WISN-TV

WISN-TV, virtual channel 12 (UHF digital channel 34), is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. Owned by the Hearst Television subsidiary of Hearst Communications, it is the second-oldest television station to remain with the company in all of its various iterations behind WBAL-TV in Baltimore. WISN's studios are located on North 19th Street on the west end of the Marquette University campus, and its transmitter is located at Lincoln Park in the northeastern part of Milwaukee (next to the Weigel Broadcasting tower, which is used by CBS affiliate WDJT-TV, channel 58, and its sister stations).

WISN-TV
WISN 2012 Logo
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
BrandingWISN 12 (general)
WISN 12 News (newscasts)
SloganLeading the Way with Important Local Coverage (news)
WISN 12: One of America's Leading ABC Stations (general)
ChannelsDigital: 34 (UHF)
(to move to 28 (UHF))
Virtual: 12 (PSIP)
Subchannels(see article)
AffiliationsABC (since 1977; also from 1954–1961)
OwnerHearst Television
(WISN Hearst Television Inc.)
First air dateOctober 27, 1954
Call letters' meaningThe WISconsin News
(former Milwaukee newspaper owned by Hearst, that merged with The Milwaukee Sentinel)
Former callsignsWTVW (1954–1955)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
12 (VHF, 1954–2009)
Former affiliationsPrimary:
CBS (1961–1977)
Secondary:
DuMont (1954–1955)
Transmitter power1,000 kW
940 kW (CP)
Height302.7 m (993 ft)
304.7 m (1,000 ft) (CP)
Facility ID65680
Transmitter coordinates43°6′42″N 87°55′42″W / 43.11167°N 87.92833°WCoordinates: 43°6′42″N 87°55′42″W / 43.11167°N 87.92833°W
43°6′41.9″N 87°55′41.6″W / 43.111639°N 87.928222°W (CP)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile
CDBS
Websitewww.wisn.com

History

First tenure with ABC

The station first signed on the air on October 27, 1954 as WTVW (for its on-air slogan "Wisconsin's TeleVision Window"). WTVW's transmitter building was built under a tent, as rain had threatened to delay construction. After the building was finished, a second tent was erected, and used for live automobile commercials, until it collapsed one day in early 1955. In early 1955, the station was purchased by the Hearst Corporation, publishers of The Milwaukee Sentinel and owners of WISN radio (1130 AM); the new owners changed channel 12's call letters to WISN-TV, after its radio sister (whose calls were derived from now-defunct newspaper The Wisconsin News, which merged with the Sentinel 15 years prior to its sign-on;[1] the WTVW calls are now used by the CW-affiliated station in Evansville, Indiana). The station originally operated as a primary ABC affiliate with a secondary DuMont affiliation.[2] WISN-TV lost the DuMont affiliation when that network ceased operations in 1956, leaving it exclusively with ABC.

In January 1958, WISN-TV became the flagship station of the Badger Television Network, a three-station network serving Wisconsin that also included WFRV-TV in Green Bay and WKOW-TV in Madison.[2] Programs broadcast by the network included Homemaker's Holiday, a quiz show hosted by Charlie Hanson; Good Housekeeping, hosted by Trudy Beilfuss titled after the Hearst magazine of the same name; and Pretzel Party, a variety program originally hosted by Larry Clark. All three programs originated from WISN-TV's studios. During March 1958, the network also aired Senate Investigation Committee hearings during late-night hours. The network ceased operations on August 8, 1958.[2] WISN-TV and WISN radio would gain an FM radio sister when Hearst signed on WISN-FM (97.3, now WRNW) in 1961.

Switch to CBS

In 1961, CBS decided to affiliate with WISN-TV, as its sister radio station had been a longtime affiliate of the CBS Radio Network. As a result, Storer Broadcasting-owned WITI-TV (channel 6) and WISN swapped networks: channel 12 switched its affiliation to CBS and channel 6 became an ABC affiliate on April 2, 1961.[3] During channel 12's time with CBS, it served as the default home station for the NFL's Green Bay Packers for the Milwaukee market, and airing the team's first two Super Bowl appearances (also the first two Super Bowl games in NFL history); it was succeeded and preceded in this stead by WITI.

Hearst sold the Milwaukee Sentinel to Journal Publishing (the publishers of the Milwaukee Journal) in 1962, retaining WISN-TV and WISN radio. The Journal also competed with the Sentinel (both of which were eventually consolidated into the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 1995) in broadcasting as owners of WTMJ radio (620 AM) and WTMJ-TV (channel 4), which Journal operated until April 1, 2015, when Journal and E. W. Scripps Company merged and split their assets into the broadcast-specific Scripps company, and publishing operations into the short-lived Journal Media Group, which merged only a year later into Gannett.

WISN-TV-Logo-Straight
WISN-TV's main logo since the switch to ABC was announced in 1976, used solely for news imaging from 2006 to 2012. It returned into use as the main logo on all programming on September 17, 2012, paired with the WISN calls to the left in Hearst's trademark Bank Gothic font, which has been used by the station since 1994 for various elements. The ABC circle logo is added to the station-generated bug for syndicated programming.
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WISN's 'contemporary 12' logo, used from 2006 as the station ID at the start of its newscasts, entertainment programming, and as the logo bug used during ABC network programs. Slowly fading from use after the station's September 2012 re-imaging.

Second tenure with ABC

On September 26, 1976, CBS announced it was moving its Milwaukee affiliation back to WITI-TV.[4] Storer Broadcasting had much better relations with CBS than it reportedly had with ABC; weeks earlier, ABC opted to drop Storer's San Diego station KCST-TV from the network after a four-year dispute stemming from KCST's successful battle to strip that market's ABC affiliation from XETV-TV in nearby Tijuana, Mexico. Meanwhile, ABC had become the top-rated television network in the United States, thanks in large part to two Milwaukee-set sitcoms: Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. WISN-TV and ABC agreed to a new affiliation contract about a month later;[5] the two stations swapped networks once again on March 27, 1977. WISN even used Happy Days star Henry Winkler (in character as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli) to herald its return to ABC with the slogan "Happy Days are Here Again" in on-air and print campaigns leading up to the switch. To this day, WISN-TV has been one of ABC's most successful affiliates, and bills itself as such in its own promotions.

