movies. Corcoran later forged a fledgling political career from his television late-night talk show. One of his early forays into politics was to enthusiastically support the candidacy of Seattle Chrysler/Plymouth dealer Ralph Williams for Washington Attorney General. Not long after waging a losing campaign, Williams was indicted for tax evasion. Station owner McCaw died in 1969 and the station was purchased by Blaidon Mutual Investors Corporation in 1971 for $1.1 million.

Blaidon tried to turn KTVW around by acquiring first-run syndicated programming and color-capable broadcast equipment (the station telecast exclusively in black-and-white until 1972). Channel 13's poor over-the-air signal, along with the weak Puget Sound economy and Blaidon's undercapitalized operation, rendered the station a money-losing proposition. In an attempt to improve ratings, the station launched an afternoon cartoon show hosted by a "superhero" for whom viewers were asked to suggest a name. The winning entry was "Flash Blaidon" and the host frequently made his entrance "flying" onto the set by jumping off a ladder whose shadow was often visible on the back wall of the cramped studio. Interestingly, Blaidon president Donald Wolfstone attempted to sell the station to then-unknown televangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson, but a court-appointed trustee canceled the deal. Another sale to a Long Island television broadcast company also fell through. For a brief time under the court-appointed trusteeship, Len Sampson, a former KOMO-TV talk host and personality, served as station manager and revised the schedule with a variety of syndicated programs and old network reruns as well as hosting some broadcasts himself. A bankruptcy judge then forced KTVW to cease operations in 1974.


The "Q13" branding was introduced in 1980. This first-generation logo was similar in style to that of then-sister station KCRA-TV.

By 1980, the Seattle-Tacoma market was strong enough that it could now sustain another VHF commercial television station. Sacramento, California-based Kelly Broadcasting, owners of KCRA-TV in its home city, purchased KCPQ from the Clover Park School District for $6.25 million, outbidding a New Mexico company that had initially stepped up to buy the station. The station went silent temporarily on February 28, 1980, during the ownership change. KCPQ's transmitter was relocated to Gold Mountain, a peak west of Bremerton, enabling better signal coverage throughout Western Washington.The station's remaining assets were bought in bankruptcy court bidding by the Clover Park School District in Lakewood, a Tacoma suburb, for $378,000. The call letters were changed to KCPQ, replacing Clover Park's UHF channel 56 transmitter which had operated under the name KPEC-TV, and the station went back on the air, carrying secondary PBS and educational programs. The Channel 56 license would return to the air in 2000 as KWDK.

When the station relaunched on November 4, 1980, KCPQ adopted its now-familiar Q13 branding, as well as another slogan: "The Northwest's Movie Channel". Channel 13 ran movies during middays, late nights and weekends, and chose to counter-program the networks during primetime with uncut versions of films. The station also ran CBS and NBC shows that KIRO-TV and KING-TV respectively pre-empted, including CBS Late Night and NBC's Saturday morning cartoons. For a short time after the relaunch, the station had an afternoon children's program, "Captain Sea-Tac," featuring a friendly boat captain who appeared to be in his 30s or so. But eventually, other than Saturdays, KCPQ did not run children's programming during the week. The station also didn't carry many off-network sitcoms, choosing instead to air first-run syndicated talk and game shows, off-network dramas, and some early morning religious programs. KCPQ also carried college sports for the majority of the 1980s and early 1990s, in particular Pacific-10 Conference football and basketball, and college football bowl games. The station held contracts with the University of Washington and Washington State University to televise football and basketball coaches shows during this period.

KCPQ was alternatively known as "Puget Sound Television" during the 1980s. These station IDs used a ship bell ring sounder. (YouTube video)

Under Kelly Broadcasting's ownership, KCPQ relocated its studio to Seattle in 1997 (moving to the shores of Lake Union in what was then the second fully-digital television studio facility on the west coast).In 1986, KCPQ became one of the first affiliates of the Fox Broadcasting Company. In 1987, with the children's television business growing, KCPQ began running cartoons weekday mornings from 7:00 to 9:00 AM, and afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Channel 13 added sitcoms as well, and continued airing first-run syndicated shows and movies. As the Fox network's viewership and ratings strengthened in the 1990s, KCPQ gained prominence as a major broadcaster in the local Seattle market.

