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.


Florida’s unemployment rate held steady from December to January at 5.7 percent. Heading into Governor Rick Scott’s second term, the focus is on private sector job growth.

According to the Department of Economic Opportunity, January’s figure translates to 551,000 Floridians considered unemployed, from a work force of 9.7 million. But DEO Chief Jesse Panuccio says that’s not the whole story.

Office of Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott visited Pensacola Monday, to present a check to the Escambia County School District from the Florida Department of Education. The money is for sustained or significantly improved student achievement at individual schools. 

“It’s because you’ve worked hard,” said Gov. Scott. He was at Blue Angels Elementary School, speaking before a backdrop of students, teachers and administrators.

Louisiana National Guard

The names of four Louisiana National Guardsmen killed last week when their helicopter crashed into Santa Rosa Sound have been released, as work continues at the crash site.

The head of the Louisiana National Guard, Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis, identifies the soldiers as Chief Warrant Officers George Griffin Jr and George Strother; and Staff Sergeants Lance Bergeron and Thomas Florich.

Escambia County Jail

An Okaloosa County couple working as paramedics are charged with sex offenses against a juvenile, along with a pair of Escambia County deputies, and are now in the Escambia County Jail pending a bond hearing.

Leah and Douglas Manning were extradited from Fremont County, Colorado and brought back to Pensacola Saturday. They were arrested Thursday afternoon at a campground near Florence, Colorado, south of Denver,  after two weeks at-large.

(National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Toby Valadie, Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Three days after the crash of a Louisiana National Guard helicopter into Santa Rosa Sound, work is underway to recover the aircraft and any crew members remaining inside.

Seven Marines and four soldiers are believed to have been killed when the UH-60 Black Hawk went down during a night-time training mission. Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman, who commands Marine Corps Special Forces, spoke with reporters Friday at MARSOC command headquarters in North Carolina.

Bob Barrett

  The Louisiana National Guard says the bodies of two soldiers have been recovered from a helicopter wreck off the Florida Panhandle. The Coast Guard Thursday suspended the search for any survivors among the soldiers and Marines missing in Santa Rosa Sound.

A news release from the Guard said the bodies of two others are believed to still be inside the wreckage, under 25 feet of water. But officials cannot confirm that, until a salvage crew is able to recover the aircraft. The flight recorder also remains on board.

  Santa Rosa Commissioner Bob Cole is accused of a non-criminal violation of Florida’s Sunshine Law. 

The charge stems from Cole’s membership on the Milton Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board, and an exchange in mid-January. State Attorney Bill Eddins says the discussion involved Cole and board member Elba Robertson.

“And that he discussed matters that were reasonably believed to come before that board with another board member,” said Eddins. “They involved whether or not he was going to nominate a particular person to become a member of the board.”

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Callaway

  Crews searching for a National Guard helicopter that crashed into Santa Rosa Sound took to the air Wednesday afternoon, after heavy fog in the area partially lifted. The search area for boats, on foot and now aircraft, covers more than 50 square miles.

Photo via Flickr// GW Fins / https://flic.kr/p/bjEnQb

Depending on the school, spring break is either here or just around the corner. Many hitting the beach and other locales could end up victims of so-called “date rape” drugs or underage drinking.

Sneaking something into a drink is nothing new. “Mickey Finns” were around when our great-grandparents were spring breakers.  Denise Manassa, at the Community Drug and Alcohol Council in Pensacola, says these days date rape drugs are known as “roofies” and other names.

John Blackie

First responders from the western Panhandle joined with state and federal officials Tuesday morning, for a hazardous materials exercise at the University of West Florida.

The scenario: classes were in session with about 10,000 students on the UWF campus. At around 9:00 a.m., calls go out about an explosion and or fire in Building 58: which houses chemistry, biology and research labs.