Bob Barrett

News Anchor/Reporter

Bob Barrett has been a radio broadcaster since the mid 1970s and has worked at stations from northern New York to south Florida and, oddly, has been able to make a living that way. He began work in public radio in 2001. Over the years he has produced nationally syndicated programs such as The Environment Show and The Health Show for Northeast Public Radio's National Productions. As well as reporting news and hosting afternoons for WUWF, Bob is the producer and host of The Best Of Our Knowledge, a syndicated program about education ... and produces podcasts for the medical journal Clinical Chemistry. He lives in Gulf Breeze with his family and is currently devising methods of keeping the squirrels off his bird feeders.

The numbers are in and it’s official: Pensacon has quickly turned into a multi-million dollar piece of the local economy.

In a conversation a few weeks before the event, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward said whenever 30,000 people descend on your city it's pretty powerful. Now that the weekend has passed and the economic impact of the convention has been tallied, officials are seeing just how powerful Pensacon has become in only two years.  

After a very shaky roll out last week, the first round of writing tests for the new Florida Education Standards have been taken by 8th, 9th and 10th graders. But confidence in the new system is still pretty low.

Fracking & Florida

Mar 9, 2015
Rethink Energy Florida

Hydraulic Fracturing or “fracking” is a controversial method of extracting oil from shale rock. It was the topic of a workshop at the West Florida Public Library yesterday called “Fracking and Florida”.

Kim Ross is the President and Founder of Rethink Energy Florida, an organization that was born out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and works for a more sustainable energy future. They hosted the workshop.  Ross spoke with WUWF’s Bob Barrett about how fracking is becoming an issue in Florida.

The first round of tests for the new Florida Standards has started and things are not going smoothly. Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas is dealing with a lot of frustrated students and teachers.

"The last few days have been very traumatic for students trying to take the Florida Standards Writing Assessment". 

And he’s not alone. School districts across the state are having trouble logging in to the new state testing system for students.

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An outbreak of a nasty stomach bug has health officials getting the word out about basic hygiene. Dr. John Lanza, the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, recently issued a release about a spike in the number of gastrointestinal infections reported in Escambia County.

There was a nice cheer from the crowd that was left at the Pensacola Bay Center late Sunday afternoon, as the Mike Ensley, the chairman of Pensacon announced the dates and the first confirmed guests for next year’s edition of the fan convention. 

Ensley says the fan convention will return next year on February 19 through the 21 to the Pensacola Bay Center, the Crowne Plaza Hotel and, hopefully, The Saenger Theater. The first announced guests are Peter Mayhew and David Prowse, who play Chewbacca the Wookie and Darth Vader on Star Wars.

startrek.com

After “Star Trek the Next Generation” had been off the air for over a year and “Deep Space Nine” was in the middle of its run, the powers that be at Paramount wanted another Trek show that was set on astarship. That show was called “Star Trek – Voyager” and debuted in January of 1995. Actor Garrett Wang played Ensign Harry Kim for all seven season of the show. Wang was in Pensacola this weekend for Pensacon.

IMDB.com

There is so much to do and see at Pensacon that you may have passed by one room on your way to something else.  If so, you missed a lot

hacksawjimduggan.net

If you became a fan of pro wrestling in the late 1980s you know the name Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

He joined what was then called the WWF in 1987 and two years later rose to become the federation’s champion. In 2011 he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He still has fun interacting with fans.

He finds it reassuring that the WWE is bringing back their classic performers and honoring them. Duggan says it's "opened them up to a whole new generation of kids, and after 35 years in wrestling it's nice to be remembered".

thefw.com

Pensacon has brought a lot of famous faces to Pensacola this weekend. One of those faces belongs to veteran character actor Carel Struycken, whose face and size have kept him on the big and small screen for years.

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