2016 marks Dave Madsen’s 46th year in broadcasting and 24th anniversary with Western Mass News.
Madsen came to Western Mass News in 1992 after spending twelve years with WWLP-TV. He began his broadcasting career in 1970 with WMAS in Springfield. Later that year he began a nine-year association with WHMP Radio in Northampton. Madsen serves as primary anchor of Western Mass News’ 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.
Madsen was born and raised in Southampton, attending schools there and Easthampton High School. He attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where he majored in Communications studies. From 2000 to 2014, he served as an adjunct professor at the University, teaching a television news reporting course in the Journalism department. Madsen is very active in the community as a longtime member of the Jimmy Fund Council of Western Massachusetts, having served as its president and current vice president.
In 2011, Madsen was inducted into the New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Science's Silver Circle for his accomplishments in broadcasting and his work in the community. Other awards include the William D. Mullins Man of the Year Award, the Sr. M. Catherine Laboure Award from the Brightside for Families in Children and the Brightside Golf Classic’s William Corriden Award for his commitment to families and children. Viewers have honored Madsen with the Valley Advocate’s “Best of Valley” award for eight straight years and eleven out of the last twelve. Madsen is also proud to be voted the Favorite Local TV Personality in the Springfield Republican’s Readers Raves poll for three consecutive years.
He and his wife Linda live in Southampton.