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Spokane, Washington
Branding Q6 (verbally referred to as KHQ)
Slogan Right Now
Channels Digital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
Translators (see article)
Affiliations NBC
SWX Right Now - Sports and Weather (DT2)
Owner Cowles Publishing Company
(KHQ, Inc.)
First air date December 20, 1952
Former channel number(s) Analog:
6 (VHF, 1952-2009)
Digital: 7 (VHF, 2009)
Former affiliations Secondary:
ABC (1952-1954)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 653 m
Facility ID 34537
Transmitter Coordinates 47°34′52″N 117°17′47″W / 47.58111°N 117.29639°W / 47.58111; -117.29639

This is about the NBC affiliate in Spokane, Washington. For the radio station in Charlevoix, Michigan known as 106 KHQ, see WKHQ.

KHQ-TV, also known as "Q6", is the NBC affiliate for Spokane, Washington. It broadcast its digital signal on channel 15, then moved to 7 on the date of the digital transition. It has moved back to channel 15 due to adjacent channel interference with KSPS (now on Ch. 8). The station is the flagship of The KHQ Television Group, a subsidiary of Cowles Publishing Company, which owns The Spokesman-Review newspaper. KHQ's DT2 subcarrier, which can be seen over the air on DTV channel 6.2 and locally on Comcast Digital Cable channel 115, airs its produced in-house sports and weather channel SWX Right Now.

KHQ is available on some cable systems in northern Idaho, western Montana, eastern Oregon and northern Utah.[citation needed]

KHQ is one of five local Spokane TV stations seen in Canada on the Shaw Direct satellite provider as well as Shaw Cable in Calgary, Edmonton, and other markets.



KHQ signed on the air on December 20, 1952 and is the second-oldest station in Washington state, as well as the oldest east of the Cascades. 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.

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.


HD race

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.[1] 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 5 days before KHQ's scheduled date. Unfortunately, due to technical limitations, KHQ has yet to broadcast an HD newscast. A 16:9 (widescreen) standard definition broadcast will continue until new equipment which will support a high definition signal can be purchased.


KHQ currently features NBC programming, as well as local news, paid advertisements, and syndicated entertainment programming includes The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Bonnie Hunt Show, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Judy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Jeopardy!, and Wheel of Fortune.

News/Station presentation

Newscast Titles

  • Front Page (1952-1956)
  • Your Esso Reporter (1956-1962)
  • The Six O'Clock Report/The Eleven O'Clock Report (1962-1965)
  • Channel 6 News (1965-1974; 5 and 6 pm newscasts)
  • 24 Hours (1965-1974; 10 pm newscast)
  • Q-6 Eyewitness News (1974-1978)
  • Q-6 News Alive (1978-1981)
  • Q-6 News (1981-2006)
  • KHQ Local News (2006-present)

Station slogans

  • Your Northwest News Channel (1996-2002)
  • Your Local News Leader (2002-2006)
  • Right Now (2006-present)
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Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Channel Programming
6.1 Main KHQ-TV programming
6.2 SWX Right Now - Sports and Weather
6.3 Universal Sports

SWX Right Now Channels

  • KHQ Digital Channel 6.2
  • Comcast Digital Channel 115
  • Wenatchee: Charter Cable 287
  • Pullman/Moscow Channel 86

Post-analog shutdown

After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion on February 17, 2009 [2], KHQ-DT moved to channel 7 (where it was once KSPS-TV). It has since moved back to channel 15 due to adjacent channel interference.[3] However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display KHQ-DT's virtual channel as 6.


KHQ is rebroadcast on the following translator stations.

