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Eureka, California
Branding News Channel 3
Slogan The Spirit of the North Coast
Channels Digital: 3 (VHF)
Translators (see article)
Affiliations NBC
Owner Pollack/Belz Broadcasting Company, LLC
First air date October 25, 1953
Sister station(s) KLAX-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
3 (VHF, 1953-2009)
16 (UHF, 2004-2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
CBS (1953-1984)
NBC (1953-1958)
ABC (1953-1987)
DuMont (1953-1955)
Transmitter Power 11 kW
Height 503 m
Facility ID 53382
Transmitter Coordinates 40°43′49.4″N 123°57′11.1″W / 40.730389°N 123.953083°W / 40.730389; -123.953083

KIEM-TV is a broadcast television station in Eureka, California which broadcasts as an NBC affiliate on channel 3.


Digital television

KIEM-TV is one of the very few stations (50 or so) left on the low VHF band (channels 2-6) after the digital transition. It is also one of the very few NBC affiliates in the country which still transmits its signal in 480i SDTV with a 4:3 aspect ratio rather than 1080i HDTV with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio.


KIEM-TV signed on the air as Eureka's first television station on October 25, 1953. Since KIEM-TV was the only station in the Eureka market at the time, it offered programs from more than one network. Initially KIEM was affiliated with CBS; however, the station also provided programs from NBC, ABC, and DuMont (the DuMont Network folded in 1955). After KVIQ signed on in 1958 and took the NBC affiliation, both stations offered some ABC programs on a part-time basis. Full-time ABC coverage was provided by Redding ABC affiliate KRCR-TV on area cable systems.

By 1984, KVIQ and KIEM had swapped affiliations, with KIEM picking up the NBC affiliation. Another commercial station, 'KREQ-TV' (later KAEF) signed on the air in 1987 offering ABC to the North Coast. When the new station signed on, both KVIQ and KIEM ceased offering ABC programs on a part-time basis.

KIEM has been noted as the only "local" source for news due to the other stations' influences from Chico and Redding.

==Economy's effects on KIEM== Station manager Roy Frostenson cited low advertising revenues in an October 19, 2008 article in the Eureka Times-Standard. Station officials said once ad dollars return the station will replenish its news department. Regular viewers will notice that KIEM has, for some time during football season, pre-recorded its Sunday night newscasts that air at unconventional times. ”We think we're adequately staffed in the newsroom,” he said in the article. “We're not reducing our commitment in news at all. That's a commitment we take very seriously.” On July 20, 2009, the opening and music was updated along with Ben Kropelin replacing Scott Hurst at 6 & 11 p.m.

Satellite Availability

The Eureka Television market (DMA #195)[1] is the only TV market in California currently not available on either Dish Network or DirecTV. The satellite companies will also not make exceptions to carry stations from Chico/Redding to the Eureka area, unless the markets officially merge. On the other hand, KIEM is not carried on Dish Network or DirecTV even in Chico/Redding's local channel package.



Current Personalities

  • Leslie Buchanan - 5 & 6 p.m. anchor, News Director
  • Ben Kroeplin - 6 & 11 p.m. anchor
  • Jim Bernard - Meteorologist (Appears Monday through Wednesday, and most Thursdays at 5, 6 & 11, also weekend morning weather at KPIX in San Francisco)
  • Manuel "Manny" Machado - 6 & 11 p.m. Sports Director
  • Phil Milani - Reporter, weekend sports anchor 6;30 & 11 p.m.
  • Ranjini Srinivasan - Reporter
  • Ramona Giwargis - Reporter
  • Andrea Marvin - Weekend 6:30 & 11 p.m. News/Weather & Reporter


Former Personalities

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  • Scott Hurst 6 & 11pm news/weather anchor
  • Rick Willis, now Sports Anchor at KUSI-TV in San Diego, CA
  • Eric Koch Sports Anchor/Reporter
  • Jill Weaver, weekend anchor/reporter
  • Ariana Duarte, now Weeknight Anchor at KMPH-TV Fox in Fresno, CA
  • Laura Berry, now at NYOne
  • Noelle Gardner, now Morning Anchor at KLFY-TV CBS in Lafayette, LA
  • Preston Phillips; weeknight anchor, now at KSEE in Fresno, CA
  • Jennifer Whalen; weekend anchor
  • Bruce Macgowan; longtime KNBR (San Francisco) radio sportstalk host
  • Frank Boal; now working as longtime sports director of KDAF, Kansas City
  • Mike O'Brian; worked for many years as KPTV-12 (Portland, Ore) Sports Director
  • Samuel Lewin; anchor mid-late 1990s
  • Jane Rogers; anchor late 1990s-early 2000s, now at Humboldt State University
  • Mark Demsky; sports director 1990's-early 2000s, now at KTXL Sacramento
  • Jim Moritz; anchor early 2000s
  • Kristian Leitzen; anchor until 2008, now in Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Heather (Johnson) Lewin; anchor/reporter mid-late 1990s (last seen at KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Andrea Nakano; weekend anchor/reporter, now sports anchor at XETV in San Diego
  • Dennis Shanahan; weekend anchor/reporter, now at KTXL Sacramento
  • Shelby Sheehan; 11 p.m. weeknight anchor, now at KRNV in Reno, Nevada
  • Matt Skryja; anchor early-mid 1990's, now at AAA in San Francisco
  • Dede Stirnaman-Harper; reporter
  • Mary Strong; anchor/reporter, later worked for KCRA in Sacramento
  • Lori Wallace; anchor/reporter, later forecast the weather in Bakersfield area and currently works for KMAX-TV in Sacramento
  • Heather Lambert; weekend weather
  • Bill Kelly; weekend weathercaster, now news director at KOBI in Medford, Oregon
  • Sara Miles; weekend anchor/reporter
  • Rissa Shaw; reporter/anchor 2007-2009
  • Sara Underwood; reporter, later worked for WBZ/WSBK-TV, now at WFXT in Boston
  • Suzanne Horgan; weather anchor, now at WLKY-TV Louisville, KY
  • Adriene Laurent anchor/News-Director
  • Mark Wright Anchor/Reporter
  • Jon Crane Reporter
  • Erin Meehan-Breen Reporter
  • Andy Messerschmidt Anchor/Reporter
  • Camila Plesmid Weather
  • Jan Richards Anchor/News Director
  • Bob Lorenz - Sports Director

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • NewsChannel 3 (1996-present)

Station slogans

  • The Spirit of the North Coast (1990s-present)
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KIEM is rebroadcast on the following translator stations. Unless linked, these rebroadcasters are not listed in the FCC database:


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