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.

The American Association of Port Authorities is sponsoring a program for port and maritime industry professionals, which will focus exclusively on energy projects. And this first-ever meeting is at Pensacola Beach.

Hosted by Port of Pensacola Director Amy Miller, the conference on Tuesday and Wednesday will explore the benefits and challenges of investing in various types of energy-related commerce.

Another Clinton versus Bush presidential matchup could be in the offing in 2016, and it could be nip-and-tuck in Florida based on a new Quinnipiac poll.

The survey, released Tuesday, has the former Secretary of State versus the former Florida Governor 44 % to 43%  in Florida, a crucial swing state. Throw in the margin of error, and it’s a virtual dead heat. But the presidential primaries and caucuses are still a year away and the fields of candidates are loaded with speculation.

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Funeral services for J. Earle Bowden, journalist, conservationist, and historian, are set for 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Gadsden Street United Methodist Church in Pensacola. 

Bowden, the Pensacola News Journal’s Editor Emeritus, died last Sunday at the age of 86. He is renowned for his role in the establishment of Gulf Islands National Seashore, whose winding road, County Road 399,  is named J. Earle Bowden Way.

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Escambia County is partnering with a number of local firms in launching a new notification system, aimed at alerting residents to developing emergencies.

“Basically, it’s an automated notification system, that can communicate with citizens on many different levels,” said John Dosh, Escambia County’s Emergency Management Chief. “Whether it be cellphone, home phone, work phone. It can email, it can text. It’s a subscription to provide this service.”

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The Florida Highway Patrol is joining with other law enforcement in fighting the increasing number of hit-and-run accidents in the state. The program is dubbed “Hit-and-Run: Bad to Worse.”

Officials say there were a record 800,000 hit-and-run crashes across Florida in 2014, up seven percent from the previous year. And the number of such accidents resulting in fatalities rose by 23%.

FHP Lt. Steve Preston says there are many reasons for people choose not to stay at the scene of an accident, in which they’re involved.

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If you wondered why you spent a little more time in line at attractions last year, or it took a bit longer to find an unoccupied spot at the beach, the numbers are in to explain.

Almost 4%  more people came to the Sunshine State in 2014 over the previous year, according to figures released by Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing arm. That’s inching closer to an annual goal sought by Gov. Rick Scott.

“This is a great day: 97.3 million tourists,” said the Governor. “I look forward to passing 100 million tourists.”

Construction of Pensacola’s new YMCA is getting another boost, a $300,000 grant from the James M. Cox Foundation, the charitable arm of Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group.

Construction is scheduled to begin later this year, across the street from the old Pensacola News Journal building. When completed in 2016, it will replace the YMCA on Palafox, and serve about three times as many people as the current location that’s been in service since 1951.

The University of West Florida’s Faculty Senate met in regular session Friday. High on the agenda were questions about Phase-I of the University Park Project dealing with facilities for the new football program.

With only one dissenting vote, the Senate passed a resolution to halt construction of the athletic training facility and football training field, for at least 18 months. Leading the charge was Doug Waggle – who represents the Department of Accounting and Finance.

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Northwest Florida and south Alabama are bracing for another round of frigid temperatures. Residents are urged to take steps to protect themselves, including caution when heating their homes.

Two more winter storms are again targeting the Northeast with snow later this week – think of them as Valentine’s Day storms to chill the heart.

“You have a big area of cold, high pressure behind each one of them,” said Don Shepherd, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Mobile. “And it just reinforces the dry, northerly cold flow that we have over the area.”

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Gulf Power Company is asking the Florida Public Service Commission to green-light an agreement, which would make the utility a major purchaser of wind-generated electricity. If approved, the deal would be the first of its kind in Florida.

The project involves 89 wind turbines, and could supply 180 megawatts: that’s enough energy to power about 50,000 homes per year.

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