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

  There’s a change at the top at the Escambia County agency which oversees the county’s correctional department.  

Michael Tidwell is out, 11 months after succeeding Gordon Pike, who retired in late 2014. County Administrator Jack Brown announced his decision Friday morning.

“It’s a combination of things,” said Escambia County Administrator Jack Brown. “Bottom line, I feel that we need to change the direction we’re moving in to improve oversight and care within the jail facility.”

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  Pope Francis is giving all priests the discretion to grant official forgiveness, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, to women who have had abortions, during the Catholic Church’s upcoming Holy Year.

There have been only 28 Holy Years, from the one called in the year 1300 by Pope Boniface VIII, to the one ushered in by Pope John Paul II in 2000.

Also known as “Jubilee,” this Holy Year begins Monday, December 8 and runs through November 20, 2016.

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  The year 2016 is expected to be a year of challenges for Pensacola State College, both academically and financially.

When the state Board of Education approved a performance-based funding plan for higher education, it led to more than $600,000 being withheld from PSC’s base funding, which totals $34 million.

The return of winter weather late this week and into the weekend is leading to cold weather shelters opening their doors.

Lows Thursday evening are expected to drop to near freezing, and not much of a rise on Friday and Saturday nights according to John Purdy at the National Weather Service in Mobile.

“We’ve already had a cold front moving through the region, and it’s already pushed south of the Gulf,” said Purdy. “Behind a cold front normally is a large high pressure that settles in across the area. High pressure brings cooler temperatures and clearer skies.”

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With “Giving Tuesday” the unofficial start of the holiday donation season, the Better Business Bureau is out with some advice on making sure your money goes to a trustworthy organization.

Charities in the United States receive about one-third of their annual donations during the holiday season, according to the BBB. But also lurking out there are scammers looking for their ill-gotten piece of the pie. Tammy Ward at the BBB in Pensacola says many of the scams are from the anonymity of cyberspace.


Tuesday marks the kickoff of “Keep the Wreath Green,” a fire safety campaign involving Escambia County Fire-Rescue, Pensacola Fire Department, and departments in Santa Rosa County.

Each year on average, about 400 people die and 16,000 others are injured in holiday fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Property damage totals around $1 billion.

That’s where “Keep the Wreath Green” comes in.

“It’s a method to put a visual indicator of fire safety during an important time of the year,” said Pensacola Fire Marshal David Allen.


  The Pensacola metro area’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.5% in September, to 4.8% last month, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

3,900 new jobs were added in the Pensacola area during that span, part of the nearly 37,000 statewide – the highest one-month total for jobs added in a decade. DEO Director Jesse Panuccio says they’re spread out over a number of sectors.

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  Stress and depression can wreck both the holidays and your health. But planning ahead and getting support can help avoid such problems. And in the wake of the Paris attacks, there’s a new layer of anxiety. 

Dr. David Josephs, Clinical Director at the Lakeview Center in Pensacola, says there’s a fine line between staying informed on a major story, and not overloading on the information.

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  Almost 47 million Americans are projected to travel 50 miles or more from home for Thanksgiving, according to AAA: they should have a few more bucks in their pockets for the holidays.

“Busy roads, busy airports as is usual during Thanksgiving, but about 300,000 more travelers than last year,” said Mark Jenkins at AAA-South in Tampa. That figure is up 0.6% from Thanksgiving 2014, and the most in eight years.

The travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29. 

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President Barack Obama is blasting Republicans who oppose allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S., saying that the political posturing "needs to stop." Meanwhile, some Pensacola residents are watching developments with much concern.

Speaking in the Philippines, Obama responded to calls from GOP leaders for an immediate, temporary closure of America's borders to Syria refugees. He specifically targeted the recent statements of some Republican presidential candidates.

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Gulf Power Company and the U.S. Navy are weighing anchor on a new partnership, aimed at developing and distributing solar power.

Under a 37-year lease, Gulf Power will use almost 600 acres of property aboard NAS Pensacola, Whiting Field, and two outlying landing fields, Holly and Saufley. Natalie Smith at the utility says plans are to build two large generating facilities.

  The backlash against Syrian refugees coming to America in the wake of the attacks in Paris on Friday is being joined by some of Florida’s elected leaders.

In the fiscal year ending September 30, Florida had accepted about 100 Syrian refugees, placing it among the top six states. President Obama has announced that an additional 10,000 would come in during the current fiscal year, many of whom could come to Florida.

Residents in northwest Florida and south Alabama are being advised to watch the skies on Wednesday, for a likely round of severe weather.

Strong low pressure over the southern plains is moving off to the east-northeast, following a large cold front. Jack Cullen at the National Weather Service in Mobile says that combination will bring in the bad weather overnight into Wednesday morning.

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   After hearing from the public, the Escambia County Commission Thursday took another step towards building a new jail facility.

The Commission voted 4-1 on a motion to build on the L Street site of the damaged facility, while acquiring the nearby McDonald’s shopping center to make it larger to replace the existing County Jail. Commissioner Grover Robinson was the lone dissenter, favoring a different location.

Plans are to build a nearly 1,500 bed detention facility – but just where has been up for debate for nearly the 19 months since the gas explosion that totaled

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Escambia County residents and visitors are being advised to protect themselves from the risk of rabies exposure, after a recent attack on an Escambia County resident.

According to the Florida Department of Health-Escambia County, a resident of the Dog Track Road area was attacked by a fox last week. The animal was located, killed and its brain sent to the state lab.

“[It] was tested for rabies, and found to be positive. This is the second fox so far this calendar year; the first one was up in Century last July,” said Dr. John Lanza, Director of DOH-Escambia.