Around the same time, the station was the first which utilized newscast composer Frank Gari's "Hello News" package, which included an imaging song individualized to each market's city; in this case "Hello Milwaukee", which remains well-remembered and remains used in various ways by WISN-TV to the present day, and was cited as one of the factors in driving viewers to the station in the late 1970s and allowing it to be competitive.[6]

For most of its years with ABC, the station did not include the network's logo next to theirs, branding solely with the channel number and/or call letters vocally and visually (outside of network-created radio promos which listed the station as "12 ABC") until 2012, when the network began to contractually require the ABC logo be included with any affiliate's logo redesign. In November 2014, the station unveiled their current logo with the call letters beneath the long-used "12" logo form and the ABC logo on the right side of the "12" number mark, the first with the ABC logo blended in for all uses, including for news and entertainment programming, and ending a long run where the station's call letters were rendered in Bank Gothic font. Vocally, the station remains "WISN 12". The station is among the few in the nation which has their logo in a transparent bug at all times, including ABC network and news programming, though not during commercial breaks or paid programming.

Channel 12 was the first commercial station in the market to produce a high-definition broadcast, airing the Summerfest "Big Bang" fireworks show in HD on June 29, 2006.[7] Milwaukee Public Television assisted WISN-TV in the production of the broadcast, and have continued to do so each year since, with additional help from sister stations in Sacramento and Boston in later years.

Hearst sold WISN radio and what by then became WLTQ to Clear Channel Communications in 1997, and the third floor WLTQ/WISN radio studios were vacated in 2000 after their move to the expanded WOKY facility in Greenfield. All ties between WISN-TV and its former sister radio stations were severed when a longtime agreement with channel 12 to provide forecasts for WISN (AM) and the then-WQBW (now WRNW) and four others within Clear Channel's Milwaukee radio cluster ended on July 27, 2009 (though WRNW continues to transmit from WISN-TV's tower), as WITI began its own weather/news content agreement with the stations.[8] WISN-TV then began a news content agreement with Saga Communications for its five area radio stations (WKLH, WHQG, WJMR-FM, WJYI and WNRG-FM).[9] Due to the now separate ownership of the two stations, WISN-TV's news staff disclaim both on-air and through their social networking channels that the station has no connections with WISN radio's conservative talk format other than sharing the same call letters, a point of contention and confusion during events such as live shots at the Wisconsin State Capitol for the 2011 state budget debate.[10]

In February 2014, the station added an SAP audio channel, allowing the station to carry ABC programming featuring audio description or a Spanish-language dub, and complying with the FCC's requirements to offer audio description.

Summer 2012 Time Warner Cable carriage dispute

As Hearst and Time Warner Cable entered into a retransmission consent dispute that resulted in Hearst's stations being removed from TWC's systems in certain markets on July 10, 2012, WISN was not immediately removed from its Milwaukee area systems in an eleventh hour announcement, as the direct fiber connection between WISN and TWC is also provided by the cable provider to Charter Communications (which serves outer portions of the market such as western Waukesha County and most of Washington, Fond du Lac and Sheboygan Counties) under a side agreement between the providers which TWC and Hearst were contractually obligated to honor.[11] It was the only Hearst station to remain on TWC during the dispute, but with both Start Over video on demand and the ability to record station programming to TWC DVRs completely removed.[12] Charter then tried to pursue a different method of transmitting WISN's signal to remove itself as an intermediary from the dispute,[13] and was able to make the arrangements by July 12,[14] allowing WISN's removal from Time Warner Cable one day later, with WISN's SD and HD channel slots replaced with Hallmark Movie Channel. The dispute was resolved on July 19, returning the station to TWC's systems that evening.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[15]
12.1 1080i 16:9 WISN-TV Main WISN-TV programming / ABC
12.2 480i WISN-SD Justice Network

WISN is one of several Hearst-owned stations that broadcasts its digital signal in the 1080i high definition format, instead of ABC's preferred 720p resolution format. WISN's Hearst-owned sister ABC affiliates WCVB-TV in Boston, WMUR-TV in Manchester, New Hampshire, WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, KMBC-TV in Kansas City, KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City and KETV in Omaha also broadcast HD programming in this format. WISN-TV began transmitting its digital signal in the 1080i format in mid-June 2011.

WISN-TV was one of the few Hearst-owned stations that never carried any digital subchannels until August 2014; because of Weigel Broadcasting's presence in the market, the station has not been included in affiliation agreements involving Hearst stations to carry Weigel's MeTV (carried on both WBME-CD and WDJT-DT2, along with Tribune Broadcasting's This TV (which was formerly owned by Weigel; Tribune has owned WITI since December 2013, and This TV is currently carried on WYTU-LD2). WISN did not utilize Hearst's now-defunct "More TV" subchannel station format as the market has an independent station of its own (WMLW-TV channel 49, which is also owned by Weigel); similarly, it never ran The Local AccuWeather Channel during Hearst's agreements to carry the network on its other stations due to WTMJ-TV and WMVS (channel 10) sharing local carriage rights to the network.

On August 4, 2014, WISN added a 12.2 subchannel for the first time which features Weigel's newest network, Movies!, a 24-hour film network; the network aired since its launch in May 2013 over WMLW-DT3.[16] The subchannel began to be carried on Charter channel 180 as of September 23, 2014. Because the subchannel did not acquire coverage on legacy Time Warner Cable systems until March 27, 2018 on channel 985 (Charter and Time Warner merged into Spectrum in the spring of 2017), WISN has continued to air ABC programming delayed by pre-planned local programming or breaking news and weather situations during the weekends on the main station and not utilizing WISN-DT2 for those purposes.

As of March 2015, WISN-DT2 began to carry Entertainment Tonight Weekend on Sunday mornings, along with an hour-delayed replay of the station's Sunday morning 8 a.m. newscast; the former assures that ET Weekend, which is often subject to pre-emption on the weekends, airs in some form on WISN. Severe weather coverage is also simulcast on WISN-DT2.

On September 1, 2018, WISN replaced their Movies! subchannel with the true crime-focused Justice Network.[17] Movies! returned to a Weigel station in the market two days after, airing on WYTU-LD3.[18]

Analog-to-digital conversion

WISN-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 12, at 8:30 a.m. on June 12, 2009 (the transition was led by a retrospective on the station's history narrated by former longtime anchor Jerry Taff, followed by a still of digital transition information that remained until noon, when its analog transmitter was permanently shut down). The station's digital signal continued to broadcasts on its pre-transition UHF channel 34.[19][20] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 12. The channel 12 frequency was subsequently used as the post-transition digital signal of WBBM-TV in Chicago.

