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.

Major road projects, and their price tags, are forcing the Santa Rosa County Commission to explore new ways to pay for them. One possible solution is raising the county’s gasoline tax.

Commission Chairman Don Salter says the need stems from the loss of road project money from the Florida Department of Transportation's Small County Outreach Program. Once providing more than $7 million, or 75% of funding for eligible projects, the payouts ended when the county’s population grew beyond eligibility standards.

University of West Florida president Judy Bense will remain in that office, through the end of next year.

The school’s Board of Trustees approved an 18-month extension of Bense’ contract during its meeting at the Emerald Coast Campus in Fort Walton Beach. Mort O’Sullivan served as acting chairman.

One of the principals in the slayings of Byrd and Melanie Billings will remain in prison. Leonard Gonzalez Sr.s motion for early parole went before the Florida Commission on Offender Review on Wednesday.

On a 3-0 vote, the Commission decided that the 62-year-old Gonzalez will continue to serve his 17 and a half year sentence. State Attorney Bill Eddins, one of the chief prosecutors in Gonzalez’ case, says the Department of Corrections had requested the early release.

In-person visits to inmates at the Santa Rosa County Jail are being phased out, in favor of new video technology from the firm Homewav.

The video system will benefit those who want to see their jailed relatives and friends, but cannot travel because of work, distance, a lack of transportation, and other reasons. 

“We’re just trying to keep up with technology and what other agencies have done,” said Deputy Rich Aloy, a spokesman with the Sheriff's Office.

DLR Group

Escambia County is negotiating with an architectural firm, to set the criteria for hiring a design and construction team to build a new county jail.

Talks are underway with Omaha, Nebraska-based DLR Group, as part of plans to replace the Central Booking Facility, which was destroyed by a gas explosion last April. Amy Lovoy, the county’s Financial Officer, says if all goes as planned the contract would be presented to the County Commission at its April 23rd meeting.

Ten weeks and 1,000 miles after beginning their journey, the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition came to an end last week at Fort Pickens.

Wildlife biologist Joe Guthrie, his dog Wallace, conservationist Mallory Dimmitt and photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. arrived at Fort Pickens on Thursday afternoon. After a dip in the Gulf at Langdon Beach, they celebrated with a party at a nearby pavilion. Guthrie says the Panhandle was unfamiliar territory for them.

The two-acre piece of city-owned property in downtown Pensacola known as “Hawkshaw” is back on the market.

A request for proposals, or RFP, has been issued by the Community Redevelopment Agency. It invites real estate developers to submit plans and a bid to buy the land, which the CRA acquired about 20 years ago.

Photo via Flickr//BKL / https://flic.kr/p/b1F9DR

If two Florida lawmakers get their way, Escambia County would get the ability to provide the option to convey some property on Santa Rosa Island to their leaseholders.

Cong. Jeff Miller and Sen. Marco Rubio have introduced identical bills aimed at ensuring that leaseholders currently paying taxes and living and working on Santa Rosa Island, will get the choice to attain title to their land.

The University of West Florida football program held its first spring practice on Wednesday, at the UWF Intramural Fields under sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s.

The players are nine student-athletes who have either transferred from other schools, or were selected from two previous tryout camps. Before the workout, Head Coach Pete Shinnick addressed the troops.

“Listen, like we’ve talked about, how we’re doing things, what’s taking place and what your role is,” said Shinnick. “We’re going to teach, we’re going to learn.”

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Florida’s unemployment rate held steady from December to January at 5.7 percent. Heading into Governor Rick Scott’s second term, the focus is on private sector job growth.

According to the Department of Economic Opportunity, January’s figure translates to 551,000 Floridians considered unemployed, from a work force of 9.7 million. But DEO Chief Jesse Panuccio says that’s not the whole story.

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