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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The second of three “Supermoons” will grace the skies on Monday, and will break some records in its proximity to the Earth.

The first supermoon occurred on October 16, and the year’s third is December 14. The next supermoon will be in August, 2034.

And just what is a “Supermoon?” For that we turn to Wayne Wooten, an astronomer at Pensacola State College who says for starters, the moon’s orbit around Earth is not circular.

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When the one hundred and fifteenth Congress convenes early next year, Republican Matt Gaetz will be a member of the freshman class in the House of Representatives.

The 34-year-old Gaetz, an attorney from Fort Walton Beach, collected 69.1 percent of the vote over Democratic nominee Steven Specht, to succeed First District Congressman Jeff Miller, who’s retiring after eight terms.

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The University of West Florida’s basketball teams open the season on Friday. Recently, they were featured at the Argonauts’ Winter Sports Media Day.  

The Argonaut men travel to Albany State in Fort Valley, Georgia to open Coach Jeff Burkhamer’s second season at UWF, which improved last year to 7-19 overall, and 5-17 in the Gulf South Conference.

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While the presidential race garnered most of the attention, there was some down-ballot action Tuesday across the western Florida Panhandle.

Incumbents for the most part had a big night Tuesday, but the exception to that was Century Mayor Freddie McCall – who lost his re-election bid to Henry Hawkins by a 59-41 percent margin.

“I think the people wanted a change, and were tired of the status quo,” said Hawkins.” A lot of people are taking a chance on new blood, doing something different and better.”

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More than half of Florida's active registered voters have already cast ballots ahead of Election Day. The others are now casting ballots, including voters in the western Panhandle.

Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David Stafford says as of midday, turnout was “brisk,” with about 33,000 votes cast since the polls opened at 7:00 a.m.  

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Voters head to the polls on Tuesday, and when they check in, get their ballots and proceed to the voting area, poll watchers will already be in place.

Poll watchers – watch. They monitor, silently, for any problems and irregularities in the voting process. And in this election cycle, they’re getting more attention than in past years, thanks in large part to some of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign allegations of a “rigged election” against him.

There’s been no credible evidence supporting any of Trump’s claims of vote-rigging.

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is scheduled to rally supporters at Pensacola Beach on Saturday, as the race for that seat depends on which poll you see and to whom you speak. 

Republican incumbent Marco Rubio has a six-point lead over Democrat Patrick Murphy in the latest Quinnipiac University poll – with a CNN/ORC International survey having him up by only a single point. Other polls show varying distances between the pair.

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Almost four and a half million people already have voted in the battleground state of Florida, according to the state Division of Elections.

That’s including a larger turnout so far in the western Panhandle.

Supervisors of Elections in the three counties report a record in the number of voter registrations for an election cycle: 130,000 in Santa Rosa County and  135,000 in Okaloosa.

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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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