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.

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and the start of Reconstruction.

WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody sat down with UWF historian Derek Zumbro.

DD: Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. How close, if at all, did the Confederacy come to winning the war?

As expected, Sen. Marco Rubio announced Monday that he will seek the Republican nomination for president. Under Florida law Rubio cannot run for both offices simultaneously, which sets up another major race in Florida next year.

“Marco Rubio has always been a risk taker. Nobody expected him to win the U.S. Senate seat in 2010 against a sitting governor (Charlie Crist) and a sitting congress member (Kendrick Meek). And lo and behold, he’s in the U.S. Senate today,” said Susan McManus, a political scientist at the University of South Florida.

The Florida House is expected to take up a voter registration bill, which has the blessing of Florida’s 67 County Supervisors of Elections.

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April is "SAAM" -- Sexual Assault Awareness Month,  and a host of Pensacola-area officials drove that home on Thursday in downtown Pensacola.

They gathered in front of the fountain at the marina near Plaza de Luna. The water dyed teal green – the color of sexual assault awareness. Patrick Nichols from NAS Pensacola read the proclamation, prior to signing.

“Every year, too many women and too many men are sexually assaulted and abused,” read Nichols. “This is an affront to our basic decency and humanity, and it must end.”

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As of Friday, volunteers at Escambia Fire-Rescue’s Ferry Pass station are being joined by career firefighters.

The action’s based on a couple of residential fires on Good Friday. No truck from Ferry Pass, the closest station, responded to either because of a shortage of volunteer firefighters.

“Ferry Pass is one of our busiest stations, said Commissioner Grover Robinson, in whose District-4 the station sits. “In fact, we have about five other stations, if we added them all together, they would make as many calls as they do in Ferry Pass.”

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The University of West Florida and Town of Century are teaming up to develop a marketing plan to benefit the north Escambia County area.

The plan centers on helping Century beef up its business assets, then promote the town to site selectors, and firms looking to expand or re-locate.

“It was about a year and a half ago that we were first contracted to establish an economic development strategic plan that was paid for by a grant that the town received from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity” said Brice Harris at UWF’s Haas Business Center.

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Legislation moving through the Florida Senate would require law enforcement agencies to set up guidelines for the use of body cameras. One local department appears to be ahead of the curve.

The measure, passed unanimously by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday, not only mandates policy, but also the training of personnel and the storing of the video. Baker State Senator Greg Evers, the committee chairman, says the recordings would only be used when officers are performing their duties.

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If a number of factors fall into place, motorists could be enjoying another round of lower gas prices in time for summer vacations.

AAA South in Tampa says gas prices are falling at the rate of about $0.05 per week, on pace to be about $0.40 per gallon lower than right now. But Mark Jenkins at the Auto Club adds that there are no guarantees, with a lot of factors playing into fluctuations.

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The backlog of needed renovations at America’s national parks is approaching $11.5 billion, including a $21 million laundry list at Gulf Islands National Seashore.

President Obama's budget proposal calls for a $433 million hike in national park spending, to three billion dollars total. That includes $243 million for the most urgent deferred upgrades, as the park system’s 2016 centennial approaches.

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Two Escambia County deputies and two others arrested in an investigation into sexual assault had their first day in court on Thursday.

Deputies Mark Smith and Walter Thomas were arraigned before Judge Michael Jones on charges of sexual assault on a victim older than 12. Smith was also charged with misdemeanor battery. Trial is scheduled for June 29. Bond for Thomas is set at $60,000, and $66,000 for Smith.

The two deputies have retained private counsel.

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