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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Governor Rick Scott hit the road Monday, to celebrate a $400 million tax cut package he has signed into law. The one-day, seven-city tour wrapped up in Pensacola. 

Scott’s victory lap began early Monday in Fort Myers. From there he made stops in Miami, Greenacres, St. Petersburg, Winter Garden and Jacksonville, before ending at Apple Market on Scenic Highway.

After the ceremony, he explained why he packed seven stops across Florida into one day.

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Florida’s unemployment rate has ticked up to 5.7% – a slight rise from April despite jobs added statewide in that period, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Despite adding about 4,000 jobs, unemployment was up in the western Panhandle; Escambia County rose from 5.3% in April to 5.7%, Santa Rosa, 4.6% to 4.8%, and Okaloosa County from 4.3% to 4.6%.

DEO Secretary Jesse Panuccio said jobless rates were also up in the two local metropolitan areas. Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent jumped from 5.1%-5.4%; Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin went from 4.4% to 4.6%.

Environmental activists and supporters of renewable energy are celebrating the strong message from Pope Francis on climate change. And the Pontiff’s encyclical has drawn comment from northwest Florida’s Roman Catholic leader.

An encyclical is considered to be a major writing by a Pope, usually addressed to the universal Church, as well as to anyone who’s willing to read it, says Bishop Gregory Parkes, who oversees the Pensacola-Tallahassee Catholic Diocese.

Pensacola PRIDE, celebrating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, kicks off Saturday with a week-long slate of festive and educational events.

There’s even more to celebrate this year, since Florida became the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Doug Landreth, president of Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida, is confident the U.S. Supreme Court will expand it nationwide by the end of this month. That would, among other things, clear up the current legal hodgepodge among states.

The Escambia County School Board voted Tuesday to spend about $2 million for property, on which to build a new middle school in the western part of the district.  Dave Dunwoody reports

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas says the land, currently an abandoned airfield on West Nine Mile Road, is the school district’s answer to the booming population growth in that part of Escambia County.

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Pointing to a budget agreement reached by lawmakers, Governor Rick Scott's attorneys withdrew a request for a preliminary injunction in a legal battle with the Obama administration about health care funding.

Upon receipt of the filing, U.S. District Judge Casey Rodgers canceled Friday's scheduled hearing.

According to a notice filed in federal court in Pensacola, Scott's attorneys wrote that the lawsuit would continue because the state and federal governments have not agreed on a broader resolution of the Low Income Pool issue.

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Work is expected to resume later this year on the DeepFlex project at the Port of Pensacola, after resolution of some financial setbacks. Construction of a half-finished metal warehouse was idled in March.

Published reports say Houston-based DeepFlex has secured emergency funding through its parent firm in Brazil, to address more than $200,000 in liens filed by contractors.

Leonard Patrick Gonzalez Senior, one of the principals in the 2009 slayings of Byrd and Melanie Billings, has died in prison at the age of 62.

As is the case with every inmate death, the Department of Corrections will investigate Gonzalez’ passing, with the Medical Examiner determining the cause of death. DOC spokesman McKinley Lewis says the Inspector General’s Office will also investigate, which is standard procedure.

Gonzalez was serving 17 and a half years for his involvement in the slayings, which occurred at the Billings’ home in Beulah on July 9, 2009.

Marco Rubio’s decision to run for the White House has created a wide-open race for his U.S. Senate seat. A new poll shows voters are unfamiliar with some of the possible contenders, including a couple from the Panhandle.

At 43%, “Undecided” leads the pack of potential GOP candidates in the St. Leo University poll of 535 Floridians.

Frank Orlando, a political scientist at St. Leo, conducted the poll from May 25-31. There’s a four and a half percent margin of error. Among potential candidates, former Attorney General Bill McCollum tops the list at 16%.

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With summer heating up, the number of senior residents needing help to stay cool and safe are going up.

Joe Maniscalco at the National Weather Service in Mobile says a current trough of low pressure over Louisiana that’s keeping temperatures around normal for this time of year will give way to an upper ridge of high pressure approaching from the Atlantic in the next few days. As the ridge builds, the central Gulf Coast will also see a rise in temperatures.

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