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Current

See live conditions and views of Madison

  • Weather: Current weather observations and forecasts
    • Graphic; shows current weather conditions for Madison
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    • Radar GL: Great Lakes Region radar; US National Weather Service
    • Radar MKX: National Weather Service radar from Milwaukee; shows radar image (short range base reflectivity) from Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport (weather code MKX)
    •  radar -- click to enlarge
    • Forecast: National Weather Service forecast; shows zone forecast for Dane County, Wisconsin, and current conditions
    • Satellite: Goestationary infrared image; satellite image for Eastern United States sector, infrared image; provided by National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Dept of Commerce
    • Air Quality: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Air Quality monitoring
    • Snow: (Seasonal) map of 7-day snowfall in Wisconsin; National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Dept. of Commerce
  • Cams: Live camera views in Madison
    • Lake: Lake Mendota Cam; looking over Lake Mendota and the UW-Madison Campus; College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin--Madison; controllable
    • UW Fountain: College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin--Madison live webcam view; controllable
    • UW King Hall: University of Wisconsin--Madison King Hall live webcam view; shows Lake Mendota
  • News: News and reports about what's going on in Madison
    • Google News: Google news search for Madison; finds news and sports stories about Madison from a variety of news sources; includes photos
    • Yahoo News: Yahoo news search for Madison; finds news and sports stories in a variety of news sources; includes photos
    • Topix News: Topix news search for Madison; local news for Madison continually updated from thousands of sources on the web
    • Gas Prices; graphic image showing low and high gas prices; reported by users of MadisonGasPrices.com Web site

Facts

Look up information about Madison such as maps, facts, and census information

  • Maps: Online mapping services; most of these allow you to zoom in and out and list specific features
    • Google: Google's Madison Map
    • MapQuest: Mapquest's Madison map; integration with digitalcity.com city Internet guide
    • Yahoo: Yahoo's Madison map; integrated with Yahoo's Get Local city Internet guides
    • Parking: City of Madison-provided map; shows public car parking areas downtown
    • -USA Maps-: More online mapping services; you can use this list of sites to get more maps of the area or specialized maps such as historical, topographic, or satellite imagery
  • Info: Learn more about Madison
    • Books: a collection of books to help you explore Madison; includes tourist guides as well as links to Madison-area writers
    • Answers: Answers.com reference search for Madison; shows reference information for Madison from various sources such as dictionary, encyclopedia, weather, and Wikipedia entry
  • Census: Information from the United States Bureau of the Census
    • Madison: Quick facts
    • Dane Co: Dane County Wisconsin QuickFacts; shows people, business, and geography quick facts for Dane County and Wisconsin
    • Jefferson Co: Jefferson County Wisconsin QuickFacts; shows people, business, and geography quick facts for Jefferson County and Wisconsin; Jefferson County is immediately east of Madison's Dane County

