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1stHomeIllinois - WQRF-TV Rockford (FOX) 08-05-2015 Morning News
1stHomeIllinois - WQRF-TV Rockford (FOX) 08-05-2015 Morning News
Published: 2015/08/05
Channel: Ihda Marketing
RSC Physical Therapy Tips on WQRF-TV
RSC Physical Therapy Tips on WQRF-TV
Published: 2014/10/30
Channel: rockfordspine
Matt Mershon - WTVO/WQRF-TV
Matt Mershon - WTVO/WQRF-TV
Published: 2013/01/14
Channel: Matthew Mershon
East Football Preview   MyStateline com   Powered by WTVO TV and WQRF TV
East Football Preview MyStateline com Powered by WTVO TV and WQRF TV
Published: 2013/08/20
Channel: Greg Woodson
WQRF-TV in Rockford Features Local DeVry University HerWorld Event
WQRF-TV in Rockford Features Local DeVry University HerWorld Event
Published: 2014/03/05
Channel: DeVry University
WQRF: Eyewitness News At 9pm Open--2017
WQRF: Eyewitness News At 9pm Open--2017
Published: 2017/11/11
Channel: KLMO-TV Channel 4
Kids Day at Rockford Speedway by WTVO TV and WQRF TV on June 24, 2015
Kids Day at Rockford Speedway by WTVO TV and WQRF TV on June 24, 2015
Published: 2015/06/26
Channel: Zachary Tinkle
WQRF-TV Fox 39 News In The Morning Announces 2012 Giftee Awards!
WQRF-TV Fox 39 News In The Morning Announces 2012 Giftee Awards!
Published: 2012/12/04
Channel: Gifts
Chris Faulkner   6 19 2014 WQRF TV News 6 19 2014 Rockford
Chris Faulkner 6 19 2014 WQRF TV News 6 19 2014 Rockford
Published: 2015/04/26
Channel: Darren Rogers
WQRF A Block 2 3 2016
WQRF A Block 2 3 2016
Published: 2016/05/01
Channel: Adrienne Crossley
WQRF Weekday Sportscast
WQRF Weekday Sportscast
Published: 2011/07/05
Channel: rziemnik
WQRF--TV --Wall Street Campaign Contributions -- Sunlight Quoted
WQRF--TV --Wall Street Campaign Contributions -- Sunlight Quoted
Published: 2011/10/18
Channel: SunlightFoundation
Matt Mershon WTVO/WQRF Eyewitness News Resume Reel
Matt Mershon WTVO/WQRF Eyewitness News Resume Reel
Published: 2013/07/09
Channel: Matthew Mershon
Large Baby Born Without C-Section at 13 lbs 11 oz, WQRF, Rockford, IL, May 1, 2017
Large Baby Born Without C-Section at 13 lbs 11 oz, WQRF, Rockford, IL, May 1, 2017
Published: 2017/06/12
Channel: SHVA Media Center Sac
WQRF summertime image
WQRF summertime image
Published: 2012/08/07
Channel: Aaron Rice
WQRF Rockford: Candidate for State Rep Tricia Sweeney Stands with Home Care & Child Care Workers
WQRF Rockford: Candidate for State Rep Tricia Sweeney Stands with Home Care & Child Care Workers
Published: 2016/08/06
Channel: seiuhealthcareilin
WQRF Weekend Sportscast
WQRF Weekend Sportscast
Published: 2011/07/04
Channel: rziemnik
Napleton
Napleton's 20 Years Back to School
Published: 2016/08/17
Channel: WTVO/WQRF
10/16/17 Dedication for Lance CPL. Catherwood Memorial WQRF
10/16/17 Dedication for Lance CPL. Catherwood Memorial WQRF
Published: 2017/10/17
Channel: RepAdamKinzinger
Allen Heating and Cooling - ComfortLink System
Allen Heating and Cooling - ComfortLink System
Published: 2013/03/27
Channel: AllenHeatingCooling
LKQ2017AUGGAR30ENG
LKQ2017AUGGAR30ENG
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: WTVO/WQRF
WQRF Fox 39 News: Flood relief for Rockford residents
WQRF Fox 39 News: Flood relief for Rockford residents
Published: 2013/04/16
Channel: Dolly McCarthy
WTVO/WQRF News Update, April 23, 2013
WTVO/WQRF News Update, April 23, 2013
Published: 2013/04/23
Channel: Dolly McCarthy
WQRF Fox 39 News:  Lawsuit Reform
WQRF Fox 39 News: Lawsuit Reform
Published: 2013/03/27
Channel: Dolly McCarthy
How to Get Gum Out of Hair - WQRF Fox 39 Rockford
How to Get Gum Out of Hair - WQRF Fox 39 Rockford
Published: 2012/07/25
Channel: Great Clips
Alexis McAdams News Reporter Reel
Alexis McAdams News Reporter Reel
Published: 2014/11/15
Channel: Alexis McAdams
WQRF/WTVO Dentist By 1 Interview
WQRF/WTVO Dentist By 1 Interview
Published: 2012/06/01
Channel: DeltaDentalIllinois
WQRF Rockford: Rep Kinzinger on suicide prevention
WQRF Rockford: Rep Kinzinger on suicide prevention
Published: 2016/05/10
Channel: RepAdamKinzinger
WQRF Rockford: Rauner Backs Down on OT Policy
WQRF Rockford: Rauner Backs Down on OT Policy
Published: 2016/08/04
Channel: seiuhealthcareilin
Chef David Ross at Rockford
Chef David Ross at Rockford's WTVO and WQRF
Published: 2015/10/29
Channel: Lake Lawn Resort
Judy Baar Topinka, Illinois Comptroller WQRF December 2011
Judy Baar Topinka, Illinois Comptroller WQRF December 2011
Published: 2011/12/01
Channel: JudyBaarTopinka
SwedishAmerican Motions30 SDLB WTVO WQRF
SwedishAmerican Motions30 SDLB WTVO WQRF
Published: 2014/03/21
Channel: WTVO/WQRF
WQRF-IL: Illinois Small Business Will Have To Pay Extra $25K Per Year Because Of ObamaCare
WQRF-IL: Illinois Small Business Will Have To Pay Extra $25K Per Year Because Of ObamaCare
Published: 2013/11/13
Channel: goptvclips
WQRF Rockford: "This veto does nothing for our economy"
WQRF Rockford: "This veto does nothing for our economy"
Published: 2016/08/31
Channel: seiuhealthcareilin
Sean Copeland WTVO/WQRF Videography Reel
Sean Copeland WTVO/WQRF Videography Reel
Published: 2016/04/28
Channel: sean copeland
Rockford Spine Center Posture Interview on WQRF Fox Morning Show
Rockford Spine Center Posture Interview on WQRF Fox Morning Show
Published: 2013/05/29
Channel: rockfordspine
WTVO 10pm News, March 21, 1984
WTVO 10pm News, March 21, 1984
Published: 2015/07/11
Channel: NewsActive3
WQRF FOX 39: Rep. Kinzinger Presents Awards to Family of Late Veteran
WQRF FOX 39: Rep. Kinzinger Presents Awards to Family of Late Veteran
Published: 2015/10/15
Channel: RepAdamKinzinger
PAN30 702140 2
PAN30 702140 2
Published: 2014/05/29
Channel: WTVO/WQRF
Alexi Giannoulias and Senator Dick Durbin Talk Jobs in Rockford - WQRF, 9/08
Alexi Giannoulias and Senator Dick Durbin Talk Jobs in Rockford - WQRF, 9/08
Published: 2010/09/13
Channel: AlexiforIllinois
Comfort Keepers Interactive Now Hiring
Comfort Keepers Interactive Now Hiring
Published: 2014/03/21
Channel: WTVO/WQRF
Dads and Grads    WQRF
Dads and Grads WQRF
Published: 2012/06/21
Channel: rob floyd
WQRF (Rockford): Overtime cuts on the way for home care providers
WQRF (Rockford): Overtime cuts on the way for home care providers
Published: 2016/04/27
Channel: seiuhealthcareilin
SXU football advances to NAIA Championships - WQRF (FOX), Rockford, IL News at 9 p.m., 2011-12-06
SXU football advances to NAIA Championships - WQRF (FOX), Rockford, IL News at 9 p.m., 2011-12-06
Published: 2011/12/07
Channel: Saint Xavier University
Betsy discusses Obamacare on WQRF
Betsy discusses Obamacare on WQRF
Published: 2013/11/05
Channel: RepAdamKinzinger
WTVO/WQRF Stateline Volunteers Spotlight: United Way
WTVO/WQRF Stateline Volunteers Spotlight: United Way
Published: 2014/05/19
Channel: United Way of Rock River Valley
Walking School Bus Route Sidewalk Improvement - WTVO/WQRF
Walking School Bus Route Sidewalk Improvement - WTVO/WQRF
Published: 2016/07/19
Channel: United Way of Rock River Valley
Heaven is Here book giveaway on WQRF Rockford
Heaven is Here book giveaway on WQRF Rockford
Published: 2013/07/16
Channel: EMGPromotionsOnline
Bergtrom Rockford Spotlight Discovery Center
Bergtrom Rockford Spotlight Discovery Center
Published: 2016/08/29
Channel: WTVO/WQRF
Anchor / Reporting Highlights
Anchor / Reporting Highlights
Published: 2013/10/17
Channel: Matt Rodewald
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WQRF-TV

