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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The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County has issued a mosquito-borne illness alert, after a second case of West Nile virus was confirmed in an adult male. This is the sixth human case in Florida in 2015.

This is the fourth consecutive year that West Nile cases have cropped up in Escambia County through the bite of an infected mosquito. Dr. John Lanza, the Director of the Florida Department of Health-Escambia County, reminds us that West Nile has different impacts on different people, and can also be mistaken for other ailments.

Dave Dunwoody

Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong is visiting the state’s coastal counties, as part of his “Health in All Places Tour.”

Sacred Heart President Henry Stovall welcomed Armstrong to Pensacola, saying that he has shown strong support for its recent designation as a “Baby-Friendly” hospital – through a program launched by the World Health Organization and UNICEF in 1991.

Dave Dunwoody

Observances are being held this month for the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Those observances included a “Spirit of ‘45” event Sunday at Barrancas National Cemetery.

After President Harry S. Truman announced the end of the war in Europe in May of 1945, the focus shifted to the Pacific Theater of Operations, where despite a number of “island-hopping” victories by the Allies – Tarawa, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima among others -- a stubborn Japan continued to fight on. Then came August 6.

University of West Florida

Four years after first being mentioned, football at the University of West Florida begins in a week with the opening of fall camp for the 2015 practice year.

In 2011, UWF President Judy Bense held up a plain white helmet with “UWF” taped to it to announce that the effort would begin to start a football program. On Wednesday, she got to hold up the real deal: a helmet which will be game-worn.

“Holding up that helmet now, it is not a generic helmet,” Bense said. “It is an absolutely gorgeous blue, frosted white [with an] Argonaut on it. It will never look that good again.”

Former Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino’s complaint against Sheriff David Morgan has been dismissed by the Florida Commission on Ethics.

Voting last month, the Commission said there was no probable cause to believe that Sheriff Morgan violated the state’s Code of Ethics.

“At the risk of sounding overconfident, we were confident from the first receipt of [the complaint] that this would be the outcome,” said Sheriff Morgan. “The complaint was frivolous and I think the finding confirmed that all the way down.”

Tamara Fountain resigned Monday as the City of Pensacola’s Chief Operating Officer, 11 months after accepting the position and after weeks of controversy.

A news release from the city says that Fountain is leaving to “pursue other opportunities.”

“After everything she’s been through, I saw the letter she sent to [the] City Council. You know, I think enough of it has taken its toll on her, and she was ready to move on,” said Mayor Ashton Hayward.

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Parents have until next weekend to save money on back-to-school shopping thanks to Florida's sales tax holiday, which kicked off Friday.

During the holiday, which ends at 11:59 p.m. next Sunday night, state and local taxes are waived on $100 or less in clothing and footwear, and up to $15 worth of school and office supplies. The exemption also covers the first $750 of any computer purchase, including accessories.

NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is walking back its prediction in May of a 70% percent chance of a below-normal hurricane season for 2015.

The new outlook issued last week is a 90% chance of a below-normal year: the highest confidence level issued by NOAA since it began issuing seasonal hurricane predictions in 1998.

Lead Forecaster Gerry Bell points to a robust El Nino in the Pacific.

The City of Pensacola is the defendant in a lawsuit, which claims illegal charges for delivery of natural gas.

Dr. Eric Frank, a Pensacola chiropractor, alleges the city through the utility Pensacola Energy has been levying a tax on its customers in the guise of mandatory franchise fees for the use of city-owned property.

Louisiana National Guard

A group of young professionals in Santa Rosa County are planning construction of a memorial to the helicopter crash off Navarre last March.

Four crewmen from Louisiana National Guard and seven Marines were killed when their UH-60 Black Hawk went down into Santa Rosa Sound during a night training mission on March 10th.

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