Madison Living

Find out about things to do and places to see in Madison

Activities

People in Madison take part in many clubs and organizations

  • Academy: Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters; provides programs about culture, nature, current problems; an independent, nonprofit membership organization
  • Audubon: Madison Audubon Society; involved in natural world education, advocacy, and sanctuary
  • BarCamp: gathering for sharing and learning; focused on technology and creativity; discussions, demos and interaction; the name "bar" comes from computer jargon--a name for a function as a temporary example (foo and bar are commonly used)
  • Bicycle: Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin (BFW); a statewide, nonprofit, bicycle advocacy organization
  • Big Bro & Sis: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County; matches adult volunteers with children from primarily single-parent homes or with children who may need an additional adult mentor in their lives; encourages mentoring friendships
  • Community Pages: Madison.com's Community Pages directory; links to community pages hosted on madison.com for many area organizations in categories ranging from advocacy, hobbies, travel, and youth;
  • Community Shares: Community Shares of Wisconsin; a federation of community organizations
  • Dogs BKC: Badger Kennel Club (BKC) of Madison; encourages the responsible dog breeding, dog training, handling and maintenance of dogs by both current and prospective dog fanciers; an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization
  • Fishing Yahara: Yahara Fishing Club; dedicated to fishing activities, conservation, social activities, and education
  • Fishing Lakes: Madison Lakes Fishing reports; includes fishing reports and other information about Madison's Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa
  • Food 2nd Harvest: Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin; provides food to those in need and enlightens community about hunger
  • Green: Sustain Dane -- Madison Area Green Pages; promotes sustainability in the Madison area
  • Housing Habitat: Habitat for Humanity of Dane County; builds homes with those in need
  • Hispano, Centro: Centro Hispano of Madison
  • Historic: Historic Madison, Inc. of Wisconsin; promotes preservation, teaching, and appreciation knowledge about Madison's past; no museum or office; volunteers provide programs and publications
  • Historical: Wisconsin Historical Society; both a state agency and a private membership organization
  • Humane: Dane County Humane Society; helps people help animals including adoption, pet care information, resources, and educational programs
  • Jazz: Madison Jazz Society; preserves and promotes jazz music
  • LGBT Ctr: Outreach, Inc. - Madison's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center; offers services, education, and outreach
  • Literacy: Madison Area Literacy Council (MLC); provides one-to-one tutoring for adults in Dane County who wish to improve their reading, writing or speaking skills in English
  • Music: Madison Music Online; information about Madison's clubs, bands, and a forum
  • New Urbanism: Congress for the New Urbanism Wisconsin Chapter; works for sustainable cities, agricultural and natural land preservation, urban centers and towns with diverse neighborhoods, and education and exchange in the area of the New Urbanism
  • Preservation: Madison Trust for Historic Preservation
  • PC Users: Madison PC Users' Group
  • Radio, Amateur: Four Lakes Amateur Radio Club; covers amateur radio including DX, CW, VHF, UHF, Packet, and other forms
  • Recreation: Madison School & community recreation provided by Madison Metropolitan School District; provides recreation and enrichment opportunities year-round that are accessible
  • Red Cross: American Red Cross Badger Chapter; provides courses, volunteer information, blood drives, and safety and preparedness information
  • Scuba: Four Lakes SCUBA Club; promotes sport diving in Madison
  • Sierra Club: Four Lakes Group Sierra Club; promotes conservation and activism
  • Singles: MAD Singles; offers ways to connect with others for dating and long-term relationships
  • Special Olympics: Special Olympics Wisconsin; provides persons with cognitive disabilities year-round sports training and competition
  • Tech Comm: Society for Technical Communication Four Lakes Chapter; advances the arts and sciences of technical communication
  • Tenant: Tenant Resource Center; provides information and links for tenants and landlords in Wisconsin
  • United Way: United Way of Dane County; community effort for health and human service issues
  • Urban League: Urgan League of Greater Madison; provides employment & training, education, health, and housing services to the greater Madison community
  • Web608: Web technology enthusiasts; amateur and professional; growing the web community in Madison and the surrounding area
  • YSP: Young Shakespeare Players
  • -USA Directories-: Search organization directories; there are hundreds of thousands of organizations, associations, societies, and nonprofits in the US covering many interests; some of these are based in Madison; these directories help you locate an organization

