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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UWF Football
3:56 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

UAB Blazers End Football Program As UWF Gears Up

UWF Football Coach Pete Shinnick at football camps this summer.
Credit University of West Florida

The University of Alabama-Birmingham’s announcement Tuesday that its football program is going away is raising questions about how other football-playing schools in the region, including the University of West Florida, could be affected.

UAB becomes the first since Pacific in 1995 to shutter its football operation. The decision was made after a campus-wide study conducted by a consulting firm over the past year, which shows UAB subsidizes two thirds of the program’s $30 million operating budget.

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Holiday Travel
8:17 am
Fri December 5, 2014

BBB: Make That Holiday Flight Easier

Credit Pensacola International Airport

  It’s time to hit the road, or in this case the air, for the holiday season. The Better Business Bureau has some advice aimed at helping make the flight home or to that winter vacation less chaotic.

Rule number one is: if you haven’t already booked your flight, do it now. The earlier the better, and using an online travel site could save you some money.

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Marriage Equality
7:44 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Case Challenging Florida's Marriage Ban Moves Forward

Demonstrators in Pensacola supporting same-sex marriage.
Credit Ileana Ortiz

   A federal appeals court has refused to extend past January 5 a stay in the ruling that declares unconstitutional Florida's ban on gay marriage.

In August, Tallahassee Federal Judge Robert Hinkle joined a number of other judges, in ruling that the state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, approved by Florida voters in 2008, violates the equal protection clause of the U.S.  Constitution. He said next month’s deadline is adequate for appeals to be considered, before any same-sex marriage licenses are issued.

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Hurricane Season 2014
4:33 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Quiet 2014 Hurricane Season Ends

NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Arthur, July 3, 2014.
Credit NOAA

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is officially in the books, ending up with below average activity. But officials are reminding coastal residents not to let down their guard.

After numerous predictions had already been made, including from William Gray and his team at Colorado State University, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weighed in. It predicted 8-13 named storms; 3-6 hurricanes and of those, 1-2 major storms.

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Holiday Safety
4:26 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

'Keep the Wreath Green' Seeks To Prevent Fires

As of Monday, Dec. 1, Escambia County Fire Rescue and the City of Pensacola are again teaming up for the 11th annual “Keep the Wreath Green” holiday fire safety campaign.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 400 lives are lost and more than 1,600 people injured in holiday fires each year. Damages total around $1 billion.

Through “Keep the Wreath Green,” Lt. Daniel Akerman at Escambia Fire Rescue says their goal each holiday season, is putting off as long as possible what appears to be the inevitable.

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ECUA To Expand Services
3:24 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Residents In North Santa Rosa County Now Have Optional Curbside Utility

  Beginning with the New Year, residents in northern Santa Rosa County will have the opportunity to sign up for a new waste and recyclable collection service from Emerald Coast Utilities Authority.

Both the ECUA Board and Santa Rosa County Commission approved the program last week. ECUA was the low bidder for the contrac, offering a quarterly charge of $51.27. That beat out the bids from Waste Management and Waste Pro. ECUA’s Nathalie Bowers says the charge will pay for a number of services.

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Seasonal Flu
3:35 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Flu Season Prompts Calls To Get Vaccinated

Credit Lance McCord

  Hello, and welcome to flu season.   

Usually starting in early October and lasting until May, influenza season peaks in January and February in the Panhandle. The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County is encouraging residents to get vaccinated.

“The information that we most recently got from the Florida Department of Health indicates the “A” strain – the H3 specifically, probably H3N2 – is more prevalent,” said Dr. John Lanza, Escambia County’s Health Director. “There’s at least one “B” strain out there also.”

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Pensacola City Government
9:58 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Pensacola Mayor, New City Council Members Sworn In

Credit City of Pensacola

The Pensacola City Council met in special session Tuesday, electing new leadership and overseeing the swearing-in of Ashton Hayward to a second term as Mayor.

The new-look City Council features Andy Terhaar as President and Larry B. Johnson as Vice President for the coming year. Terhaar was selected on the third ballot, fending off challenges from outgoing president Jewell Cannada-Wynn and Charles Bare.

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Thanksgiving
4:04 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Your Thanksgiving Dinner Food Safety Checklist

Credit photo via Flickr//Tim Sackton

  Thanksgiving chefs and grillmasters are being reminded to follow some basic, but effective steps to avoid food-borne illnesses. Many of the tips are from the Florida Department of Agriculture.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year about 48 million Americans, roughly one in six, gets a food-borne illness. One hundred-28 thousand are hospitalized with about 3,000 deaths. The most common illnesses are caused by norovirus and the Salmonella bacteria.

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Thanksgiving Travel
11:36 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Driving This Thanksgiving? Here's Your Holiday Driving Guide.

Credit Photo via Flickr//justmakeit

  There’s good news and bad news for Thanksgiving travelers. The good: gas prices are at five year lows. The bad: a lot more people will be driving.

More than 46 million Americans are projected to travel 50 miles or more from home for Thanksgiving. In Florida, 2.3 million people will hit the road, with the vast majority, 2.1 million, or 90%,  going by automobile. Mark Jenkins at AAA South, in Tampa, says that’s a 4.2% increase from last year’s 44 million travelers.

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