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 cats Gigi and Lucy. Dave is also a passionate fan of Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons football; the Atlanta Braves, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Pensacola Ice Flyers, and Tampa Bay Lightning. His hobbies include comedy writing, guitar and computer sports games.

U.S. Navy

  Almost a month after the fatal crash of their number-6 jet, the Blue Angels are gearing up to restart their 2016 performance schedule.

Practice resumed this week in the skies above NAS Pensacola in preparation for the National Cherry Festival Air Show this weekend in Traverse City, Michigan. Lt. Ryan Chamberlain, who files the Number-5 jet, calls it “rebuilding the demo.”

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  Nearly 43 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for their Independence Day revelry, according to AAA.

If the auto club’s projection pans out, the period between Thursday, June 30 and Monday, July 4 will see 500,000 more travelers than last year. Eighty-four percent will travel by automobile, and will continue to benefit from continued low gas prices, the lowest in 11 years, and other positive economic factors.

photo via Flickr// Letizia Barbi / https://flic.kr/p/9BzRP2

  Americans will celebrate the nation’s 240th birthday with two holiday staples: cookouts and fireworks. Caution is urged around both.

Dorothy Lee with the Escambia County Extension Service says keeping a safe holiday begins with some basics at the cookout.

“Make sure that your hands are clean; all utensils are clean, cooking surfaces are clean,” says Lee. “Bacteria multiplies rapidly at room temperature.”

Dave Dunwoody

Of the nine candidates seeking to replace Jeff Miller in Congress, there’s a lone Democrat trying to be heard in the wilderness.

Thirty-three year old Steven Specht is a native of Marianna, an Air Force veteran, a soon-to-be-attorney and married father of one. And he wants to represent Florida’s U.S House District-1.

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  If you’re thinking about purchasing a home in Escambia and the City of Pensacola, Uncle Sam may be able to help out if the home is in certain areas.

Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the HOME program provides five-year loans. For the City of Pensacola, it comes under the umbrella of the Housing Division. Program Manager Tracy Pickens says they have about $260,000 in HOME funding.

  A new homeless shelter and service center for single women in the western Panhandle is set to open in the next 60 days or so.

Women with Clear Vision’s facility is located at 2316 N. Pace Blvd. Its focus is on homelessness awareness. For co-founder, Pastor Ingar Flagg, this is personal. She’s drawing upon her own personal experience of being jailed for bad checks, and of being homeless.

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  Stock markets are plunging amid Britain's vote to leave the European Union. The shock waves in the U.S. are being felt on both Wall Street and Main Street.

Brexit won approval by a 52-48% margin on Thursday. “Unexpected” is how UWF economist Rick Harper put it, during his weekly economic report.

“The polling was dead wrong,” said Harper. “As late as Thursday there had been as much as an 85% probability placed by markets, on the likelihood of [the UK] remaining in the European Union.”

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Marco Rubio wants to keep his current job. The former Republican presidential candidate says he’s decided to run for re-election to his Florida U-S Senate seat after weeks of denials.

Three months and 180 degrees later, Rubio issued a statement saying it’s important for him to continue in public service during what he calls a “critical time for the nation.” He reiterated his decision on Fox News.


If you’re planning a boating excursion this weekend that includes alcohol, it’s best you leave the imbibing to those not behind the wheel.

“Operation Dry Water 2016” is set for this Friday through Sunday, June 24-26. It’s part of a nationwide crackdown on BUI – boating under the influence. FWC Lt. Seth Wagner with says being sober is part of knowing your vessel and yourself. The rule of thumb is: when in doubt of the situation, go slow.

Photo via Flickr// David Leo Veksler / https://flic.kr/p/668ZXp

 State Senator Greg Evers’ Facebook page promoting a drawing for an AR-15 has been shut down by the social media outlet. The drawing is receiving scrutiny from other quarters as well.

Evers is one of five candidates seeking the Republican nomination in the August 30 primary to succeed Jeff Miller. Facebook says the page violated its terms and “promoted graphic violence.”

Escambia Votes

Monday marked the start of qualifying for candidates wishing to run for state and local offices in the August 30th primary. The deadline is noon on Friday.  

As of Monday, there were 45 candidates listed on escambiavotes.com, for local offices ranging from Escambia County Commission to Mayor of Century. Supervisor of Elections David Stafford says there were a few early birds among them.

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Naval Air Station-Whiting Field welcomes the arrival of the 148th and final T-6B Texan II aircraft on Tuesday, signaling the complete changeover for Training Air Wing Five.  The last such aircraft will arrive from the Beechcraft factory in Wichita, Kansas in a three plane formation joined by the first T-6B and the yellow centennial T-6B.


Base spokesman Jay Cope says they’ll land at North Field, with a ceremony scheduled at the hang

ar for 3:00.  


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Florida’s Department of Transportation is mulling over the possible release of proposed plans for a new Pensacola Bay Bridge ahead of schedule

For now, the release of the five competing plans for the $460 million project is set for July 18 at FDOT’s Chipley office. Scoring of the plans is set for announcement July 7 in Milton. Neither date is sitting well with Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser, who says they reflect a lack of public input.


Thursday was a day of honor and reflection in memory of Marine Corps Capt. Jeff Kuss -- who died when his Blue Angel number-6 jet crashed near Nashville, Tennessee last week.

A private memorial service for the 32-year-old Kuss was held aboard NAS Pensacola on Thursday morning. On Thursday evening, Veterans Memorial Park was filled for a public candlelight vigil sponsored by the City of Pensacola.

Gay Grassroots of NWFL

Pensacola’s LGBT community will kick off the fifth annual Pensacola PRIDE event on Saturday at Seville Square in downtown Pensacola.

Pensacola PRIDE founder Doug Landreth says the theme for this year’s celebration is “Know the Past, Celebrate the Present, Create the Future" – focusing on the “history, courage, diversity and value” of the area’s LGBT community.