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WDFX-TV
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Ozark / Dothan, Alabama
Branding Fox 34
Slogan Something For Everyone
Channels Digital: 33 (UHF)
Subchannels 34.1 Fox
Owner Raycom Media
(WDFX License Subsidiary, LLC)
First air date February 1991
Call letters’ meaning We're Dothan's FoX
Sister station(s) WSFA
WPGX
Former callsigns WDAU (1991-1995)
Former channel number(s) 34 (UHF analog, 1991-2009)
Transmitter Power 538 kW
Height 148 m
Facility ID 32851
Transmitter Coordinates 31°12′29.7″N 85°36′49.4″W / 31.20825°N 85.613722°W / 31.20825; -85.613722
Website myfox34.net

WDFX-TV is the Fox-affiliated television station for the Wiregrass area of Southeastern Alabama that is licensed to Ozark. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 33 from a transmitter southeast of Wicksburg along the Houston and Geneva County line. Owned by Raycom Media, the station has studios on Ross Clark Circle (a.k.a. U.S. 231 / AL 210) near the Barrett section of Dothan. Syndicated programming on WDFX includes: Two and a Half Men, Judge Judy, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and The Doctors.

History

The station signed-on in February 1991 broadcasting an analog signal on UHF channel 34 with the calls WDAU. That call sign was originally used on CBS affiliate WYOU in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre which incidentally is a sister station to ABC affiliate WDHN in Dothan. WDAU started in Ozark when a small group of investors saw the need for a Fox affiliate in the area. The call sign was changed to the current WDFX-TV in 1995 under the ownership of David Woods of Montgomery. As a part of Woods Television, the station grew in popularity.

It was bought by Waitt Media in June 1999. Under that company, WDFX moved to their current facilities with the sales and traffic offices being together for the first time. On December 15, 2003, Raycom Media bought the station. They share the same management as sister station and Fox affiliate WPGX in Panama City, Florida. Each channel serves its own respective market but share a common look that can be seen on several other Fox affiliates owned by Raycom.

Newscast

Their news open.

On January 7, 2008, sister station NBC affiliate WSFA in Montgomery launched a newscast known as Fox News at 9 on WDFX. Originally airing for 35 minutes on weeknights, a weekend thirty minute edition began in Summer 2008. The broadcasts originate from a secondary set at WSFA's studios on East Delano Avenue in the Cloverland section of Montgomery.

Since the start of the 9 o'clock news, WDFX has been referred to (on WSFA) as the Wiregrass Newsroom and has two reporters and a photojournalist based at their studios. For the broadcasts, this station renovated their facilities and added live production capabilities. On August 3, WSFA began broadcasting their local newscasts in high definition. The news set and graphics were redesigned and the WDFX broadcasts were included in the upgrade.

Anchors

  • Mark Bullock - Monday though Thursday
  • Sally Pitts - Friday and Saturday
  • Cody Holyoke - Sundays

Meteorologists

  • Allyson Rae - Sunday through Thursday
  • Rich Thomas - Fridays
  • Dan Atkinson - Saturdays

Sports

  • Jeff Shearer - Monday through Thursday
  • Derek Styer - Friday through Sunday

Reporters

  • Doug Gooden - photojournalist
  • Daniel Curtis
  • Melissa Johnson

Additional news personnel are seen from WSFA. See that article for a complete listing.

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