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.

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In case you missed the first one, another lifeguard tryout is scheduled for April 30 by the Santa Rosa Island Authority.

Candidates are asked to be at the UWF Aquatic Center a little before 1:00 p.m. on that Saturday, to fill out the paperwork for a possible spot at Pensacola or Johnson Beaches.

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Just days after a customer at a Gainesville coffee shop called out Rick Scott, the Governor’s political action committee has fired back with its own video.

Last week, Scott and his entourage went into the Starbucks, where Cara Jennings was on her laptop. Upon seeing the Governor, Jennings unloaded.

“You cut Medicaid, so I couldn’t get Obamacare,” said Jennings. “You’re an a***ole. You don’t care about working people, you should be ashamed of yourself.”

Minor league Baseball

More than five thousand people crowded into Bayfront Stadium on a Thursday night in April, 2012, to welcome minor league baseball back to Pensacola. This story originally aired for the first Blue Wahoos opening night.

The crowd ranged from elected officials and business leaders to fans in Pensacola Blue Wahoo caps, shirts and other regalia. The pristine new stadium was ready, as were the employees who will work all 70 home games.

The deadline to qualify for the First District House seat being vacated by Cong. Jeff Miller isn’t for a couple of months, but there are questions swirling around one possible candidate.

“At this point in time I’m still talking with the people I represent, because their interest is my utmost concern,” said State Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker). Evers has been among those mentioned as potential candidates to succeed Miller, who’s stepping down after eight terms. Evers is also being mentioned as a candidate for other offices.

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As the spring and summer boating seasons in Florida get underway, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is kicking off the “Wear It Florida” campaign, to encourage more use of personal floatation devices, i.e. life jackets.

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Registration is underway for Escambia County’s volunteer pre-kindergarten program.

Seventy-one locations across Escambia will provide VPK beginning in August for kids who turn four years old on or before September 1. Most are privately-run, with 14 in the public school district, where Melanie Perritt is the Teacher on Special Assignment for Pre-k.

“We serve around 540-plus students,” said Perritt. “We have 32 classrooms, collaborative classrooms with Head Start students, migrant students, ESE [Exceptional Student Education] students, and of course our VPK Title-1.”

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Gov. Rick Scott signed two bills ceremoniously in Pensacola Thursday, aimed at making Florida even more military and veteran friendly.

House Bill 7023 qualifies additional service members for an ad valorem tax exemption while deployed overseas. Both that, and Senate Bill 222, were sponsored by Niceville state Sen. Don Gaetz.

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A federal judge in New Orleans has granted final approval to an estimated $20 billion settlement, resolving years of litigation over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order was released Monday, six years to the month when Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing 11 workers and spewing 134 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Escambia County Commission Chairman Grover Robinson says it’s been a long time coming.

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Americans enjoyed the lowest quarterly prices at the gas pump in a dozen years, during the first three months of 2016. But the historical spring rise is now underway.

Motorists saved about $10 billion on gas so far this year, compared to the same period in 2015 according to AAA.

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As of April 1, Escambia County Area Transit rolled out some changes in its more-traveled routes, along with new service areas and more buses.

Bus 0635 is at the Rosa Parks Terminal on Fairfield, getting ready for its first round of the day on route 52, which serves the area around Cordova Mall, Sacred Heart Hospital and Pensacola State College.

The Fish House restaurant in downtown Pensacola has emerged from a legal challenge with its lease intact. However, there remains one more fight in the case.

On Friday, Circuit Judge Scott Duncan ruled that Fish House owner Collier Merrill’s sub-lease of the Pitts Slip property from business partner Ray Russenberger was immune from having to pay the city up to five million dollars in additional rent and interest.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and two local organizations plan to turn Escambia and Santa Rosa County blue during those 30 days.

Gulf Coast and Santa Rosa Kids’ Houses are teaming up for the “From Blue to Better” program. Organizer Stacy Kostevicki says that includes “street teams” to help raise awareness.

“You don’t have to be super qualified or anything,” said Kostevicki. “You just have to be willing to talk to strangers and businesses, and ask them to support child abuse awareness by sporting a blue bow, or putting a prevention message on their marquee.”

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Work begins Monday on developing a waiting list for residents in Century needing housing repair or reconstruction assistance as a result of the February 15 tornado.

The twister, an EF-3 with 155 mph winds, destroyed or damaged more than 150 homes in Century. Among them was the wood frame house owned by Doug Lewis and his family, where they’d lived for more than 40 years.

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More than two years after the initial filing, a lawsuit against the City of Pensacola involving the land on which the Fish House Restaurant sits may be close to resolution.

Circuit Judge Scott Duncan held a six-hour hearing on the case in January. Fish House owner Collier Merrill says their argument then was the same as it’s been all along, concerning the lease for the city-owned property call Pitt Slip, on which The Fish House and Atlas Oyster House sit.

Courtesy of National Weather Service Mobile

Forecasters say strong storms are on tap across the South through Friday. Dangerous rip currents are also in the mix.

Instead of going out like a lamb, March will ride out on potentially severe weather with tornadoes and heavy rain possible in the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama.

“We have a very large upper trough approaching from the west,” said Eric Esbensen, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Mobile. “For the remainder of the week, rain chances will increase significantly, starting on Thursday.”

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