Dave Dunwoody

Journalist/Producer

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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Naval Air Station Whiting Field near Milton is marking 75 years as one of the major training bases for student pilots from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. 

Base Commander Capt. Paul Bowdich welcomed the gathering to the cake-cutting ceremony on Monday morning, the server using a Navy cutlass for slicing.

“July 16th, 1943 Naval Air Station Whiting Field was established, commissioned; what a great day. We’ve survived 75 years and now we’re working on the next 75 years,” said Bowdich, as the cake was being sliced using a Navy cutlass.

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As part of getting ready for the 2018 election cycle, election officials in Florida have received training from the University of West Florida’s Center for Cybersecurity. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports.

The Center taught the courses in Tallahassee, Miami, Orlando and St. Augustine last month.

“[An election] is an ongoing target; it’s a very fast-moving field. Every breach that occurs, every new threat that comes up, has a little bit of a different twist to it,” says Eman El-Sheikh, Director of the UWF Center for Cybersecurity.

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With the August 28 primary looming, candidates for local and statewide offices are ratcheting up their campaigns. In the first of a two-part report, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody looks at the grassroots races.

Fifty-two candidates are on the ballot for 21 seats in Escambia County government and the judiciary. Much of the attention will be on the higher-profile races – Pensacola Mayor and City Council, along with the Escambia County Commission.

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In second and final part of our report on the August 28 primary ballot we look at the statewide races, which are expected to be the usual knock-down drag-out affairs.

Gov. Rick Scott is termed out, and there’s a fairly crowded field in the race to succeed him. Seventeen candidates – Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, other third parties, and those with no party affiliation – are in the crowded ballot.

But while many are running, few are considered to be serious candidates.

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When a new baby is brought home, preparations have been made to keep the child safe from hazards around the house. But many seniors are also in need of many of the same protections.

According to the website www.myseniorsource.com about 7,000 elderly deaths are reported as a result of home-related accidents, while millions of others suffer injuries – through falls, burns, drowning, and other accidents.

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Do you have issues when it comes to parking in downtown Pensacola? You’re not alone, according to a new study from the University of West Florida’s Haas Business Center. 

Researchers gathered the data between May 18-June 8. The margin of error is four percentage points and  the survey was a “multi-modal” survey – that is, using a number of methods -- with some help from the Downtown Improvement Board.

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And they’re off! 

Florida's primary election season is underway after qualifying ended on Friday.

It’s a full plate for voters in Pensacola, with seats up for grabs on the City Council, Escambia County Commission, the Florida and U.S. Houses of Representatives, as well as an open seat for Pensacola Mayor.

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How do those running for local office stand on certain issues? Do you want more information on them before voting in the August 28 primary? The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce is on it.

The Chamber is sending out questionnaires to a number of candidates for local offices.

“We view our role as getting information to people unfiltered, unbiased. But we do not endorse, we do not take positions on candidates,” said Todd Thomson, the Chamber’s VP of Public Affairs.

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Students whose families live in the Navy Federal area of Escambia County are gearing up to attend two brand new schools.

Members of the media gathered at Beulah Middle School’s main lobby area on Wednesday, taking in that “new school smell.”

The school is 205,000 square feet under one roof  and cost $45 million, funded by the Local Option Sales Tax. Eventual student capacity will be around 1,200.

The first stop on the tour – led by Assistant Principal Marietta McCaskill – was a state-of-the art gymnasium for the Beulah Bears.

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Forty years after the first vision and about five years of preparation and delays, Pensacola’s ferry system is ready to shove off on Friday. The launch ceremony was held at Fort Pickens on Wednesday.

Dan Brown, Superintendent of Gulf Islands National Seashore, served as master of ceremonies.

“Today is proof that all the stars can align and dreams can come true,” said Brown. GINS is one of the three stops the two, 145-passenger ferries – Turtle Runner and Pelican Perch – will make on their triangular 45-minute voyages for pedestrians and bicycles.

