The station that is now KCPQ originally signed on the air on August 2, 1953, as an NBC affiliate licensed to Tacoma on VHF channel 13 and was initially owned by Carl Haymond under the callsign KMO-TV (not to be confused with KOMO-TV, which would take the NBC affiliation on December 11, 1953), KMO-TV became independent after the switch.
After just a year, KMO-TV became KTVW in 1954 under new ownership. KTVW abruptly went off the air on December 12, 1974, per a bankruptcy judge's decision.
The remnants of the former KTVW were purchased by the Tacoma, Washington-based Clover Park School District, and channel 13 returned to the air as PBS member station KCPQ on January 4, 1976.
This logo was based off of then-Kelly Broadcasting sister station KCRA-TV's (Sacramento) logo. Kelly purchased KCPQ in early 1980; and went silent on February 28th of that year, and relaunched it as an independent station on November 4; it would align with the then-new Fox network on October 9, 1986.
This logo was introduced in the summer of 1991, and remained unchanged for a long time, with only minor changes along the way in its quarter-century of use.
Standalone "Q" logo.
Standalone "Q" logo, colored in black.
Horizontal print variant.
"Cool Like Us" ID (1995–1996)
Tribune Broadcasting purchased KCPQ from Kelly Broadcasting as part of its dissolution and exit from the television business in August. The deal was structured as a three-way transaction, in which Kelly sold the station to the Meredith Corporation, which then swapped it to Tribune in exchange for its Atlanta station WGNX (now WGCL-TV). Following the purchase of channel 13, Tribune merged KCPQ's operations with those of KTWB-TV (channel 22, now KZJO), which Tribune had acquired earlier in 1998. The two stations became co-owned in 1999, after the FCC began to allow same-market duopolies. Shortly before Tribune's purchase, KCPQ moved its headquarters from Tacoma to Lake Union in Seattle on September 13, 1997; despite the move, the station is still licensed to Tacoma to this day.
This logo was introduced after Fox Television Stations acquired KCPQ from Nexstar. The only minor change is the updated Fox wordmark used by the network.
Seen primarily on the website.
Dark-colored horizontal logo.
Dark-colored stacked logo.
Station ID/News Open 2020
The entire logo has been slightly modified for the first time since their ownership by Fox Television Stations in the early year, with the "Q" portion resembling the one originally used from 1980–1991. As of October 17, 2020, KCPQ is the only Fox owned-and-operated television station to have the network name in the general branding and only that, as the "Q13 News" branding remains separate from the general branding.
This potential logo, currently used on the FCC's online Public Inspection File for KCPQ (link) would have the station adopt the "FOX 13" branding to match the rest of the Fox O&Os and drop their longtime Q13 branding.