On May 17, 2010, WISN-TV filed an application to upgrade its digital transmitter's power to 1 megawatt, mainly to place the station's digital antenna at the taller height of the dormant analog antenna, which would be replaced by a new digital unit.[21] The analog antenna was removed in September 2010, and the digital antenna was activated from the new placement in early October 2010.

Programming

WISN-TV presently clears the entire ABC schedule; however, it airs the Litton Weekend Adventure block on Saturdays at its recommended times due to the July 31, 2010 expansion of its weekend morning newscasts, and airs This Week with George Stephanopoulos on a half-hour delay (9:30–10:30) on Sunday mornings. Until January 2019, WISN aired Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Nightline on a half-hour delay to accommodate the station's then-hour-long 10 p.m. newscast.

During its tenure with CBS, WISN-TV cleared most of the network's programs; although by the early 1970s, it would preempt Search for Tomorrow (which moved to a late afternoon slot until it was dropped in 1973) in order to expand its daytime talk show Dialing for Dollars, and would preempt or delay several primetime programs to run Marquette University and Milwaukee Bucks basketball games.

From September 2006 until the program was dropped by ABC on August 28, 2010, WISN preempted ABC Kids broadcasts of the Power Rangers series due to lack of E/I content (as was common with Hearst's other ABC stations); the station tape-delayed Kim Possible and Power Rangers SPD for broadcast on early Monday mornings before World News Now during the 2005–06 season for the same reason.

The station airs most of the highest-rated programs in syndication and because of this has usually had very-limited turnover in its schedule each fall for the last few years, with syndicated programs presently including Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Dr. Oz Show, Steve, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Rachael Ray among others (Rachael Ray moved from WISN in September 2016 after airing on WDJT for its entire run previously after Katie and Meredith Vieira were unable to spark viewer interest in the post-General Hospital timeslot after the network gave up control of it in 2012; it moved to overnights for the 2018–19 season due to the station's new 11 a.m. newscast overfilling its daytime schedule).

WISN was the flagship station for the Wisconsin Lottery from the agency's inception in 1989, playing host to the state lottery drawings and the weekly Wisconsin Lottery Money Game game show (later known as The Super Money Game Show). The lottery discontinued the Money Game at the end of 2003 due to budget cuts, and televised drawings were dropped at the same time, with the drawings moving to the state lottery offices in Madison. WISN continues to announce the lottery numbers on-screen after the drawing is held on a bottom-screen ticker during programs airing in the 6:30 p.m. timeslot and during the 10:30 p.m. half-hour of the late newscast, and also broadcasts Powerball drawings only in the case of a record-breaking jackpot pool.

The station ran The Oprah Winfrey Show from 1994 until the show ended in 2011, through a groupwide distribution deal with most of Hearst's stations, and aired Dr. Phil from its September 2002 premiere until September 2011, when it moved to WDJT-TV (channel 58). On September 8, 2008, WISN became the first Milwaukee station to broadcast syndicated programming in high definition. Later that year, the station became the first in the market with HD tape-delay and character generator capabilities.

WISN has made the claim based on market size and household ratings percentages by Nielsen Media Research that it is among the top-rated ABC affiliates in the nation (an honor that was shared with WPTA-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana).[22] In fact, ABC's three highest-rated affiliates are all owned by Hearst (WISN, KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City and KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Missouri). "One of America's Leading ABC Stations" had been the station's slogan until September 24, 2007, the top-rated station claim returned in on-air voiceovers in late 2009 until the station upgraded its newscasts to widescreen SD in late 2010. The slogan returned once again to on-air use at the start of 2014.

Sports programming

WISN has been the local over-the-air broadcaster of Monday Night Football games involving the Green Bay Packers since 2006,[23] airing simulcasts of ESPN-televised games (the same arrangement was in place for the December 2007 NFL Network telecast of the Packers' matchup with the Dallas Cowboys). Hearst holds a 20% ownership stake in ESPN (the network's remaining ownership interest is held by ABC parent The Walt Disney Company), and the company (as with ABC for its owned-and-operated stations) have right of first refusal for simulcasts of ESPN's NFL telecasts in a team's home market, which it has never declined for WISN (in these situations, the station reschedules ABC's Monday lineup: Dancing with the Stars airs after the late newscast on the night of its original broadcast with a voting window opened up for the Milwaukee market, while it airs the hour-long drama that follows that weekend in the afternoon). The station also airs Inside the Huddle from Green Bay Fox affiliate WLUK-TV.

WISN also carried 12 Milwaukee Brewers Sunday baseball games during the 2003 season,[24] sharing over-the-air rights with WCGV-TV (channel 24, which carried the remaining 38 games out of the 50 telecasts). All telecasts were produced by the team's longtime cable rights holder, Fox Sports Wisconsin.

The station also has a branding alliance with ESPN Radio affiliate WAUK (540 AM), which carries a daily program hosted by sports director Dan Needles, including a co-marketed spotlight high school sports "game of the week" (in men's basketball or football, depending on season) under Hearst's "Operation Football" high school sports branding, which airs live Friday evenings on WAUK. As part of this, The Big 12 Sports Show with 540 ESPN, a sports talk program hosted by Needles and radio partner Drew Olson that provides analysis on the next day's Packer game and acts as a post-game or pre-game for that day's Badger football game, along with coverage of other sports, airs before ABC primetime on Saturday evenings.[25]

The station also aired Milwaukee Bucks telecasts, from 1971 to 1976, primarily containing selected road games, as well as selected playoff contests.

News operation

WISN 12 News Intro
WISN 12 News newscast title card

WISN-TV presently broadcasts 34 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with five hours each weekday and 4½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); WISN is one of the few Hearst-owned stations that carries a hour-long midday newscast. The station utilizes two weather radars as part of its "Doppler 12 Radar Network", using radar sites based at the National Weather Service forecast office in Sullivan, and atop Froedtert's Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, which is operated by the station.

Longtime anchor Jerry Taff retired in May 2005, as WISN's newscasts began to climb in the ratings. Its success stems from hiring popular local anchors and reporters released from other stations, a stronger ABC schedule, and a period of change at rival WTMJ-TV due to NBC's weaker ratings and changes in its newsroom staff. The station's biggest hire came when longtime WTMJ anchor Mike Gousha joined channel 12 in 2007, a year after he retired as WTMJ's evening news anchor in order to focus on his new position as a distinguished fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University.[26] Gousha served as a political analyst for WISN, and hosted the Sunday morning program UpFront with Mike Gousha, which is a mix of the interview segments familiar to viewers of his former WTMJ program Sunday Night, and local political analysis.[27] Hearst syndicated the show to other stations statewide, and in August 2010 all of the stations involved (along with Milwaukee Public Television, which provided technical assistance with HD production) broadcast a Gousha-moderated forum for the Wisconsin Republican gubernatorial candidates called the UpFront Town Hall Challenge from Marquette's new law building, which was purposefully structured to avoid classification as a traditional debate where either candidate could use the format to "sell" themselves. The format was repeated in October 2010 between the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor and U.S. Senate.

