2019 marks Dave Madsen's 50th year in broadcasting and 27th anniversary with Western Mass News.
Madsen came to Western Mass News in 1992 after 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.
He anchors Western Mass News' 5, 5:30, 6, 10 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 was an adjunct professor at the UMass, developing and teaching a television news writing and reporting course in the Journalism department.
He 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. He also chaired Western Massachusetts most successful golf tournament, the Jimmy Fund – Jeffrey Vinick Classic and has served as that tournament's emcee since 1987. Madsen also emcees a number of events all over New England for the Jimmy Fund. He also emcees a number of charity golf tournaments, including Brightside, as well as the very popular concerts with the Dan Kane Singers. He's also involved with Baystate Health's Rays of Hope Walk, emceeing it annual fundraising walk.
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.
In September 2017, Madsen became the first television broadcaster from Western Mass to inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
He is He's proud to be the first Western Massachusetts recipient of the “Jimmy” Award for his distinguished and continuing support of cancer research and the care of children with cancer. He also received the Jimmy Funds prestigious Bob Cheyne Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of dedicated service to the Jimmy Fund and the Sadowsky Visionary Award from the Jimmy Fund Council of Western Massachusetts.
In 2010, The Western Mass Chapter of the Association of Fund raising Professionals honored Madsen with their President's Award.
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.
Western Mass News’ viewers have honored Madsen with the Valley Advocate's “Best of Valley” award for twelve straight years and fifteen the last sixteen years. Madsen is also proud to have been voted “Favorite Local TV Personality” in the Springfield Republican/Masslive Reader Raves poll every year, since its inception in 2012.
He and his wife Linda live in Southampton.