KVIQ is a digital-only broadcast television station which broadcasts as a CBS affiliate on UHFchannel 17 from a transmitter in Eureka, California.

Eureka, California
Branding CBS 17
Channels Digital: 17 (UHF)
Subchannels 17.1 CBS

17.2 MyTV Northern California 17.3 The CW

Translators (see article)
Affiliations CBS Television Network
Owner Raul Broadcasting Company of Eureka, Inc.

(operated by Sainte Partners II, L.P.)

First air date April 1, 1958
Call letters' meaning VI (Roman numeral 6) Q
Sister station(s) KCVU-TV

MyTV Northern California KUCO-LP KXVU-LP KKTF-LP

Former callsigns KVIQ-TV (1958-1981)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

6 (VHF, 1958-2008)

Former affiliations Primary:

NBC (1958-1987) Secondary: ABC (1958-1987)

Transmitter power 30 kW
Height 550 m
Facility ID 42640
Transmitter coordinates 40°43′41.9″N123°58′21.4″W


KVIQ signed on the air on VHF channel 6 as Eureka's second television station on April 1, 1958. It was owned by Shasta Telecasting, as a satellite station of KVIP-TV (now KRCR-TV) in Redding, California; Shasta Telecasting sold the station to California Northwest Broadcasting in 1960. California Oregon Broadcastingsubsequently acquired KIEM-TV (channel 3), which it operated separately from KRCR. KVIQ initially broadcast from studios located on Humboldt Hill Road in Eureka. Since the Eureka market only had two television stations in those early days, KVIQ offered programs from several networks. The station later relocated its studios to a new facility located on Broadway Street in Eureka. By the 1980s, the station was the area's primary NBC affiliate, but it also carried some ABC programs until KAEF(channel 23) went on the air in 1987. The McConnells[clarification needed] sold the station to Miller Broadcasting in 1986.

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

KVIQ was also available on the radio at 87.7 FM until they ceased the analog channel 6 signal.

Logo as "CBS 6", used until 2009

The Eureka television market (DMA #195) was the only TV market in California not available on DISH Network until June 3, 2010, at which time it became available. The Eureka local channels are not yet available on DirecTV.

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

The CW

KVIQ carries The CW Television Network via The CW Plus schedule on its DT3 subcarrier, along with the former analog broadcast on KUVU-LP channel 9, which the future of the channel itself is unknown due to interference with KIXE. KVIQ also carries MyTV Northern California on DT2, while digital transition issues with KEMY are being figured out.

KUVU's previous CW logo is one of the very few not rendered with the standard white-on-green color scheme. This practice is interesting because the aforementioned logo has not appeared on-air since the station's début. Promotional spots only indicate that the viewer is watching "Eureka's CW."

Unlike other stations in Eureka owned by the Sainte Television Group, there is no Chico/Redding counterpart, instead CBS and The CW are affiliated with independent-owned KHSL-TV.


KVIQ is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • KVIQ-TV News (1958-1966)
  • Eyewitness News (1966-1981)
  • News West (1981-1994)
  • Channel Six News (1994-1998)
  • Action News 6 (1998-2002; news operations ceased after 2002)

Station slogans

News operation

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. A regular feature of these newscasts was "Segment 6".[2]

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

Action News 6logo. Can still be seen at former studios on the corner of Broadway

A local newscast may be in the works for KVIQ and maybe the other co-owned stations. It is unknown if, when, or how that will occur. [3] Because KVIQ is partially controlled from Chico, there have been a few rumors that KBVU's parent station KCVU may either buy KHSL-TV (in which KVIQ could become a semi-satellite) or let KHSL produce a news department for the Sainte Television Group to share. However, nothing has been said in recent years about any of the stations and the current setup is likely to remain for years to come.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 10pm rebroadcasts of newscasts from then-sister station KFTY in Santa Rosa. After KVIQ was sold off in 2005, the KFTY rebroadcasts ceased, and the station replaced the newscasts in its schedule with syndicated programming. KVIQ is currently the only CBS affiliate in California not to offer any local news.

Notable alumni

  • Tim Lay - Producer, Director, Master Control 1976-80, 1981 (2002 NW Emmy Winner - Director; Currently directing live collegiate sports programming for ESPN)
  • Todd Lewis - Production Manager, Director Newswest, Producer Director Late Night Fright Theater, 1980-85
  • Cheryl Black - Original Action News 6 weeknight anchor at 5/6/6:30/11; last seen at KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Tina Budell - Director
  • Aimee Clark - Original Action News 6 weekend anchor
  • Brian Dalziel - Sports Anchor
  • Jesse Ettinger - Director, Technical-Director (Currently edits promos for ABC Entertainment-Marketing, and news stories for the Los Angeles bureaus of ABC News & CBS News)
  • Mark Finnigan - Newswest Anchor/Reporter (1983—1987) Now a newswriter/producer at KCBS in Los Angeles, CA
  • Adam Gerber - weeknight meteorologist. Now works in Sacramento for the Air Resources Board as a meteorologist.
  • Cindy Glover - anchored Channel 6 News in the 1990s
  • Christian Hill - anchored weeknight sportscast on Channel 6 News in the 1990s; now local real estate agent
  • Dennis Hunter - anchor and reporter for Newswest
  • Steve Large - Reporter, Sports Anchor (Now news anchor at KOVR (CBS) in Sacramento, CA
  • Leslie Lollich - News Director, Anchor
  • Erina McCoy - Reporter, Anchor
  • Nema Reza - Reporter, Anchor; last seen in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Bill Seward - Sports Anchor (Now a Sports Anchor at KNBC (NBC) in Los Angeles, CA, CBS Radio and TVG Network)
  • Dave Silverbrand - Managing Editor, Anchor, now general manager of the station
  • Matt Smith - sports director, now at KPTV in Portland, Oregon
  • DeDe Stirnaman - morning, later evening anchor; went on to work for KSBY, Armed Forces Network and now works for US government
  • Mark Tamayo - morning meteorologist, now at KTVU in Oakland
  • Dan Tilkin - anchored Channel 6 News in the 1990s
  • John Wolf - Assignment Editor
  • Pamela Wu - weeknight anchor on Channel 6 News, now weekend anchor for KCRA in Sacramento


When local news ended on KVIQ, the Noon spot was replaced with infomercials. The evening newscasts were replaced with Everybody Loves Raymond at 5PM and 6:30PM, Frasier at 5:30PM and Inside Edition at 11PM. KVIQ formerly aired The Oprah Winfrey Show at 7PM, one of very few stations in the country to air the show in prime-time. Oprah has since returned to its previous home, KIEM.


  1. ^ Inside TV Ratings | Nielsen Media Research
  2. ^ [1] DISH Network to Become First Pay-TV Provider to Offer Local Broadcast Channels in All 210 Local Television Markets in the United States

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