KCPQ nearly lost its Fox affiliation in 1997, when Fox announced a deal to acquire then-UPN affiliate KIRO from Belo Corporation (the current owners of NBC affiliate KING, whose acquisition necessitated KIRO's sale) to make KIRO the market's Fox station. Fox seemed dissatisfied with KCPQ, as it was described in the announcement as being "recalcitrant". The sale was canceled, and KCPQ retains its Fox affiliation to this day.

The Tribune Company acquired KCPQ in August 1998, as part of Kelly Broadcasting's exit from the television business. Following the purchase of channel 13, Tribune merged KCPQ's operations with those of KTWB-TV (channel 22, now KZJO), which Tribune had operated under a local marketing agreement with Emmis Communications. The two stations became co-owned in 1999, after the FCC approved same-market duopolies.

In January 2007 KCPQ made headlines when, during a satellite interview with the station's morning show, Paula Abdul, who was promoting American Idol, began to sway in her chair and slur her speech. Abdul's publicist attributed this to fatigue and technical difficulties during the recording of the interview, which she was also doing with other Fox affiliates.[1] It was revealed on the Bravo show Hey Paula, which had followed Abdul with a video camera prior to the interviews, that Abdul had not been sleeping, perhaps suffering from some mild form of insomnia.

Digital television

KCPQ-DT is currently on VHF channel 13.

Subchannel Programming
13.1 KCPQ-DT
13.2 The Local AccuWeather Channel

KCPQ's signal is also retransmitted on KZJO-DT2 in a slightly reduced 720p form to better serve antenna viewers in the northern and eastern portion of the market.

KCPQ became digital only and shut down its analog transmitter on June 12, 2009 as mandated by the FCC.[2]

KCPQ moved its digital broadcasts back to its former analog channel number, 13.[3][4]

News operation

KCPQ once ran several news updates between movies during the early 1980s, and briefly ran a half-hour 10:00 PM newscast in the middle of the decade. This operation couldn't compete with the more established 10:00 PM news on then-independent KSTW, and was eventually canceled. The current news operation began on January 18, 1998, when it launched a new 10:00 PM newscast. Channel 13 also launched a morning newscast in 2000. On March 31, 2008, the station launched a 9:00 PM newscast on KMYQ, now KZJO.[5] In April 2009, KCPQ became the second station in Seattle to broadcast news in widescreen standard definition. As of 2010, KCPQ is the fourth Seattle station to broadcast news in high definition.

KCPQ is the only Tribune-owned Fox station without an early evening or midday newscast, after September 21, 2009 as the company's six other Fox-affiliated stations have added afternoon newscasts by that time. It also airs a state version of America's Most Wanted called Washington's Most Wanted, hosted by weeknight anchor David Rose.

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Q13 Reports (1995-2000)
  • Q13 News (2000-2003)
  • Q13 Fox News (2003-present)

Station slogans

  • The Northwest's Movie Channel (1980-1986)
  • Don't Let Q13 Weekends Pass You By (1987-1989; localized version of Fox ad campaign)
  • Q13, This is the Year (1989-1990; localized version of Fox ad campaign)
  • It's on Q13 (1990-1992; localized version of Fox ad campaign)
  • Non-Stop Q13 Fox"/"Q13 Fox, 43 Years (1996-1997; localized version of Fox ad campaign)
  • Just One Seattle...Just One Fox...Q13 Fox (1997-1999; localized version of Fox ad campaign)
  • Right on Q (2006-2009)
  • So Q13 Fox (2008-2010; localized version of Fox ad campaign)
  • Now. Next. (2009-13)
  • Seattle's News Team (2013-Present)

On-air staff

Current on-air staff


  • Maria Arcega-Dunn - weeknights at 9 (on KZJO) and 10 p.m.
  • Lily Jang - weekday mornings "Q13 Fox News This Morning"
  • Kirsten Joyce - weekends at 9 (on KZJO) and 10 p.m. (also reporter)
  • David Rose - weeknights at 9 (on KZJO) and 10 p.m.
  • Bill Wixey - weekends at 9 (on KZJO) and 10 p.m. (also reporter)
  • Mark Wright - weekday mornings "Q13 Fox News This Morning"
  • Kaci Aitchison - weekday mornings "Q13 Fox News This Morning" 4:30a until 6a (also reporter)

