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.

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In the wake of the news that Monty Python founding member Terry Jones has been diagnosed with dementia, we look back at his visits to the University of West Florida.

Another mosquito-borne illness alert is going out from the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, after a second case of West Nile virus for 2016 was confirmed in a county resident. 

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  Researchers at the University of West Florida are out with a first-of-its-kind study, assessing the health effects of the major flood that hit the Pensacola area in 2014. 

The Health Impact Assessment (HIA)  also involved the Florida Department of Health, and was funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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  Major road work is getting underway at Gulf Islands National Seashore – again. 

The timing of the multiple projects is no accident. It’s late September and the end of the shorebird nesting season at Gulf Islands National Seashore, where Dan Brown is Superintendent. 

“We wrote that right into the contract, and wanted them to get started as quickly as they possibly could following the end of shorebird nesting season,” Brown said. “So that they would be completely done in March, when the shorebirds start nesting again.”

  The autumnal equinox arrived at 9:21 Central time on Thursday morning. But as we go from summer to fall, another season still has about ten more weeks to run. 

We remain in what’s considered the peak of the 2016 hurricane season in the Atlantic and Caribbean. Gerry Bell at the National Hurricane Center says moving into fall has zero effect.

“There’s really no relationship at all,” said Bell. “The peak of the hurricane season is August, September and October, so it’s a broad peak and the equinox just happens to coincide in September.”

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  U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is sponsoring a NASA funding bill, which requires a human to set foot on Mars. 

Nelson spoke on the Senate floor earlier this year promoting the bill which was unanimously approved by the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, Senate bill 3346 provides the space agency $19.6 billion with a few strings attached. One of them is a commitment to a manned flight to the Red Planet. 

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Two years after the announcement that VT Mobile Aerospace would build a plant in Pensacola, more talks on funding the project are expected this afternoon. 

Construction was announced in September, 2014, with the plant originally scheduled to begin refurbishing large aircraft this summer. But, the site, 19 acres adjacent to Pensacola International Airport, remains idle with no groundbreaking date as yet.  

photo via Flickr// Michael Kappel

Emergencies have been declared in a half-dozen Southeastern states, after a leak in a gasoline pipeline began to show up at the pump. 

Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia have all have relaxed restrictions on fuel transportation to stave off shortages and price spikes. 

  Voters will go to the polls in November not only to make their choice for president, but also for the man who will represent the western Panhandle in Congress. 

Matt Gaetz and Steven Specht took different paths to their parties’ nominations. Specht had no primary opposition, and advanced to the general election. For Gaetz, it was a fight with seven other Republicans in which he collected 36 percent of the vote in the primary.

Photo via Flickr//Melanie Hayes / https://flic.kr/p/5PA9Tx

    

While the start of football season is occupying the thoughts of many these days, there’s another season beginning soon that deserves just as much attention, if not more. 

Flu season is actually year-round, but the acute period generally begins in October and runs through May of each year, give or take a month or two depending where you live.

Dr. John Lanza is Director of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County. He and other health officials are calling for everyone over six months of age to get vaccinated.

Photo via Flickr//Conred Guatemala / https://flic.kr/p/DHgTtq

Scammers prey on people’s fears to make money: it’s what they do. So with the Zika outbreak, they’re cashing in on anxiety over the disease. The Better Business Bureau is urging everyone not to fall for them.

Tammy Ward with the BBB in Pensacola tells us how such scams work, and that they’re online for the most part.  

U.S. Navy

  Pilot error is cited as the cause of June’s crash of a Blue Angel aircraft near Nashville, Tennessee, in which the pilot was killed. 

The report, from the Naval Air Training Command, says Marine Corps Capt. Jeff Kuss was flying “too low and too fast” and lost control of his FA/18 Hornet as he transitioned from a climb into another maneuver. The report also says Kuss attempted to eject seconds before the crash. 

  Representatives from a number of law enforcement agencies Wednesday announced the results of “Operation Undertow” – an Internet sting targeting adults seeking to have sex with minors. 

Twenty-two suspects traveled to a designated residence in Pensacola to meet the children. Instead, they were greeted, rather roughly, by law enforcement officers. 

“This effort of arresting and prosecuting these individuals helps to stop future abuse,” said Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander.

FDLE

Joseph Graves, the former Florida Department of Law Enforcement chemist charged with racketeering and other offenses, was given a 15-year sentence after entering a guilty plea on Wednesday. 

  With the backing of some independent voters, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has a seven-point lead over Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy in the latest Quinnipiac University poll. 

Taken between August 31 and last Wednesday, the 601 likely voters queried give Rubio a 50-43 percent edge, with a four point margin of error. A poll taken before their easy primary victories showed Rubio leading Murphy 48-45 percent.

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