KTVW abruptly went off the air on December 12, 1974, per a bankruptcy judge's decision.
The remnants of the former KTWV 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.
Logo based off of then-Kelly Broadcasting sister station KCRA-TV's (Sacramento) logo. Kelly purchased KCPQ in early 1980, and reactivated it as an independent station on November 4, 1980; it would align with the then-new Fox Network on October 9, 1986.
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. Around the time of the Tribune's purchase, KCPQ moved its headquarters from Tacoma to Lake Union in Seattle; despite the move, the station is still licensed to Tacoma to this day.