WDHN is Nexstar’s legacy station in Alabama, a group that now serves every square mile of the state. This ABC affiliate is located in Dothan and has been a longstanding staple of Nexstar Broadcasting since being acquired by the company on August 1, 2003.
WDHN serves southeast Alabama, northwest Florida and southwest Georgia with four local newscasts Monday through Friday. The local news broadcasts begin each morning with Wake Up Wiregrass, a name in tribute to the region of the country where WDHN resides, from 6-7 AM. WDHN News at 5, 6 & 10 PM keeps Wiregrass residents up to date on the local news of the evening Monday through Friday.
WDHN broadcasts a daily lineup of ABC network programming like Good Morning America, World News Tonight and Jimmy Kimmel Live along with the network’s highly rated primetime lineup. Mid-afternoons on WDHN feature Dr. Phil, The Doctors and Entertainment Tonight after the evening news.
WDHN is channel 18.1 on local airwaves featuring networks Escape on 18.2, LAFF on 18.3 and Cozi on 18.4.
Dothan, AL is in the 171st largest DMA in the United States, with a population of approximately 235,120 and 85,140 television households, as reported by Nielsen Media.
The community has shown a deep love for WDHN News voting it the “Best TV Station” in 2018 and 2019 as well as naming evening anchor Ben Stanfield “Best Media Personality” five years running.
Dothan is a major medical hub for the region with two large hospitals serving the Wiregrass, and the city is also home to the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine where tomorrow’s doctors are trained. Farley Nuclear Plant, owned by Alabama Power and operated by Southern Nuclear, employs almost 1,000 people and sits just outside of Dothan to the east. To the west, the skies roar daily with the sounds of Army Aviation at Fort Rucker. Fort Rucker is a major piece of the United States Army’s infrastructure as thousands have trained to become helicopter pilots at this installation. The post is also a major driver of the growing local economy.
Downtown areas throughout the region are experiencing a renaissance period with new focuses on community entertainment events. Bravo! TV’s Top Chef, Kelsey Barnard Clark, calls Dothan home and owns and operates her award-winning restaurant downtown. Recreation facilities in the region are widely regarded as some of the nicest in the southeast, and the Wiregrass is known for a family-friendly atmosphere.
The Wiregrass is the number one supplier of peanuts in the United States and agriculture is another major piece of the local economy. The National Peanut Festival culminates the love and respect for the plant that has brought so much to this area upon the completion of the harvest each November.
Source: TVB, BIA Financial Network Market Report 3rd Edition, 2007
Station Contact Information5274 East State Hwy 52 Webb, AL 36376 P: (334) 793-1818 F: (334) 793-2623
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Richard Reinhardt, Local Sales Manager
Ben Stanfield, News Director
Craig Casillas, Chief Engineer
Susie White, Digital Media Manager
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