WSTO TV adds the Stoughton Sports Network on Channel 980!

For Immediate Release
Contact Derek Westby - Communications Manager & IT Operations Specialist

STOUGHTON, WI - The City of Stoughton Information Technology and Media Services Department is proud to announce the launch of the Stoughton Sports Network on Spectrum Channel 980. Over the past few years the IT/Media Department has been planning the launch of a second channel. Last year the we were able to acquire channel space previously used by the Stoughton Area School District and paired that with funding from the City’s budget process to get the broadcasting equipment necessary to broadcast two channels.

As part of the upgrade, WSTO TV (981) and the Stoughton Sports Network (980) both are now streaming online in full HD and live sports will be be broadcast online live in full HD (starting the 2019-20 School Year). Adding this equipment will also allow for us to simulcast two live events. Starting in February of 2019, Sports will broadcast exclusively on SSN (980) with some sports also broadcasting live on WSTO (981) if needed. SSN will also feature past years sports and come from deep within our archives.

We hope you tune in to SSN 980 for all of your Stoughton Sports Needs!


Long-time WSTO TV Volunteer and the voice of Hockey and Football Coverage wins Statewide Appreciation

James Wyngaard

WSTO TV's James Wyngaard will be honored at the Wisconsin Community Media Best of the Mid-West Media Fest Banquet as one of their Friend of Access Award recipients.

Wyngaard was nominated by Derek Westby, Communications Manager and IT Operations Specialist for the City of Stoughton as well as Brian Utter, the former director of WMCF - McFarland Cable TV.

Wyngaard has spent likely thousands of hours volunteering in community media for WSTO TV in Stoughton, WCFM in McFarland, The Sun Prairie Media Center both on television and radio and MANY more places.

Wyngaard will receive his recognition on May 10th at the Oshkosh Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center

Congratulations James!


WSTO TV wins another Merit Award



WSTO TV received notification that it had won a Merit Award for Stoughton High School Football Coverage in the LIVE category.  WSTO TV was notified by Wisconsin Community Media Executive Director Mary Cardona that they received a Merit Award for their Coverage of the Stoughton vs. Oregon Football Game on September 22nd, 2017.  WSTO entered the program in the Best of the Midwest Media Fest for 2017.  Derek Westby, City of Stoughton Communications Manager stated that "This was likely the best football coverage we've done since I began working for the city 12 years ago."  Westby continued "We hope to continue to improve our coverage and transmission methods in hope of winning an excellence award."

Westby will recieve the award at the Best of the Midwest Media Fest Banquet on May 10th in Oshkosh.


For more information Contact:
Derek Westby
Communications Manager & IT Operations Specialist
City of Stoughton IT/Media Services Department

School Board Meetings not carried LIVE

WSTO TV and the Stoughton Area School District agreed to have Stoughton Area School District Staff cover the School Board Meetings.  Live broadcasts of the Stoughton Area Schools Board Meetings can now be found on the school districts YouTube channel at  School Board Meetings are no longer carried live on WSTO TV effective December 5th, 2017.

If you have any questions please contact We appreciate your understanding in this change

City of Stoughton Hires an IT/Media Director

The City of Stoughton hired John Montgomery to oversee all aspects of Media and Technology for the City of Stoughton.  Montgomery comes to the city with many years of experience in IT.  Montgomery will oversee the Communications Manager & IT Operations Specialist, Derek Westby while Westby manages WSTO as well as assists in IT support.  We would like to welcome Director Montgomery to the city and to community television!


WSTO wins Merit Award in the Best of the Midwest Media Fest

Stoughton, WI, March 20, 2017– Each year, Wisconsin Community Media holds the Best of the Midwest Media Fest – a competition which recognizes the best in community programming. This year drew in nearly 200 entries from almost 40 Media Centers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota and Minnesota.  Stoughton’s WSTO TV (Channel 981) won a Merit Award for Tom Richardson’s Screen Time, a local television series reviewing box office hits as well as older movies.

“I’ve been working on the concept of this program for a few years, but until the beginning of 2016 I couldn’t find the right host,” said Derek Westby, Media Production Specialist for the City of Stoughton.  “Tom Richardson had been reviewing videos for his YouTube series and was the perfect fit for our program.”

Tom Richardson’s Screen Time is a studio show shot using virtual sets in WSTO’s HD studio.  The show features movie trailers along with Tom’s review and rating of each movie, and the final segment often reviews an older favorite or “hidden gem.”

The series won a Merit Award that will be presented at the Best of the Midwest Media Fest Banquet and Show on April 6th at the Holiday Inn Riverfront in Milwaukee.

Fall Sports are taking to the air in August!

As fall is coming we all know what that means, FOOTBALL SEASON!  WSTO has been covering Stoughton High School Football for decades but did you know that WSTO covers more sports than that?  We actually cover eleven different sports!  Football, Volleyball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Girls Hockey, Boys Hockey, Wrestling, Girls Swimming (If available) and Boys Swimming (If Available).  We strive to bring you the most coverage we can with our extremely limited staff!  If you are interested in volunteering to announce Volleyball, Boys Soccer or Swimming this fall please contact us, we would LOVE to have you help us out!

For more information on announcing click here!

WSTO to be at the Stoughton Community Expo

WSTO TV will have a booth at the Stoughton Community Expo to promote community television in our area.  WSTO wants to let the community know that we are still here and still providing great community and regional events coverage as well as providing many other services to the community that community members might not be aware of.

Be sure to stop by and see us!

More information

Posted Thursday March 31st, 2016


Stoughton, WI, March 21, 2016– Every year Wisconsin Community Media holds an annual Media Fest competition open to media centers in the Midwest. There were 185 entries this year from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota and Minnesota. Stoughton’s very own WSTO (Channel 981) submitted two videos and were awarded for both submissions. The Video Fest has three levels of awards, Excellence, Achievement and Merit in several different categories.

WSTO won a Merit Award for coverage of the Stoughton City Council Meeting on October 27th, 2015 in the Professional Meeting Coverage Category. Additionally WSTO won an Achievement Award for coverage of the November 28th, 2015 Stoughton High School Boys Hockey Game in the Professional LIVE category. The awards ceremony for the 2016 Best of the Midwest Media Fest will be on April 28th at 6:30pm at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison. 

Posted Tuesday March 29th, 2016