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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Heading into its fourth season, the University of West Florida’s swimming and diving team currently is 2-2 at mid-season, and ranked 14 in the nation in NCAA Division II. 

First, the accolades from the previous season. The Argonauts won a second consecutive New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference championship in 2015-16, with three individual national championships. They were overseen by two-time NSISC Coach of the Year Andrew Hancock.

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With no rain in the foreseeable future in northwest Florida and south Alabama, the word “drought” is being used increasingly through the region. Drought conditions here are said to be “light to moderate.”

Florida receives about 58 inches of rain per year, but you wouldn’t know it from the past few weeks. Many areas – including the Panhandle – have seen little if any rainfall.

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Two years after the initial announcement, and four months after the original start of production, ground was broken Friday on an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Pensacola International Airport.

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward served as master of ceremonies, to announce plans for a 173,000 square foot hangar on 19 acres adjacent to the airport – making the city part of the aerospace landscape.

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Next up in our visits with those running for local political offices, WUWF sits down with Bill Fetke – an NPA candidate or Florida House District-1.

Bill Fetke is a native of Chicago, and moved to the Pensacola area in 2003, opening a pair of health care-related businesses in District-1 – a pediatric clinic and medical billing firm. His original interest in seeking public office began about two years ago, but gave way to focusing on his businesses.

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Among the offices being decided on Election Day is the Florida House District 1 seat, one of the few local legislative races with an incumbent, Republican Clay Ingram.

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In our next installment on local candidates, we meet Ray Guillory,the Democratic nominee from Florida House District-2.

For Guillory, a native of Pensacola and the district, the decision to enter the race was borne in part from a short meeting with then-Rep. Mike Hill over education funding.

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High school graduation rates nationwide are at an all-time high, with parts of the Florida Panhandle either holding its own or lagging behind. 

President Obama spoke last week at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. where graduation rates jumped to the highest in the country for the 2014-2015 school year.

“Some of the changes we made were hard; and some of them were controversial,” said the President. “We expected more from our teachers and our students. But the hard work that people have put in across the country has started to pay off.”

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There is a rich history surrounding the voyage of Tristan de Luna to what’s now Pensacola. And it’s getting richer with a new discovery by the University of West Florida’s Archaeology program.

Outgoing UWF President Judy Bense making the announcement, at the T.T. Wentworth museum in downtown Pensacola.

“I am absolutely thrilled to tell you that we have discovered a third Luna shipwreck in Pensacola Bay,” said Bense to a round of applause.

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Residents in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties are advised to refrain from any type of outdoor burning for the next several days.

It’s getting dry out there.

That’s the word from the Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater Center, thanks to a cold front that’s bringing a change in the weather.

“It will feel like fall; breezy and quite cool,” said Eric Esbensen, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile. Daytime temperatures will be in the mid-70s this weekend, with lows in the low- to mid-40s.

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In the next installment of our update on the District 1 Congressional race, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody sat down with Democratic nominee Steven Specht.

This is Steven Specht’s rookie season, politically speaking, and while Republican Matt Gaetz had to battle seven other candidates in the GOP primary, Specht got to the general election with no opposition. He says so far, no real surprises on the campaign trail.

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It’s the home stretch of the 2016 campaign to decide who will succeed Jeff Miller in the U.S. House of Representatives. WUWF spoke with both candidates this week. First up, Republican nominee Matt Gaetz. 

This isn’t the 34-year-old Gaetz’ first rodeo, having won a seat in the Florida House of Representatives in 2010, he was re-elected in 2012 and 2014. He claims to have knocked on more than 8,000 doors in the First Congressional District.

 

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s new recycling facility is up and running in Perdido, and it appears residents need a crash course in what to place, and not place, in their recycling cans.


ECUA opened the $10.6 million Interim Materials Recycling Facility in late August. During the dedication ceremony Steve Sorrell, the utility’s Executive Director, pointed to failed partnerships with three private firms since 2009.

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Ten days before early voting begins in Florida, Mike Pence made a campaign stop in downtown Pensacola on Friday.
Despite the early afternoon time on a workday, a large crowd gathered in the green space outside Palafox Wharf to greet and support the Republican vice presidential nominee. In his 30-minute speech, Pence didn’t mention reports of the past week, that Trump may have committed sexual assault against several women, including two more who came forward on Friday. But he did talk up the mogul’s fitness for the White House.

The Haas Center at the University of West Florida is conducting its third annual Pensacola Community Survey, in a partnership with the City of Pensacola.

Mayor Ashton Hayward took to Facebook to announce the project, saying the responses will help balance priorities and upgrade services.

Voter registration will run for six more days in the battleground state of Florida, until October 18, due to the disruption and damage from Hurricane Matthew.

At a 40-minute hearing in Tallahassee, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker approved the Florida Democratic Party’s request for an injunction, to extend registration and  give third-party groups that much time to continue to sign up new voters.

Democrats had asked Gov. Rick Scott to extend the deadline, but Scott turned down the request.  

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