Events

Madison is famous for its college life, but is home to diverse events year-round

  • Listings: Connect to online calendars and databases; show what's going on and where
    • Daily Pg: from the Isthmus; listings and reviews of local movies, music, eats, and events
    • Madtown Lounge: Events section; shows upcoming events related to live music; Madtown Lounge is an entertainment website listing venues, bands, and events
    • Rhythm: Madison.com's Rhythm section on entertainment and nightlife
    • Movie Listings: The BigScreen Cinema Guide; guide to movies; customizable so that you can see just local selections
    • MadStage: Theater and dance information for Madison and south central Wisconsin; provides schedules, listings of groups, news, and links
    • Footlights: Guide to theatre in Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago
    • UW Madison: Today @ The University of Wisconsin--Madison; a calendar provided by the university listing events, exhibits, and other activities on campus
    • Visitors: Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau; offers calendar of events as well as visitor information
  • Performing: Madison is home to performing arts and cultural groups
    • Ballet: Madison Ballet; a non-profit, professional performing arts organization; founded in 1981 as The Wisconsin Dance Ensemble
    • Broom St: Theater; experimental theater group
    • CCBA: Capitol City Band Association; Capitol City Band (CCB), The Madison Marimba Quartet (MMQ), The VFW Volunteer Community Band (VFW or winter band), Jim Latimer and Friends
    • Festival Choir: Festival Choir of Madison
    • Opera: Madison Opera; regional opera company offering professionally-staged concert opera and music theater
    • Savoyards: Gilbert and Sullivan performances
    • Symphony: Madison Symphony Orchestra; professional orchestra established 1926; performs September to May in Overture Hall
    • WCO: Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; a professional chamber orchestra
  • Periodic: Annual festivals, special events, and ongoing events throughout the year
    • Art Fair on the Square: organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; features music, entertainment, outdoor dining, artists exhibiting mixed media, ceramics, drawings, graphics, prints, fiber, leather, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal works, paintings, photographs, sculpture, 3D mixed media, and wood
    • Bock Fest: Capital Brewery's celebration of beer
    • Book Fest: Wisconsin Book Festival; annual October celebration of reading, writing, and the written word; events in Madison, Milwaukee, and throughout the state; a year-round, statewide series of public programs about reading, writing, and literacy
    • Brat: World's Largest Brat Fest; eat one of Wisconsin's signature foods; particpants consumed over 28 km of brats, over 85 metric tons, in a past fest
    • Celebrating Youth: youth stage performances
    • Community: Monona Community Festival
    • Crazy Legs Classic: run/walk fundraiser; University of Wisconsin Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
    • Dane County Fair: celebration of agriculture and industry
    • Dances: Dane Dances; music, dancing, and fun to help break down barriers of race
    • Dairy Expo: World Dairy Expo; a dairy industry tradeshow held in Madison
    • Fair: Dane County Fair; youth exhibits, barns, animals, carnival rides, live music, and entertainment
    • Farmer's Mkt: Dane County Farmer's Market on the Square; an open-air food, produce, and flower market held at The Square, the area round the Capitol dome in downtown Madison on Saturdays and Wednesdays; this counter-clockwise walking ritual is one of Madison's most noted features
    • Festivals: events
    • Film Fest: Wisconsin Film Festival; an annual film series program by the University of Wisconsin--Madison Arts Institute
    • Fireworks: Rhythm & Booms; an Independence-day celebration highlighted by fireworks in Warner Park in Madison
    • Fishing: Madison Fishing Expo; fishing tackle, equipment, boats, leading manufacturers, and dealers
    • Garden Expo: presented by Wisconsin Public Television
    • Great Taste: Great Taste of the Midwest; fermented malt beverages
    • Homecoming: University of Wisconsin Alumni Association
    • Horse Fair: Midwest Horse Fair
    • International Fest: Overture Center for the Arts International Festival; Dane County artists. Featurng arts, crafts, food, and performances
    • Jazz @ 5: Summer weekly Jazz concert series at State Street and the Capitol Square
    • Jazzfest: Capital City Jazz Fest
    • Jazz Isthmus: Isthmus Jazz Festival; celebration of America's homegrown art form; at the Memorial Union Terrace
    • Marathon: Madison Marathon; foot race that snakes through the isthmus; also half marathon, 10 km, and 5 km races
    • Sprints: Capitol Square Sprints; foot races throughout town
    • St Pat's Parade: St. Patrick's Day parade
    • Taste: Taste of Madison; an annual food festival with live music on Capitol Square
    • Whad'Ya Know: Michael Feldman's public radio show; taped live in Madison as well as occasionally at some remote locations
    • Willy St: Willy Street Fair
    • Winter Fest: on Madison's Capitol Square
    • WisCon: Annual feminist science fiction convention held in Madison

