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.

sacred-heart.org

Uncle Sam is offering a one billion dollar compromise to Florida, regarding the Low Income Pool – which is provided to hospitals to help pay for uninsured and under-insured patients and is scheduled to expire on June 30 if not renewed.

State Senator Don Gaetz made the announcement on Thursday, adding that there are a number of conditions. One is that the LIP money must follow the patient. That’s a catch he says the state has known about for some time.

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The parties are already underway for this weekend’s annual gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender at Pensacola Beach’s Park East.

About 150,000 people have attended the LBGT-related events the past couple of Memorial Day weekends. Ted McCrary, the general manager of Emerald City – the downtown Pensacola bar that serves as party central -- is expecting about the same, if not a slightly higher number this year.

ricksblog.biz

Gov. Rick Scott's newly created Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding met for the first time on Wednesday. But hospitals have met his request for information by essentially telling him to look it up himself. That includes at least one Pensacola-area facility.

Many of the dozens of surveys returned by hospitals have five or fewer of the roughly 100 lines filled out with new information. Many referred Scott to data already on file with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

floridasportsman.com

While boating is a year-round sport in Florida, the traditional start is marked by Safe Boating Week – now through Friday by the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

According to FWC’s 2014 Boating Accident Statistical Report, there were 634 reportable boating accidents in Florida last year, resulting in 73 fatalities.

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AAA is projecting the upcoming Memorial Day weekend as one of the most traveled – if not the most-traveled – in history.

Just over 37 million Americans are projected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the long weekend – from Thursday, May 21 to Monday, May 25.  That’s a 4.7% increase from last year, and is the highest travel volume for Memorial Day in a decade.

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June 1 is the traditional start of the Atlantic Hurricane season. This year it also marks the kickoff of a special session of the Florida Legislature.

The session date was set after weeks of conflict over differences on major health-care issues. The spending plan, in effect, was caught in the crossfire, which included the sudden adjournment of the House by Speaker Steve Crisafulli, three days before the official end of the session.

Florida will move ahead with online voter registration despite Gov. Rick Scott’s worries.

Citing “some hesitation,” Scott signed Senate Bill 228 on Friday, which mandates an online voter registration system be up and running by October 1, 2017. Sec. of State Ken Detzner -- Florida’s top elected official -- opposed the measure. He pleaded with lawmakers not to pass it but in the end, he stood aside.

Dave Dunwoody

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office held its annual memorial service, for the 15 officers who have died in the line of duty since 1923. 

Training Room number one was packed with the fallen officers’ families and friends, and law enforcement personnel from various agencies. ECSO uniforms were formal dress, with black tape across their badges as a sign of mourning.

The end of the K-12 school year traditionally means the start of hiring new teachers for next fall. Escambia County is taking that search to a higher level.

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas says they’re opening to bring 200-400 new teachers aboard for the 2015-16 term, to make up for those leaving the district, leaving the vocation, or retiring. And the search, he says, is across the academic board.

Gulf Power

Gulf Power Company all gathered together Monday morning, to go, over their plan for before, during, and after a tropical storm and/for hurricane.

It was a full house at the utility’s new Douglas McCrary Training & Storm Center on Pine Forrest Road, as team leader from all department that would have storm duty looked at ways to improve response.

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