WISN has gradually expanded its newscast schedule since 2007, and is unusual in programming hour-long newscasts, starting that year with a Sunday at 10 p.m. broadcast and for a time, an hour-long Saturday 6 p.m. newscast (the 6:30 p.m. half-hour currently features either On the Money or 12 Sports Saturday). On July 30, 2010, WISN, like most of its ABC-affiliated sister stations under Hearst did on that date, added a one-hour extension of its weekend morning newscast from 8 to 9 a.m. On September 6, 2010, WISN expanded its weekday morning newscast a half-hour early to 4:30 a.m., extending the program to ​2 12 hours.[28]

On April 21, 2009, the station began using full-time pillarboxing with the station logo and callsign on the respective sides of the screen for newscasts and other standard definition programming.[29] Afterwards, the station began to slowly implement 16:9 graphical elements; in March 2010, WISN-TV unveiled 16:9-optimized weather alert graphics to allow programs to continue to be shown in HD rather than force a downscale to a modified 4:3 mode in which the program was displayed in 3:3 (to much viewer complaint over the years, especially with ABC primetime programming), with the weather warnings taking up the remainder of the screen. News tickers and logo bugs were also later upgraded; the only HD news segments until late June 2011 aired on its newscasts the day of the Summerfest "Big Bang" fireworks show, usually scenic and human interest pieces, along with Milwaukee Public Television co-productions. On October 10, 2010, the station began broadcasting its newscasts in 16:9 widescreen standard definition, with the pillarboxes being removed. Then on June 28, 2011, WISN-TV became the third station in Milwaukee (behind WTMJ-TV and WITI) to begin broadcasting its newscasts in high definition. Footage shot in-studio is broadcast in HD, while all news video from on-remote locations was initially upconverted to widescreen standard definition for broadcast. Since 2012, the station has upgraded its mobile units and field cameras to HD as equipment has needed replacement. In May 2013, the station unveiled its first HD skycam, overlooking the downtown Cathedral Square Park.

On January 24, 2011, WISN-TV expanded its 10 p.m. newscast to one hour (becoming the third Hearst-owned station with an hour-long late local newscast, along with Albuquerque's KOAT and Honolulu's KITV).[30] This bumped Access Hollywood from its longtime 10:30 p.m. slot to 12:30 a.m., resulting in NBCUniversal Television Distribution asking for an opt-out from the program's syndication contract with WISN to move Access, ending up on WTMJ at 6:30 p.m. on April 11, 2011[31] (Access aired at 1:37 a.m. from January 2013 until September 2014 due to WTMJ's January 2013 relaunch of its 6:30 p.m. newscast as the newsmagazine Wisconsin Tonight; it now airs on WITI in late night at 4:00 a.m.).

On September 10, 2018, the station added an hour-long 11 a.m. local newscast leading into GMA Day (now "Strahan and Sara"), which coincided with the station introducing a next generation news set, replacing one utilized since October 2001 with multiple re-facings and equipment replacements in the interim.[32] On January 14, 2019, the station reduced its 10 p.m. newscast to the standard 35 minutes (likely due to its current ABC affiliation agreement), allowing WISN-TV to carry the ABC late night lineup "live" and in pattern for the first time in the station's history. The station will also begin to air a nightly 9 p.m. newscast on WISN-DT2 in the spring, joining WITI and WMLW-TV (via WDJT) in carrying news at that time.[33]

Notable former on-air staff

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External links

Badger Television Network

The Badger Television Network was an American state network that operated for eight months from January 1958 until it ceased operations on August 8 of that year. The regional television network was made up of three television stations in Wisconsin, WISN-TV (channel 12) in Milwaukee, WFRV-TV (channel 5, now a CBS affiliate) in Neenah/Green Bay and WKOW-TV (channel 27) in Madison. All three stations at the time were affiliates of ABC.

Programs broadcast by the network included Homemaker's Holiday, a quiz show hosted by Charlie Hanson; Good Housekeeping, a lifestyle program hosted by Trudy Beilfuss based on WISN-TV's sister publication via the Hearst Corporation; and Pretzel Party, a variety program originally hosted by Larry Clark. All three programs originated from Milwaukee affiliate WISN-TV. During March 1958, the network also aired Senate Investigating Committee hearings during late-night hours.

Ben Tracy

Benjamin Sampair Tracy (born July 16, 1976) has been a CBS News national correspondent since January 2008. He is based in Beijing and covers the eastern news, primarily for the CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor and CBS This Morning.

Tracy was a reporter for WCCO-TV, the CBS-owned station in Minneapolis, where he was a member of the station's investigative team, covering many major stories, including the methamphetamine epidemic and the collapse of the 35W bridge.

During that time, he also was a contributor to the Saturday Early Show, to which he brought his signature "Good Question" segment, started at WCCO-TV, to a national audience. Tracy also reported for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric on the collapse of the I-35W bridge and flooding in southern Minnesota.

Before joining WCCO-TV, Tracy worked as a reporter at WISN-TV Milwaukee and WBAY-TV Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is the recipient of five Emmy Awards and the Alfred DuPont-Columbia award for excellence in broadcast journalism.

Tracy was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from St. Thomas Academy and later from Marquette University with bachelor's degrees in broadcast journalism and political science and with a master's degree in public service. Tracy lives in Los Angeles.