Places

Visit the cultural, recreational, business, and community places and spaces of Madison

  • Album: MAD Album; a page of digital images of Madison
  • Alliant Ctr: Alliant Energy Center of Dane County; multi-use center for expositions, conventions, conferences meetings, banquets, consumer shows, outdoor events, and concerts; 66-hectare campus; Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Exhibition Hall, Willow Island, the Arena Building
  • Arboretum: University of Wisconsin--Madison's display of trees and plants; conserves and restores Arboretum lands, advances restoration ecology, and fosters the land ethic; 510 hectares south of Lake Wingra
  • Capitol Neighborhoods: Neighborhood association of areas around Capitol Square
  • Cherokee Marsh: wetland in Dane County, Wisconsin; located upstream from Lake Mendota along the Yahara River and Token Creek; over 800 hectares
  • Downtown: Downtown Madison Inc. Business Improvement District (BID); provides information about Madison's downtown
  • Farm Fresh Atlas: Wisconsin's Farm Fresh Atlases; regional food guides include farms, farmers' markets, restaurants, stores and other businesses that sell local food and use sustainable production and business practices; most regions of Wisconsin
  • Library: Madison Public Library; city of Madison's public library
  • Madtown Lounge: Venues section; shows venues for live music as well as bars and restaurants; Madtown Lounge is an entertainment website listing venues, bands, and events
  • Monona Terrace: Community and convention center; on Lake Monona, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Nature Ctr Leopold: Aldo Leopold Nature Center; a 19 hectare conservation park
  • Neighborhoods: City of Madison Neighborhood Associations directory
  • Olbrich Gardens: Olbrich Botanical Gardens; offers conservatory, outdoor display gardens, 6 hectares on Lake Monona
  • Observatory, Washburn: astronomical observatory on UW Campus; completed in 1881; open houses; Introductory Astronomy courses; 15-inch refractor with a magnification of about 500; located at 1401 Observatory Drive on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • Overture Ctr: Overture Center for the Arts; in downtown Madison which includes performing and visual arts facilities
  • Parking: places and information about parking automobiles in Madison
  • Parks: City of Madison Parks Division
  • Parks-Dane: Dane County Parks
  • Planetarium: Madison Metro. School District planetarium; offers public shows
  • Visitor Ctr: Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau; offers calendar of events as well as visitor information
  • Wright: Frank Lloyd Wright sites; Wisconsin-wide sites of this well-known 20th-century architect with Wisconsin ties
  • Washburn Observatory: astronomical observatory on UW Campus; completed in 1881; open houses; Introductory Astronomy courses; 15-inch refractor with a magnification of about 500; located at 1401 Observatory Drive on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • WI State Herbarium: University of Wisconsin-Madison Herbarium; founded in 1849; a museum collection of dried, labeled plants of state, national and international importance; world's largest collection of Wisconsin plants
  • Zoo: Henry Vilas Zoological Society; a free community zoo displaying a variety of animals
  • Museums:
    • Art MMoCA: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; display of over 4,000 art objects from modern (20th century) and contemporary (1970's on) times
    • Art UW Chazen: Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin--Madison; university art museum; formerly known as Elvehjem Museum of Art
    • Children's: Madison Children's Museum
    • Geology: University of Wisconsin--Madison, Department of Geoscience's Geology Museum; offers outreach, research, and collections to view
    • Historical: Wisconsin Historical Society museum; galleries, permanent exhibits, museum store, on Capitol Square
    • Mustard: National Mustard Museum; Middelton
    • Physics: L.R. Ingersoll Museum; physics museum located on the University of Wisconsin - Madison campus in Chamberlin Hall; exhibits focus on demonstrating basic physical concepts ranging from mechanics to modern physics; historical instruments and photos of the Nobel Prize Winners in Physics from 1901-1993
    • Veterans: Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison; tells the story of men and women from the Badger State who served in America's conflicts from the Civil War to the present
    • Zoological: University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum; University of Wisconsin, L.E. Noland Zoology Building; works on the preservation, study, and understanding of the vertebrate and aquatic fauna of Wisconsin, the Midwest, and other parts of the world
  • Housing: Find a place to stay or live in Madison
    • Apt Showcase: Apartment Showcase of Wisconsin; search for apartments in Madison and surrounding areas
    • B&B's: Madison Wisconsin Area Bed and Breakfast Inns Association; lists lodging accommodations for vacation rentals and stays in the Greater Madison area
    • Hostel: Hostelling International-Madison Hostel; people of all ages welcome; two blocks from Capitol Square
    • Lodging WIA: Wisconsin Innkeepers Association (WIA); lodging properties throughout Wisconsin
    • Start Renting: Search for apartments in Madison and surrounding areas
    • WiFrontDoor: Wisconsin-wide affordable housing rentals; lists units that are affordable to individuals and families making 80% or below the area median income
    • -USA Housing-: National lodging and housing directories; there are national directories you can use to locate area lodging or housing
  • Dining: Find a place to eat in Madison
    • Madison Originals: Madison-area independently-owned restaurants; this is a local chapter of the national Council of Independent Restaurants of America
    • Madison Dining: Serves up listings and reviews of restaurants
    • FoodSpot: Directory of Wisconsin restaurants
    • -USA Dining-: National Dining directories; you can use this link to locate restaurants in the area that may not be listed in the local guides

