is the ABC
-affiliated television station
for the Coachella Valley
. Licensed to Palm Springs
, the station broadcasts an analog signal on UHF
channel 42 and a digital signal on UHF channel 52. KESQ's transmitter is located northeast of Cathedral City
. The station is owned by Gulf-California Broadcast Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of News-Press & Gazette Company
. KESQ is a sister station to FOX
, and Telemundo
. The four stations share studios located on Melanie Place in Palm Desert
. Gulf-California also owns two area radio stations: KUNA-FM
KESQ operates an outlying translator in Yucca Valley, K27DS, on channel 27.
Along with other major Coachella Valley television stations, KESQ identifies itself on-air using its cable designation (NewsChannel 3 HD) rather than its over-the-air channel position. The unusual practice, also common in the Fort Myers / Naples, Florida market, stems in part from the area's exceptionally high cable penetration rate of 80.5% -- one of the highest in the United States.
KESQ is currently the #1 rated station in the Palm Springs market. In addition to its newscasts, the station features many of the most popular syndicated programs including: Live with Regis and Kelly, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!. Weekend syndicated programming on KESQ includes 24 and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
Along with its main digital signal on DT1, KESQ offers three additional channels on its digital service.
|| Aspect ratio |
|| main KESQ programming (ABC)
|| 16:9 |
|| KDFX-CA (FOX)
|| 16:9 |
|| KCWQ-LP (The CW)
|| 4:3 |
|| First Alert Weather Channel (AccuWeather)
|| 4:3 |
KDFX and KCWQ are offered on KESQ's digital signal because they do not broadcast digital signals of their own. While all four stations broadcast on KESQ-DT (UHF 52), the company labels KDFX and KCWQ with their analog channel through PSIP.
- Jeff Stahl - weekday mornings and Noon (also reporter)
- John White - weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30, and 11 PM
- Tamara Damante - weeknights at 6 and 11 PM (also at 10 PM on KDFX)
- Elizabeth Beaubien - weeknights at 5 and 6:30 PM
- Jason Sloss - weekends (also reporter)
- Ginger Jeffries - weeknights
- Dave Spahr - weekday mornings and Noon
- Peter Cannella - weekends
- Ashley Brown - Weekend Morning Meteorologist and noon
- Paul Cicala - weeknights at 6 and 11 PM (also at 10 PM on KDFX)
- Chris Miller
- Nathan Baca
- Gil Diaz
- Elyse Webb
- Rodney Wardle
- Eddie Quezada