WKOW 27 launched on June 30, 1953 is an ABC affiliate serving Madison, WI. Owned by Quincy Media, the station broadcasts in HD on UHF Ch 26 from a transmitter in the city’s Middleton Junction Section. It is stationed on Tokay Boulevard on Madison’s west side which serves as a hub to six-station network of ABC linked broadcasters in the city in western and northern Wisconsin. It is available on Charter Spectrum Ch 7 on cable.
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Catchphrase: We’ve Got You Covered
Siblings: WAOW, WMOW, WXOW WYOW and WQOW
Initially launched as WKOW-TV on June 30, 1953, the channel was Madison’s maiden TV service and was originally a CBS affiliate under the ownership of Monona Broadcasting Company. The suffix: TV was later dropped in in 2009. The studios of the channel were located on Tokay Boulevard on Madison’s west side since its inception in 1953. It remained aligned with CBS until the affiliation was taken by WISC in 1956. Consequently, WKOW-TV got linked with ABC while WKOW radio still shared its loyalties with CBS Radio. It from Jan until Aug 1958 was associated with Wisconsin-bases short-lived Badger Television Network as was the case with WFRV in Green Bay and Milwaukee-based WISN. The channel was purchased by Midcontinent Broadcasting in 1960 which in turn released both Wausau-based WAOW and WKOW in Madison to Horizon Communications in Sep 1970.
Terry Shockley took the charge as the manager of WKOW and its other siblings in 1974. In 1978, WKOW and sisters were transferred by Horizon to Liberty Communications. WTSO at that time shared WKOW’s place at Tokay Boulevard until its acquisition by Clear Channel Communications. Chanel 27 and its La Crosse and Wausau siblings were purchased by Tak Communications in Jan 1985. Tak declared bankruptcy in 1991 to go under receivership. Shockley got his hand on the bankruptcy sale of Liberty’s assets in 1995 to make purchase of WQOW, WKOW, WXOW and WAOW to eventually form Shockley Communications. In June 2001 Quincy Media acquired WKOW and its Wisconsin siblings.
Notable syndicated programs of the channel include Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dr. Phil, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and The Doctors. IT on Oct 26, 2010 became the third station in the Madison’s market to upgrade its news broadcasting to HD after WISC and WMTV. News, Weather and Sports programming, national news, Wisconsin news, political news, featured reports and more can have online. Get social with the service using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Here is the website: https://wkow.com/
Address: 5727 Tokay Blvd., Madison, WI 53719
Tel: 608 273 2727