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.

Three local residents and a fourth with ties to Pensacola are among the eight candidates to replace Hunter Walker as Santa Rosa County Administrator.

Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Don Salter says they received the short list, culled from 56 applicants, from a committee formed by the Florida Association of Counties. He says working with them was preferable to going through a private “head hunter” firm.

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To honor the United States Navy’s 240th birthday, an “Eight Bell” ceremony was held Tuesday at all land stations and aboard all ships.

Article I of the United States Constitution directs Congress to raise an army as needed – but to maintain and provide for a navy. On October 13, 1775 the Continental Congress voted to outfit two sailing vessels – the Andrew Doria and the Cabot. Their mission: intercept transports of munitions and stores meant for the British army in the Colonies.

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  Pensacola-area residents get one more chance, on Tuesday, to comment on a feasibility study on changing State Road 196, that is, Bayfront Parkway.

The focus is on the stretch of Bayfront from Tarragona Street to East Chase Street, and how to improve safety, maintain access to the Port of Pensacola, and providing access to travelers in the area.

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  For many northwest Florida residents, it’s time to get out and clean up the yard and burn the debris. The Florida Forest Service is out with its annual reminder, that this is the driest time of the year -- and the most wildfire-friendly. 

So far this year, Florida Forest Service reports nearly 2,400 wildfires statewide, burning more than 74,000 acres. In the Blackwater District -- Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties -- 100 blazes have scorched 636 acres as of Friday.

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Poor vehicle maintenance, shoddy record keeping and a host of code violations were uncovered during an investigation of G.B. Green Construction, after its dump truck hit a school bus in late August.

Sixteen students and driver Harriet Collins were injured in the crash when the dump truck – driven by Abraham Larry Jr. – ran a red light at Pace Boulevard and Jordan Street, striking and overturning the bus.

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  Two Pensacola businessmen face federal charges in connection with “spice” – synthetic marijuana. The arrests come two years after the Florida law banning the substances had its genesis with a Pensacola legislator.

A federal grand jury in Virginia indicted Ben Galecki and Burton Ritchie on charges of conspiracy to distribute Spice. Ten others face similar charges in connection with a multi-state distribution ring that operated through a network of retail stores in 47 states.

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 Flu season is getting underway, and federal health officials say this year’s vaccine should be better than last year’s in battling existing flu strains.

Last year’s flu season was particularly severe because the predominant strain was an influenza A called H3N2, which was not included in the vaccine.

Dr. John Lanza, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, says the correction was made for this season.

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Nearly $21 billion is coming from BP to the five Gulf Coast states, in the settlement of the lawsuit over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Northwest Florida is in line for a substantial chunk of that money.

Escambia County will receive about $69 million; Santa Rosa County gets about $24 million, and Okaloosa County around $35 million from RESTORE. Santa Rosa Commissioner Lane Lynchard concedes that they’re on the lower end of the scale.

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Gun owners in Florida who already have permits to carry concealed weapons could be a step closer in being able to carry them openly in public. 

House Bill 163 passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee Tuesday on an 8-4 vote. It will go before two other House committees at later dates.

The measure’s sponsor, Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Fort Walton Beach, points to figures from the Justice Department, as part of his argument that the bill does not create a less-safe environment.


  As Hurricane Joaquin churns in the Atlantic, plans were put into place in northwest Florida to help, but there are changes in those plans.

Joaquin had appeared ready to move towards the East Coast, but the latest from the National Hurricane Center has the Category-4 storm and its 130 mph sustained winds jogging more to the northeast and further out into the Atlantic.