Current KHQ Newscasts

  • KHQ Local News Today - 4:30-7 AM (Mon-Fri)
  • KHQ Local News Saturday - 7-10 AM
  • KHQ Local News Sunday - 7-8 AM
  • KHQ Local News at 5 - 5-5:30 PM
  • KHQ Local News at 6 - 6-6:30 PM
  • FOX First At 10 - 10-10:35 PM (On KAYU; Seven Days a Week)
  • KHQ Local News :11@11: - 11-11:35 PM

KHQ On-Air Personalities

Current Personalities


  • Dave Cotton - KHQ Local News Today
  • Tom Durian - KHQ Local News Saturday and Sunday & KHQ Local News @ 5, 6, 10 and :11@11: (Weekends)
  • Dana Haynes - Fox First At 10 (Mon-Fri)/Take It To Health Reporter
  • Bill Kelly - Fox First At 10 (Mon-Fri)/FOX Weather
  • Dan Kleckner - KHQ Local News @ 5 & 6 (Mon-Fri)
  • Shelly Monahan - KHQ Local News Today
  • Sean Owsley - KHQ Local News Today & Invest Northwest
  • Jennifer Rohrer - KHQ Local News Saturday
  • Stephanie Vigil - KHQ Local News @ 5, 6 & :11@11: (Mon-Fri)


  • Kaitlyn Bolduc
  • Cindi DeHoog
  • Tom Durian
  • Anthony Gomes
  • Dana Haynes (Take It To Health Reporter)
  • Bill McGinty
  • Kevin Randall
  • Jennifer Rohrer


  • Bill Kelly - Chief Meteorologist @ 5,6,10 and 11pm Weekdays/ also co-hosts Fox First At 10 (Mon-Fri)with Dana Haynes
  • George Maupin - Morning Forecaster
  • Leslie Lowe - Weekend Meteorologist
  • Julia Sandstrom - SWX Right Now Meteorologist/Substitute
  • Dave Law - Substitute

Sports Anchors

  • Sam Adams - Sports Director
  • Josh Godfrey - Sports Photographer, Fill in Sports Reporter/Anchor
  • Matt Rogers - Weekend Sports

Former Personalities


  • Peter Alexander Weekend Anchor/Weekday Reporter. Currently a general assignment reporter for NBC News in New York City, NY.
  • Kit Andrews Weekend Anchor/Weekday Reporter. Currently noon anchor/early weeknight evening anchor for WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, OH.
  • Meeghan Black Weekend Anchor/Weekday Reporter 1991-1994. Currently Morning Traffic anchor for KING-TV in Seattle.
  • Bob Briley 1947-1988. Retired. Graduate of John R. Rogers High School.
  • Ana Cabrera 2005-2009. Weekend Anchor/Weekday Reporter. Currently a weekend morning anchor/weekday reporter for KMGH-TV in Denver, CO.
  • Beverly Carr 1995-1999. Currently an executive assistant for Donald E. Axinn.
  • Carl Clark 1980's.
  • Penny Daniels 1998-2000. Currently working at 3D Communications.
  • Rick Douglas 1993-1998 Morning Anchor and 4:30pm Anchor. Then Weekend Anchor. Currently Anchor and Managing Editor at KEZI-TV in Eugene, OR.
  • Jeff Dubois Saturday morning anchor (1999-2004). Currently a reporter/fill in anchor for KIRO-TV in Seattle.
  • Monica Hart Anchor/Reporter 1980's. Currently working for Sacramento Press Club in Sacramento, CA.
  • Wayne Havrelly Morning Anchor/Reporter. Now an anchor with KGW-TV in Portland, OR.
  • Rob Hays Weekend Anchor. Currently a general assignment reporter for KABC-TV in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Leigh Hess 1967-1980 (Currently an instructor of Media at California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, California).
  • Harry Howard Anchor/Reporter/Editor 1962-1975. Deceased in December 2008.
  • Julie Humphreys Anchor/Reporter (mid 1980s-2010).
  • Jade Jordan Weekend Anchor/Weekday Reporter (2008-2009).
  • Virginia Kerr ????-2003 Weekend Anchor/Weekday Reporter. Currently Morning Anchor at KMOV-TV in St. Louis, MO.
  • Jennifer Kim 2006-2009 Sunday Anchor/weekday reporter. Currently a reporter for KGTV-TV in San Diego, CA.
  • Maria Kotula 1993-1995 Weeknight 10 P.M. anchor. Currently anchor/reporter for WCNC-TV in Charlotte, NC.
  • John Christopher Kowsky PM Magazine Host, 1983-85. Now CEO of LE Northwest (Lubrication Engineers, of Fort Worth. TX).
  • Greg McKinney 10pm Anchor. KAYU-TV Husband of Angelique Frame. Currently the director of The Einstein Industries.
  • Dean Mell News Director/News Anchor. Retired.
  • Laura Papetti Anchor/Reporter (1998-2001). Wife of former sports director/anchor and current Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball play-by-play TV announcer Greg Heister. Currently morning anchor for KREM-TV.
  • Randy Shaw 1983-2000 Weeknight Evening Anchor. Currently a weeknight evening anchor for KREM-TV.
  • Molly Shen 1992-1997 Weekend Anchor/Reporter. Now a morning anchor for KOMO-TV in Seattle.
  • Pam Stark Anchor/Reporter 1980's-1990's.
  • Debra Wilde 1980-2000 Currently a Development Coordinator for the Community Health Association of Spokane Clinics.

