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.

City of Pensacola

  Pensacola already has a rich history, but more was made Wednesday with the installation of David Alexander as the city’s new police chief.

An almost standing room only crowd at the Sanders Beach-Corrine Jones Center was there to greet Pensacola’s first African-American police chief, in the department’s 194-year history.

“I chose David as our next chief of police because of the content of his character, and because of his passion for this community, his distinguished record, and his tremendous heart for service,” said Mayor Ashton Hayward.

Some familiar names are showing up on a list of candidates wanting to succeed Hunter Walker as Santa Rosa County administrator.

Thirty-eight contenders had submitted applications by last Friday’s deadline, including former Escambia County interim administrator Larry Newsome; Tony Gomillion, the county’s current public services director, and Jonathan Lewis, the former executive officer at NAS Whiting Field.

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An Escambia County resident has died after reportedly contracting Vibrio vulnificus – a bacteria found in warm, brackish saltwater.

The victim’s identity is not being released by the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, and circumstances surrounding the death are also unavailable. DOH reports 19 such cases in Florida this year, with ten deaths. One of those cases – non-fatal – was reported in Santa Rosa County.

Escambia County Sheriff's Office

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan Tuesday updated the media on the investigation into a triple homicide at a residence on Deerfield Drive.

Seventy-seven year old Voncile Smith and her two sons: 49-year-old Richard Smith and 47-year-old John Smith, were found dead in their home on Friday morning.

“The time of the blue moon every three years; the method of the murders, and also our person of interest is known to practice witchcraft,” said Morgan, who adds that there was no sign of forced entry.

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With gas prices falling at the fastest rate since January, look for more people on the road during the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

“We should continue to see gas prices falling right now because of crude oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins with AAASouth in Tampa.

Self-serve regular averages $2.51 per gallon across Florida. In Pensacola, the average is $2.48 – down nine cents from a month ago and $0.87  a gallon less than early August, 2014.

City of Gulf Breeze

The Gulf Breeze City Council is hearing ideas and suggestions, on how to plug a six-figure gap in its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The city needs $266,000 to balance the proposed $6.7 million spending plan. But City Manager Buz Eddy says that’s typical of where they are in the budget process this time of the year.

“We have departmental requests that are more than the revenues will allow,” said Eddy. “So we’re ‘out of balance’ and we’re working with the department directors to try to requests and potentially look for revenue enhancements.”

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Fifty years ago President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law – prohibiting the discriminatory voting practices that had been adopted in many southern states after the Civil War.

Efforts to break the grip of state disfranchisement had been underway for a number of years with modest success. But the unprovoked attack on marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma placed those efforts on the fast track.

Three months after first announcing he was considering a run for the U. S. Senate, Congressman Jeff Miller has made his final decision.

Miller is dropping his Senate bid and instead, will seek an 8th full term in the House next year. In an email statement, he said he wants to focus on trying to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also cited passage of his VA Accountability Act in the House, and its possible veto by President Obama.

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The giant cross on display at Pensacola’s Bayview Park is being targeted by a Washington-based group, which wants it taken down.

In a letter to Mayor Ashton Hayward and City Attorney Lysia Bowling, the American Humanist Association is demanding the cross’ removal from the city-owned park.

“Several local citizens contacted us to let us know about it,” said AHA Legal Director David Niose, who contends that by having the cross at the park, the city is placing one religion above all others.

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Bayview Community Center is slated for the wrecking ball. The facility is the latest victim of last year’s massive flooding.

For decades, after-school programs and events of all stripes have been held in the center. But the flood caused significant damage, forcing events to be moved to other city-owned facilities. Eric Olson is Pensacola City Administrator.