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 cat Callie. 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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As part of WUWF’s look ahead to 2016, Dave Dunwoody recently sat down with Grover Robinson. In November, Robinson again took over as chairman of the Escambia County Commission.

“I’m hoping this time we don’t have an oil spill or some other natural disaster like the last time when I was chair,” said Robinson, noting that plans for rebuilding the Escambia County Jail Central Booking facility that was destroyed in a gas explosion during Pensacola’s April 30, 2014 flood event.

Residents in northwest Florida and south Alabama are advised to keep tabs on the weather the next couple of days, since the area remains under a hazardous weather outlook.

A surface-level high pressure area off to the east has been causing a flow of warm air up from the Gulf of Mexico, which is keeping temperatures in the 60's and 70's around the clock.

“It looks like it’s going to continue as we approach Christmas,” said Don Shepherd, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile. Those warm temps also mean a heightened chance for severe weather.

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Florida’s Department of Agriculture is reminding Christmas chefs to follow some basic but effective steps to avoid food-borne illnesses.

About one in six Americans, roughly 48 million, gets a food-borne illness each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common illnesses are norovirus and the Salmonella bacteria. 

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Florida’s unemployment rate continues to drop, to five percent even in November, down point-one percent from October. The Department of Economic Opportunity also announces more than one million private-sector jobs have been created since 2010.

DEO Director Jesse Panuccio says the five percent mark equals the national average, and translates to 486,000 unemployed out of a labor force of 9.6 million. Pensacola has seen 3,600 jobs added so far in 2015.

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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the decision by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade.

Harper called the increase in the interest rate of a quarter of a percentage point “good news,” noting the Fed tracked the economy carefully and is responsible for maintaining both full employment and a low and stable price level nationally.

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Friday marks the annual exodus home by military personnel at local bases, and the United Service Organization is gearing up to help out.

The holiday events are part of the long tradition of the USO, which has 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries. It dates back to its creation by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in February, 1941 – ten months before the attack on Pearl Harbor.  

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AAA projects the number of travelers for Christmas and New Year’s to hit the 100 million mark for the first time ever.

Actually, the auto club says 100.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from now until Sunday, January 3. That’s a 1.4% increase over last year, and seventh consecutive year of growth for this period. A number of variables are at play.

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Groundbreaking is set for Wednesday for a new partnership between Gulf Power Company and the U-S Navy, aimed at developing, generating, and distributing solar power.

Under a 37-year lease, Gulf Power will use almost 600 acres of property aboard NAS Pensacola, Whiting Field, and two outlying landing fields, Holly and Saufley. Natalie Smith at the utility says plans are to build two large generating facilities.

“Those are some of the details we have to work out, and figure out how much space would be needed,” said 

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  Pensacola Police are looking for a suspect who they say was a real-life Grinch who stole Christmas – or at least part of it.

Our story begins around five o’clock Saturday afternoon, in front of Cordova Mall on North 9th Avenue.

“He approached the bell-ringer in front of the mall, and gave him the story that he was there to collect the kettles,” said Pensacola Police Lt. Steve Davis. “That particular bell-ringer was suspicious and asked for ID. The gentleman left and never returned.”

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  ongressman Jeff Miller is getting at least one challenger for his U.S. House seat in 2016.

Charles Thies has done many things: the Miami native has been a police officer, adjunct professor, and businessman. He’s the former CEO of Cloud View Technologies in Mary Esther. Now, he makes his debut in politics, wanting to represent Florida’s 1st House District in Washington.

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This week marks the annual return of the Geminids meteor shower, which is visible from the Florida Panhandle, weather permitting.

The shower actually began earlier this month, with only a few meteors visible overnight. But Wayne Wooten, an astronomer at Pensacola State College, says things should ramp up by the start of next week. 

“The Geminids have been the best meteor shower of the year on average,” Wooten said. “The peak’s early Monday morning with maybe two meteors per minute coming out of the direction of the constellation Gemini.”

There’s a new potential for “red tide” off the western Panhandle, according to the Florida Department of Health, just over a month after the first such reports.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting red tide concentrations will increase the next few days along portions of northwest Florida. That leading to an elevated potential for respiratory irritation in Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a new scam in town.

According to a news release by the ECSO, at least one complaint has come into the sheriff’s office about somebody who identifies themselves as an ECSO employee, according to a real employee, Rhonda Ray, in the Public Information Office.

“The unknown person then continued to tell the citizen that they had a warrant for their arrest, but the warrant would be dropped if the victim sent money,” said Ray. “That immediately raised a red flag with the victim.”

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In the wake of terror attacks in Paris, Colorado Springs and San Bernardino, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is bringing back the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign.

“This was something that was launched in 2011,” says FDLE's Molly Best. “Florida wanted to make sure that we take the initiative in light of recent events. It’s so important that our citizens in our communities are aware of what to look for.”

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  Seventy-four years ago, the United States was cast into World War II by the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Today the National Naval Aviation Museum held its 24th annual observance.

Music was provided by the Tate High School Band – which is scheduled to perform at Pearl Harbor, for next year’s 75th anniversary. A half-dozen Pearl Harbor survivors – all in their 90s -- were seated in the front row to a standing ovation.

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