On July 15, 2018, Nexstar agreed to acquire WHDF from Lockwood Broadcast Group for $2.25 million; Nexstar concurrently took over WHDF's operations through a time brokerage agreement. The sale was completed on November 9, creating a duopoly with WZDX.
On March 20, 2019, Tysons, Virginia-based Tegna Inc. announced it would purchase WZDX from Nexstar upon consummation of the merger, as part of the company's sale of nineteen Nexstar- and Tribune-operated stations to Tegna and the E. W. Scripps Company in separate deals worth $1.32 billion (coinciding the merger of then-owner Nexstar Media Group and Tribune Broadcasting), making WZDX the first Tegna-owned station in the state of Alabama. Their logo are based from it's former-sister station WYZZ-TV. However, they're still using Nexstar's graphics for it's own newscasts.