Sports

Madison's sports scene is dominated by the Badgers, the University of Wisconsin--Madison sports teams

  • College:
    • Badgers: University of Wisconsin--Madison's athletics; dominates the Madison state of mind--the Badgers, particularly NCAA Division I men's football, basketball, and hockey
  • Community: Organized sports clubs, and special community sporting events
    • Badger Games: Badger State Games; a Wisconsin-wide amateur Olympic-style athletic competition with summer and winter games
    • Mallards: minor league baseball
    • Waterski: Mad-City Ski team; promotes the sport of water-skiing
    • Bicycling: Madison Area Bike Club; enjoy bicycling
    • Mad Rollin Dolls: roller derby
    • Paddling: MadCity Paddlers; a club devoted to pursuing paddle sports of every sort
    • Rugby: Wisconsin Rugby Club
    • Ski/Nordic: MadNorSki (aka Madnordski); includes Nordic ski reports and events in Wisconsin
    • Walkers: The Dairyland Walkers, A Volkssport Club; promotes walking and biking, swimming, and cross-country skiing (Volkssport is a German word meaning sport of the people)

Madison Civic

Madison's civic life; as Wisconsin's State Capitol, Madison is rich in state government representatives and workers

Government

Madison's government and representatives at all levels

  • Local: City and county government
    • Madison: Madison, Wisconsin elected city government; provides information for aspects of city government as well as visitor information
    • Police: City of Madison Police Deparment
    • Fire: City of Madison Fire Deparment
    • Dane Co: Dane County
    • Elections: League of Women Voters–Dane County; encourages participation in government; provides voting information, position papers, candidate information
  • State: Madison is the capital of Wisconsin and home to the state's legislature and executive offices as well as many state offices
    • Wisconsin: State of Wisconsin government portal; a directory of Wisconsin government as well as information on public service, business, education, health, safety, and visitor information
    • Legislature: Wisconsin State Legislature; provides citizen's guide, information about all aspects of legislative session
    • Governor: Wisconsin Office of the Governor; provides information about Wisconsin's Governor and First Lady, news and speeches, and the Executive Residence
    • Find Legislators: Use this service to look up representatives in Wisconsin government based on a street address
  • Federal: The United State's government has a presence in Madison through elected representatives and some facilities
    • US Sen Johnson: United States Senator Ron Johnson
    • US Sen Baldwin: United States Senator
    • US House Pocan: Mark Pocan, 2nd District Wisconsin
    • US Ct: United States Court, Western District of Wisconsin; includes Bankruptcy Court, District Court, Probation and Pretrial Services
    • Army ERC: United States Army Engine Research Center University of Wisconsin--Madison; devoted to fundamental research on spark ignition and diesel engines
    • VA Hospital: William S. Middleton Memorial United States Veteran's Administration Medical Center; acute care facility providing comprehensive tertiary care in medicine, surgery, neurology, and psychiatry for United States military veterans
    • -USA Federal-: USA Federal Government links; links to major top-level Web sites related to the United States government; you can use these to locate federal services available in the area

