Dave Dunwoody


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 “played 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, Lucy, and Zoe. Dave is also a passionate fan of Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons, and West Florida Argonauts 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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Expanding the lobbying ban for ex-government officials is among the proposals in a sweeping ethics package, which has been advanced by the Florida Constitution Revision Commission.

Proposal 39 is among 37 possible changes to the Florida Constitution through which the CRC is sifting. A co-sponsor is former state Senate President Don Gaetz of Niceville, who says if passed by voters in November, it would be the strongest state ethics rule in the nation.


Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appears to be doubling down on the confusion, about whether or not Florida is exempt from a five-year offshore drilling plan announced in January.

Appearing before the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday, Zinke responded to Rep. Norma Thomas, a California Democrat, about why her state didn’t get an exemption like Florida.

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Twenty years after first putting on the bunker gear of the Pensacola Fire Department, Ginny Cranor is set to make history.

Cranor is up for promotion from her current rank as Battalion Chief, to becoming the first woman fire chief in the department’s 208 year history.

“I feel very honored to be the first female that’s been chosen to do this,” said Cranor.

Her career in the fire services began after training as an emergency medical technician in 1993. She earned a nursing degree from the University of West Florida in 2012.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters chapters are hoping a new volunteer recruiting campaign this month, 30 matches in 30 days, will prove to be a slam dunk.

With March Madness underway, college basketball’s postseason, the agency is tipping off “March Matchness.” Paula Shell is President and CEO of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, which stretches between Pensacola and Panama City.

Governor's Press Office

After Governor Rick Scott signed new gun restrictions into law Friday, in response to last month's massacre that took 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the legal challenge was not very far behind.

Three weeks of pressure from relatives and friends of the students slain in the in the February 14 massacre provided momentum for the legislation. Scott said the bill balances individual rights with need for public safety, and conceded that it’s not perfect, and may not satisfy everyone. But he added it will make a difference.

University of West Florida

Enhancing cyber security workforce development and a path to an undergraduate degree are the dual missions of a new partnership between the University of West Florida and the National Security Agency.

UWF launched its Center for Cyber Security in 2014, says as a hub for research and opportunities for students to enter high-demand career fields.

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In downtown Pensacola, a new digital parking system is up and running, using both traditional and higher tech payment methods.

New Orleans-based Premium Parking’s digital management platform covers on-street, public lots and parking garages throughout the 39-block downtown area.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to show what sort of modern approach to parking management can do for a municipality, both on-street and off-street to make parking simpler and more efficient,” said Premium President Ben Montgomery.

City of Pensacola

There will be at least one new face on the Pensacola City Council after the November election, following the departure of a long-time member.

In a written statement, Councilman Larry B. Johnson announced he would not seek reelection after a decade in the District-4 seat. That district includes Cordova Park, East Pensacola Heights, and a portion of East Hill.

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A packed Conference Center at the University of West Florida greeted members of the Constitution Revision Commission on Tuesday, as part of a process that happens every two decades.

The CRC has been conducting public hearings across Florida, on which proposed constitutional amendments should land on the ballot this November.

“Today’s our fourth stop across the state of Florida on what we call the ‘Road to the Ballot,’” said Commission Chairman Carlos Beruff.

Governor Rick Scott is ordering the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, regarding the shooting at Marjory Stone Douglas High School in Parkland.  

Seventeen people were killed in the attack. The sheriff's office is under scrutiny after veteran Deputy Scot Peterson, who was assigned to the school, did not confront suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz, and for failing to submit reports of tipster calls before the shooting.

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Gov. Rick Scott is out with a gun safety plan, which focuses on keeping firearms out of the hands of violent people, among other provisions.

A grim-faced governor took the podium in Tallahassee Friday morning, beginning his 17-minute address by reading the names of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Visit Pensacola

Work is underway at Johnson Beach to remove some dilapidated structures considered unfit for public use, and sand considered to be a nuisance to both buildings and visitors.  

“Extensive structural damage” is said to be the reason the buildings are coming down. Among them is the Star Pavilion, which Dan Brown,  the Superintendent of Gulf Islands Nation Seashore, says is drawing everyone’s attention.

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February is Hit and Run Awareness Month in Florida, a reminder for all motorists to “Stay at the Scene” when involved in a crash.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were more than 98,000 hit-and-run crashes in Florida in 2017, with about a third investigated by state troopers. Each year, the percentage of accidents considered hit-and-run stays at about 25 percent.

“Which means it’s not getting any better right now; we’re doing our best,” said Major Warren Fast, Commander of Troop A which covers ten counties in the western Panhandle.

Gulf Power Company

Gulf Power Company will spend $83 million over five years, to upgrade its electricity grid in downtown Pensacola.

The project is part of an overall, $225 million makeover across the utility’s 460,000 customer service area. According to spokesman Jeff Rogers, the current system is well beyond retirement age.

“While there’s a very sophisticated underground network in downtown Pensacola, parts of it are 70 years gold,” said Rogers. “They’ve been well maintained and updated, but it is time for a complete overhaul.”


It's the season to be filing tax returns, and for scammers and identity thieves it can feel like another Christmas. But, you can keep your information safe with a little effort and preparation.

This is the fourth year the IRS has rolled out its “Dirty Dozen” tax scams, one per day over a dozen business days. In a video produced for the website, the agency reports an increase in tax scams by telephone.

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Supporters and opponents of oil drilling closer to Florida’s shoreline refused Thursday to accept U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s declaration that the state wouldn’t be part of a White House plan to expand exploration.

Last Thursday’s hearing in Tallahassee, sponsored by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, is one of 22 being held through March 8 nationwide and was the lone such meeting to be held in Florida.

““I don’t want your kids ever to fight on foreign shores for a resource we have here,” said Zinke last month in Tallahassee.  

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Wednesday was Signing Day for high schoolers seeking to continue their football careers at the next level. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports on the University of West Florida’s recruiting class of 2018.

Fifteen players, 14 from Florida and one from Alabama, signed with the Argonauts as early as 7:00 Wednesday morning. While it remains to be seen how they’ll perform on the field, Head Coach Pete Shinnick says the group is already competing in the classroom.

Constitution Revision Commission

Pensacola is one of the stops for the Constitution Revision Commission, as it began public hearings in five cities across Florida on Tuesday. The local hearing is set for February 27 at the University of West Florida.

The 37-member Commission kicked off its tour at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, after spending the past few months going through more than 100 proposed amendments.

Speaking on The Florida Channel, CRC Chairman Carlos Beruff says their work has to be finished by May 10.

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Three years after the first announcement, work is getting underway on renovating the federal courthouse in downtown Pensacola.

Thirty-one million dollars will be spent to clean up mold and water damage, along with other health and safety issues, that first cropped up just after the facility opened in 1997. Funding has been the major obstacle, says U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers, since her first call for action in 2015.

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Republican Adam Putnam brought his “Florida First” campaign for governor to downtown Pensacola Wednesday morning, for a lunch appearance before a local civic club.

Speaking to the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club, Putnam outlined his agenda if he succeeds Rick Scott as Florida’s governor. For one thing, he wants to get it across to students that a four-year university degree is not the end all-be all for a successful career.