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 cat Callie. 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.

UWF Athletics

Spring drills opened Tuesday morning for UWF football, five and a half months away from the Argonauts’ first-ever game.

Ninety-two players assembled in the early morning with temperatures in the 40s, to begin the first of 15 practices leading up to the Blue-White spring game on April 16.

It’s a bit different from last spring, when nine players were eligible to practice on the intramural field in shorts and T-shirts. This year, the drills are on the brand-new artificial turf facility in full uniform.

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Two performances into the 2016 season, the Blue Angels returned to Pensacola Monday, to celebrate the squadron’s 70th birthday.

The crowd gathered in the atrium at the Naval Aviation Museum welcoming the Blues, their wives, and their children back to Pensacola. There followed proclamations from the City of Pensacola, Escambia County, and base commander Capt. Keith Hoskins – himself a former Blue Angel.

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Two shipwrecks in Pensacola Bay off Emanuel Point, from Tristan de Luna’s 1559 fleet, now have state recognition through an historical marker dedicated Friday morning.

The Emanuel Point Shipwrecks Marker includes descriptive text in both English and Spanish.

Considered a major archeological find, the two ships that sank during a hurricane, about five weeks after landing on what’s now Santa Rosa Island, have yielded a treasure trove of information about 16th century colonial expeditions, life aboard ships and naval architecture.

Florida House of Representatives

Qualifying is still three months away, but the jockeying for position to run for the U.S. House’s District-1 seat is beginning to get underway.

When Republican Jeff Miller announced last week he would not seek a ninth term, the names of potential candidates began flying about. One of those was Don Gaetz, who’s being term-limited out of the Florida Senate.

Republican Marco Rubio ended his campaign for the Republican nomination for president Tuesday night, after a humiliating loss in his home state of Florida.

Billionaire Donald Trump took Florida and its 99 delegates, with a 46-27% win over Rubio. Ted Cruz was third with 17% with John Kasich – who won his home state of Ohio over Trump – with only 7%.

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Three hundred and fifty eight delegates are up for grabs in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina, as voters go to the polls for those states’ presidential primaries. For one presidential candidate, the Florida vote is “make or break.”

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio needs a win in his home state to shore up his diminishing campaign for the Republican nomination. He trails Donald Trump by double digits in recent polls in Florida, whose 99 delegates are winner-take-all.

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The aftermath of a disaster, terrorist attack or public health emergency can be lengthy, and the resulting trauma can affect even those not directly affected.

Two strong tornadoes – EF-3s – ripped through Century and Pensacola eight days apart – on February 15 and 23. Nobody died and there were only a handful of minor injuries. But the emotional toll for many – especially those losing homes and property – could linger for a long time to come.

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Residents across the Florida Panhandle are getting out of the house, cleaning up the yard, and burning the debris. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports the Florida Forest Service is out with its annual reminder, that this is the driest time of the year -- meaning the most wildfire-friendly.

So far this year, 543 wildfires across Florida have scorched almost 14,000 acres, according to FFS.

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Marco Rubio bought his presidential campaign to Pensacola Saturday night, just three days ahead of the crucial – for him – Florida Republican primary.

Due to inclement weather, the rally was moved from the Fish House Restaurant to Palafox Wharf, the former Mr. Manatee’s building. Along those waiting in line in the rainy, windy conditions was Dee Walker from Niceville.

“[Rubio] seems to be the most honest, and I’m really go with all of his policies,” said Walker. “He impresses me very much.”

It’s time to “spring forward” Sunday morning, as most of the nation goes on Daylight Saving Time until November. It’s also a good time to make sure your home is a bit safer. 

Daylight Saving Time was enacted in the United States during World War I and repealed in 1919. It returned for World War II, and again ended with that war’s end. It was made permanent in 1966 and expanded in 2007. Any state can opt out of DST, as have Arizona and Hawaii.

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Eight is enough for Congressman Jeff Miller. The Chumuckla Republican announced Thursday he will not seek a ninth term in the House.

In his written statement, the 56-year-old Miller does not give a reason why he’s stepping down – only saying he knew the day would come. He says the average stay for a member of the U-S House of Representatives is three terms -- six years.

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Marco Rubio brings his presidential campaign to Pensacola Saturday night, three days before the Florida Republican primary.

Offering 99 delegates in a winner-take-all format, Florida is crucial for all Republican candidates. But it’s a must-win for Rubio, who’s taken only Minnesota and Puerto Rico. On Tuesday, he finished last in Mississippi and Michigan; and third in Idaho and Hawaii.

“So here we are; it always comes down to Florida, doesn’t it?” Rubio told the crowd at a rally in Miami Tuesday night. “And it will again this year, not once but twice.”

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After three years of meetings, Escambia County’s RESTORE Advisory Committee is out with its final rankings of projects seeking money from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The 124 projects were initially ranked last fall and re-ranked over the past few weeks. Committee member Christian Wagley says what stands out about the process of identifying the top-ranking projects, is that the community wants those which multitask.

The search for Judy Bense’s successor as President of the University of West Florida kicked off Monday with an open forum.

“As members of both the Presidential Search Committee and the Board of Trustees, I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts about what you’re looking for in our next university president,” said Search Committee Chairman Mort O’Sullivan, who gaveled the public forum into session after a closed-door meeting.

Two years after his arrest, a former lab technician from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) remains months away from trial.

Joseph Graves faces myriad charges: pleading not guilty to evidence tampering, drug trafficking, racketeering and grand theft while working out of FDLE’s Pensacola office. State Attorney Bill Eddins says his office will prosecute what he calls a very complex case.

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