Services

Support for human needs and infrastructure

  • Transport: Madison offers transit options; Madison is noted for its many bicycle trails; Madison does have a public bus transit system; outside the Isthmus (the area around the State Capitol and University of Wisconsin), the city sprawls out and bus service gets less frequent
    • Airport: Dane County Regional Airport; a regional airport offering commercial and general aviation flights
    • Car Free: Possible in Madison; with great walkability and a transit system, you could easily live without a car in Madison
    • Car Sharing: Avoid owning a car; be car-free as much as possible, but keep the idea that you can rent or borrow a car only when you need it--for a big project or trip to far-out areas, for example
    • Metro: Madison's bus public transit system (Metro); includes routes and schedules; trip planner
    • Badger: Badger Bus; commercial bus transit company offering frequent travel between Madison and Milwaukee's downtown or Mitchell International Airport; also service to Minneapolis
    • Greyhound: National, commercial bus transit company; offers connections from Madison to the United States, Canada, and Mexico
    • Van Galder: Van Galder Bus; commercial bus transit company offering service between Madison and other south central Wisconsin cities to Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports and Chicago's downtown
    • Jefferson: Jefferson Lines daily; scheduled bus service serving Madison, connections to Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, and more in 11 midwest states
    • Mad-Bus: Special schedule bus to/from Twin Cities, MN; around holidays, breaks, and special events
    • Better Bus: Special schedule bus to/from Twin Cities, MN; around holidays, breaks, and special events
  • Human: Health and human services
    • Arc: Wisconsin state-wide membership organization serving people with developmental disabilities and their families
    • Family: Family Service of Dane County Wisconsin; a nonprofit human service agency offering counseling to individuals, families, and groups
    • Mental Health: Mental Health Center of Dane County; provides individuals and families with community-based, recovery-oriented mental health, substance abuse and advocacy services
    • Senior: Wisconsin Senior Services; Senior Resources Online; services available to older adults in the state of Wisconsin including alzheimer's, benefits, care, residential, elder abuse, family care, home health, hospice, hospitals, housing, nursing, and veterans.
    • -USA Human-: National Health and Human services; you can use these directories to find doctors, hospitals, dentists, and other health and human services
  • Facilities: Institutions, units, organizations, or systems that build, distribute, plan, or and keep area resources or infrastructure working
    • Plan: City of Madison Comprehensive Plan; strategic, long-term vision and goals, objectives, policies, and recommendations guiding the city’s growth and development
    • Energy: Madison Gas and Electric Company; a community energy company
    • Alliant: Alliant Energy Corporation; utility and consulting

Madison Media

Access information about and in many cases read (or listen to) Madison's media outlets

