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.

 

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s new recycling facility is up and running in Perdido, and it appears residents need a crash course in what to place, and not place, in their recycling cans.


ECUA opened the $10.6 million Interim Materials Recycling Facility in late August. During the dedication ceremony Steve Sorrell, the utility’s Executive Director, pointed to failed partnerships with three private firms since 2009.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Ten days before early voting begins in Florida, Mike Pence made a campaign stop in downtown Pensacola on Friday.
Despite the early afternoon time on a workday, a large crowd gathered in the green space outside Palafox Wharf to greet and support the Republican vice presidential nominee. In his 30-minute speech, Pence didn’t mention reports of the past week, that Trump may have committed sexual assault against several women, including two more who came forward on Friday. But he did talk up the mogul’s fitness for the White House.

The Haas Center at the University of West Florida is conducting its third annual Pensacola Community Survey, in a partnership with the City of Pensacola.

Mayor Ashton Hayward took to Facebook to announce the project, saying the responses will help balance priorities and upgrade services.

Voter registration will run for six more days in the battleground state of Florida, until October 18, due to the disruption and damage from Hurricane Matthew.

At a 40-minute hearing in Tallahassee, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker approved the Florida Democratic Party’s request for an injunction, to extend registration and  give third-party groups that much time to continue to sign up new voters.

Democrats had asked Gov. Rick Scott to extend the deadline, but Scott turned down the request.  

A federal judge in Tallahassee has extended the deadline until Wednesday, for voter registration in Florida for the November 8th general election.
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker granted the additional day, with a hearing set for Wednesday involving a temporary restraining order sought by the plaintiffs, and an extension of voter registration through at least October 18.

nemours.org

Last week we brought you the story of Sacred Heart Health System ending its 19-year affiliation with Nemours Children’s Health System, from the Sacred Heart side. Now we hear from Nemours.

Sacred Heart sent out an RFP, Request for Proposals, which was answered by Nemours, University of Florida Health and some others. UF Health won out, and begins their partnership with Sacred Heart on January 1.

Nemours Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mary Mehta, wants to make it clear that this wasn’t their idea.

Training camp begins Wednesday for the Pensacola Ice Flyers, as they prepare to defend their third President’s Cup, the Southern Professional Hockey League championship, in the past four years.

When we last heard from the Ice Flyers in May, forward Josh Cousineau sent into a frenzy about 4,900 fans in the Pensacola Bay Center, aka “The Hangar,”  by scoring with one-tenth of a second remaining in regulation time to beat Peoria 5-4.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Ground has been broken on the University of West Florida’s latest construction project: a mixed-use facility adjacent to Pen Air Federal Credit Union Field.

When University Park Center opens in the spring of 2018, the $6.8 million 32,700 sq. ft. building will house the new football program, along with providing space for the UWF College of Health, and the Florida State University’s Regional Medical School Campus.

UWF President Judy Bense says partnering with Florida State through University Park is emblematic of the twenty first century evolution of universities.

National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Matthew is expected to make landfall sometime on Friday, somewhere between West Palm Beach and Cape Canaveral, with its 140 mile an hour winds.

About two million people have been warned to flee inland to escape the most powerful storm to threaten the U.S. Atlantic coast in over a decade. Florida. Gov. Rick Scott has a message for those living in evacuation zones.

“There are no excuses, you need to leave,” said the Governor. “Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate.”

Hurricane Matthew has strengthened once again to a Category-4 storm as it barrels toward Florida’s heavily populated east coast. Help is on the way from a number of areas, including northwest Florida.  

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More than 100 volunteer firefighters in Escambia County are set to receive some extra pay.

The Escambia County Commission is expected to approve a new stipend policy when it meets on Thursday. That would raise monthly payments of $200-$500 for Escambia County Fire-Rescue personnel who answer calls and meet basic requirements.

Covenant Care

Covenant Care and Sacred Heart Hospital are collaborating on a new program to address the needs of end-of-life patients and their families.

Covenant will open a 10,000 square foot center on the first floor of Sacred Heart’s Pensacola campus. President and CEO Jeff Mislevy says it will be fully staffed, with patients and families receiving round-the-clock hospice and palliative care services.

National Hurricane Center

Florida is bracing as Hurricane Matthew’s path moves closer to the state. Preparations are being made all the way up to the Panhandle.

The latest from the National Hurricane Center has Matthew about 55 miles from the eastern tip of Cuba. Movement is north at around ten miles an hour, with top sustained winds at 145 miles per hour -- making it a Category-4 storm.

“We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best, and we’re not going to take any chances,” said Gov. Rick Scott, who on Monday declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties in Florida.

Update 10/4/16 10am:

Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in western Haiti with maximum sustained winds near 145 miles an hour. The Category 4 storm has been pounding the southwestern coast of Haiti, where many people live in fragile shacks of wood and corrugated steel. 

The storm is headed toward Cuba, which is why about 700 Navy family members were evacuated Sunday from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to Naval Air Station Pensacola. The Navy ordered the evacuation for military spouses and children at the base in Cuba on Saturday.

There’s a change in the lineup on the horizon at Sacred Heart Health System, in the area of child health care. 

Work is underway to finalize a contract with Gainesville-based University of Florida Health, as the deal with longtime provider Nemours is set to expire at year’s end after 19 years. Susan Davis is Sacred Heart Health System President and CEO.  

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