Q13 Fox First Forecast Team

  • Walter Kelley (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; Sunday-Thursdays at 9 (on KZJO) and 10 p.m.
  • Parella Lewis - Weather Anchor; Friday-Saturdays at 9 (on KZJO) and 10 p.m.
  • M.J. McDermott - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "Q13 Fox News This Morning"

Sports team

  • Aaron Levine - Sports Anchor; Sunday-Thursdays at 9 (on KZJO) and 10 p.m.; also sports reporter
  • Erin Hawksworth - Freelance sports reporter; also fill-in sports anchor


  • Amy Allen - general assignment reporter
  • Brian Callanan - morning reporter
  • Adam Gehrke - traffic reporter
  • Angela King - morning reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • James Lynch - general assignment reporter
  • Dana Rebik - general assignment reporter
  • Roxanne Vainuku - general assignment reporter

Former on-air staff

  • Lori Aoki - reporter
  • Christine Chen - launch anchor for Mornings Live on Q (rebranded Q13 Fox News This Morning), and later Q13 Fox News @ 10 (now owns Chen Communications, based in Seattle)
  • Peter Alexander - anchor/reporter (now with NBC News, based in New York)
  • Greg Albrecht - executive producer (1980s; now Vice President of Global Promotions for the Walt Disney Company)
  • Jennifer Cabala - morning reporter (now at KING-TV)
  • Bob Corcoran - Host of 1960s movie program and Bob Corcoran (talk) Show
  • Ron Corning - anchor (later worked at ABC News, syndicated news program The Daily Buzz, and WNYW in New York City)
  • Mark Coleman - Meteorologist; fill-in
  • Darren Dedo - reporter/anchor; now at WAPT-TV
  • Lowell Deo - reporter
  • Dan Devone - weeknight sports anchor
  • Paul Hagar - weather anchor (1980s; later worked at KMEG-TV in Sioux City, IA)
  • Laurie Hamel - "Q13 Kids Club" host (1980s-1990s)
  • Lamoyne "Penny" Hreha - 1960s host of children's show "Penny and Her Pals."
  • Elizabeth Johnson - reporter/anchor
  • Kerri Kazarba - weekend anchor
  • Stacie Kern - reporter
  • Stanley Kramer - movie host (1980s)
  • Julie Lee - reporter/anchor
  • Stu Martin – host of Stu Martin's Double Date at the Movies
  • Keitha Mashaw - sports anchor (1980s)
  • Marianne McClary - anchor/reporter (now morning anchor at KMAX-TV/KOVR in Sacramento, California)
  • Leslie Miller - anchor/reporter (now at KABC-TV in Los Angeles)
  • Lisa Myers - reporter
  • Denise Nakano - reporter, now at WCAU in Philadelphia
  • Bill Oltman - anchor (1980s)
  • Art Peterson - "Dialing for Dollars" movie host (1980s-1990s)
  • Don Poier - sports play-by-play (1980s; later voice of Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies of NBA; deceased)
  • Tiffany Sanders - weather anchor
  • Sam Shane - anchor/reporter (now at KOVR in Sacramento, California)
  • Keith Shipman - sports play-by-play/anchor/reporter (1986-1997; now owner of radio stations in Bend, Oregon)
  • Monty Webb - weather (later at KIRO-TV, now at WHAS-TV in Louisville, Kentucky)
  • Susan West - general assignment reporter
  • Lara Yamada - weeknight/weekend anchor (2006-2010, now weeknight anchor at KITV in Honolulu, Hawaii)


All repeaters are owned by KCPQ and are within the Seattle-Tacoma market, unless specified.


  1. ^ "Singer Paula Abdul cancels interviews after video". Reuters. January 12, 2007. Retrieved December 14, 2008.
  2. ^ http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20090207/news/302079996
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds". FCC CDBS Database. May 24, 2006. Retrieved December 14, 2008.
  4. ^ "DTV Transition Status Report". FCC CDBS Database. February 19, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2008.
  5. ^ Malone, Michael (March 19, 2008). "KMYQ Seattle Adds 9 p.m. News". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved December 14, 2008.

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