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.

Dave Dunwoody

  The late Vince Whibbs was enshrined at Community Maritime Park on Saturday, with the unveiling of a statue honoring the seven-term Pensacola mayor and community leader.

Whibbs, who died in 2006, was a driving force behind the park’s development, along with the late Admiral Jack Fetterman, whose name adorns the field at Bayfront Stadium.

“When the vision for this park was formed, Vince Whibbs was right there in the middle of the process,” said Jim Reeves, who chairs the Community Maritime Park Board.


Students at Pensacola High School could win one thousand dollars for college, with a winning essay on the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. The kickoff for the “Dream Builders Scholarship Fund” was held Friday morning at PHS.

In July, 1945, the cruiser Indianapolis steamed to the U-S air base at Tinian, to deliver parts for the atomic bomb that would fall on Hiroshima.

In our final Cold Case installment we meet Richard Hough – a criminal justice professor at the University of West Florida – who in 2007 began teaching a course on how to deal with such investigations.

Before turning to academics, Hough was a cop and a sheriff’s deputy. He says cases would go cold – although that term usually wasn’t used – for myriad reasons. When the leads ran out, he says something different had to be done.

In this installment of our report on cold cases, Dave Dunwoody speaks with a local agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement – who says part of their cold case work is “in the cards.”

Dennis Haley (named FDLE agent of the year for 2014) works in the Pensacola office. He says often they receive cold cases from police departments and sheriff’s offices that don’t have the time to follow up on them.

The University of West Florida’s out with its blueprint to transform downtown Pensacola’s Historic District into “Historic Pensacola.” The announcement was made at the Museum of Commerce downtown.

The plan was developed with help from Bill Haley Sharpe Design. It’s aimed at showcasing the historical and archeological assets within the 8.5 acre area that contains 28 properties.

Victims of crimes deal with the trauma of that experience in different ways but when there is no new information on a case it can be even more difficult.

A word of caution: some readers may find part of this story disturbing.

When a person becomes the victim of a homicide, the only thing left that can be done for them is to find their killer and bring them to justice. In most cases, the victims leave behind loved ones and friends, and the ordeal for them can be made worse if the case drags on for years.

Rhonda Dollas

Ten non-profit organizations will receive $106,000 each, from the local group Impact 100. The grants were announced last weekend, and mark the group’s distribution of more than $7 million since its inception in 2003.

Impact 100 President Cindy Warren says the awards are in five focus areas: Arts and Culture; Education, Environment Recreation and Preservation, Family, and Health and Wellness.

 In the next second installment of our Cold Case series, Dave Dunwoody looks at how they’re handled by local law enforcement.

Most cold cases are homicide, which do not have a statute of limitations, that can be re-activated upon receipt of new information. But Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan says strictly speaking, they don’t have a case that goes totally inactive.

Photo via Flickr//James Jordan

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County is out with another mosquito-borne illness alert, after confirmation of two additional cases of West Nile virus.

That brings the total West Nile cases for this calendar year to four in Escambia County, and nine overall in Florida.

Dr. John Lanza is Director of FDOH in Escambia says this is the fourth consecutive year that West Nile has been located here, through the bite of an infected mosquito. West Nile impacts different people differently, and can be mistaken for other ailments.

The Miriam-Webster Dictionary defines “cold case” as “an unsolved criminal investigation which remains open pending the discovery of new evidence.” In the first of a five-part series on cold cases, Dave Dunwoody visited the State Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial District.

When it comes to the long-dormant cases, State Attorney Bill Eddins says his office works through law enforcement agencies across the district, made up of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Senior attorneys usually are the ones providing legal advice.