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That proposed arena to replace the Pensacola Bay Center appears to be dead in the water for now. Proponents are setting their sights a bit lower, while others are considering another direction.

The 6,500 portion of the $80 million project was scuttled last week when the Escambia County Commission’s Committee of the Whole failed to get the needed votes to begin the application process to TRIUMPH – which is doling out BP oil spill money to selected projects.

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On a 7-0 vote, the Pensacola City Council has approved a contract with Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, for the processing of recyclables.

City Council approval is but the first step. The proposal is scheduled to go before the ECUA Board on June 28. If approved, it would take effect on July 2, ending a nine-month period of no recycling service in Pensacola.

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While most of us take a good pair of shoes for granted, for many others it’s a godsend. To that end, there’s a nationwide effort – including in Pensacola -- to provide shoes to the homeless.

From June 15 through July 16, Waterfront Rescue Mission is on “A Sole Mission.” All seven Waterfront thrift stores – along with numerous churches and businesses – are collecting footwear across northwest Florida and south Alabama.

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Despite repeated assurances that Florida waters will be exempt from a White House plan to expand oil and gas, proponents of drilling off the state’s coastline aren’t giving up.

“Explore Offshore” is a multi-state coalition that’s been formed by the Washington-based American Petroleum Institute. Its aim is to support the Trump administration’s plan to open parts of the now-protected Atlantic Ocean and eastern Gulf of Mexico.

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Three months after the start of a new parking system in downtown Pensacola, the Downtown Improvement Board’s Executive Director is stepping down.

Curt Morse announced his resignation at Tuesday's DIB meeting but gave no reason why. Chairman John Peacock says Morse actually submitted his resignation on June 6 and was placed on administrative leave for his final month on the job.

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Sweepstakes, lottery and prize schemes are targeting victims financially and emotionally with a number of methods that continue to evolve. That’s according to a new study by the Better Business Bureau.

Such scams took $117 billion out of the pockets of a half-million Americans and Canadians in 2017 – the actual totals are likely much higher. Tammy Ward at the BBB office in Pensacola says the scams’ origins are generally Jamaica, Costa Rica and Nigeria. More than 95% of reported fraud in Jamaica involves lottery or sweepstakes scams.

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After a year and a half of construction and years of talks and preparation before that, local officials and those from Singapore-based ST Engineering Aerospace celebrated the opening of the VT-MAE facility on Friday.

Ground was broken in October, 2016 at the on a 19 acre tract adjacent to Pensacola International Airport. Friday’s grand opening ceremony was held inside the 174,000 square foot hangar near its first customer -- a Boeing 757 from United Parcel Service.

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In our third installment of “1968: Year of Discontent,” just two months after the slaying of Martin Luther King, there’s another murder of an iconic American figure during his run for the White House.

On March 16, 1968 – U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy of New York made it official, announcing his entry into the race.

“I run because I am convinced that this country is on a perilous course, and because I have such strong feelings about what must be done, and I feel that I’m obliged to do all that I can.”

Subtropical storm Alberto has formed and is churning over the northwestern Caribbean Sea just east of the Yucatan Peninsula. His path is taking him into the Gulf of Mexico.

As of mid-morning, Alberto had top sustained winds of 40 mph and was located 55 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico. Movement is to the north-northeast at six miles an hour.

“It’s not very well organized, hence that’s why call it a ‘sub-tropical storm,’” said Jack Cullen, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile.

National Hurricane Center

Forecasters are expecting an active Atlantic hurricane season in 2018 which could begin as early as the Memorial Day weekend -- the unofficial start of the summer tourist season.

The National Hurricane Center is watching that mass of low pressure, currently off the southeastern Yucatan Peninsula and it’s expected to move northward.

“Confidence has increased that a tropical storm will develop, and it’s likely to be named Alberto by Saturday or Sunday,” said Meteorologist Jeff Huffman with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network.

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