Channel 12 virtual TV stations in the United States

The following television stations operate on virtual channel 12 in the United States:

K03CS-D in Broadus, Montana

K04DD-D in Weaverville, California

K04PJ-D in Hesperus, Colorado

K05GQ-D in Kooskia, Idaho

K08PF-D in Leamington, Utah

K08PK-D in Bullhead City, Arizona

K09JG-D in Malta, Montana

K09YI-D in Gillette, Wyoming

K10AD-D in Vallecito, Colorado

K11WM-D in Townsend, Montana

K11WP-D in San Francisco, California

K14IO-D in Pierre, South Dakota

K15AS-D in Saco, Montana

K15BP-D in Grants Pass, Oregon

K15DS-D in Newport, etc., Oregon

K15KJ-D in Gold Hill, Oregon

K17BA-D in Yreka, California

K17GV-D in Rainier, Oregon

K17JI-D in Fresno, California

K18GU-D in Ottumwa, Iowa

K18KT-D in Chinook, Montana

K19GA-D in Susanville, etc., California

K20BP-D in Phillips County, Montana

K20GT-D in Indian Village, New Mexico

K20HT-D in Rockaway Beach, Oregon

K21BG-D in Jacksonville, Oregon

K21DE-D in Seaside-Astoria, Oregon

K21EG-D in Golden Valley, Arizona

K21LW-D in Gazelle, California

K23AA-D in Beatrice, Nebraska

K23DK-D in Meadview, Arizona

K23HT-D in St. Maries, Idaho

K24GO-D in Blair, Nebraska

K24IM-D in Keosauqua, Iowa

K25GE-D in Durango, Colorado

K25MK-D in Camp Verde, Arizona

K25MZ-D in Conrad, Montana

K25OP-D in Kellogg, Idaho

K26GF-D in Peach Springs, Arizona

K26OD-D in Globe, Arizona

K27JJ-D in Forbes/Jasper County, Texas

K28GT-D in Crownpoint, New Mexico

K28JD-D in Fort Madison, Iowa

K29KD-D in Delta, Utah

K30EK-D in Dulce & Lumberton, New Mexico

K30EW-D in Monument, etc., Oregon

K30LC-D in Tampico, etc., Montana

K30MW-D in Sweetgrass, etc., Montana

K31KM-D in Colorado Springs, Colorado

K32DK-D in Watertown, South Dakota

K33AC-D in Pawnee City, Nebraska

K33FS-D in La Grande, Oregon

K34DN-D in Whitewater, Montana

K35CR-D in Tillamook, etc., Oregon

K35EI-D in Dolan Springs, Arizona

K35FO-D in Milton-Freewater, Oregon

K35JX-D in Westwood, California

K35LB-D in Lakeshore, California

K35MJ-D in Grangeville, Idaho

K36CW-D in Dodson, Montana

K36HM-D in Fort Dick, California

K38MY-D in St. James, Minnesota

K39EW-D in Gallup, New Mexico

K40AJ-D in Baker Valley, Oregon

K40GE-D in Pagosa Springs, Colorado

K40MP-D in Madras, Oregon

K41MU-D in La Grande, Oregon

K42CQ-D in Chloride, Arizona

K42DD-D in Joplin, Montana

K42IK-D in Tohatchi, New Mexico

K43GE-D in Juliaetta, Idaho

K43GQ-D in Klagetoh, Arizona

K44AB-D in Keokuk, Iowa

K44JP-D in Cottage Grove, Oregon

K46FG-D in Falls City, Nebraska

K46FM-D in Bayfield, Colorado

K46GI-D in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

K47MA-D in Terrace Lakes, Idaho

K48MN-D in Boulder, Colorado

K48NO-D in Fillmore, etc., Utah

K49CT-D in Paradise, California

K49ET-D in Many Farms, Arizona

K49JG-D in Frost, Minnesota

K49LO-D in Red Lake, Minnesota

K49MI-D in Pendleton, Oregon

K50CE-D in Hood River, Oregon

K50CY-D in Kingman, Arizona

K50IV-D in Cortez, Colorado

K50KL-D in Jackson, Minnesota

K51BV-D in Cave Junction, Oregon

K51EH-D in The Dalles, Oregon

K51HQ-D in Parowan/Enoch/Para, Utah

K51HY-D in Lewiston, Idaho

K57FO-D in Garden Valley, Idaho

KBDI-TV in Broomfield, Colorado

KBMT in Beaumont, Texas

KBMT-LD in Beaumont, Texas

KCCW-TV in Walker, Minnesota

KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California

KDRV in Medford, Oregon

KETZ in El Dorado, Arkansas

KEYC-TV in Mankato, Minnesota

KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

KGTF in Hagåtña, Guam

KHSL-TV in Chico, California

KIIN in Iowa City, Iowa

KMAU in Wailuku, Hawaii

KMYU in St. George, Utah

KNRR in Pembina, North Dakota

KOBF in Farmington, New Mexico

KODE-TV in Joplin, Missouri

KPNX in Mesa, Arizona

KPSN-LD in Payson, Arizona

KPTV in Portland, Oregon

KQSL-LD in San Rafael, California

KRNE-TV in Merriman, Nebraska

KSAT-TV in San Antonio, Texas

KSGW-TV in Sheridan, Wyoming

KSLA in Shreveport, Louisiana

KSQA in Topeka, Kansas

KTBV-LD in Los Angeles, California

KTRV-TV in Nampa, Idaho

KTTM in Huron, South Dakota

KTVH-DT in Helena, Montana

KTWC-LD in Crockett, Texas

KTXE-LD in San Angelo, Texas

KTXS-TV in Sweetwater, Texas

KUID-TV in Moscow, Idaho

KUIL-LD in Beaumont, Texas

KUON-TV in Lincoln, Nebraska

KUTF in Logan, Utah

KVHP-LD in Jasper, Texas

KVIH-TV in Clovis, New Mexico

KVOS-TV in Bellingham, Washington

KWCH-DT in Hutchinson, Kansas

KWET in Cheyenne, Oklahoma

KXII in Sherman, Texas

KXIP-LD in Paris, Texas

KXMB-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota

KYAV-LD in Palm Springs, California

W05AW-D in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands

W14DF-D in Elliottsburg, Pennsylvania

W16CO-D in Middleburg, Pennsylvania

W21CX-D in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

WBNG-TV in Binghamton, New York

WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, West Virginia

WBQP-CD in Pensacola, Florida

WCTI-TV in New Bern, North Carolina

WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee

WDNV-LD in Athens, Georgia

WHYY-TV in WIlmington, Delaware

WICU-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania

WILL-TV in Urbana, Illinois

WINM in Angola, Indiana

WISN-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

WJFW-TV in Rhinelander, Wisconsin

WJRT-TV in Flint, Michigan

WJTV in Jackson, Mississippi

WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio

WMAE-TV in Booneville, Mississippi

WMEB-TV in Orono, Maine

WOLE-DT in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

WPEC in West Palm Beach, Florida

WPRI-TV in Providence, Rhode Island

WPRQ-LD in Clarksdale, Mississippi

WRDW-TV in Augusta, Georgia

WSFA in Montgomery, Alabama

WTJX-TV in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands

WTLV in Jacksonville, Florida

WWBT in Richmond, Virginia

WWDG-CD in Rome, New York

WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

WYES-TV in New Orleans, LouisianaThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly operated on virtual channel 12:

