Madison, Wisconsin
Branding FOX 47
Slogan Your City / Your Source
Channels Analog: 47 (UHF)

Digital: 11 (VHF)

Affiliations FOX
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
Licensee WMSN Licensee, LLC
First air date June 8, 1986
Call letters' meaning MadiSoN (airport code for Madison's Dane County Airport/Truax Field)
Sister stations(s) WVTV & WCGV in Milwaukee, WI
Former Affiliations independent (1986)
Transmitter Power 1150 kW (analog)
15 kW (digital)
Height 450 m (analog)
471 m (digital)
Facility ID 10221
Website FOX 47's Website

WMSN-TV is a FOX station in Madison, Wisconsin; owned by the Sinclair Broadcasting Group, with studios & transmitter located on Madison's west side.

It's a typical FOX station, running primarily first run & off-network syndicated shows along with FOX programming & a 35-minute 9 PM newscast produced by WKOW-TV, an ABC affiliate owned by Quincy Newspapers.

Like it's Sinclair sister stations in Milwaukee (WVTV & WCGV-TV), WMSN still signs off @ night, doing so @ 2:05 AM Monday morning & returning to the air @ 5 AM.

WMSN broadcasts on analog ch. 47 & ch. 11 (or PSIP Virtual ch. 47.1). The station will continue analog broadcasts until the full US DTV transition takes place on June 12 2009; it's currently the only commercial station in Madison continuing regular analog TV broadcasts.

History Edit

WMSN began as an independent station before becoming affiliated with the FOX network.

WMSN is located on Big Sky Drive, the site of the former Big Sky Drive-In Theater. For several years, WMSN has broadcast "Big Sky Theater" on Saturday nights, featuring classic movies, mostly westerns, from the drive-in era.

Sinclair & FOX recently finalized a 6-year affiliation contract extension for Sinclair's 19 FOX affiliates, including WMSN. WMSN's affiliation contract now expires in March 2012.

Current On-air PersonalitiesEdit


  • Julie Lund (Weekday Anchor)
  • Brian Rodriguez (Weekend Anchor)
  • Carl Agnelly (Fill-In Anchor)


  • Laurie Mercurio (Chief Meteorologist)
  • Kelly Curran (Weekend Meteorologist)
  • Bob Lindmeier (Fill In Meteorologist)


  • Matt Zahn (Sports Director)
  • Brian Custar (Sports)
  • Jake Zimmermann (Sports)


  • Dan Cassuto/Newsroom
  • Jeff Angileri

Former On-air PersonalitiesEdit

  • Kim Sveum (now @ WKOW-TV in Madison, WI)
  • Mitch Weber (now @ WGBA in Green Bay, WI)
  • Jay Wilson (now @ WISC-TV in Madison, WI)
  • Marc Lovicott (now @ WISC-TV in Madison, WI)
  • Lisa Fielding (transferred to head anchor of Milwaukee sister station WVTV from 2003-2006; now @ WBBM (AM), Chicago, IL)
  • Chris Lezotte (now in sales @ WMSN-TV)
  • Andy Dorn (Meteorologist)

External linksEdit

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