Weather Anchors:

  • Tim Adams 1999-2004. Currently a Chief Meteorologist for sister stations KNDO-TV/KNDU-TV in Yakima/Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco, Washington (Also Known as The Tri Cities)
  • Brian Albrecht Chief Meteorologist 2000-2009. Currently Ministry Director at St. John's Lutheran Church.
  • Laura Ashley Chief Meteorologist 1990's.
  • Diane Barone Chief Meteorologist late 1980s.
  • Cindy Brunson 2000's weekend weather/reporter. Currently a weekend anchor for SportsCenter.
  • Ira Joe Fisher 1970-1980. Currently an announcer for CBS's The Early Show and substitute forecaster for the Saturday version of CBS's The Early Show in New York City, NY.
  • Angelique Frame Weekend Meteorologist 2004-2006. Currently vice-president of The Einstein Industries..
  • Melissa Frey Internship. Currently weekend meteorologist for KEZI-TV in Eugene, OR.
  • Mark Peterson Lead Forecaster 1992-2000. Currently weekday morning forecaster for KXLY-TV.
  • Monty Webb ????-???? Weekend Forecaster. Currently Chief Meteorologist for WHAS-TV in Louisville, KY.
  • Jeff Womack 2006-2008 Weekend Meteorologist. Currently weekend weather anchor/reporter for KTVQ-TV in Billings, MT.

Sports Anchors:

  • Derek Deis 2002-2009. Currently Sports Director for KXLY-TV.
  • John Fritz 1996-2008.
  • Greg Heister 1997-2000 and 4:30 news anchor from 2001-2004. Currently a TV play-by-play announcer with Craig Ehlo for Gonzaga Men's Basketball on KHQ-TV/Fox Sports Northwest and Spokane Shock games with Mike Peterson. Husband of KREM-TV morning anchor Laura Papetti.
  • Ty Ray Weekend Sports Anchor. Currently Director of Business Development at Total Freight Logistics International LLC, based in Bellingham.


  • Tom Benemann: Currently a reporter for WTIC-TV in Hartford, CT.
  • Paola Cherzad 2008-2009.
  • Gary Darigol: Currently the news director for KEZI-TV in Eugene, OR.
  • Tom Grant: Currently an editor for Metro Spirit in Augusta, GA.
  • Amy Lehtonen 1990's Web Producer and Assignment Editor. Currently web journalist for WCNC-TV in Charlotte, NC.
  • Travis Mayfield Worked while he was a student at Gonzaga University. Currently at KOMO-AM in Seattle.
  • Aditi Roy ????-????. Currently morning anchor for WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Bruce Sussman late 1990s General Assignment Reporter. Now Chief Meteorologist for KOIN-TV in Portland, OR.


  • First in the Spokane market
  • First outside of Seattle
  • First 100,000-watt TV station in the United States (1952)
  • First Spokane station to produce a live, local color broadcast (1955)
  • First all-digital broadcast facility in Spokane (2001)
  • First locally produced live remote program to be broadcast in high definition in Spokane (May 16, 2008) [1]

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