Elizabeth Murphy Burns

burnsA Duluth-Superior native, her early broadcast career was served at television stations in Tucson and San Diego and in radio ownership in southern California. In 1975, she became part of the management team at WISC-TV, the Murphy family broadcasting station in Madison. In 1980, she was named President of Morgan Murphy Stations which included WISC-TV and two radio and four television stations in Washington State and North Dakota. In the ensuing two decades, under her leadership, the Murphy media domain grew to include WISC-TV, Madison, and WKBT-TV, La Crosse, WPLV AM/FM, Platteville, WGLR AM/FM, Lancaster, and eight radio stations in Iowa and Washington State, as well as the popular monthly, Madison Magazine, a cable television channel, UPN14, in Madison and Murphy Entertainment Group, a video programming company. She was the first woman elected to the CBS Affiliates Advisory Board and also served on the TVB Board of Directors and on the National Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors.


  1. Linda Shafer

    Hi E Its ernie and Linda Shafer What a beautiful video tribute to you Congratulations!! Love to unite with you at Gordon Know anyone on the lake with beds to rent some days in last two weeks in July??weve out grown thenig house Hope to see you

  2. Tammy Murley

    Hi Liz,
    This Tammy, The one who was your daughter in law when I was married to Russell Schirmer. I have thought about you over the years and googled your name and found you. It looks like you doing well. I’m living in Texas and have been here since 1983. I would love to hear from you. Jeremy will be 42 in November and Chelsea will be 41 in March. I guess you know that Shane passed away a few years ago. Well I just wanted to see what you have been up to. Take care of yourself.

  3. Hello Liz, My name is Frank Peck, and I was a staff photographer/reporter at your father’s newspaper, The Evening Telegram, for several years, during the mid-to-late 1960s. I worked directly under William ‘Bill’ Goligoski, the managing editor, at the time. I’m seventy-five now, and have recently, along with my wife, relocated to northern Kentucky. Are you by chance aware of any radio stations, that are for sale, in our area? I’d like to find one attached to a residence, where we can live, and operate the station, at the same location. Are you aware of such a thing? The Very Best of a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, to You, and All of Your Family.
    Thank You
    Frank Peck

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