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.

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With May 1 the beginning of sea turtle nesting season in the Florida Panhandle, preparations are being made for one of the area’s most welcome summer guests.

Five species of sea turtles are found in the Gulf of Mexico, three of which are known to nest on Pensacola Beach: the loggerhead, the green turtle, and the Kemp’s Ridley. Of those, the loggerhead is most common.

U.S. Air Force

Uncle Sam turns out the lights on Saturday – President Trump’s 100th day in office -- if Congress doesn’t come up with a funding plan by midnight.

If that happens – as it did in 2013 – the military’s expected to take some of the hardest hits. Admiral Bill Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, says the message from the Pentagon will be the same as the one the past several months -- when a shutdown became a possibility.

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In the final “Suffer the Little Children” report for Child Abuse Awareness Month, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody looks at how Gulf Coast Kid’s House is working to bring to reality the adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

The facility on 12th Avenue in the East Hill community provides basic facts and information about child abuse and how to guard against it.

“We go into the schools and educate K-through-6; we also have numerous adult programs that we take into the community,” says Paula Doty, the Prevention Coordinator at Kid’s House.

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April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month and in part two of our series “Dave Dunwoody visited Escambia County’s child advocacy center.

Located on 12th Avenue, Gulf Coast Kid’s House features professionals and resources for the intervention, investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases, under its kid-friendly roof.

“We’ve got such a competent team here in the building; they’ve all been doing this a very long time,” said Executive Director Stacy Kostevicki.

During fiscal year 2016, Gulf Coast Kid’s House served more than 3,600 children.

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With a spate of arrests and convictions on child abuse and child sexual assault charges in the Pensacola area the past few weeks, there are concerns about how the grownups can step in and offer more protection.

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and this is part one of a three-part series entitled “Suffer the Little Children."

University of West Florida

Almost four months after taking office, Martha Saunders was installed as the University of West Florida’s sixth president on Friday, as part of the school’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Dr. Saunders was named to succeed Judy Bense, by a unanimous vote of the UWF Board of Trustees last September, and confirmed by the state Board of Governors two months later.

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The University of West Florida’s second annual spring football game is set for Saturday morning at Pen Air Field on campus.

This time it’s different. When drills began last month, the Argonauts were going through a spring session after a regular season, their inaugural, in 2016.

“I think it’s gone well, and we’ve put ourselves in a position where I feel like every day we’re learning something, every day we’re getting better,” said UWF Head Coach Pete Shinnick.

City of Gulf Breeze

After nearly a quarter century on the job, Buz Eddy is stepping down as Gulf Breeze City Manager.

Eddy first announced his retirement in January, effective May 1.

“It had partly to do with age, and I just decided that this would be a good time. I’m 62 and a half, and kind of a good time to transition from the driver’s seat to another role for the city,” said Eddy.

Looking back, he says what stands out most for him is the culture – not City Hall, but the community as a whole in both good times and bad.

Dave Dunwoody: Congressman, you’re holding another “Open Gaetz” session in Escambia County this week.

U.S. Navy

Training flights involving the T-45 Goshawk are resuming aboard NAS Pensacola and elsewhere, after being grounded over concerns about their oxygen systems.

There is this caveat: the flights must remain below 10,000 feet in altitude, where the oxygen system isn’t needed. Normally, T-45 pilots train at altitudes of about 14,000 feet. Air crew will also wear a modified mask that circumvents the On Board Oxygen Generator System (OBOGS).

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An open house was held recently at the Islam Dawah Center and mosque in downtown Pensacola, where most of the members now wear, or have worn, the uniform of this nation.

On a sunny, warm early spring Saturday the Center on Barrancas Avenue was a flurry of activity. Among those greeting visitors was Ronald Jacobs, an inactive president of the center and a retired Navy Senior Chief. His 24 years’ service included duty at Corry Station. Jacobs says there was little if any thought about Islam during his time in the Navy.

About 250 job seekers came to Pensacola State College Thursday morning, to get information about the jobs which will be available in construction of the new bridge over Pensacola Bay.

CareerSource EscaRosa and Skanska USA Civil Southeast hosted the three-hour “information session” in areas such as hiring needs, application procedures, and available subcontracting opportunities.

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Restoration of passenger rail service along the Gulf Coast is the focus of meetings this week by Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission.

Six meetings, which began on Tuesday in Jacksonville and Live Oak, Florida, will feature what’s next in the work to get the trains back on track for the first time since before Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“It’s been about 14 months since we ran the demonstration train across the route, and people are curious where things stand,” said Amtrak spokesman Mark Magliari.

Governor Rick Scott has placed Florida under a state of emergency because of recent wildfires and the high potential for increased wildfires to continue.

The fires across the state have burned more than two-and-a-half times more acreage in the first three months of 2017, than during the same period a year ago. Currently, more than 100 active wildfires are scorching over 20,000 acres statewide.

Street performers in downtown Pensacola appear to be getting a new rulebook on plying their art.

Street performers, called “buskers,” play music or otherwise perform for voluntary donations.

“It looks to me, that over the course of over the last 450 some-odd years, there’s been street performance regularly downtown; and we want to preserve that, because that’s authentic to Pensacola,” said DIB Executive Director Curt Morse.

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is imploring his colleagues not to take up any bills that could undo recent progress in fighting the nation’s growing opioid problem. Similar concerns are found in northwest Florida.

Opioid-related deaths in 2015, the latest available numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, outnumbered those from gun homicides and vehicle crashes combined; and more than died from HIV/AIDS at its peak in the mid-1990s.

National Weather Service Mobile

Monday’s storms in northwest Florida and south Alabama gave way to fair skies on Tuesday, which are now giving way to another round of storms for Wednesday.

The best rainfall, will be over the Panhandle, probably 2-3 inches, and 2-4 inches in some areas, says Eric Esbensen, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile.

Gulf Power Company

After rescinding its original $107 million rate hike request, Gulf Power Company’s compromise plan has received unanimous approval from the Public Service Commission. 

The settlement, crafted by Gulf Power, the Office of Public Counsel and other interested parties, goes into effect on July 1. Jeffery Stone is Gulf Power’s General Counsel, and had praise for the PSC staff.

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April marks the 15th annual National Donate Life Month, and Escambia County officials Monday morning kicked off the local campaign to increase the number of organ donors. 

Tax collector employees here and in Florida’s other 66 counties are participating in the month-long effort co-sponsored by Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Florida Senate

Senate Bill 364, which would ensure funds received in the BP Oil Spill settlement go to the eight hardest-hit counties, has cleared the first hurdle in the Florida Legislature.

The Recovery Fund for the Deepwater Horizon Incident was passed by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development. Its primary sponsor is Sen. George Gainer (R-Panama City).

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