Periodicals

Madison's many publications offer Web sites with online content

  • Brava Magazine: Madison women
  • Capital Times: Daily newspaper; online presence as madison.com
  • WI St Jrnl: Wisconsin State Journal; daily newspaper; online presence as madison.com
  • Isthmus: Alternative weekly newspaper; online presence as thedailypage.com
  • Cardinal: University of Wisconsin--Madison daily campus official newspaper
  • Badger Herald: University of Wisconsin--Madison student independent newspaper
  • UW Press: The University of Wisconsin Press; publishes books and journals; publishing arm of the University of Wisconsin, a division of the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin--Madison
  • The Onion: Satire weekly; originated as a humor newspaper in Madison, now headquartered in New York City but distributed free in Madison and Milwaukee and available in national outlets; simply the finest news-paper in the Republic!
  • Madison Mag: Madison Magazine; monthly slick magazine showing off Madison culture and business
  • Mad Times: Madison Times weekly newspaper
  • Maximum Ink: Music magazine; online and in paper; covers music scene and live music calendar, interviews, features, reviews; distributed throughout Wisconsin and surrounding areas
  • Progressive: Left of center (even for Madison); subscription-based magazine
  • Chan 3000: Channel 3000.com; online presence of WISC-TV

Radio

Madison's radio dial sorted in alphabetical order by call letters; shows stations with Web sites; many of these radio stations offer live, streaming audio of their broadcast, so you can listen on the Internet anywhere in the world; please let me know your knowledge about updates to this list as radio stations change format, Web site addresses, and ownership often; unless otherwise noted, the station is in Madison, WI; HD = HD Radio programming

  • -AM-: Click here for the AM stations sorted by frequency
  • -FM-: Click here for the FM stations sorted by frequency
  • -HD-: Click here for the HD stations sorted by frequency
  • Discussion: Radio, TV Station, and Media News Site and Discussion Forum
  • W9YT: Badger Amateur Radio Society; University of Wisconsin--Madison
  • WCHY: FM 105.1 Variety; Waunakee
  • WERN: FM 88.7 Public +HD; University of Wisconsin--Madison
  • WFEN: FM 103.3 Religious; Rockford, IL
  • WHA: AM 970 Public +HD
  • WHFA: AM 1240 Religious; Poynette, WI
  • WHHI: FM 91.3 Public; Highland
  • WHIT: AM 1550 Oldies
  • WIBA: AM 1310 News Talk +HD
  • WIBA: FM 101.5 Rock
  • WJJO: FM 94.1 Rock
  • WJVL: FM 99.9 Country; Janesville
  • WMAD: FM 96.3 Country +HD; Sauk City
  • WMGN: FM 98.1 Variety +HD
  • WMMM: FM 105.5 Variety +HD
  • WNWC: AM 1190 Christian; Northwestern College
  • WNWC: FM 102.5 Christian; Northwestern College
  • WOLX: FM 94.9 Oldies
  • WORT: FM 89.9 Community +HD
  • WPR: Wisconsin Public Radio; Wisconsin-wide public radio network
  • WRN: Wisconsin Radio Network; covers the legislature, state government and the top stories from throughout the state
  • WSJY: FM 107.3 Adult Contemporary Fort Atkinson
  • WSUM: FM 91.7 Student Radio; University of Wisconsin--Madison
  • WTDY: AM 1670 Talk
  • WTLX: FM 100.5 Sports
  • WTMJ: AM 620 Newstalk; Milwaukee
  • WTUX: AM 1550 Nostalgia
  • WTSO: AM 1070 ESPN Radio
  • WWQM: FM 106 Country +HD
  • WXXM: FM 92.1 Talk; Sun Prairie, WI
  • WZEE: FM 104.1 Hit Music +HD

TV

Television stations in Madison

  • MCC12: Madison City Channel 12; Local governmental legislative meetings (e.g. Madison Common Council, Dane County Board of Supervisors); Local governmental boards, committees, commissions, etc.
  • WBUW: WB 57
  • WISC: Online presence as channel3000.com
  • WKOW: 27News
  • WMSN: Fox47
  • WMTV: NBC15
  • WPT: Wisconsin Public television
  • WYOU: Community Television; allows people of the community to produce free speech programming and air it on cable television

Madison Education

Madison's educational opportunities

Higher

Madison is well-known as a college town because of the University of Wisconsin--Madison campus; however, there are other options for higher education in the city

