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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A century of naval aviation
4:55 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

NAS Pensacola Celebrates 100th Birthday

Bronze statue of pioneer naval aviator John Towers unveiled aboard NAS Pensacola.
Credit Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Naval Air Station Pensacola held its 100th anniversary ceremony this morning, capping a year of events recognizing the base’s centennial. The highlight was the unveiling of a statue honoring one of the original naval aviators, John Towers.

Friday’s event marks the establishment near Pensacola of the Navy’s first aeronautical station. Base Commander, Capt. Keith Hoskins, extended a welcome to the audience of civilians, sailors and Marines. He spoke of the installation’s legacies, and everlasting contributions to the nation’s security.

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Jail Explosion
5:59 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Grand Jury Declines To Press Criminal Charges Against Escambia County Jail

  An Escambia County Grand Jury Thursday returned a “no true bill” after seven weeks of investigating last spring’s explosion at the County Jail’s Central Booking Facility.

A “no true bill” means the panel did not find probable cause to move forward with criminal charges in relation to the April 30 blast caused by a natural gas leak on the day after floodwaters hit the facility. Two inmates died, and 184 other inmates and staff were injured.

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Public Transit
8:47 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

ECAT Aims For Better Service With Upgrades

Credit Escambia County Area Transit

  Riders on Escambia County Area Transit will notice some changes, both on the road and at the main terminal. The system updates are aimed at improving experiences for current and future customers.

Among the new amenities are LED kiosks, similar to what are in hotels and airports. Three of them have been installed at the Rosa Parks Terminal on Fairfield Drive. ECAT Marketing Director Tonya Ellis says they’re an eye-catching way to distribute information to both riders and ECAT employees.

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Headstones were discovered broken and tipped over
4:34 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Damage at St. Michael's Cemetery Under Investigation

Credit Photo via Flickr//Visit Florida Colin Hackley

  St. Michael’s Cemetery in downtown Pensacola is the target of yet another round of vandalism.

This is the seventh case of vandalism or accidental damage to gravestones in the past 15 years. Ross Pristera, President of the St. Michael's Cemetery Foundation, says the markers are in the northwest section, and were damaged over the past few weeks.

“We had about nine headstones, the earliest dating from 1879 and the latest from 1903,” said Pristera. “Some prominent families' markers were some that were damaged.”

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Escambia County Commission
1:56 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

New Escambia County Commissioners Sworn In

Credit myescambia.com

  Two Escambia County Commissioners, one new and one incumbent, were sworn into office Tuesday. The ceremony also included a change of leadership on the panel.

Outgoing Chairman Lumon May kicked off the special meeting by thanking everyone who has helped him out, during his year with the gavel.

“That have helped me to have a somewhat successful chairmanship,” said May. “Without you guys, without this great team, I would have failed.”

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Thanksgiving
4:20 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

USO Plans Big Thanksgiving For Local Military

Credit USO Northwest Florida

Northwest Florida’s United Service Organization is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving feast at its facility aboard NAS Pensacola. The calls are going out for the public to lend a hand.

If you’re active-duty personnel based in this area, chances are you’re fairly new to the military. And if that’s the case, you have to choose between going home for Thanksgiving or going home for Christmas – because of finances or duty assignment, you can’t do both. USO Director Heidi Blair says that’s where they come in.

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Winter Weather
3:53 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

More Arctic Chill Is Coming

Credit accuweather.com

  One week after the first taste of winter for northwest Florida and south Alabama, another, colder round is on tap for the next couple of days. Shelters are gearing up as the temperatures go down.

According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, a cold front is pushing through the area, bringing with it will push through our area later today. Forecaster Joe Maniscalco says this is an atypically cold air mass for November, for the central Gulf Coast.

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Arctic Air Moving Across U.S.
4:48 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Panhandle Shivers In Pre-Winter Cold Blast

Credit accuweather.com

  Any doubts that winter is approaching will be dispelled over the next few days and the colder weather is hanging around for the next week or so.

Temperatures across the Midwest and Plains are in the teens and 20s, with reports of snowfall amounts ranging from 10 to 16 inches. Steve Miller at the National Weather Service in Mobile says the chill is heading south later today and tonight.

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Salvation Army Kettle Campaign begins Friday
6:49 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Bell Ringers Are Back for Holiday Season

Credit Photo via flickr//Jim, the photographer

  Salvation Army bell-ringers return to sidewalks in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties on Friday, bringing with them a long-time holiday tradition. The search is on for said bell-ringers.

For more than a century, Pensacolians have dropped coins – and paper -- into Salvation Army red kettles during the holidays to support needy families. Capt. Bob Cornett is the Salvation Army’s commanding officer in Pensacola. He says the search is on for volunteers to spend time ringing bells at the red kettles, with a goal of $375,000.

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Audience hears from retired Navy Capt.
4:50 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Vets Day Ceremony at Refurbished Veterans Memorial Park

A Navy bugler plays Taps at the end of Monday's Veterans Day ceremony
Credit Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Pensacola’s annual Veterans Day parade wound through downtown Monday morning, ending with a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. This year’s theme was “Women in Service.”

Hundreds of veterans, their families and friends gathered on a warm, sunny day in front of the Wall South -- the half-sized replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D-C. The Master of Ceremonies was retired Marine aviator Jack Brown, the outgoing President of the Wall South Foundation.  A successor is expected to be named next week.

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