Badger Television Network

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Badger Television Network
TypeDefunct Broadcast television network
Launch date
January 1958 (1958-01)
DissolvedAugust 8, 1958 (1958-08-08)

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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1]


  • 12:30–1:00 p.m. – Pretzel Party[1]
  • 1:00–1:30 p.m. – Homemaker's Holiday[1]
  • 1:30–2:00 p.m. – Good Housekeeping[1]
  • 11:00 p.m.–12:00 p.m. – Hearings (March only)[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Dick Golembiewski (2008). Milwaukee Television History: The Analog Years. Marquette University Press. pp. 230–231. ISBN 0-87462-055-4.