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Madison, Wisconsin
Branding Fox 47 (general)
Fox 47 News (news)
Slogan Earlier is Better
Channels Digital: 49 (UHF)
Virtual: 47 (PSIP)
Affiliations 47.1 Fox
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
(WMSN Licensee, LLC)
First air date June 8, 1986
Call letters’ meaning MadiSoN
Former channel number(s) 47 (UHF analog, 1986-2009)
11 (VHF digital, 2005-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1986)
Transmitter Power 280 kW
Height 469 m
Facility ID 10221
Transmitter Coordinates 43°3′21″N 89°32′6″W / 43.05583°N 89.535°W / 43.05583; -89.535

WMSN-TV is the Fox-affiliated television station for Madison, Wisconsin. It broadcasts a high definition signal on UHF channel 49 from a transmitter in the Middleton Junction section of the city.

Owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the station has studios on Big Sky Drive in Madison. Syndicated programming on WMSN includes: Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, Judge Judy, and Judge Joe Brown.



The station began as an independent on June 8, 1986 before joining Fox as a charter affiliate on October 9. Their owner Sinclair and the network recently finalized a six-year affiliation contract extension for the company's nineteen Fox affiliates including WMSN. The affiliation contract now expires in March 2012. The station continued analog broadcasts on UHF channel 47 until the full DTV transition took place on June 12, 2009. It was the last full-power station in Madison to transmit regular analog television broadcasts maintaining its signal after the FCC urged one commercial analog signal to remain in the market until the full transition. The other commercial stations in Madison converted to digital the week of February 17 while public station WHA-TV converted on April 5.

Due in part to interference concerns with fellow Fox affiliate WLUK-TV, which transmits on VHF channel 11 from Green Bay, WMSN filed a construction permit to move its digital signal to UHF channel 49. Like its Sinclair sister stations in Milwaukee (WVTV and WCGV), WMSN still signs-off at night doing so at 2:05 in the morning and returning to the air at 5. Their studios are located on Big Sky Drive on the site of the former Big Sky Drive-In Theater. For several years, they have broadcast Big Sky Theater on Saturday nights featuring classic movies, mostly westerns, from the drive-in era.


ABC affiliate WKOW-TV produces a nightly prime time newscast on WMSN. It originates from a secondary set at that station's facilities on Tokay Boulevard in Madison.

Their news open.

Fox 47 News at 9 (9 to 9:35 P.M.)

  • Anchor:
    • Julie Lund
  • Weather:
    • Laurie Mercurio
  • Sports:
    • Matt Zahn
  • Reporter:
    • Jeff Angileri


  • Anchor:
    • Brian Rodriguez
  • Weather:
    • TBD
  • Sports:
    • Brian Custar
  • Reporter:
    • Jeff Angileri

WMSN features additional news personnel from WKOW. See that article for a complete listing.


Former personalities

  • Kim Sveum - anchor (now focus reporter at WKOW)
  • Andy Dorn - meteorologist
  • Kelly Curran - meteorologist and reporter (now at WICS)
  • Jake Zimmermann - Sports Director seen weeknights (now same at WKOW)
  • Mitch Weber - now at WGBA-TV
  • Jay Wilson - now at WISC-TV
  • Marc Lovicott - now at WISC
  • Lisa Fielding - transferred to head anchor at WVTV from 2003-2006 and currently anchoring various shifts on WBBM-AM
  • Chris Lezotte - now in sales at WMSN

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