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.

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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.

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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.

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State health officials are urging Floridians and visitors to protect themselves against West Nile Virus. The warning comes after the first such case in Florida this year is reported in Walton County.

There have been 38 other states with confirmed cases of West Nile this year. The Walton county case, an adult female, is not being identified any further.

School is back in session soon and OneBlood is urging everyone to put donating blood on their back-to-school shopping list.

According to OneBlood, a transfusion is neede d about every two seconds nationwide. And spokeswoman Betty Roberts says locally, it’s been their summer of discontent.

“Traditionally in the summer blood donations decrease, and we’ve seen that,” said Roberts. “So we’re making every effort to do some ‘back to school’ blood drives to bring the level of the blood supply up to where it needs to be.”

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is hosting the second annual “Bridging the Gap” crime prevention summit this week in Pensacola.  

Sgt. Delarian Wiggins with the ECSO organized the summit in 2014 and holds the same role for this summit, which features crime prevention experts, community leaders, and policy makers seeking ways to reduce crime.

DD: Lots to talk about this week starting off with the National Association for Business Economics, a big meeting there.