Dave Dunwoody

Assistant News Director

Dave came to WUWF in September, 2002, after 14 years as News Director at the Alabama Radio Network in Montgomery, Mobile and Birmingham and a total of 27 years in commercial radio. During that time, he also served as Alabama Bureau Chief for United Press International.

The Trion, Georgia native was news director at stations in Anniston, Scottsboro and Fort Payne in Alabama, where he also broadcast football, basketball and baseball play-by-play. Dave also “spun the hits” at rock and country music stations in Lafayette, Albany and Rome, Georgia and in Burlington, North Carolina.

During his time at WUWF, Dave has earned a B.A. in Communication Arts/Journalism at the University of West Florida (Class of 2012).  He’s married to the former Linda Shiell, a Pensacola native, and they live in Pensacola with their cats Gigi and Lucy. Dave is also a passionate fan of Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons football; the Atlanta Braves, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Pensacola Ice Flyers, and Tampa Bay Lightning. His hobbies include comedy writing, guitar and computer sports games.

Epilepsy Resource Ctr Pensacola

Pensacola-based Epilepsy Resource Center is expanding its services to residents in the western Panhandle of Florida. 

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Fourteen high school students from Mexico are visiting the Pensacola area, part of the youth group Jovenes en Accion, Youth in Action. 

At UWF last week, they took part in a roundtable discussion concerning gender, ethnic, and social discrimination at their schools and in the surrounding communities. 

Ice Flyers

  When the Southern Professional Hockey League opens the 2016-17 season in October, a new head coach will be behind the bench for the Pensacola Ice Flyers. 

Kevin Hasselberg takes over for Rod Aldoff, who is now coaching the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals. Hasselberg is a native of Brooks, Alberta and has spent the last five seasons as coach and general manager of the Battlefords North Stars in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

OneBlood.org

On Monday, Aug. 1, one of the nation's largest blood suppliers will begin testing its donations for the Zika virus.

 

OneBlood’s announcement on Thursday comes the same day that Florida health officials reported that a woman in Miami-Dade could be the state’s first Zika case who contracted the virus without traveling outside the continental United States. Later, a spokeswoman corrected the statement, saying that sexual transmission related to travel has not been ruled out.  

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   U.S. Senator Marco Rubio Wednesday toured the U.S. District courthouse in downtown Pensacola, which remains closed because of mold and other health hazards.

Federal Judge Casey Rodgers took Rubio on a brief walk-through of the courthouse and afterward, said they’re moving toward what she hopes will be a resolution.

“This is not a partisan issue; access to justice and security for our judges and for our court personnel are a shared concern,” said Rodgers. “Senator Rubio has been very helpful in the past, Cong. [Jeff] Miller has been very helpful, Sen. [Bill] Nelson.”

City of Pensacola

  While many are excited about the design proposals for the new Pensacola Bay Bridge, one Pensacola City Council member is not among them. 

Along with serving on the Council, Brian Spencer is also an architect and developer. He views the bridge project in that light, as well as an interested observer.

“I’ve been able to travel to many different cities, both in the United States as well as abroad,” said Spencer. “And find more often than not, cities provide these bridges as a signature to a community, a district, or a city.”

CDC

  The Zika virus is here, it’s here to stay and there must be ways developed to minimize its damage to humans. That’s the theme of two presentations in the Florida Panhandle this week.

Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio chaired a hearing on Zika last week in Washington, D.C. Sixty-five countries and territories have reported evidence travel-related Zika cases. Four countries are said to have possible endemic transmission.

Catholic HEART Workcamp

  More than 100 teenagers from around the country are in Pensacola this week, as part of the area’s inaugural Catholic HEART Workcamp. 

The original Workcamp began in Orlando in 1993 with 100 participants. It’s grown to more than 14,000 as of this year. Bringing a group to Pensacola was the dream of two Gulf Breeze residents, Julie Baltz and Courtney Fell. 

“My co-manager Julie Baltz was looking online for something along those lines 2-3 years ago for her kids to do,” said Fall. “And she wanted to do it locally.”

Skanska USA

  New York-based Skanska USA is a step closer to getting the contract to replace the current Pensacola Bay, also called Three Mile Bridge, that opened in 1960. 

Tentative approval was given Monday in Milton by a three-member committee of Florida Department of Transportation officials. At just under $399 million, Skanska bested four other firms. FDOT spokesman Ian Satter says it’s now on to the next step.

Lindsay Myers

  After weeks of wrangling, a representative of the Satanic Temple of Northwest Florida delivered the invocation at the Pensacola City Council meeting Thursday night. 

Council President Charles Bare gaveled the meeting into session. But as David Suhor, in a black hooded robe, prepared to give the invocation, members of the gallery began drowning him out with Christian prayers.

The Escambia County Commission met in special session Thursday morning, on the distribution of Local Option Gas Tax proceeds. This was the first round of talks, with the Pensacola City Council taking up the issue this evening.

On a 4-1 vote, the Commission approved a lengthy motion to send a letter to the Florida Department of Revenue, outlining the distribution to be 85.5 percent to the county; 6.99 percent to Pensacola, and 0.81 percent to Century for road and infrastructure projects over the next decade.

  The County Commission is expected to revisit debate on handing out revenue from the six-cent-per-gallon levy to the county, Pensacola, and the Town of Century for road paving and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“There’s been a formula between the city and county for a significant amount of time, and that formula every 10 years has to be renewed. We are at the time of that renewal,” said Escambia County Commission Chairman Grover Robinson. 

  As the 2016-17 school year approaches in Florida, two school districts in the western Panhandle are preparing some belt-tightening measures.

Escambia County Superintendent Malcolm Thomas calls the 2016-17 term a “status quo year,” including a on percent categorical increase from the state. Close tabs are being kept on the $350 million general operating budget.

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Outgoing Cong. Jeff Miller appeared Monday with Donald Trump in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as the presumptive Republican nominee outlined a ten-point plan to improve the Veterans Administration.

One question being asked is: what's in it for Miller?

 

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the effect the Brexit referendum had on the Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates, an expected rise in employment and foreign home buying growing in the U.S., with Florida leading the way.

 

Minutes from the June Federal Reserve meeting released this week suggest that concerns about Brexit played a part in the Fed’s decision not to raise interest rates, but there were also other issues at play.

 

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