KHQ-TV

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KHQ-TV
KHQ-TV-HD-Logo.png
Spokane, Washington/Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
BrandingKHQ (general; alternately known as "Q6")
KHQ Local News (news)
SloganRight Now
ChannelsDigital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
Subchannels6.1 NBC
6.2 SWX
Translators(see article)
OwnerCowles Publishing Company
(KHQ, Inc.)
First air dateDecember 20, 1952[1]
Call letters' meaningNamed from former call letters of former sister radio station
Former channel number(s)Analog:
6 (VHF, 1952-2009)
Former affiliationsSecondary:
ABC (1952-1954)
Transmitter power1000 kW
Height653 m
Facility ID34537
Transmitter coordinates47°34′53.1″N 117°17′49.7″W / 47.581417°N 117.297139°W / 47.581417; -117.297139
Websitewww.khq.com
 
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KHQ-TV
KHQ-TV-HD-Logo.png
Spokane, Washington/Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
BrandingKHQ (general; alternately known as "Q6")
KHQ Local News (news)
SloganRight Now
ChannelsDigital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
Subchannels6.1 NBC
6.2 SWX
Translators(see article)
OwnerCowles Publishing Company
(KHQ, Inc.)
First air dateDecember 20, 1952[1]
Call letters' meaningNamed from former call letters of former sister radio station
Former channel number(s)Analog:
6 (VHF, 1952-2009)
Former affiliationsSecondary:
ABC (1952-1954)
Transmitter power1000 kW
Height653 m
Facility ID34537
Transmitter coordinates47°34′53.1″N 117°17′49.7″W / 47.581417°N 117.297139°W / 47.581417; -117.297139
Websitewww.khq.com

KHQ-TV, virtual channel 6, is the NBC affiliate for Spokane, Washington. It broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 15. The station is owned by The KHQ Television Group, a subsidiary of Cowles Publishing Company, which owns The Spokesman-Review newspaper.

The station also operates a 24-hour sports and weather channel called SWX Right Now on digital subchannel 6.2. On cable, the station is available in standard definition on channel 6 on Comcast in the Spokane area and on Time Warner Cable in the Coeur d'Alene area; it is also available in high definition on Comcast digital channel 106 in Spokane and Time Warner Cable digital channel 706 in Coeur d'Alene and the Palouse. On satellite, it is available on channel 6 in both standard definition and high-definition on Dish Network and DirecTV. KHQ is one of five local Spokane television stations available in Canada on satellite provider Shaw Direct and on Shaw Cable in Calgary, Edmonton, and other markets.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming
6.11080i16:9KHQ-HDMain KHQ-TV programming / NBC
6.2480i4:3SWXSWX Right Now

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KHQ-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 6, on February 17, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate.[2] The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 15 to VHF channel 7 (where it was once KSPS-TV). It has since moved back to channel 15 due to adjacent channel interference with KSPS (now on channel 8).[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 6.

History[edit]

While KHQ and KXLY were both granted authorization by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build television stations on July 12, 1952,[4] KHQ was first to sign on the air, going live on Saturday, December 20, 1952[citation needed] at 6 pm with the film Texas Trouble Shooters. The first NBC program KHQ broadcast was an episode of Your Hit Parade, which aired that evening at 7:30.[5] In addition to being the oldest television station east of the Cascades, KHQ is also the second-oldest station in Washington state. It was co-owned by Cowles Publishing along with KHQ radio (AM 590, now KQNT; and FM 98.1, now KISC). The radio stations were both sold off in 1985.

It was originally a dual NBC/ABC affiliate. KREM-TV took the ABC affiliation when it signed on air in 1954, but KHQ kept the NBC affiliation, which it retains to this day. It is the only major station in Spokane, and one of a few in the country, that has retained the same primary affiliation, owner and call letters throughout its history.

After being in its original studio for over forty years, KHQ moved its headquarters to 1201 W. Sprague Avenue in downtown Spokane in 2001, where it still is today. The reason for the move was to create an all-digital facility, so modern media technology could work well with the news station. In the process, KHQ became the first all-digital facility in Spokane.[6]

Traditionally, KHQ has been known as "Q6," but the station seems to have been shying away from that branding in recent years. KHQ still uses the "Q6" logo, but it's now exclusively verbally referred to on-air by its call letters.

Programming[edit]

KHQ's current syndicated programming offerings include Judge Joe Brown, Katie, Ellen, Judge Judy, Jeopardy!, and Wheel of Fortune.

News operation[edit]

KHQ newscast title card seen nightly at 5

In 2006, with the popularity of high-definition newscasts increasing around the country, the race to HD began in the Spokane television market when competitor KXLY became the first Spokane station to produce a local segment of the news in HD. Each week, one news story was presented in high-definition. Until 2008, KXLY was the only news station in Spokane to produce a segment of the news in HD.

On May 16, 2008, KHQ produced a live, on-the-air report in HD. It was officially announced on this date that KHQ was slated to become the first station in Spokane to broadcast its entire newscasts in HD, debuting on August 8, 2008 to coincide with the 2008 Summer Olympic Games on NBC.[6] However, after months of marketing this milestone, KXLY shocked KHQ and the Spokane television market when it made a surprise announcement on August 1, just two days before the start of its broadcasts, that it would beat KHQ in becoming the first station in Spokane to produce HD newscasts. KXLY's HD newscasts started August 3, just a mere five days before KHQ's scheduled date. Despite marketing their newscasts as being in HD, KHQ did not yet present its newscasts in true high definition, but in standard definition widescreen. However, with the implementation of a new master control hub (which handles the operations of KHQ, along with sister stations KNDU and KNDO and its SWX channels) using fiberoptic links, and the purchase of new studio equipment and cameras, KHQ migrated to full HD newscasts in late 2012.[7][8]

In 2008, KHQ and Northern Quest Resort and Casino started a partnership, and created SWX, a 24-hour sports and weather channel. SWX launched in January 2009, and officially launched on August 30, 2009.[9] The channel features live events including local high school sports, among other programming. Normal programming on SWX includes four minute weather briefs from "The Weather Authority" and sports updates called "SWX Sports Updates."

Unlike most NBC affiliates, KHQ-TV does not air a weekday midday newscast.

KHQ Newscasts[edit]

Weekdays

Saturdays

Sundays

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

Weather titles[edit]

Station slogans[edit]

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News team[13][edit]

Anchors

The Weather Authority (also seen on SWX Right Now)

SWX Sports (also seen as play-by-play announcers on SWX Right Now)

Reporters

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

Translators[edit]

KHQ is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:

References[edit]

External links[edit]