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.

northescambia.com

Thursday was a day of honor and reflection in memory of Marine Corps Capt. Jeff Kuss -- who died when his Blue Angel number-6 jet crashed near Nashville, Tennessee last week.

A private memorial service for the 32-year-old Kuss was held aboard NAS Pensacola on Thursday morning. On Thursday evening, Veterans Memorial Park was filled for a public candlelight vigil sponsored by the City of Pensacola.

Gay Grassroots of NWFL

Pensacola’s LGBT community will kick off the fifth annual Pensacola PRIDE event on Saturday at Seville Square in downtown Pensacola.

Pensacola PRIDE founder Doug Landreth says the theme for this year’s celebration is “Know the Past, Celebrate the Present, Create the Future" – focusing on the “history, courage, diversity and value” of the area’s LGBT community.

Libertarian Party of Florida

What promises to be a nasty presidential campaign between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump could enable the nation’s third-largest political party to make some gains in 2016.

For Pete Blome of Niceville, who chairs the Libertarian Party chapter in northwest Florida, his involvement began after he retired from the Air Force.

Delegates to the national Libertarian Party met in Orlando last month to nominate the presidential ticket and set their platform.

Gary Johnson – a former Republican governor of New Mexico – is making his second bid for the White House as a Libertarian. In a campaign video shown at the convention, he espouses the bedrock of the movement.

“I think that people need to be able to make their own choices in their own lives,” said Johnson in the video. “The rewards will be a hundred-fold. You will never regret it.”

 

Five new cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Florida, bringing the total to 171 statewide, including one in Escambia County. Thirty-eight of the Florida cases involve pregnant women. 

The Escambia County case – who’s not being identified -- joins one in Santa Rosa earlier this year – the latter having long since made a full recovery. The other new cases are in Hillsborough, Osceola, Palm Beach and Seminole Counties. All are travel-related.

Jonathaon Beebe-Franqui

The numbers are in and by all counts, the Memorial Day beach cleanup program on Santa Rosa Island conducted by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community was a resounding success.

It’s a tall order to clean up after an estimated 75,000 people around the clock over a three-day period. But PSouth Operation Beach Clean organizer Dwayne Beebe-Franqui says everything was “fantastic.”

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Flags are at half-staff in and around Pensacola, as the city joins in the mourning for the first Blue Angel pilot to die in a crash in nine years. 

Marine Captain Jeff Kuss died Thursday when his Number-6 FA-18 Hornet crashed just after takeoff during an afternoon practice session from the Smyrna, Tennessee airport near Nashville.

The other five pilots landed safely, and returned to NAS Pensacola Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Great Tennessee Air Show will go on as scheduled on Saturday and Sunday.

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Update: 

The Associated Press says the Blue Angels pilot who died Thursday when his jet crashed near Nashville, Tennessee was Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss from Colorado.

A U.S. official, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity, identified Capt. Kuss as the pilot who was killed in the crash. Kuss reportedly joined the Blue Angels in 2014, and had over 1,400 flight hours. 

The Navy’s flight demonstration team was practicing for the Great Tennessee Air Show, set for this weekend.

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A number of residents have called the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office to report another common scam, conducted in the name of the Internal Revenue Service.

Tax-related scams cost victims more than $23 million per year, according to TIGTA, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.  The IRS has also seen a 400% increase in phishing schemes.

NOAA

 Just ahead of the start to the 2016 hurricane season in the Atlantic and Caribbean, near-normal conditions are predicted.

“Near-normal” is translated by NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as 10 to 16 named storms, with four to eight hurricanes developing from them. Of the hurricanes, one to four are predicted to be major, with sustained winds at 111 miles an hour or higher.

NASA.gov

  Mars and Earth are getting a bit chummier this month, as the Red Planet moves to its closest distance in more than a decade. 

Mars’ position – just under 47 million miles from Earth – is called “opposition” That’s when the sun, Earth and Mars are in a straight line with Mars rising in the east just as the sun sets in the west.   

“Opposition is the same thing as a full moon,” said Pensacola State College astronomer Wayne Wooten. But, because of Earth’s slightly elliptical orbit, Earth is still getting even a little closer to Mars.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Americans who fell in wartime were honored Sunday, at the annual Memorial Day service at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Pensacola.

In a ceremony that was shorter than previous ones, Veterans Park Foundation President Butch Hansen greeted a smaller than usual crowd. In his remarks he mentioned Founding Father Patrick Henry – who’s 280th birthday was Sunday – and read Henry’s words that were printed on the back of the program.

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AAA projects more than 38 million Americans will be on the road this Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start of the summer travel season.

The Memorial Day period is defined as Thursday, May 26 to the actual holiday on Monday the 30th.

“We’re expecting an additional 700,000 Memorial Day travelers,” said Mark Jenkins at AAA-South in Tampa. “Largely because growth in the labor market [and] people making more money. But the biggest reason is low gas prices.”

Courtesy of PSouth

A beach cleanup project during the annual LGBT Beach Reunion during Memorial Day Weekend – at Pensacola Beach and Park East is aimed at keeping the sand and water beautiful during and just after the holiday.

More than 75,000 people – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender – are expected to gather on the beach, mainly in the Park East section of Santa Rosa Island. And when a crowd that size forms – gay or straight – there’s a vast amount of debris that’s left behind. That’s where PSouth Operation Beach Cleanup comes in.

Dave Dunwoody

An Escambia County couple is behind bars, facing numerous charges in the alleged abuse of three of their children.

An Escambia County couple is behind bars, facing numerous charges in the alleged abuse of three of their children.

“There are many things as law enforcement that we don’t take lightly, and of course child abuse is at the top of that list,” said Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.

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