K09WP-D in Checkerboard, Montana

K17LN-D in Gold Beach, Oregon

K20BI-D in Nesika Beach, Oregon

K22LB-D in Squaw Valley, Oregon

K40IK-D in Wallowa, Oregon

K43NZ-D in Port Orford, Oregon

WPXU-LD in Amityville, New York

Channel 34 digital TV stations in the United States

The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 34 in the United States:

K16IL-D in Kanab, Utah

K21CE-D in Montpelier, Idaho

K33KP-D in Billings, Montana

K34AC-D in Yuma, Colorado

K34AF-D in Alexandria, etc., Minnesota

K34AG-D in Parowan/Enoch, etc., Utah

K34AI-D in La Pine, Oregon

K34BL-D in Lovelock, Nevada

K34CB-D in Lemhi, etc., Idaho

K34CM-D in Ely, Nevada

K34DC-D in Astoria, Oregon

K34DI-D in Pendleton, Oregon

K34DJ in Phoenix, etc., Oregon

K34DN-D in Whitewater, Montana

K34DP-D in Plevna, Montana

K34EE-D in Prescott-Cottonwood, Arizona

K34EF-D in Kingman, Arizona

K34FO-D in Alton, Utah

K34FP-D in Valmy, Nevada

K34FQ-D in Roy, New Mexico

K34FR-D in Randolph & Woodruff, Utah

K34FV-D in Duchesne, Utah

K34FW-D in Enterprise, etc., Utah

K34GM-D in Pierre, South Dakota

K34GN-D in Bicknell & Teasdale, Utah

K34GO-D in Fillmore, Utah

K34GY-D in Culbertson, Montana

K34HE-D in Elko, Nevada

K34HF-D in Cuba, New Mexico

K34HO-D in Willmar, Minnesota

K34IB-D in Decatur, Nebraska

K34IC-D in Glide, Oregon

K34IN-D in Beaver, Oklahoma

K34IS-D in Kilauea, Hawaii

K34IW-D in Hanna, etc., Utah

K34IY-D in Boulder, Utah

K34IZ-D in Scipio, Utah

K34JB-D in Vernal, etc., Utah

K34JC-D in Woodland & Kamas, Utah

K34JD-D in Manila, etc., Utah

K34JJ-D in Hollis, Oklahoma

K34JK-D in Elk City, Oklahoma

K34JR-D in Madras, Oregon

K34JT-D in East Price, Utah

K34JX-D in St. James, Minnesota

K34KE-D in Hood River, Oregon

K34KJ-D in Crescent City, etc., California

K34KK-D in Litchfield, California

K34KL-D in Powers, Oregon

K34KM-D in Basalt, Colorado

K34KO-D in Tulia, Texas

K34KP-D in Clear Creek, Utah

K34KQ-D in Fountain Green, Utah

K34KX-D in Rolla, Missouri

K34KY-D in Mountain Home, Idaho

K34KZ-D in Hobbs, New Mexico

K34LC-D in Rifle, etc., Colorado

K34LE-D in Shurz, Nevada

K34LI-D in Jean, Nevada

K34LJ-D in Kabetogama, Minnesota

K34LN-D in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado

K34LP-D in Leamington, Utah

K34LR-D in Salinas, California

K34LS-D in Seneca, Oregon

K34MC-D in Williams, Minnesota

K34ME-D in Overton, Nevada

K34MF-D in Orovada, Nevada

K34MG-D in Garden Valley, Idaho

K34ND-D in Moses Lake, Washington

K34NF-D in Soda Springs, Idaho

K34PG-D in Payson, Arizona

K41DE-D in Cortez, Colorado

K43MD-D in Blanding/Monticello, Utah

K44JB-D in Grants Pass, Oregon

K47DV-D in Yreka, California

K47OA-D in Washington, etc., Utah

K49LP-D in Brewster & Pateros, Washington

K51AL-D in Olivia, Minnesota

K51DI-D in Sargents, Colorado

K51KB-D in Frost, Minnesota

KACA-LP in Modesto, California

KCBT-LD in Bakersfield, California

KCDO-TV in Sidney, Nebraska

KFSF-DT in Vallejo, California

KGPE in Fresno, California

KGPX-TV in Spokane, Washington

KHWB-LD in Eugene, Oregon

KIDV-LD in Albany, Texas

KIRO-TV in Olympia, Washington

KJJM-LD in Dallas & Mesquite, Texas

KLUJ-TV in Harlingen, Texas

KMEX-DT in Los Angeles, California

KMJD-LD in Kalispell, Montana

KMSS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana

KMZM-LD in Cedar Falls, Iowa

KNIC-CD in San Antonio, Texas

KOMI-CD in Woodward, Oklahoma

KQIN in Davenport, Iowa

KQLD-LD in Lincoln, Nebraska

KRCR-TV in Redding, California

KSJF-CD in Poteau, Oklahoma

KSWL-LD in Lake Charles, Louisiana

KTAS in San Luis Obispo, California

KTCA-TV in Saint Paul, Minnesota

KTWC-LD in Crockett, Texas

KUSD-TV in Vermillion, South Dakota

KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah

KUVE-DT in Green Valley, Arizona

KUVM-CD in Missouri City, Texas

KWGN-TV in Denver, Colorado

KWMO-LD in Hot Springs, Arkansas

KXPI-LD in Pocatello, Idaho

KXTF in Twin Falls, Idaho

KZCZ-LD in College Station, Texas

W34BJ-D in Calhoun City, Mississippi

W34DI-D in Port Jervis, New York

W34DQ-D in Pittsburg, New Hampshire

W34DV-D in Booneville, Mississippi

W34DX-D in West Asheville, North Carolina

W34DY-D in Vieques, Puerto Rico

W34ED-D in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico

W34EH-D in Champaign, Illinois

W34FC-D in La Crosse, Wisconsin

WARZ-CD in Smithfield-Selma, North Carolina

WBND-LD in South Bend, Indiana

WCAU in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WCET in Cincinnati, Ohio