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Rockford, Illinois
United States
Branding Fox 39 (general)
Eyewitness News (newscasts)
Bounce Rockford
(on DT2)
Slogan Two Stations. More Local News.
Channels Digital: 42 (UHF)
(to move to 36 (UHF))
Virtual: 39 (PSIP)
Subchannels 39.1 Fox
39.2 Bounce TV
39.3 Escape
Affiliations Fox (since 1989)
Owner Nexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date November 27, 1978 (38 years ago) (1978-11-27)
Call letters' meaning Quality RockFord
Sister station(s) WTVO, WCIA, WCIX, WHBF-TV, KLJB, KGCW, WMBD-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
39 (UHF, 1978–2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1978–1989)
Transmitter power 900 kW
910 kW (CP)
Height 148 m (486 ft)
148.1 m (486 ft) (CP)
Class DT
Facility ID 52408
Transmitter coordinates 42°17′14″N 89°10′15″W / 42.28722°N 89.17083°W / 42.28722; -89.17083
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website mystateline.com

WQRF-TV is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Rockford, Illinois, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 42 (or virtual channel 39 via PSIP) from a transmitter at its studios on North Meridian Road/IL 24 in Rockford. Owned by the Nexstar Media Group, WQRF operates ABC/MyNetworkTV affiliate WTVO, channel 17 (owned by Mission Broadcasting) through joint sales and shared services agreements (the two stations share studio facilities).

