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KMYQ
KMYQ-TV.png
Seattle, Washington
Branding myQ²
Channels Digital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 22 (PSIP)
Affiliations MyNetworkTV
Owner Tribune Company
(Tribune Television Holdings, Inc.)
First air date June 22, 1985
Call letters’ meaning MYNetworkTV Q
(reference to sister station KCPQ)
Sister station(s) KCPQ
Former callsigns KTZZ-TV (1985-1999)
KTWB-TV (1999-2006)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
22 (UHF, 1985-2009)
Former affiliations independent (1985-1995)
The WB (1995-2006)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 290 m
Facility ID 69571
Transmitter Coordinates 47°36′56.8″N 122°18′30.2″W / 47.615778°N 122.308389°W / 47.615778; -122.308389
Website myq2.com

KMYQ, channel 22, is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station in Seattle, Washington. Owned by the Tribune Company, KMYQ uses myQ² (pronounced My-Q-two) for its on-air branding. The station can be viewed on channel 10 on most Western Washington cable systems, and also operates two UHF translators.

KMYQ's offices and broadcasting center along with its transmitter are co-located with sister station KCPQ (channel 13) on the west shore of Lake Union in the Westlake neighborhood of Seattle. [1]

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History

The station began broadcasting as KTZZ on June 22, 1985. The call letters stood for Television 22, the Zs closely resembling numeral 2s. At that time there was a hole in the market for cartoons and sitcoms. While KSTW (channel 11) was running such programming, KCPQ counterprogrammed with more adult fare like dramas, game shows, and movies. As such, KTZZ signed on with a lineup of classic off-network sitcoms, westerns, cartoons, movies, and dramas. Initially the station was profitable under the ownership of Alden Communications. Originally, to keep people from changing channels, the station broadcast only its station ID—no commercials—between the closing credits of one show and the opening credits of the next show. One Christmas season as snow fell in the Puget Sound area viewers were treated to a gag in which someone pretending to be a janitor takes control of the station for a few moments to deliver "the news" which was mostly a fake weather forecast which began "The weather outside is frightful. But inside it's quite delightful. As long as I've got no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow."

A couple years later, the station was sold to Dudley Broadcasting. By 1988, KCPQ and KSTW had strong lineups, including almost all of the children's programming available. KTZZ was also the home, for several years, of the eclectic Seattle talk show The Spud Goodman Show. Producing the weekly interview/music/feature show was an ambitious undertaking for a small station, and the program relied heavily on a large staff of volunteers. The programming costs became too high for KTZZ. As a result, KTZZ began airing CBS shows pre-empted by KIRO-TV (channel 7), along with paid programming and brokered shows. It still ran some conventional syndicated product, but they were essentially programs that no other stations wanted. For a time in 1993, channel 22 aired a 10:00 p.m. newscast produced by KIRO-TV.

Originally, KTZZ agreed to affiliate with the new United Paramount Network in 1994. However, the UPN affiliation went to KIRO when that station lost its CBS affiliation to KSTW (which was eventually sold to Paramount Pictures), and KTZZ agreed to affiliate with The WB instead. KTZZ picked up cartoons from KSTW in 1995, added more off-network sitcoms and moved away from the brokered format. As it began airing programming from The WB, KTZZ was helped in part by the fact that KCPQ was moving towards news and more first-run syndicated talk, courtroom, and drama shows.

KTZZ was purchased by Tribune Broadcasting (along with sister station WXMI in Grand Rapids, Michigan) from Emmis Communications in 1998, and changed its call letters to KTWB-TV (The Warner Brothers Network) the next year. After Tribune acquired KCPQ in early 1999, KTWB's license was transferred back to Emmis in the short-term until the FCC's approval of television duopolies later that year, though Tribune managed and operated the station during this period via a local marketing agreement. In 2004, KTWB revised its on-air brand from WB 22 to Seattle's WB as part of a groupwide branding effort.

On January 24, 2006, the WB and UPN networks announced they would merge into a new network called The CW. CBS-owned KSTW, the then-current UPN station, was chosen as The CW's Seattle-Tacoma affiliate. KTWB was slated to return to its previous independent status, but on May 15, 2006, Tribune announced that it would affiliate channel 22 (and two other WB stations not included in the CW affiliation deal) with MyNetworkTV.

On July 14, 2006, channel 22's call letters were officially changed to KMYQ to reflect its new affiliation, and the station's brand name was changed to myQ² on August 7, 2006.

With the loss of the WB, KMYQ may now carry Fox network programming should KCPQ preempt for a special, such as the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, a breaking news story, or any other emergency.

On March 31, 2008, KMYQ began airing a KCPQ-produced 9:00 p.m. newscast ("Q13 Fox News @ Nine on myQ²") Monday through Saturday. KMYQ became just the second MyNetworkTV affiliate in the Pacific Time Zone to have had a 7:00pm–9:00pm early prime schedule (the first was KQCA in Sacramento, which has since moved MyNetworkTV programming back to its normal 8:00-10:00 pm timeslot).[2]

Digital television

KMYQ-DT is currently on UHF channel 25.

Subchannel Programming
22.1 KMYQ-DT
22.2 Q-13 FOX (KCPQ in standard defintion)

Translators

KMYQ is rebroadcast on the following translator stations.

References

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