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.

The Trion, Georgia native was also 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 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 cat Callie and dog Monty. Dave is also a passionate fan of Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons football; the Atlanta Braves, Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Pensacola Ice Flyers. His hobbies include comedy writing, guitar and computer sports games.

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After waiting a few weeks, the Escambia County Commission on Thursday is expected to discuss which, if any,  Confederate flag should be displayed at the Pensacola Bay Center.

On a 4-1 vote in December, the Commission approved flying only the U.S. and the Florida state flags at the facility. The Confederate battle flag was taken down, along with those representing England, France and Spain.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is pushing for more tax cuts, more money for schools and lower state university tuition in his annual State of the State Address delivered on Tuesday.

Speaking on the opening of the 2015 legislative session, the Governor told the 160 state lawmakers that they agree on more than they disagree on. He then laid out his goals in the first year of his second term. Those include cutting taxes, spending more money on K-through-12, and making higher education more affordable.

Three local men have been arrested on child pornography charges in the past two weeks, the latest in more than a dozen such cases in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties over the past year and a half.  WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports on the legalities and the mindset regarding child porn.

In separate arrests, Keith Shaffer of Pace, Warren Lindsley of Pensacola and Samuel Yates of Milton are charged with possession of child pornography, which is a third-degree felony. Lindsley is also charged with promoting the sexual performance by a child, which is second-degree.

U.S. Navy

Hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of jobs could be created through construction of Whiting Field Aviation Park. That’s what Santa Rosa County officials are telling the area’s legislative delegation.

County Commission Chairman Don Salter Monday hosted a tour of the county-owned site: 269 acres adjacent to NAS Whiting Field, in search of $8 million from the state to move the project forward. The funds likely would be delivered in two, $4 million increments.

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If some investors in the Garcon Point Bridge get their way, travelers will pay a higher toll. That’s part of the agenda for Thursday’s meeting between a state lawmaker and investor representatives on Thursday.

State Rep. Doug Broxson, a Republican from Gulf Breeze, will sit down with attorneys from New York Melon Bank – who along with its traffic advisor FTI Consulting represent the bondholders. In November they requested that the toll go from the current $3.75 to five dollars.

A Pensacola area doctor’s sentence for attempting to meet a juvenile for sexual purposes is drawing both fire and action from the State Attorney’s Office, which will appeal.   

Dr. Brian Lee was convicted of sending graphic emails to whom he thought was a 14-year-old-boy, and then traveling to meet him for sex. The “boy” turned out to be an undercover investigator. Circuit Judge Terry Terrell sentenced the 43-year-old Lee to what amounts to house arrest for two years; 13 years’ probation, and ordered him to register as a sexual offender – but no prison time.

American Diabetes Association

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County is offering a new program, aimed at heading off the onset of Type-2 diabetes in those most prone to develop the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three American adults has pre-diabetes.

“Pre-diabetes means that your blood sugar on average is higher than it should be, but it’s not yet at the threshold for a diagnosis of diabetes,” said Sandra Park-O’Hara, Administrator of the Department of Health in Santa Rosa.

The American Association of Port Authorities is sponsoring a program for port and maritime industry professionals, which will focus exclusively on energy projects. And this first-ever meeting is at Pensacola Beach.

Hosted by Port of Pensacola Director Amy Miller, the conference on Tuesday and Wednesday will explore the benefits and challenges of investing in various types of energy-related commerce.

Another Clinton versus Bush presidential matchup could be in the offing in 2016, and it could be nip-and-tuck in Florida based on a new Quinnipiac poll.

The survey, released Tuesday, has the former Secretary of State versus the former Florida Governor 44 % to 43%  in Florida, a crucial swing state. Throw in the margin of error, and it’s a virtual dead heat. But the presidential primaries and caucuses are still a year away and the fields of candidates are loaded with speculation.

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Funeral services for J. Earle Bowden, journalist, conservationist, and historian, are set for 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Gadsden Street United Methodist Church in Pensacola. 

Bowden, the Pensacola News Journal’s Editor Emeritus, died last Sunday at the age of 86. He is renowned for his role in the establishment of Gulf Islands National Seashore, whose winding road, County Road 399,  is named J. Earle Bowden Way.