WCWJ in Jacksonville, Florida

WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Missouri

WEAC-CD in Jacksonville, Alabama

WEDE-CD in Arlington Heights, Illinois

WEDQ in Tampa, Florida

WELU in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

WFRZ-LD in Montgomery, Alabama

WGWG in Charleston, South Carolina

WHBR in Pensacola, Florida

WHVD-LD in Huntsville, Alabama

WISE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana

WISN-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

WIVT in Binghamton, New York

WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Pennsylvania

WJNK-LD in Nashville, Tennessee

WMHT in Schenectady, New York

WNEU in Merrimack, New Hampshire

WPXU-TV in Jacksonville, North Carolina

WPXW-TV in Manassas, Virginia

WQEC in Quincy, Illinois

WQHS-DT in Cleveland, Ohio

WRBJ-TV in Magee, Mississippi

WSIL-TV in Harrisburg, Illinois

WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina

WSST-TV in Cordele, Georgia

WTNZ in Knoxville, Tennessee

WTVX in Fort Pierce, Florida

WTXX-LD in Springfield, Massachusetts

WVFW-LD in Miami, Florida

WVLA-TV in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

WVPB-TV in Huntington, West Virginia

WVTT-CD in Olean, New York

WWTW in Senatobia, Mississippi

WYJJ-LD in Jackson, TennesseeThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 34:

K34FI-D in Bozeman, Montana

K34IF-D in Wallowa, Oregon

K34IV-D in Fruitland, Utah

K34JA-D in Richfield, etc., Utah

KEFB in Ames, Iowa

WHTV in Jackson, Michigan

Dan Lewis (newsreader)

For other people of this name see Dan Lewis (disambiguation).Dan Lewis (born December 19, 1949). is a former long-time news presenter and reporter for KOMO-TV in Seattle, Washington.

He came to KOMO-TV in 1987 after working at television station WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., replacing retiring news anchor Jim Harriott. Before that, he had worked at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1993, he became the first reporter to interview former president Bill Clinton following the inauguration ceremony.

KOMO anchors Dan Lewis, Kathi Goertzen and weather forecaster Steve Pool had the third longest-running tenure out of any anchor team in the United States, having anchored KOMO News together from 1987 through 2008. As of 2012, Lewis continues to serve as co-anchor for the weekday editions of KOMO 4 News at 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. with Mary Nam. After multiple surgeries for aggressive recurring meningiomas, Lewis's longtime news anchor partner Goertzen died on August 13, 2012.On October 1, 2007, KOMO celebrated Dan Lewis' 20 year tenure. His first newscast with KOMO which aired on September 21, 1987, among scores of other highlights were part of a five-minute long tribute KOMO aired to celebrate his career. His 27 year tenure is the fourth-longest in Seattle.On May 21, 2014, Lewis retired from the anchor desk, but he will return from time to time for special projects.In 2002, Lewis and several other KOMO-TV staff members made cameo appearances in the movie Life or Something Like It, which starred Angelina Jolie and Edward Burns.

Drew Olson (sportswriter)

Drew Olson is an American sportscaster from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Olson was host of WAUK 540 ESPN's "The D-List," which aired weekdays from 10AM-1PM and featured Dan Needles, the longtime Sports Director at WISN-TV. Needles and Olson also co-host "Big 12 Sports Saturday with 540 ESPN," a weekly TV show that airs on Milwaukee's ABC-TV affiliate at 6:30 p.m. Saturday during football season. In 2016, Olson joined WOKY/The Big 1070 WTSO, where he hosts The Drew Olson Show and is a contributor on the Mike Heller Show.

In addition to his broadcast work, Olson served as senior editor/columnist for the radio station's website, ESPNWisconsin.com. Olson was also a frequent contributor on the Bob and Brian morning show on WHQG The Hog to discuss Milwaukee Brewers baseball. He also works occasionally as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports Wisconsin during Milwaukee Brewers broadcasts. He is also a weekly guest on the Award Winning Steve Czaban podcast!

Jerry Taff

Jerry Taff (born September 9, 1940) is a former television anchor for WISN-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Joel Kleefisch

Joel M. Kleefisch (born June 8, 1971) is an American politician and a former television reporter. His wife, Rebecca Kleefisch is the former Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin.

John Behring

John Behring (born in Canton, South Dakota) is an American television director, cinematographer, and producer.

He has directed numerous episodic television dramas including Arrow, The Flash, Grimm, Legends, Ghost Whisperer, CSI: NY, The 100, One Tree Hill, The Client List, V, Charmed, Dawson’s Creek, Life, Crash, Surface, Dark Blue, Hellcats, The Vampire Diaries and Trauma among others. He also directed eleven episodes of the series NUMB3RS for which he also served as producer for three seasons from 2006–2008.

Behring received his bachelor's and master's degree from the University of South Dakota before working for television station WISN-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He then began shooting local and national television commercials before moving to Los Angeles. Working in commercials for many years, Behring began shooting main titles and opening sequences for television shows in the early 1990s.Behring’s directorial debut was the CBS Schoolbreak Special "My Indian Summer" in 1995. His first episodic drama as a director was the series The Lazarus Man starring Robert Urich in 1996. Since then, he has directed more than fifty episodes of various series.Behring was married in 1974 to his wife Shari, and has three children: Marisa, Andi, and Chuck.

Ken Skowronski

Ken Skowronski is a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Robert Vito

Robert Vito was an American television correspondent and bureau chief for CNN, his role as bureau chief expanded to Los Angeles, Miami, Rome and Detroit. In 1968, he became a general assignment reporter at WAEO-TV, in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. On November 17, 1968, an airplane with three passengers crashed into the transmission tower, killing all three passengers. The station was knocked off the air for nearly a year. Vito was hired by Milwaukee-based WISN-TV in 1969, working as an investigative reporter under the name "Bob Viverito." He left WISN in 1973 to take a job with WWJ-TV to do "investigative reporting and some anchoring." In 1975, Vito interviewed former Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa; it would be Hoffa's last interview, as he disappeared two weeks later. He left WWJ-TV and joined CNN, becoming the first Detroit bureau chief in 1982. He later became CNN's bureau chief in Rome, Los Angeles, and finally, Miami. In 1999, Vito retired from CNN and became a jury consultant for a Florida legal consulting firm.

Rod Daniels

Rod Daniels is a former TV news anchor at WBAL-TV in Baltimore, Maryland who retired in 2015 after more than 30 years of service at the station.Daniels graduated from William Paterson University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications; he received a President's Medal award from his alma mater in 2004.Daniels began his career as a weekend sports anchor at WIS-TV in Columbia, South Carolina. He then moved to WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh as a weekend anchor and reporter, and later to WISN-TV in Milwaukee. He worked at WBAL-TV from 1984 to 2015.He received the Catholic Archdiocese Medal of Honor for Communications for his coverage of church activities.During Pope John Paul II's visit to Baltimore in 1995, Rod served as host of the celebration at Camden Yards.

