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, Pensacola Ice Flyers, and Tampa Bay Lightning. His hobbies include comedy writing, guitar and computer sports games.

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Residents in the Florida Panhandle are being encouraged to become “Bear Aware:” keeping bears and other wildlife away from their homes.

Florida’s largest land mammal is a conservation success story. Only a few hundred black bears were around in the 1970s. Today, more than 4,300 roam the state and, in some cases, they mosey into residential areas.

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Hurricane season kicks off June 1st and Escambia County joined Florida’s other 66 counties in conducting a dress rehearsal.

Here’s the scenario: Hurricane Kimo, a Category-4 storm, has made landfall in Florida. A Cat-4 packs winds from 130-156 miles an hour which, along with storm surge and tornadoes, can do a lot of damage in a short period of time.

“One of the things that we do not do as well as I think we need to do is the late response and early recovery stuff. And that’s what we’re focusing our energy on today,” said Escambia Emergency Director John Dosh.  

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Ten years ago this week, the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany began her final mission: putting Pensacola on the map as a diving mecca.

Commissioned in 1950, the Oriskany served during the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts before its decommissioning in 1976. And if you’ve ever seen the 1953 movie “The Bridges at Toko-Ri” starring William Holden, then you’ve seen the Oriskany, where much of it was filmed.

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Over the next five years almost $4 billion is projected to flow to Florida's seaports to handle growing international trade.

A report from the Florida Ports Council says the money will come from state and local governments, as well as the private sector. 

“For Pensacola’s part of that, it’s all based on five-year capital plans that each of the ports submit every year,” says Port of Pensacola Director Amy Miller. “Pensacola’s current five-year capital calls for about $21 million in capital improvements over the next five years.”

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It’s being called the largest methamphetamine bust in Escambia County history. “Operation Brick House” was led by the county Sheriff’s Office and involved a number of law enforcement agencies.

Sheriff David Morgan says the undercover operation dates back to 2012, investigating a group of people he says are responsible for distributing significant amounts various drugs.

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  Escambia County’s attempt to collect property taxes on 12-acre tract of Pensacola Beach has suffered a setback in Tallahassee. 

The ruling overturns an earlier decision by Escambia County Circuit Judge Edward Nickinson.

At issue is a pair of towers to be built at Portofino resort by developer Island Resorts. On Wednesday, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal declined to revisit the case. A three-judge panel ruled in March that the firm should not be required to pay property taxes because it does not own the land.

City of Pensacola

Matt Schmitt and Joe Glover are out as Pensacola Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief, respectively. They were fired Tuesday by Mayor Ashton Hayward after a three-month investigation of the department.

The Mayor’s action came after reviewing the 138-page report which he says outlines a number of instances that demonstrated what it terms as “a lack of judgment, poor leadership and contempt for the city’s Human Resources Department.

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The Pensacola City Council held a workshop Monday on the 11 charter amendments, which range from minor tweaks to scrapping the charter altogether and returning to the previous council-manager form of government.

“We had a very interesting discussion, some of it very contentious. What came out of it, I think, is that we have a pretty divided Council on most of these issues,” said Councilman Larry B. Johnson, who represents the city’s 4th District.

While some council members argue strong mayor-council hasn’t succeeded, Johnson says the jury’s still out.

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Dignitaries from both Pensacola and Pensacola’s Spanish sister city gathered at Fort George Saturday, to wrap up a week of tributes to Spanish General Bernardo de. Galvez.

The 35-minute ceremony was much more subdued than in recent years, when reenactors in period uniforms paraded up Palafox Street to the fort, firing their muskets along the way.

John LeRoy, Vice President of the Pensacola Archaeological Society, hosted the event and gave a bit of history about Galvez getting some little-known help during the Battle of Pensacola in 1781.

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One hundred and two people in Florida have been affected by the Zika virus since February, including seven pregnant women whose unborn children face the largest risk. Anti-Zika efforts are ramping up along the Gulf Coast, which 60 million people call home.

In the western Panhandle, only one case of the virus has been found, that was in Santa Rosa County, and the unidentified patient has since made a full recovery.

Now that Donald Trump’s path to the Republican presidential nomination is unimpeded, the talk about possible running mates is beginning to ramp up. One of those names being mentioned is Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Scott waited until after the March 15 Florida primary to endorse Trump, explaining his reasons on Fox News Channel.

“The voters have picked Donald Trump, it’s time to coalesce behind Donald Trump because we’ve got to win in November,” Scott said.

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Almost two years to the day when floodwaters submerged areas of Pensacola, Escambia County is out with its report on the flooding in April, 2014.

Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Escambia and 25 other counties in the Panhandle and Big Bend after storms dumped more than 20 inches of rain in some areas. While inspecting flood damage in the Pensacola area, he said economic losses in Escambia County alone could exceed $50 million.

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The City of Pensacola is the defendant in a lawsuit filed over the 25-foot Christian cross at city-owned Bayview Park.

The litigation – filed Wednesday -- is the latest salvo in a ten-month running dispute over the cross in the park, between the city and the American Humanist Association, based in Washington, D.C.

“We are contending that this is a violation of the Establishment Clause to the United States Constitution,” said Rebecca Markert, a staff attorney with the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation.

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Gulf Power Company conducted its annual exercise Tuesday, aimed at restoring electricity in the aftermath of a hurricane or other emergency.

The situation room was full at the new Douglas McCrary Training and Storm Center on Pine Forest Rd., working on developments after “Hurricane Sharon.”

“The scenario is, it’s the day after a major hurricane has impacted the Gulf Coast, made landfall in Navarre,’ said Jeff Rogers, External Communications Manager at Gulf Power.

Florida Dept. of Corrections

Oral arguments are set for Thursday before the Florida Supreme Court, in the case that forced a sentencing change in the state’s death penalty procedure.

The case involves Timothy Lee Hurst, who was sentenced to death for the 1998 murder of a fast-food restaurant manager in Pensacola. In January, the U-S Supreme Court ruled that Florida’s method of imposing execution was unconstitutional – because it gave too much power to judges rather than juries.

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