  • Edgewood: Edgewood College; private college; Independent Roman Catholic
  • Herzing: Herzing College; proprietary; offers undergraduate degrees; main campus of the Herzing Education System
  • MATC: Madison Area Technical College; public technical and community college for the greater Madison area
  • MMI: Madison Media Institute; offers associate degrees in media arts, production, and technology
  • UIU-Madison: Upper Iowa University; independent liberal arts; has Madison center
  • UW-Madison: University of Wisconsin--Madison; public research university; flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin System; notable business school, biotechnology research, etc; NCAA Division I sports
  • UW-System: University of Wisconsin System; administrative unit based in Madison of state-wide system of public universities and colleges
  • UW-Extension: University of Wisconsin Extension; administrative unit based in Madison for lifelong learning

Schools

Madison's primary, secondary, trade, and professional schools

  • K12: Madison Metropolitan Schools District; government-run public schools
  • MTTP: Midwest Teacher Training Program; provides instruction on how to teach English to adults abroad; offered by Wisconsin ESL Institute which is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
  • TechSkills: Career training school; offers classroom training and certification for computer certifications, medical billing and coding, pharmacy technician training, and other business education

Madison Commerce

Madison's business community

Groups

Organizations promoting business and business opportunities in the Madison area

  • Chamber: Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
  • Forward WI: Website attracting business to Wisconsin; offers information on labor, tax, costs, research, and assistance

Notable

Large or well-known companies with headquarters or major operations in the Madison area; sales figures, where shown, are from hoovers.com

  • AmFam: American Family Insurance Group; specializes in property and casualty insurance; based in Madison; 2012 revenue $6.1 billion
  • Alliant: Alliant Energy Corporation; utilities and consulting; 2012 revenue $3.0 billion
  • CUNA: CUNA Mutual Group; provides products and services to credit unions; based in Madison; revenue $13.7 billion
  • Epic: medical software; Verona
  • Kraft: Kraft Foods; hotdogs, lunchmeats, etc.; unit located in Madison
  • Meriter: Meriter Health Services; healthcare; based in Madison
  • Rayovac: Rayovac Corporation; Spectrum Brands, North American Headquarters Global Operations and Technology; general-purpose alkaline batteries and specialty batteries; based in Madison; unit of Spectrum Brands (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • UW: University of Wisconsin System; education and research; state-wide system of campuses headquartered in Madison
  • UW Hospitals: University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics; healthcare; based in Madison
  • WPSIC: Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation; provides health insurance for businesses and individuals; based in Madison

Madison Reference

Works to help you find out more about Madison

Guides

Learn more about Madison with online guides that describe area attractions

  • WorldWeb: Madison Travel and Tourism; part of WorldWeb Travel Guide Web site

Indexes

Access online information about Madison through general and specialized indexes

  • Google: Google's entry for Madison; contains hundreds of fairly well-organized and edited links to resources on a wide range of categories
  • Yahoo: Yahoo's entry for Madison
  • Business: Madison Business Internet Guide; lists links to business and community Web sites in the Madison area
  • MadisonClick: Web directory of Madison attractions, events, cultural features, and business
  • Madline: Searchable index of Madison businesses; links to Web sites
  • Yellow Pages: Search form; find businesses and organizations using the SMARTpages.com directory

General

Find more information related to Madison

  • USA blue: a blue page for the United States; an index of resources to help you locate information about activities, events, places, sports, government, media, commerce, and reference information in the USA
  • -USA General-: General reference section of USA Index; lookup information in national directories for classified ads, jobs, discussion, or lookup resources
  • JobCenterOfWisconsin.com: Wisconsin employment exchange; Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the Wisconsin Job Center system; linking employers in all parts of the state and in communities that border Wisconsin with anyone looking for a job
  • JobHunt WI: Entry for Wisconsin on job-hunt.org; a well-organized and comprehensive set of links to search for jobs in Wisconsin
  • TopJobsUSA: Entry for Madison in the TopJobsUSA employment search engine
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