Shooting of Dontre Hamilton

On April 30, 2014, a police officer, Christopher Manney, shot and killed Dontre Hamilton, at Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. No charges were brought, but Manney was fired from the force. As a result of the shooting and subsequent protests, Milwaukee police officers were equipped with body cameras.

WAUK

WAUK (540 AM ESPN) is a radio station licensed to the Washington County community of Jackson, Wisconsin, serving the Milwaukee area. It is known on-air as 540 ESPN. WAUK airs a blend of ESPN Radio talk and sports play-by play, along with local sports talk and play-by-play programming. The station's studios are based streetside in "The Blue @ 310 West" building on West Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee, the same building Wisconsin Public Radio's WHAD (90.7) also broadcasts from.

The station is owned by Beaver Dam-based Good Karma Brands (formerly Good Karma Broadcasting, LLC), and owned by Craig Karmazin, son of legendary radio executive and current Sirius XM Radio CEO Mel Karmazin. It is the local rival of Entercom's all-sports station WSSP (1250), and to a lesser extent WOKY (920), which simulcasts Madison's WTSO (1070). Programming from WAUK is simulcast with WKTI (94.5) in Milwaukee, and is shared with WTLX (100.5) in Madison, which is its sister station to west in the state capital city. The station is among the few independent affiliates of ESPN Radio whose webstream is carried on the network's mobile apps, and whose website is hosted on ESPN.com.

WDJT-TV

WDJT-TV, virtual channel 58 (UHF digital channel 46), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. Owned by Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting, it is a sister station to Class A MeTV owned-and-operated station WBME-CD (channel 41), Racine-licensed independent station WMLW-TV (channel 49, which shares spectrum with WBME-CD), and low-powered Telemundo affiliate WYTU-LD (channel 63), which WDJT simulcasts in 16:9 widescreen standard definition on its respective second, third and fourth digital subchannels to expand their reach across southeastern Wisconsin. All four stations share studios on South 60th Street in Milwaukee (near West Allis); WDJT's transmitter is located in Milwaukee's Lincoln Park (next to the transmitter belonging to ABC affiliate WISN-TV, channel 12).

On cable, WDJT-TV is carried on Charter Spectrum and AT&T U-verse channel 5 (channel 9 in Sheboygan and Fond du Lac, and on channel 8 on some systems), with the station's HD signal on Spectrum digital channel 1005 (channel 605 on legacy Charter systems), and on U-verse digital channel 1005.

WISN (AM)

WISN (1130 kHz) is an AM talk radio station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc., and is the home of local afternoon radio host Mark Belling, who occasionally substitutes for Rush Limbaugh on his national program. Its studios are located in the Milwaukee suburb of Greenfield and the transmitter site is in Dover. WISN operates at the maximum power for AM stations of 50,000 watts in the daytime and reduces power to 10,000 watts at night, when it must protect other stations on the 1130 kHz frequency. WISN can also be heard on the HD 2 channel of its FM sister station 97.3 WRNW.

WISN became the new home for Milwaukee Panthers basketball broadcasts in 2007-08. The station was the home of Marquette basketball broadcasts from 1971 to 2006 before opting not to renew its contract with Marquette.As of January 2015, WISN was sixth of 10 rated stations during the last ratings sample of the Milwaukee market.

WITI (TV)

WITI, virtual channel 6 (UHF digital channel 33), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. Its second digital subchannel serves as an owned-and-operated station of the classic TV network Antenna TV. The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Media Company. WITI's studios are located on North Green Bay Road (WIS 57) in Brown Deer (though with a Milwaukee postal address), and its transmitter is located on East Capitol Drive (just north of WIS 190) in Shorewood.

WRNW

WRNW (97.3 FM) is an FM sports talk radio station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin owned and operated by iHeartMedia. WRNW's studios are located with iHeartMedia's other Milwaukee operations in rural-suburban Greenfield, with their transmitter located with the WISN-TV tower in Milwaukee's Lincoln Park.

WYTU-LD

WYTU-LD, virtual channel 63 (UHF digital channel 17), is a Telemundo-affiliated television station licensed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. Owned by Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting, it is a sister station to CBS affiliate WDJT-TV (channel 58), MeTV owned-and-operated station WBME-CD (channel 41) and Racine-licensed independent station WMLW-TV (channel 49). All four stations share studios on South 60th Street in Milwaukee (near West Allis); WYTU's transmitter is located in Milwaukee's Lincoln Park (next to the transmitter belonging to ABC affiliate WISN-TV, channel 12).

Even though WYTU has a digital signal of its own, the low-powered broadcasting radius does not reach all of southeastern Wisconsin. Therefore, the station can also be seen through a 16:9 widescreen standard definition simulcast on WDJT's fourth digital subchannel in order to reach the entire market. This relay signal can be seen on UHF channel 46.4 (or virtual channel 58.4 via PSIP) from the same Lincoln Park transmitter facility. WYTU is also relayed on WMYS-LD (digital channel 69.2) in South Bend, Indiana and WFBN-LD (channel 35) in Rockford, Illinois.

The station airs all of Telemundo's schedule along with Spanish-language coverage of Sunday afternoon Milwaukee Brewers baseball home games, using camera positions shared with Fox Sports Wisconsin. WYTU is also available via Spectrum's systems throughout their entire state service area as far west as La Crosse and as far north as Wausau, making for a rare example of an intra-region superstation in the digital age.

Broadcast television in Southeastern Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha
English stations
Public television
Religious
Spanish stations
Home shopping
Local cable channels
Defunct channels
Adjacent areas
ABC Network Affiliates in the state of Wisconsin
Other television stations and subchannel networks in the state of Wisconsin
3ABN
AMGTV
Antenna TV
Azteca
Bounce TV
BUZZR
Charge!
Comet
COZI
Daystar
Decades
Escape
getTV
Grit
Heroes & Icons
HSN OTA
Ion Life
Jewelry Television
Justice Network
Laff
LATV
Light TV
Local Accuweather
Locally-originated
automated weather
MeTV
Movies!
qubo
QVC OTA or QVC2
Quest
Retro TV
Sonlife
Stadium
Start TV
TBD-TV
This
TBN
Telemundo
WeatherNation TV
Independent
Daily newspapers
Weekly newspapers
Magazines
Radio stations
Entertainment
and syndication
Business media
Real estate

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