History[edit]

The station signed-on November 27, 1978 as the market's fourth television outlet, first broadcasting from studios located on Kishwaukee Street between State and 1st streets in downtown Rockford. It was the last full-power analog television station to sign-on in Rockford while other stations in the area since then have either been low-powered, cable-only, or a digital subchannels. Airing an analog signal on UHF channel 39, WQRF was founded by local businessman Marvin Palmquist. The channel allotment was previously used by WTVO from its sign-on in 1953 until 1967. It was promoted as an independent, "family-oriented" alternative to the area's big three network affiliates. Palmquist sold the station to Orion Broadcasting in 1984.

Overcoming a four-month wait to finally get on-the-air, WQRF's first program was an episode of the classic sitcom Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.. Among some of the earlier programs to also air on the station were I Love Lucy, The Bob Newhart Show, The Jeffersons, The Dick Van Dyke Show and first-run fare such as Entertainment Tonight, the original nighttime edition of Family Feud, The PTL Club and The 700 Club.

As it was the only Independent outlet in the market, WQRF stocked up much of its programming schedule with live sports including Major League Baseball (Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers), the NBA (Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks), NFL preseason action (Chicago Bears) and college sports (specifically Big Ten Conference football and basketball). Orion Broadcasting sold WQRF to Family Group Broadcasting in May 1986, sharing ownership and graphical imaging with WGBA-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin, WVFT-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, WPGX-TV in Panama City, Florida, WFGX-TV in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and WLAX-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The station later relocated its operations to a new building located on South Main Street/IL 2 in Rockford.

The station joined Fox in August 1989. Before then, cable subscribers watched Fox through Chicago's WFLD, Madison's WMSN-TV, or Milwaukee's WCGV-TV, depending on the location. Within four years of joining Fox, WQRF ranked as one of the network's highest-rated stations. On September 12 of that year, Family Group sold the station to Petracom Broadcasting. Petracom in turn sold it to Quorum Broadcasting in 1998.

With the expansion of Fox's primetime programming and the move of sports coverage to cable on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and its forerunners and the Big Ten Network, much of WQRF's off-network reruns from yesteryear and sports coverage had gradually disappeared. The station joined Nexstar as part of the company's acquisition of Quorum Broadcasting in late 2003. On November 22, 2004, Mission Broadcasting bought WTVO from Young Broadcasting for $21 million, entered into a shared services agreement with WQRF, with WQRF moving into WTVO's studio, though WQRF is technically the senior partner.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
39.1 720p 16:9 WQRF-DT Main WQRF-TV programming / Fox
39.2 480i 4:3 WQRF-D2 Bounce TV
39.3 WQRF-D3 Escape

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WQRF-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 39, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 42.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 39.

News operation[edit]

In March 2006, WTVO began producing the market's second prime time newscast on WQRF known as Fox 39 News at 9. The broadcast only aired on weeknights unlike the area's original prime time show that was seen every night on cable-only WB affiliate "WBR" (produced by WREX). This distinction made WQRF's news Rockford's first over-the-air newscast at 9. Competition between "WBR" and WQRF was short lived because, in late 2007, the former had its news canceled by WREX for an unknown reason. The time slot is currently used to replay the NBC outlet's weeknight 6 o'clock show on what is now CW affiliate WREX-DT2.

Another addition to local newscasts on WQRF occurred January 14, 2008 when WTVO launched Fox 39 Evening News at 6:30. This broadcast was seen weeknights and aired against the national broadcasts on the area's big three affiliates. Eventually, WQRF expanded Fox 39 News at 9 to a seven night operation and lengthened the weeknight version to a full hour. This station would eventually drop the 6:30 show for an unknown reason. WQRF's weeknight prime time newscast at 9 maintains a separate news anchor but features the same meteorologist and sports anchor as WTVO.

On March 5, 2012, WTVO launched a two-hour-long extension of its weekday morning show on WQRF. Known as Fox 39 News in the Morning, this can be seen from 7 until 9 offering a local alternative to the national morning programs that air on the area's big three outlets. WIFR was the first television station in Rockford to upgrade its newscasts to high definition followed by WREX on December 12, 2010. On December 18, 2012, WTVO and WQRF debuted a brand new set, news music package, and graphics scheme that is based on the Eyewitness News branding seen on other Nexstar/Mission television stations. On April 24, 2013, WQRF began broadcasting local news content in high definition.

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